Shifting baselines and political expediency in New Zealand's freshwater management

Joy, M.K., and Canning, A.D. (2021) Shifting baselines and political expediency in New Zealand's freshwater management. Marine and Freshwater Research, 72. pp. 456-461.

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Abstract

The New Zealand government has been praised for heeding scientific advice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but when it comes to environmental protections the scientific advice seems to be negotiable. Freshwaters have been in decline for decades, despite clear science on limits needed to protect them. There are many examples of 'shifting baselines', where limits have been progressively weakened through agency regulatory capture and political expediency.

Item ID: 64961
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1448-6059
Keywords: agency capture, freshwater management, New Zealand, nutrients, political expediency, shifting baselines
Copyright Information: Published Version (C) CSIRO All journals published by CSIRO Publishing allow authors to deposit the Accepted version of their manuscript into an institutional repository or put it on a personal website, with no embargo.
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2020 07:53
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410404 Environmental management @ 40%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440704 Environment policy @ 30%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4408 Political science > 440805 Environmental politics @ 30%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960506 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments @ 40%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960706 Rural Water Policy @ 30%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960709 Urban Water Policy @ 30%
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