In May 2017, the Ministry for the Environment advised it was looking into the value of natural capital for tourism use. That was one of our recommendations in our Clean Water submission and is a win for TIA.
In our submission, we recommended that Central and regional government need to consider tourism when making resourcing and planning decisions that impact on fresh water and need to understand the importance of fresh water to New Zealand tourism.
"Work needs to be undertaken to better support understanding of the economic value of fresh water to tourism, both at a national and regional level, and how to integrate this understanding into fresh water management processes."
It's a win for TIA that MFE is now looking into the value of natural capital for tourism use.