The Environmental Defence Society leaders says it welcomes a new spirit of consensus which appears to be emerging in the management of natural resources.
The society held its annual conference in conjuction with Federated Farmers in Auckland this week.
Chair Gary Taylor says that mood of consensus was apparent as the conference discussed how farming, forestry and fishing sectors could improve their environmental performance while still allowing growth.
"We've moved beyond conflict, into conversation," Mr Taylor said. "There's a lot of constructive engagement burgeoning out of the Land and Water Forum".
A similar collaborative approach was expected for future marine planning in the Hauraki Gulf.
But Mr Taylor said the conference identified a couple of areas where the consensus approach is lagging, including local government.