A deliberative and inclusive strategy for developing regional natural resource policy. Proceedings of the 2013 Australasian and Pacific Extension Network international conference.
Greater Wellington Regional Council is currently preparing a regional plan for the management of natural resources. A consultation process was required by the Council that would cope with large numbers of people, and enable all participants to contribute towards policy development. The process needed to match the stages in statutory policy formulation from issue identification, to setting objectives, policies and rules.
A consultation strategy was developed that addressed multiple groups and policy stages and provided for a range of consultation methods. The participative methods used included web-based surveys, directed workshops, and village discussion workshops. Experience in designing, organising and implementing the strategy has highlighted that when the results will form part of a statutory document, participatory methods need to be developed that can assist participants to make the greatest use of their contribution in a policy environment.
Parminter TG, 2013. A deliberative and inclusive strategy for developing regional natural resource policy. Proceedings of the 2013 Australasian and Pacific Extension Network international conference.