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Dream for iconic Mackenzie Basin one step closer to reality

In Twizel yesterday members of the Mackenzie Country Trust formally adopted their Strategic Framework, bringing them one step closer to realising a universal dream to protect the unique and precious landscapes of the Mackenzie Basin while at the same time, supporting a flourishing and sustainable economy.
It has taken five years to get to this point after the release of “The Mackenzie Agreement – A Shared Vision”, the result of a difficult but productive process where opposing stakeholders sat down, agreed on a common purpose and set the course for a future trust to bring that vision to reality.
In what has been a long process, with more hurdles than anticipated to obtain national funding, the trust are finally in a position to move forward and begin the process of establishing an entity that will work with farmers to identify significant areas for protection, establish Joint Management Agreements (JMAs) and work tirelessly to employ novel funding mechanisms to bring that vision to reality.
This is good news for the Mackenzie Region and trustees are determined to prove that the balance between environmental and economic sustainability can be achieved when people work together with a common goal.
Contact : Mike Neilson (Chairman) mike@ohau.co.nz

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