The Proposed Regional Pest Management Plan consultation process has now been completed and Council has adopted the Draft Plan.
The Regional Pest Management Plan aims 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:
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 with the focus on:
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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