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Funding To Plug Environmental Data Gaps


The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon
Upton, has welcomed the Budget 2021 initiative to upgrade
the environmental monitoring and reporting
system.

“I am heartened to see action on this
fundamental issue”, the Commissioner said. “For too long
we have been flying blind when it comes to vital
environmental information.

“How can we make informed
choices about how to manage our environment if we don’t
have the right data available?”

“The
Government’s commitment of $25 million over the next three
years will help plug key data and knowledge gaps and allow
us to construct a clearer picture of the state of our
environment.”

The Commissioner’s 2019 report Focusing
Aotearoa New Zealand’s environmental reporting
system
called for improvements to the evidence base
underpinning the environmental reporting system. The report
recommended developing a comprehensive, nationally
coordinated environmental monitoring system, and called for
a mandated strategy to prioritise and incrementally fill
data gaps.

The Government’s budget announcement
represents real progress towards developing a national
monitoring and reporting framework to collect consistent
information and fill in the gaps, and to get a handle on
whether costly interventions are having an
effect.

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