"Conservation" as a term applied in the context of environmental law and policy has undergone subtle and not so subtle changes in meaning since the nineteenth century. In New Zealand's case, not only is much of the history of the physical environment based on conservation issues, but also, since the mid 1980s, there has been a Government Department (Department of Conservation) charged specifically with management of the country's conservation estate. However, more recently, this traditional emphasis on conservation has been criticised as inappropriate and inadequate as a strategy for dealing with broader environmental problems. Taking these criticisms as a starting point, this paper explores and contextualises the changes in meaning given to the term "conservation" in the past, and the role it may play in the context of future environmental policy.
|Keywords:||Conservation, Physical Environment, Policy, International Environmental Issues|
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Business, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
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