New Zealand: Environment Commissioner proposes 4 measures for Sustainable Tourism

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Added 2021-02-19


NZ Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton, urged the NZ Government to take advantage of the pause in international tourism so as to promote sustainable tourism. He recommended the following four measures:

  • Introduce a departure tax that reflects the environmental cost of flying internationally from New Zealand, and use the revenue to support the development of low-emissions aviation technologies and provide a source of climate finance for Pacific Island nations.
  • Make any future central government funding for tourism infrastructure conditional on environmental criteria and aligned with mana whenua and the local community’s vision for tourism development.
  • Clarify and, where necessary, strengthen the tools the Department of Conservation can use to address the loss of wildness and natural quiet at some of Aotearoa’s most spectacular natural attractions. This includes tightening up rules around commercial activity on conservation lands and waters.
  • Strengthen the existing standard for self-contained freedom camping, improve oversight of the certifying process and require rental car agencies to play a greater role in collecting freedom camping infringement fees and fines.

The New Zealand Green Party, which holds two ministerial posts in Jacinda Ardern's Labour government, welcomed the report.


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