Strategy & Plans

Our long-term strategic vision is to make Wellington an eco-city.

Our long-term vision

The Council's long-term strategic vision is Towards 2040: Smart Capital. One of the goals in this vision is to make Wellington an eco-city:

Towards 2040: Smart Capital

Our Long Term Plan 2012-22 supports the aim to develop Wellington as an eco-city that:

  • proactively responds to environmental challenges
  • takes an environmental leadership role, as the capital city of clean and green New Zealand.

Long Term Plan 2012-22 

Our other strategies and plans

Other Council plans for the environment include:

Our Natural Capital - Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan

The Council's Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for Wellington:

  • outlines our vision, goals and objectives
  • sets the priorities that give our work direction and purpose
  • provides a set of guiding principles for Council to work by

The aim of the strategy is to protect and restore our indigenous biodiversity.

In order to achieve this, we must connect people with our indigenous biodiversity and carry out research so we can better manage it.

These are the four themes under which our biodiversity management guidelines, goals, objectives and actions are grouped.

  • To achieve our biodiversity goals, we will aim to protect the ecologically significant areas on both private and public land. 
  • We will restore these areas, create safe buffer zones around them and connect them together. 
  • We will reduce pest numbers throughout Wellington City to a point where our native species can survive and expand. 
  • Throughout the urban environment, we will focus on raising awareness of the issues facing indigenous biodiversity and connecting people to their natural environment.
    We will enable our community to continue restoration work across all of our reserves and we will support them in these efforts.

NZ Biodiversity Strategy - NZ Biodiversity

Climate Change Action Plan

In June 2010, the Council passed the Climate Change Action Plan that established the dual focus on:

Adaptation - preparing for the impacts of climate change so we can safeguard the community, the environment and the economy from likely risks.

Mitigation - reducing greenhouse gas emissions, or storing (sequestering) carbon dioxide in forests.

The Council's work programme on climate change is divided into the following key action areas:

  • Adaptation
  • Buildings and energy
  • Land transport
  • Waste
  • Council operations
  • Forestry
  • Aviation

The Council's 2010 Climate Change Action Plan provided a 2-year work programme to achieve significant progress on climate change. The plan was recognised as a category award winner in the Ministry for the Environment Green Ribbon Awards 2011.