Ecological Guidelines New Zealand

Published 6 June 2018

Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA)

EIANZ guidelines for use in New Zealand: terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems 2nd Edition

We are pleased to announce the 2nd Edition of these Guidelines are now available online.  

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These update the 1st Edition (March 2015) and reflect feedback and comments received from a range of individuals, professional bodies and interest groups. The layout, style and format of the original are retained so that comparison between the two versions is possible, but substantial changes have been made in some areas to:

  • emphasise the focus of these Guidelines on RMA section 88/ Schedule 4 (leading to modification of Chapter 5 in particular);
  • stress ecological description and analysis as a basis for impact assessment and management; and
  • review the use of matrices as summary tables for ecological description and assessment.

The 2nd Edition emphasises that these Guidelines are not just for use by ecologists working for a project developer or proponent, but are also intended to assist ecologists and planners processing applications in councils to check if all expected information is generally present and treated in an appropriate way.

The Guidelines have been created by Judith Roper-Lindsay (also editor), Stephen Fuller, Scott Hooson, and Mark Sanders.

We look forward to seeing these Guidelines in use and receiving feedback on their application. Please direct any feedback or comments to newzealand@eianz.org.

Download EcIA Guidelines  →