Coastal Environment Inland Boundary and Natural Character Mapping

This page contains the Tasman District Coastal Environment Inland Boundary and Natural Character Mapping: Methodology and Summary Results report.

The report is written by Vicky Froude.

Following on from the 2012 Measuring Coastal Natural Character Report Tasman District Council contracted Pacific Eco-Logic Ltd to map the inland boundary of the coastal environment and to map and assess areas of high and outstanding natural character within the coastal environment.

This project arose from requirements specified in the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement 2010.

Background Information

The New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement requires councils to define the extent of the coastal environment (Policy 1), and identify areas of outstanding and high natural character (Policy 13) as well as outstanding natural landscapes and features (Policy 15) in order to provide appropriate levels of protection.

These are also ‘matters of national importance’ in the Resource Management Act 1991 (sections 6a and 6b).

Read more about the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement from the Department of Conservation website.

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