A case study of the role science played in the development of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management
Project Details Ngā taipitopito
Collaborators Ngā haumi
Environmental Defence Society
For government policy to result in good environmental outcomes, it needs to be based on the best available science, and reflect community concerns and values – but finding the balance is often not straightforward.
The role that science plays in informing policy is complex. Science is seldom able to provide absolute answers and governments must make decisions in an environment where science advice may be actively evolving.
This project explores the relationship between science and policy through a detailed case study of the role that science played in the development of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management.
Recommendations on how to strengthen the scientific foundations for policy in Aotearoa were drawn from in-depth anonymous interviews with key contributors to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management, together with information from literature, government reports and international examples. The impact of current regulatory direction, which guides the regulatory impact assessment process, was also reviewed.