The Environment Canterbury Council has resolved to notify for public submissions a proposal to progress development of a new Canterbury Regional Pest Management Plan.
Councillor Peter Skelton said animals and plants declared as pests can threaten the natural environment and livelihoods.
“We need to make sure the right rules are in place to manage existing pests and new pests,” Professor Skelton said.
“Everyone has a part to play in reducing the impact of pests. They can affect both rural and urban areas. Without good management they can spread. By working together, we can protect Canterbury’s unique natural environment,” he said.
“We all want to protect biodiversity and production activities from the impact of pests, be able to better respond to pests as soon as they get here, and be better equipped to respond to changes in climate and land use, new tourism opportunities, changes in freshwater habitats and water movement.
“The submissions we receive on this proposal will help us decide how best to get there. This is very important for Canterbury and for New Zealand, so we encourage you to participate.”
Public notification, telling you how you can make a submission, will appear in newspapers and at www.ecan.govt.nz/pests on 3 June 2017. Submissions close on 3 July 2017.
Source: Environment Canterbury