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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2013) 57(4): 19–23
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Professional Paper
Assessment of New Zealandís forest codes of practice for erosion and sediment control

Melissa Pendly 1, Mark Bloomberg 2 and John Fairweather 3

1 New Zealand School of Forestry, University of Canterbury
2 New Zealand School of Forestry, University of Canterbury
3 Professor of Rural Sociology, Agribusiness and Economics Research, Lincoln University

New Zealandís forest industry has several codes of practice available for erosion and sediment control. This article reviews conditions required for a code of practice to succeed in protecting the environment. Internal conditions Ė those conditions which are written into a code and can be assessed by reading the document alone Ė were used to assess the strengths and weaknesses of six of New Zealandís forest codes of practice. The study found that overall, the codes scored highly for objectives, communication, planning and comprehensiveness. However they did not score well for regulatory approach, monitoring, foundations and review process. Some preliminary recommendations were made about the development of future codes of practice based on these results.
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