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The Proposed Regional Pest Management Plan consultation process has now been completed and Council has adopted the Draft Plan.
The Regional Pest Management Plan came into effect on 1 February 2019. Its primary aim is to limit the adverse effects of unwanted plants, animals, horticultural and marine pests. These invasive species can have wide ranging effects on human health, indigenous flora and fauna, our heritage, or the economy. This Plan supercedes the previous Regional Pest and Phytosanitary Management Strategies.
Regional pest management operates within a biosecurity framework for the Hawke’s Bay region, which includes:
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has completed the review of the pest management approaches for Hawke's Bay. The Council adopted the Hawke’s Bay Regional Pest Management Plan which commenced on 1 February 2019, after being publicly notified on Monday 28 January 2019.
Positive engagement from the community through the release of a discussion document in 2017 has helped shape this proposed plan. Council also worked with key stakeholders, including farmers, contractors, agencies and members of the community. We thank all those who have contributed to the review.
Over the past 15 years, approximately 80% of the regional council’s biosecurity budget has focused on pests affecting agricultural production. There is now a growing community expectation for a greater focus on protecting our native species and habitats and to recognise the biodiversity gains achieved from our current programmes. The plan reflects this change in attitude.
Major changes in the plan are -
The discussion document used to inform and develop the plan during 2017 is available - Regional Pest Management Plan Discussion Document 2017
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