A number of the New Zealand’s Government’s members welcomes the plan aimed to restore a “healthy and abundant” Hauraki Gulf located in the country’s North Island, and enhance the Gulf’s biodiversity by means of restoring and protecting habitats, Sun Life reports on Wednesday.
The marine spatial plan, unveiled on Tuesday night, includes13 new proposed marine protected areas. The plan has been developed by the Sea Change multi-sector Stakeholder Working Group over the course of four years.
On Tuesday, three ministers of New Zealand’s Cabinet voiced their support to the project. In particular, the Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith promised to launch consultations as early as in the New Year about how all interested parties could be “involved to ensure the ongoing success of the Sea Change process.”