FREE PUBLIC WORKSHOP
4-6pm, Thursday 16 June, Hearing Assn Rooms, 179 Palmerston Rd, Gisborne.
Are you concerned about sewage in city rivers, local impacts of forestry, public structures blocking your view, offshore drilling or other resource management issues? What rights do citizens have? How can we better participate in planning and decision-making?
Dr Marie Brown will present a user-friendly guide to public participation in resource management along with examples from locals of how the RMA has been used over the past few years in Tairāwhiti. There will be opportunities for Q+A on specific issues and some workshopping on what more can be done to raise awareness of this important legislation and how it can be used by citizens.
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Marie Brown is the Senior Policy Analyst for the Environmental Defence Society, specialising in biodiversity policy. She holds degrees in science and environmental law and a PhD from the University of Waikato that focussed on the use of ecological compensation under the RMA. Marie has worked in the fields of RMA compliance monitoring and natural environment policy and has a keen interest in effective environmental governance.
Marie is the lead author of Vanishing Nature: facing New Zealand’s biodiversity crisis and the more recent Pathways to prosperity: safeguarding biodiversity in development. In 2016, her research focus areas are the environmental outcomes of the Resource Management Act and a new project on monitoring and enforcement of environmental law in New Zealand.
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