West Coast Accord

West Coast Accord

The West Coast Accord was an agreement signed on 6 November 1986 between government, industry and environmental organisations concerning the forests of the West Coast of New Zealand.

The major focus of the Accord was for the sustainable yield of timber from the indigenous forests on the West Coast.

The signatories were:
*Minister for the Environment
*West Coast United Council
*Native Forest Action Council
*Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand
*Federated Mountain Clubs of New Zealand
*West Coast Timber Association
*Westland Timber Workers Union

It was cancelled on 15 May 2000 by the Forests (West Coast Accord) Act 2000. From 31 March 2002 the forests in public ownership were no longer logged and were reclassified for conservation purposes. [cite web
last =
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title = Forestry on the West Coast
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publisher = Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
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url = http://www.maf.govt.nz/forestry/publications/west-coast-regional-study/rswestcoast03.htm
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accessdate = 2008-04-17

The Accord was doomed to failure since there were conflicting opinions between industry and environmental groups as to what constituted sustainable management of the forests. [cite journal
last = Memon
first = P. Ali
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coauthors = Geoff Wilson
title = Contesting governance of indigenous forests in New Zealand: The case of the West Coast Forest Accord
journal = Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
volume = 50
issue = 6
pages = 745 - 764
date = November 2007
url = http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09640560701608705
doi = 10.1080/09640560701608705
id =
accessdate = 2008-04-17


External links

cite web
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title = Forests (West Coast Accord) Act 2000
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publisher = Land Information New Zealand
date = 2000-12-12
url = http://www.linz.govt.nz/docs/titles-and-records/rgl-publications/8-0-forests-act-2000.pdf
format = pdf
doi =
accessdate = 2008-02-08

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