South Taranaki Star

State of the environmen­t snapshot due

- DEENA COSTER

How healthy the air, land and water resources are in Taranaki will be subject of an updated report set for release in June.

The Taranaki Regional Council will launch its latest state of the environmen­t report in June, seven years since the previous snapshot was provided.

The new document will consider three key topics – air, water and land – and will build on the findings released in 2015.

It will also provide new informatio­n about the impact of climate change on the region.

In 2015, the council said the ecological health, and the physical and chemical state of freshwater in the region was in the best shape it had ever been, and that land, air and coastal resources were also in good condition. However, there were some vocal critics of the 2015 report outcomes, including the Green Party and freshwater ecologist Dr Mike Joy, who questioned the results.

The new report, which is due to be publicly launched on June 28, would be used to guide future council policy and planning, as well as to prioritise council activities, and where targeted interventi­ons were most needed.

A memorandum highlighti­ng the launch date of the report was considered at the council’s policy and planning committee on Tuesday last week, when it was received and noted.

Last month, the Environmen­t Aotearoa 2022 report was released, which provided a comprehens­ive assessment of the state of New Zealand’s natural resources.

Among the findings was how human activities were damaging the quality of New Zealand’s land, air and water.

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