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16 Sep

Carbon farming with pines bad for the environment

The Environmental Defence Society is calling for an urgent reset of Aotearoa New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme because of the way it is driving a massive expansion of carbon farming across our landscapes. The price of carbon has now soared to over $60 per tonne.  “Vast swathes of the countryside are being bought up by foreign companies for conversion to large scale pine plantations, principally driven by the increasing price…

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07 Sep

EDS kicks off major Oceans Reform project  

EDS has reached a major milestone in its project looking at the future of the oceans with the release today of a working paper titled The Breaking Wave: A conversation about reforming the oceans management system in Aotearoa New Zealand. The project builds on EDS’s previous extensive work on the marine environment and on resource management reform. “The Government’s current reform agenda is focused on the terrestrial environment, with oceans…

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01 Sep

EDS releases Resource Management Reform reports

The Environmental Defence Society has been working on the reform of the resource management system for the past 3 years. It has established that the current law is not providing sufficient protection for the environment and has excessive process churn. The Government has released an Exposure Draft of a new bill for scrutiny by the Environment Select Committee and EDS is scheduled to appear before it tomorrow. In advance, EDS…

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25 Aug

Updates to Environment Guide website now complete

EDS has recently undertaken a comprehensive review of its Environment Guide website: http://www.environmentguide.org.nz/  “The Environment Guide is an online guide providing reliable information about the Resource Management Act 1991 and other environmental legislation. It is written in plain language and is easy to use, making it a great source for those wanting to participate more effectively in environmental decision-making processes,” said EDS Solicitor Cordelia Woodhouse. “The last substantial update of…

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09 Aug

Minister launches new EDS report calling for conservation reform

A new book examining the urgent need for reform of the conservation management system is now available online. Conserving Nature: Conservation Reform Issues Paper by Dr Deidre Koolen-Bourke and Raewyn Peart was launched at last week’s EDS Conference by Conservation Minister Hon Kiritapu Allan. “This publication examines problems with the present panoply of laws that govern our conservation management system in Aotearoa New Zealand,” said EDS Policy Director Raewyn Peart.…

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26 Jul

Changes needed to strengthen the exposure draft of the Natural and Built Environments Bill

EDS has prepared a submission on the exposure draft of the new Natural and Built Environments Bill, including detailed drafting changes, and is seeking feedback from the public before it is lodged.   The Bill will replace the Resource Management Act, but all of its provisions have not yet been drafted. Instead, only the front end of the legislation – including key provisions relating to its purpose, principles and planning instruments – are…