Effective governance of New Zealand’s urban forest: governance and legislation
Thesis DisciplineForestry Science
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Forestry Science
This research presented in this thesis seeks to understand the context of urban forest management within New Zealand. In particular, it focuses on examining the understanding of local government authority (LGA) employees and the interactions these people have with urban forests. It also explores how central government plays a key role in supporting this resource. While this research is situated across New Zealand, it is designed to assist the global understanding of using trees in urban environments.
Concerns regarding the shift in population from rural to urban life has generated discussion about the use of the environment and its natural capital. As this becomes a new life for human populations, there is a need to understand how nature can be used to combat some of the new challenges. It also aims to examine how stakeholders have different perspectives based on their values and how this supports or hinders urban forest management. Drawing on the literature used for this topic (both qualitative and quantitative), this research is interested in understanding how urban forests are supported by local council and the impact of central government on this type of green infrastructure.