Envirostrat prepared a review for the West Coast Regional Council, in consultation with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), and Ngati Waewae as part of a programme of work known as ‘One Window’. The review identifies concrete actions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of minerals permitting / consenting for all participants in the process, including regulators, industry, iwi, and interested stakeholders. Following an extensive look into the efficiency of the existing permit requirements, Envirostrat produced a number of recommendations relating to coordination, standardisation and delegation to improve the minerals permitting process for all involved.
Led a feasibility study for an environmental and outdoor education centre designed for providing youth a long-stay, off grid (4-6 weeks) experience on Great Barrier Island. The long term operating model identified a financially feasible approach that aligned with all stakeholders and presented an attractive option for schools and other groups.
Envirostrat led the development and drafting of a long-term action plan that prioritises and guide $300M of future investment in restoration activities for the Waikato River Authority, river tribes, councils and industry. This restoration strategy ultimately provides for the attainment of the Vision and Strategy for the Waikato River, which is the guiding document that underpins freshwater management in NZ’s largest watershed.
Envirostrat was engaged by Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu to prepare a restoration strategy for Te Waihora and surrounding catchment, as current approaches that rely on government grants are not having the required impact on the highly impacted estuarine lake and catchment. Envirostrat identified innovative approaches to monetising and scaling restoration through payment for ecosystem services including carbon forestry, trialling blue carbon within the lake, use of freshwater / brackish macroalgae for nutrient removal, wetland creation for both water quality and biodiversity impact, as well as environmental impact investment.
Envirostrat was commissioned by the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) to evaluate the effectiveness and outcomes achieved from each of seven projects funded through the Fresh Start for Fresh Water Clean-up Fund. Envirostrat reviewed the projects in detail and produced a number of recommendations so that future funding is more effectively used to achieve the objectives of each project and the overall programme.
The Waipa catchment is a significant contributor to the sediment and nutrient load of the Waikato and Waipa River catchments. Waikato River Authority and Waikato Regional Council catalysed and funded a feasibility study to investigate whether impact investing could enable accelerated land use and/or land cover change to achieve multiple environmental and social benefits, whilst delivering a positive financial return. The project built on the environmental enhancement projects that have been identified and prioritised through the Waikato River and Waipa River Restoration Strategy and the priorities identified in the Waipa Catchment Plan and Healthy Rivers Plan Change. Traditional solutions to mitigate and improve ecosystem services on productive land (including…
One of the initial priorities of the 2008 National Government following its election was the establishment of a new entity to provide for a more rapid and effective delivery of national significant resource consent proposals than had been occuring under the Resource Management Act. EnviroStrat was retained to project manage the Ministry for the Environment team establishing an Environmental Protection Authority within MfE Successful launch of the EPA occurred with all main requirements in place for day one of operation. Specifically, EnviroStrat Created and implemented the plan of attack to ensure delivery to time, cost and quality requirements Managed the…