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close this bookForest codes of practice. Contributing to environmentally sound forest operations. (FAO Forestry Paper - 133) (1996)
close this folderNew Zealand forestry and the forest code of practice
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View the documentAbstract
View the documentNew Zealand forestry
View the documentNZ’s environmental legislation
View the documentNZ forest code of practice
View the documentConclusions
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View the documentAuthor’s contact information
View the documentAnnex. Reproduction of a page on “Roading” from the operational database.


The New Zealand Forest Code of Practice (FCoP) was first published in 1990, after three years of consultation between LIRO and the forest industry, territorial authorities (councils) and other interest groups. In 1991 a comprehensive new environmental law, the Resource Management Act, was passed by parliament and the FCoP was revised and updated in 1993. The aim of the code is “to plan, manage and carry out forestry operations in a sustainable manner”.

An overview of forestry in New Zealand, and a short summary of the new environmental legislation, is presented to put the FCoP into context. The content of the code is then more carefully explained. Important to the success of the FCoP is that it has been accepted and endorsed by the forest industry and most territorial authorities. It contains both environmental planning and operational information, is designed for ease of use, and should be a good tool to promote better forestry practices.