Resource Management Act 1991

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Part 2 Purpose and principles

5 Purpose


The purpose of this Act is to promote the sustainable management of natural and physical resources.


In this Act, sustainable management means managing the use, development, and protection of natural and physical resources in a way, or at a rate, which enables people and communities to provide for their social, economic, and cultural well-being and for their health and safety while—


sustaining the potential of natural and physical resources (excluding minerals) to meet the reasonably foreseeable needs of future generations; and


safeguarding the life-supporting capacity of air, water, soil, and ecosystems; and


avoiding, remedying, or mitigating any adverse effects of activities on the environment.