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The nature of natural: defining natural character for the New Zealand context

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Show simple item record Froude, Victoria A. Rennie, Hamish Gordon Bornman, Janet F. 2010-09-26T23:50:33Z 2010-09-26T23:50:33Z 2010
dc.identifier.citation Froude, 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.description.abstract New 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.iso en
dc.publisher New Zealand Ecological Society en_NZ
dc.relation.uri en_NZ
dc.rights This article has been published in the journal: New Zealand Journal of Ecology. © 2010 New Zealand Ecological Society. Used with permission. en_NZ
dc.subject baselines en_NZ
dc.subject coastal environment en_NZ
dc.subject environmental naturalness en_NZ
dc.subject environmental policy en_NZ
dc.subject human perception en_NZ
dc.subject reference conditions en_NZ
dc.subject Resource Management Act en_NZ
dc.title The nature of natural: defining natural character for the New Zealand context en_NZ
dc.type Journal Article en_NZ
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