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11.2.2 Protect areas of significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats of indigenous fauna

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Regional and district plans shall (excluding activities pursuant to 11.1.4):

  1. protect areas of significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats of indigenous fauna;
  2. require that activities avoid the loss or degradation of areas of significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats of indigenous fauna in preference to remediation or mitigation;
  3. require that any unavoidable adverse effects on areas of significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats of indigenous fauna are remedied or mitigated;
  4. where any adverse effects are unable to be avoided, remedied or mitigated in accordance with (b) and (c), more than minor residual adverse effects shall be offset to achieve no net loss; and
  5. ensure that remediation, mitigation or offsetting as a first priority relates to the indigenous biodiversity that has been lost or degraded (whether by on-site or off-site methods). Methods may include the following:
    1. replace like-for-like habitats or ecosystems (including being of at least equivalent size or ecological value);
    2. involve the re-creation of habitat;
    3. develop or enhance areas of alternative habitat supporting similar ecology/significance; or
    4. involve the legal and physical protection of existing habitat;
  6. recognise that remediation, mitigation and offsetting may not be appropriate where the indigenous biodiversity is rare, at risk, threatened or irreplaceable; and
  7. have regard to the functional necessity of activities being located in or near areas of significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats of indigenous fauna where no reasonably practicable alternative location exists.
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