1.3 Monitoring the Effectiveness of the Plan
Each chapter of this Plan sets out the specific monitoring options for the issue being addressed, which are intended to measure the achievement of objectives and policies relating to that issue. The reader is referred to those sections for the detailed monitoring proposals, which also include the specific measurements and information sources.
Waikato Regional Council’s regional monitoring programmes, will need to focus on the following key areas:
- Regional Environmental Trend Monitoring
Ongoing general environmental monitoring including evaluating the status of various ecosystems to assess the health and condition of the Region’s natural and physical resources, and identifying any changes or trends in the quality or quantity of resources in the Region. This includes social, cultural and economic information that is relevant to the sustainable management of natural and physical resources.
- Compliance and Effects Monitoring
Monitoring the use of resources within the Region and the effects of those uses on physical, chemical, biological and intrinsic quantities and values of the environment. This will help assess the extent and way in which resources are being used, identify the likely pressures and threats, and detect any changes or trends in resource use over time. This will be done through monitoring compliance with resource consents conditions, recording responses to complaints and monitoring permitted activities to ensure that they are in compliance with the rules in the Plan and that any effects that are occurring are consistent with the Plan objectives.
- Performance Monitoring
Monitoring of the effectiveness of actions, activities, or methods introduced to address environmental issues. This monitoring assesses the effectiveness of responses to environmental issues.
- Community Monitoring
Monitoring undertaken by community groups such as Care Groups to help develop targets, understand the local environment and monitor achievements.
- Research, Investigations and Surveys
Investigations or studies of specific issues, which can be one-off studies, generally identifying pressures, state and response in the same study. This provides the technical or scientific understanding that underpins environmental monitoring and reporting programmes. Perception surveys are providing important information on the communities awareness, values, attitudes and actions.
- Plan Implementation Monitoring
Monitoring to ensure that the Plan is being effectively implemented. Means of monitoring will include reviews of the quality of staff reports on consent applications to ensure that they consistently implement the objectives and policies of the Plan. Plan effectiveness monitoring will also include assessment of whether non-regulatory methods have been implemented and the degree to which they have contributed to achieving the Plan’s objectives.