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A SUR­VEY OF THE PUB­LIC’S PER­CEP­TIONS of New Zealand’s en­vi­ron­ment shows that we have an overly pos­i­tive view of our en­vi­ron­ment, but that we are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly con­cerned about the im­pact of our pri­mary in­dus­tries on nature.

Re­spon­dents felt the most im­por­tant en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues fac­ing the coun­try were wa­ter, fol­lowed by agri­cul­tural is­sues and cli­mate change.

“New Zealan­ders love their rivers and lakes, coast­lines and oceans,” says For­est & Bird spokesper­son Ge­off Keey. “We are be­com­ing more aware of the pres­sures placed on th­ese re­sources by our pri­mary in­dus­tries.”

59 per­cent of re­spon­dents iden­ti­fied farm­ing as a ma­jor cause of dam­age to the en­vi­ron­ment (up from 25 per­cent when the sur­vey be­gan in 2000). 65 per­cent of re­spon­dents thought man­age­ment of farm­ing ef­flu­ent and runoff was bad or very bad. In a sim­i­lar vein, re­spon­dents felt that of all our re­sources, rivers and lakes were in the worst state.

There was also a grow­ing per­cep­tion that the man­age­ment of our marine fish­eries is wors­en­ing, with over 35 per­cent of re­spon­dents say­ing that our fish­eries were poorly or very poorly man­aged.

The sur­vey re­vealed that New Zealan­ders per­ceive that more of our seas are pro­tected in marine re­serves than is ac­tu­ally the case. “Many New Zealan­ders may be shocked to re­alise how lit­tle of our marine en­vi­ron­ment is pro­tected – less than half a per­cent of our oceans are in marine re­serves.”

The Pub­lic Per­cep­tions of New Zealand’s En­vi­ron­ment sur­vey is pro­duced by re­searchers at Lin­coln Univer­sity, and is re­leased ev­ery three years. For­est & Bird is one of sev­eral or­gan­i­sa­tions who help to fund the sur­vey, along­side coun­cils, NGOS, and in­dus­try groups.

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