Capabilities and tools we use to contribute to New Zealand wellbeing include:
- valuing natural resources
- cost benefit analysis
- pricing methods
- ecosystem services
- environmental economics surveys
Case study: Urban planning that sustains water-bodies
A pilot spatial decision-support system is being developed that allows the impacts of urban development scenarios on attributes such as water and sediment quality, ecosystem health and cultural, amenity and recreation values to be investigated and compared.
The research is being undertaken as part of the MBIE-funded and University of Otago lead, Resilient Urban Futures project. It involves collaboration with NIWA and Tipa & Associates to develop a sustainability indexing system which integrates the measurement of environmental, social, economic and cultural impacts and resilience that allows planners to consider these impacts holistically.
For more information on our People, policy and planning services, please contact Jim Sinner.