Report Points the Way Towards Sustainable California
With a growing population and a shrinking pool of natural resources,
California is faced with a quandary: How can the state manage
its resources, protect the environment and ensure equitable development?
A broad consensus is emerging that business as usual won't suffice.
A new report from the Pacific Institute, "Creating a Framework
for Sustainability in California: Lessons Learned from the New
Zealand Experience" by Andrea Sumits and Jason Morrison,
looks to New Zealand to provide innovative ideas for California's
The report details New Zealand's attempt to integrate environmental
protection and resource management with a "goals-based"
policy framework. In particular, the report looks at key principles
and strategies that may be of interest to California, and the
United States, including:· The three "E's" of
· The three "E's" of sustainability: Equity, Economy, and the Environment
· Integrated management of environmental media
· Decentralization - state vs. local control
· Public participation - the inclusion of stakeholders
· Flexibility - an "effects-based" approach
· Accountability - transparency of governmental decision-making
Funded by a broad range of interests from government, the environmental
community, and the private sector, the report evaluates the process
by which the New Zealand Resource Management Act (RMA) was established
and implemented, and makes specific recommendations for how certain
elements of the RMA could be considered in California's pursuit
of more effective and efficient environmental policies.