Landscapes Project: Design

Overall Project Design

The overall project commenced in January 2019 and will be completed no later than 31 July 2020. The project is led by EDS’s Policy Director, Raewyn Peart. It will have four main components:

Component 1: Use of existing tools for more effective landscape protection

This component of the work will examine how existing legislative and policy tools could be more effectively deployed to protect important natural landscapes. This will include investigating current and likely future pressures on landscape values, efforts to manage them with existing tools, barriers to success and how these could be reduced.

It will explore regulatory, fiscal and voluntary approaches. It will investigate the strengths and weaknesses of different land tenure types, including freehold and leasehold, as well as closely examining the utility of tenure review. It will analyse the evolving body of case law on the application of sections 6(a), (c), (e) & (f) and 7(c), and policy 15 of the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement relating to the protection of natural, historic and cultural landscapes.

The work in this component will draw on available literature and a series of in-depth interviews undertaken with people who have been closely involved in landscape protection initiatives. It will include exploration of positive Tourism initiatives that complement the project’s objectives of enhancing landscape experiences. It will result in a series of practical, workable recommendations for improving the use of current tools.

Component 2: New models for landscape protection

This component of the work will explore new tools and models for achieving improved landscape protection in New Zealand. This component will include drawing on international experience in applying the IUCN Category 5 landscape approach as well as other successful initiatives to secure positive landscape outcomes.

EDS has found international experience in comparator jurisdictions very useful in most of our policy work over recent years. Looking hard at other countries can stimulate fresh, innovative ideas and provide a useful way of evaluating what works and what doesn’t in our own country. This exploration will be used to help inform the development of a ‘Protected Landscape’ model suited to New Zealand’s unique landscapes and peoples. Potential model designs and tools will be ground-truthed by analysing their practical utility in case study areas.

Mana whenua accounts of their relationship with cultural landscapes will also be explored in this phase in order to ensure that any new models recognise the unique connections of Māori with the landscapes of Aotearoa. This component will produce a series of recommendations on the merits and practicalities of progressing a protected landscape model in New Zealand.

Component 3: Publication

The results of the work in Components 1 and 2 will be synthesised into a single printed and on-line report aimed at those involved in managing landscapes. The report will be made available to funders of the project for extensive peer review prior to finalisation.

Component 4: National Landscape Conference

To promote a broad national dialogue on landscape protection, and to communicate work undertaken to date, EDS will convene a national conference with landscape as the unifying topic in August 2019. 

Last updated at 11:02AM on April 12, 2019