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CHR - Signature Conservation Projects

This is what thge CHR Project document has to say on this subject - I put it up exactly as it appears in the document - make up your own mind:

"Signature Conservation Projects – the Coromandel Heritage Region would aim to ‘walk the talk’ of sustainability through a series of innovative ‘signature’ projects that would articulate to the nation and the world what the region stands for. The projects would be visionary yet practical – merging big-picture idealism with a staged, actionable set of steps that will make a difference to the natural environment and sustainable development.

The Signature Conservation projects would be coordinated where practical with the Target Major Projects of the Thames Coromandel District Economic Action Plan (2013) – specifically the Coromandel Great Walk(s), Kaiaua/Miranda to Kopu extension of the Hauraki Rail Trail and the Auckland to Coromandel Fast Ferry service.

The specific projects would be defined during the Accord project above but could include such initiatives as a Pest Proof Fence Across the top of the Peninsula (creating New Zealand’s largest mainland ‘island’), ‘Thousand Year Forests’ (where visitors could offset their carbon emissions by expanding the active reforestation efforts already underway in the District), Kiwi Sanctuaries and Marine Conservation Areas by every community (some of which may allow levels of private fishing).

A centrepiece of these marine conservation efforts could be the establishment of a new Marine Reserve that would rival the Poor Knights as an international diving destination.

Other medium- to long-term projects could include community initiatives as Zero Waste, Zero Emissions or simple steps such as New Zealand’s first district to phase out plastic bags at point of sale.

Protected Landscape status is by definition a designation that values the protection and enhancement of the natural environment as a central objective. However, IUCN Category V Protected Landscapes also recognise and actively support community prosperity – through sustainable economic development.

There are over a thousand Category V ‘protected landscapes’ internationally and though most are by definition in remote and/or more rural areas, there is clear evidence that their Protected Status has usually helped their economic and social prosperity.

This is particularly clear in Europe where an enhanced commitment to sustainable development emerged in the 1990s, including explicit recognition from the EU on the important role of economic activity in protecting the natural environment – stronger economies support vibrant communities and the resulting funding, support and volunteers to protect their surrounding natural landscapes1."

I don;'t wish to stoke the controversy surrpounding the Report, but the reference to the Pest Proof Fence, and the possibility of additioanl marine resrerves being established will certainly bring out a diverse range of opponents to whom such suggestions are heresy. As for "simple steps as New Zealand's first district to phase out plastic bags at point of sale" - never was there there a 'red-herring' of this magnitude in such a 'high-level' document (Leach's description!)




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