Report slams Mackenzie tenure review

Report slams Mackenzie tenure review
14 Dec

Article by David Williams on newsroom. Suggestions that land-use changes in the South Island high country are a 'train wreck' have been confirmed by new research, which heaps pressure on the new Government to act quickly before more Mackenzie Basin land is put into private hands through tenure review. David Williams reports. New research suggests the law controlling tenure review is being ignored in the Mackenzie Basin, with important landscapes…

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07 Dec

Media Release: EDS calls for an independent inquiry into fisheries management

In response to the release of the Future Catch report by the New Zealand Initiative earlier this week, EDS has called for a wide-ranging public inquiry into New Zealand’s fisheries management system. “There are many worrying problems with the current fisheries management regime, and these are far broader than recreational fishing,” said EDS Policy Director Raewyn Peart. “My research has shown that confidence in the fisheries management system is at…

Marine biodiversity and taonga species: slipping through the cracks Read full post…
05 Dec

Marine biodiversity and taonga species: slipping through the cracks

EDS's lawyer Madeleine Wright and Sally Gepp (Environmental Lawyer, Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society) have and article published in the latest Resource Management Journal (RMJ). Marine biodiversity and taonga species are being lost in the gap between regional coastal plan and Fisheries Act spheres of control. Yet if the ocean’s ecosystems fail, the fishing industry will too. Recent reports paint a distressing picture of species decline and the deleterious effects…

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26 Oct

University Essay Competition

Each year EDS runs an essay competition for university students. The Competition: designed to stimulate interest in environmental law and encourage excellence in legal research and writing. The Prize: attendance at EDS's 2018 annual conference in Auckland (August 2018) including travel and accomodation as required. See full details on the EDS website.

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01 Nov

Media Release: Port Pegasus salmon canned

The Environmental Defence Society has confirmed that the proposed salmon farm at Port Pegasus, a remote part of Stewart Island, is not going to proceed. At a meeting of the Southland Aquaculture Reference Group earlier this week, it was decided that there were overwhelming difficulties with the proposal. EDS’s CEO Gary Taylor, who was a member of the group, says that it failed to stack up on almost all criteria.…

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31 Oct

Media Release: EDS releases new report on Biobanking in New Zealand 

The Environmental Defence Society has released a new research report aimed at exploring how habitat banking could contribute to the management of New Zealand’s biodiversity. Banking on Biodiversity: the feasibility of Biobanking in New Zealand is available free on the EDS website from today. “We are aware that offsetting the harm to nature in development by providing biodiversity gains elsewhere has a chequered track record in this country,” said EDS…