WCC 2016 Res 064 - Activity Report

General Information
IUCN Constituent: 
Department of Conservation
IUCN Constituent type: 
IUCN Member
Period covered: 
Geographic scope: 
New Zealand
In implementing this Resolution your organization has worked/consulted with...
IUCN Members: 
No other Members are/have been involved
IUCN Commissions: 
No Commissions are/have been involved
Other non-IUCN related organisations: 
Ministry of Health NZ, The New Zealand Public Service Assiciation, Sport NZ, Halberg Foundation, Blind and Low Vision NZ, NZ Geographic
Indicate and briefly describe any actions that have been carried out to implement this Resolution: 
OtherMinistry of Health (MOH) and Sport NZ Working with Ministry of Health and Sport NZ on joint Ministers’ programme ‘increasing physical activity’ in two ways; a stocktake of physical activity initiatives across government agencies, and working with researchers at Auckland University to develop indicators for physical activity in nature, as part of their broad research for increased physical activity. The Department of Conservation and MOH are looking at developing a combined work programme over the next 6 months. Halberg Foundation The Halberg Foundation, the Department of Conservation and third partner Sensibel have responded to the disabled community’s call for better, richer information in nature spaces. We have developed a website, Accessibel, a bridge to nature, mapping the information everyone needs to explore. Blind and Low Vision NZ The Department of Conservation has worked to create the braille and tactile maps for public conservation tracks for the Blind and Low Vision community to use to enable a richer experience when walking in nature. First maps were created and trialled in the field. NZ Geographic NZ Geographic are undertaking the nationwide NZ Virtual Reality (NZVR) project. The Department of Conservation has worked alongside NZVR ensuring the best filming outcomes, by navigating administrative processes. The NZVR project provides a 360 degree experience of the natural world, and is about bringing nature to those who cannot access it, thus building empathy and care of our nature. The Ministry of Education now funds access to the full NZ Geo archive for every school in NZ. The Deaprtment of Conservationare working with NZVR and the Department of Corrections to conduct a trial of bringing nature through Virtual Reality into prisons.On-going
Please report on the result /achievement of the actions taken: 
Ministry of Health NZ
Working together closer meant more New Zealanders are experiencing nature, and make nature part of their lives.

Sport NZ
Building relationships and working collaboratively across agencies increases potential for people to access more nature spaces.

Halberg Foundation
Increase in access to nature spaces, especially local tracks, for disabled community and families.

Blind and Low Vision NZ
Increase in access and enjoyment to specific nature spaces and tracks to huts for those blind and of low vision.

NZ Geographic
3D virtual reality access to exceptional nature spaces around NZ for all, especially schools.
Sharing specific nature spaces with iwi (Maori tribes) who descend and hail(whakapapa) from those places but have no opportunity to go there and personally experience it, eg. Kermadec Islands.
Identify and briefly describe what future actions are planned for the implementation of this Resolution: 
Future ActionDescription
OtherMinistry of Health NZ – new programme of work for the Department of Conservation and the Ministry of Health to work together being planned for Feb – June 2020. Halberg Foundation – new customers sought throughout 2020, venturing around major city councils in NZ, to ensure nature spaces are made more accessible for disabled in all NZ city locales. Blind and Low Vision NZ – potential for Great Walks to be made into braille and tactile maps.