Report: TR 2015/08
Author: Wildland Consultants Ltd
Waikato Regional Council commissioned Wildland Consultants to revise the criteria set used for the ranking of geothermal habitats in the Waikato region.
The council's key requirements are that the review is to address the removal of criteria not relevant for geothermal habitats, the removal of any potential “double-dipping” with regards to site scoring, and simplification to ensure that the scoring system can be applied both efficiently and accurately. A key objective of the revision was to also design a single worksheet that includes all of the criteria, to enable the calculation of an overall site score.
This report provides:
It is important that the regional council is able to soundly prioritise potential biodiversity management effort in geothermal areas. These habitats are of very limited extent, occur at more than 60 sites, and many are degraded and/or under considerable threat.
|3||Regional crietria for management priorities|
|4.2||Original criteria to be retained, with modifications|
|4.3||Original criteria to be omitted|
|5||Ecological value criteria set|
|5.2||National priority (24 points)|
|5.3||Size (40 points)|
|5.4||Representativeness (75 points)|
|5.5||Proximity to other natural areas (15 points)|
|5.6||Threatened or At Risk Species (40 points)|
|6||Criteria set for management priorities|
|6.2||Vulnerability (24 points)|
|6.3||Restoration potential (20 points)|
|6.4||Outcome objectives (14 points)|
|6.5||Funding and management input (10 points)|
|7||Trial scoring of sites|
|Appendix 1: Species listed by Waikato Regional Council as qualifying for the 'extinction protection" criterion|
|Appendix 2: Site rankings|