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Environment policy on scientific evidence

Tuesday, 22 March 2005

UF / ORNZ: How about we base environment policy on scientific evidence?

Environmental decisions need to be made on hard scientific evidence, not airy-fairy ideological agendas, Outdoor Recreation NZ chairman and United Future Taupo candidate Paul Check said at the launch of United Future/ORNZ’s outdoors policy in Taupo today.

“I know it’s a radical concept in some environmental circles, but there you have it!” Mr Check said.

“Unfortunately it needs stating, simply because it would be a complete about-face on the way things are done today, particularly with DOC,” he said.

“Environmental decisions need to be made on the basis of robust scientific data, both in terms of identifying problems and projecting policy outcomes.

“It’s time common sense was applied to environment policy and United Future will do just that,” Mr Check said.


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