Coastal, Marine & Blue EconomyIwiProject & Programme ManagementStrategy, Research & Analysis

Chatham Rock Phosphate (Managing the response to a proposal for Deep Sea Phosphate Mining)

EnviroStrat successfully led the response of New Zealand’s largest tribe to a proposal for deep sea phosphate mining on the Chatham Rise, NZ. Developed and executed a strategy to refute the evidence presented by the applicant through a 3 month hearing process, including engaging and managing experts in economics, ecology, ecotoxicology, planning, and international best practice. There were a number of unresolved issues, including the impact on existing fisheries and cultural interests, the need for adaptive management in the context of very large infrastructure development, restoration techniques using the precautionary principle, and the reliance of modelling as a proxy for…
EnviroStrat
February 12, 2020
Central Gov'tCoastal, Marine & Blue EconomyProject & Programme ManagementStrategy, Research & Analysis

Economic Impact Joint Venture Studies

As part of the National Government freshwater reforms, EnviroStrat ran a team of economists, scientists and social scientists with an overall budget of several million dollars developing a series of integrated economic models to assess the implications of different policy scenarios across a range of uses of fresh water. EnviroStrat’s role was highly complex and involved managing >35 contracts in excess of $2.5M. The programme was run in a series of joint ventures between local councils, sector groups and central government agencies (MPI, MFE, DOC), and linking science, policy, and economics with government decision making. The ability to synthesise multiple…
EnviroStrat
February 12, 2020
Coastal, Marine & Blue EconomyInternat'lStrategy, Research & Analysis

UN Rio +20 Blue Economy Review

EnviroStrat was appointed by the Intergovernmental Oceanic Commission of UNESCO as lead author of a cross-UN paper Blueprint for Ocean Sustainability – the core UN Oceans policy paper leading to the 2012 Rio+20 Global Environmental Summit. This paper provided the UN Oceans agencies with a succinct summary of the current issues and problems in the world’s oceans, and identified ten proposals for future action that were intended to galvanise both UN agencies and member states at the recent Rio+20 Conference.
EnviroStrat
February 12, 2020
Land & Water ManagementRegional Gov'tStrategy, Research & Analysis

Waikato and Waipa River Restoration Strategy

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
February 12, 2020
Coastal, Marine & Blue EconomyRegional Gov'tStrategy, Research & Analysis

Tai Timu Tai Pari Sea Change – New Zealand’s first Marine Spatial Plan

EnviroStrat Director Dr Nigel Bradly was the lead Author of New Zealand’s first Marine Spatial Plan, in the Hauraki Gulf. Sea Change was a collaboratively developed initiative with representation from environmental groups, the community, commercial sectors and Māori. Sea Change had a focus on spatial and strategic prioritisation for commercial fishing, new marine protected areas, water quality improvements, ‘blue infrastructure’ and growth of aquaculture. Key to its success was the integration across different levels of government (national and regional), across the land / sea interface, and across different economic sectors. The implementation pathways include regulatory reform, impact investment in key…
EnviroStrat
February 12, 2020
Impact Project Develop'tIwiLand & Water ManagementStrategy, Research & Analysis

Restoration of Te Waihora / Lake Ellesmere

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
February 12, 2020