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dc.contributor.authorFroude, Victoria A.
dc.contributor.authorRennie, Hamish Gordon
dc.contributor.authorBornman, Janet F.
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-26T23:50:33Z
dc.date.available2010-09-26T23:50:33Z
dc.date.issued2010
dc.identifier.citationFroude, V.A., Rennie, H.G. & Bornman, J.F. (2010). The nature of natural: defining natural character for the New Zealand context. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 34(3), 332-341.en_NZ
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10289/4604
dc.description.abstractNew Zealand has a long-standing statutory policy goal to preserve the natural character of the coastal environment and various freshwater environments and their margins. In the absence of an authoritative definition, it has not been possible to develop a method to measure natural character and its change, nor the outcomes of the long-standing national policy goal. Here we develop a definition of natural character that is relevant and useful in the New Zealand environmental, cultural and legal/policy context. Literature-derived interpretations of natural character and equivalent concepts are evaluated as to their potential suitability for developing a biophysical definition of natural character. Using a set of carefully designed criteria a subset of interpretations are condensed into a definition of natural character. The application of this definition is qualified following consideration of the literature addressing human perception and experiences of natural character. Appropriate reference conditions and baselines for evaluating natural character in different contexts are discussed.en_NZ
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dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherNew Zealand Ecological Societyen_NZ
dc.relation.urihttp://www.nzes.org.nz/nzje/abstract.php?volume_issue=j34_3&pdf_filename=NZJEcol34_3_332.pdfen_NZ
dc.rightsThis article has been published in the journal: New Zealand Journal of Ecology. © 2010 New Zealand Ecological Society. Used with permission.en_NZ
dc.subjectbaselinesen_NZ
dc.subjectcoastal environmenten_NZ
dc.subjectenvironmental naturalnessen_NZ
dc.subjectenvironmental policyen_NZ
dc.subjecthuman perceptionen_NZ
dc.subjectreference conditionsen_NZ
dc.subjectResource Management Acten_NZ
dc.titleThe nature of natural: defining natural character for the New Zealand contexten_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
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