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Monitoring is more than simply ticking a box to note that a condition has been met; it is a constant process of tracking and evaluating progress towards our goals and providing feedback to allow for an adaptive and effective environmental management.
There is an increasing recognition of the important role monitoring plays in effective environmental management. With this in mind this workshop has been designed to explore the ways we monitor, the sharing of ideas, and to provide food for thought on what is happening right now.
Facilitator: Jessica PhillipsJessica Phillips, Senior Analyst Urban Environment, MfE
Jessica has practiced as a planner for 10+ years both in Australia and New Zealand (for local, state and central government), and is a graduate of Auckland University having obtained a BSc and Master of Planning Practice. At the Ministry she led the roll-out of the National Monitoring System, a new framework for monitoring the Resource Management Act 1991; and is now working in the Urban Environment Team, where she is focused on developing the implementation programme for the proposed National Policy Statement for Urban Development Capacity.
Raymond Chang is an Associate Environmental Scientist at Beca Ltd. He began his career as a Resource Advisor with Greater Wellington Regional Council, where he worked in consenting and compliance work around discharges to air and water from major projects in the Wellington context. He project managed the first response to RMA timeframe reporting to the Ministry for the Environment on their behalf. Since his move to Beca Christchurch and eventually Auckland some seven years ago, he has leveraged his broad involvement in planning and environmental science to focus on environmental management and monitoring responses for major discharge projects across the country. He has acted on behalf of Auckland Council, Waikato Regional Council, Greater Wellington, Environment Canterbury and Environment Southland and for a range of major infrastructure and industrial projects in both environmental and planning roles, giving him some interesting insights into the various environmental monitoring demands and policy responses across the Country.
Steve Pearce has worked for Auckland City Council and Auckland Council in the regulatory compliance field for the past 9 years. In this period he has been a key contributor to a wide range of resource management matters. Steve's experience includes both territorial authority and regional council functions. He is a motivated and driven compliance professional with a strong leadership experience. Most recently, as Compliance Manager, he has been leading the integration of the resource management compliance functions and has been responsible for the introduction of risk based compliance decision making within the Resource Consents department at Auckland Council.
Tom Bowen is Strategy and Policy Manager at Horizons Regional Council. Since joining the Council, a major focus of his work has been establishing systems for the monitoring and evaluation of the One Plan - the combined Regional Policy Statement and Regional Plan for Manawatu-Whanganui. Prior to moving into the regional sector, Tom spent several years at the Ministry for the Environment managing environmental information, including development of reporting under the Environmental Reporting Act.
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