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The proposed Biosecurity Strategy and proposal for a Southland Regional Pest Management Plan are now out for consultation and we really want to hear what you have to say. Harmful species – animal, plant and marine – pose a major threat to our region, both ecologically and economically. The current Regional Pest Management Strategy needs to be reviewed to meet the new requirements in the Government’s National Policy Direction for Pest Management. To do this we have undertaken a significant review of the existing strategy and, in consultation with interested groups and individuals, we have developed a proposal for a Southland Regional Pest Management Plan, accompanied by a Biosecurity Strategy.
The strategy outlines how Environment Southland will oversee the management of biosecurity over the next 10 years, including key objectives and how these may be achieved. It’s our vision for biosecurity into the future and, together with the proposal for a Southland Regional Pest Management Plan, tells Environment Southland’s biosecurity story.
Our new proposal for a Regional Pest Management Plan looks different to our previous strategy. It contains fewer specified pests and rules. This is largely because many harmful species do not need regional rules for us to manage them. A detailed process was used to consider each species and whether it was appropriate to include it in the plan. This included considering any national rules already in place, undertaking an impact assessment, a cost benefit analysis, and consideration on whether any potential rule was likely to be effective, fair and enforceable. Only those species that met the threshold in this process were included in the plan. You can find information about this process, including the full cost benefit analysis in the supporting documents below.
28 August – Submissions open23 October – Submissions closeEarly 2019 – HearingsEarly 2019 – Decisions releasedMid 2019 – Plan operative
Proposal for a Southland Regional Pest Management Plan Proposed Biosecurity Strategy (including Operations Plan)Cost Benefit Analysis Part ACost Benefit Analysis Part BStrategy Summary Consultation document