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The New Zealand policy, information and land use information hijack

November 18, 2011

New Zealand climate change policy attempts to change behaviors away from polluting towards more sustainable behavior by placing a price or cost on the polluter with the objective being that the polluter will not want to pay this cost in favor of finding ways to reduce the pollution. In especially the land use space, this policy will likely drive landowners to change and/or shift land use towards activities that best match the particular characteristics of specific parcels of land.

Now here is the hijack. Landowners whom need to make these important land use change decisions do not have ready access to detailed land use information. But it does exist. Indeed there are detailed records of data and information about land use dating back 100 years or more. The problem is that this data and information resides in the records of research organizations and institutions paid for over and over again (by tax-payers), but it is not readily available to real land owners and decision makers. When they try to access the data, they run up against bureaucracy and barriers that attempt to charge (very high cost) to get access to the information.

Meanwhile New Zealand land owners, farmers and managers whom are desperate for robust information to make informed land use decisions (click here to see what we are doing currently), and central government policy that is trying to shift land use towards more sustainable uses, are hijacked by the intermediaries.

There is a real desperate need for some real leadership from especially government to intervene and instruct the release of this information in a form that landowners and managers can make real time informed best land use decisions.

The issue is no longer a technology barrier one in this age of, portable computing,  iclouds, high speed broadband, and powerful geographic information system (GIS) platforms.

If successful, this we will see a more rapid deployment and uptake by landowners of options arising out of climate change policy because landowners will be equipped best information from which to make durable and sustainable land use decisions. Now this has to be a good thing!

What do you think?


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