A Review of Current Regional-Level Environmental Monitoring
Reporting and Enforcement in Aotearoa New Zealand
Keywords:Enforcement, Environment, Monitoring, Regional, Reporting
Environmental monitoring helps us take stock of our natural environment. Clear, coordinated and consistent regional-level monitoring and reporting are required to assess the state of our environment and protect important sociocultural and economic assets. This article reviews and summarises the key issues affecting regional-level environmental monitoring, reporting and enforcement in Aotearoa New Zealand. These include weak legislation, lack of independent monitoring, patchy data coverage, misuse and distortion of
data, insecure funding and inappropriate political interference. Solutions include legislative reform, consolidation of funding and centralisation of some roles, and establishing a centralised research council.
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