Media Release: Port Pegasus salmon canned

01 Nov

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…

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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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25 Oct

Media Release: EDS welcomes strong line up for the environment

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) is delighted with the portfolio allocation in the new Government. “We are witnessing a sea-change in the priority attached to conservation and the environment in the cabinet appointments,” says EDS CEO Gary Taylor. “It is not an exaggeration to say that from an environmental perspective, this is the most progressive line-up of Ministers we have ever had. The signals that it gives are that we…

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20 Oct

Media Release: EDS welcomes new government and environmental reforms

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has welcomed the new Labour-led government. “The policy commitments from Labour, NZ First and the Greens promise a remarkably progressive trajectory for the environment and conservation over the next 3 years,” says EDS CEO Gary Taylor. “There is a lot of overlap that we expect to see reflected in the coalition documents. The electorate is seeking faster and more decisive action on key areas of…

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19 Oct

Media Release: Government report confirms need for more action on climate change

The latest in the series of environmental assessment reports from the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand confirms the need for more urgent action to curb our burgeoning greenhouse gas emissions. “Our Atmosphere and Climate, released today, confirms that global emissions of carbon dioxide topped 400 parts per million in 2016, the highest for 800,000 years,” said EDS CEO Gary Taylor. “Domestically, the report reveals that New Zealand’s…