Last week I demonstrated that despite a proud history of conservation and environmental management, New Zealand is still fast losing its natural heritage and, with it, our future prosperity.
Addressing that requires some reframing of what conservation is for New Zealand, and recognition that doing more of the same might slow ongoing loss but cannot reverse the trend.
30 Jan Sciblogs: Part 1: A proud history of conservation
The extraordinary specialness of our wildlife and ecosystems is internationally renowned. New Zealand is a global biodiversity hotspot with deep time endemism. This means that not only are things here pretty special, but they’ve been that way for millions of years.
28 Jan Media Statement: EDS says PM should invest in nature, not just roads and rail
EDS has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement that Government intends spending more on built infrastructure. “It’s good at a time of fiscal surplus or near surplus to loosen the purse strings and bring forward much-needed investment on major infrastructure projects like Auckland rail and regional roads,” said EDS CEO Gary Taylor. “But there’s also a compelling need to invest in our natural capital.
19 Jan NZ Herald opinion piece: Marine protection proposals need more work
By Raewyn Peart The Government's proposals for revamping our marine protection legislation are long overdue. It is now 45 years since the Marine Reserves Act 1971 came into force. That legislation was world leading for its time. But we now know a lot more about the vast variety of life in the sea, its importance to us and our growing impacts on it.
13 Jan Govt under fire for not considering EEZ in marine review
Listen to EDS's Policy Director, Raewyn Peart, on Morning Report.
12 Jan Pathways to Prosperity - new EDS publication
EDS has been working on a significant follow-up publication to Vanishing Nature. It is a report called Pathways to prosperity: safeguarding biodiversity in development and is aimed at policy makers, legal, planning and ecology professionals, and resource users dealing with this complex interface. Generously supported with funding from the New Zealand Law Foundation. Purchase the report now....