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This is the virtual home of ECO. Since 1972 ECO has been the umbrella group for environment and conservation organisations in New Zealand.

This website has information about ECO and its 50+ member groups as well as news of the environment and major conservation issues in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Please look around our website to learn more about our work and access resources and links of importance.

If you need further information contact the ECO Office in Wellington.

 Contact ECO at this address.

Or phone 0064 4 385 7545

 

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Follow the events tab near top right of the screen for events happening near you.  Or subscribe to Tieke (with "subscribe Tieke" in the subject) to find out what is happening this week near you.

 

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To contact our National Office: 04 385 7545 or email us



ECO AGM 2019 and Workshops


ECO’s Workshops and AGM was held on Saturday 21 September 2019.  As an organisation of organisations, we want to focus on engaging with our Member Groups and Friends on future planning for ECO, to ensure that we remain relevant and effective and have appropriate capacity for our work. 

Thanks to all the groups who attended the AGM and workshops and helped with ideas for planning forward for ECO.

One of the issues is the updating of the website.


Join the Action 

At this critical time in our environmental future, many organisations are joining the movement to lobby our Government and business, about their concerns for initiatives that appear counter productive to the objective of protecting the environment.  Here is a list of petitions and actions that ECO has been asked to circulate around our network.

Help protect special deep sea areas oceans  - the Kauri Forests of the Seas

ECO with other groups has a petition for action to change Aotearoa's antiquated legislation on bottom trawling which lags behind the rest of the world.  Bottom trawling involves dragging monstrous, weighted fishing nets through delicate ocean communities, like seamounts, decimating everything in their path.  There’s new evidence suggesting they’ll never fully recover.  MPI are now proposing to increase catch limits for Chatham Rise and Challenger orange roughy fisheries with no measures to protect seamounts and other vulnerable marine areas (see Review of Fisheries Sustainability Measures 1 October 2019, below).
Globally one million species face extinction. New Zealand, alone, has one of the highest proportions of species at risk in the world. The groups argue we should be creating biodiversity safe havens on land and sea rather than allowing business as usual to continue.Please sign the petition - links to three alternative sites running the same petition:

Greenpeace Bottom Trawling Petition; and DSCC bottom trawling petition.

Deal for Nature

The Joint Deal for Nature which was featured in past Tieke includes policies to:

  • Protect 30 percent of all ecosystems by 2030, including each marine habitat with true marine protection areas;

  • Increase funding for addressing threats posed by invasive plants, pathogens, and animals;

  • Implement policy to end mining on and under conservation land and strengthen conservation legislation;

  • Reform the Resource Management Act, so it offers greater environmental protection;

  • Diversify farming and reduce livestock numbers, fertiliser use, irrigation and sedimentation;

  • Protect wetlands and restore freshwater systems;

  • Reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and put a price on emissions from agriculture and improve public transport 

  • Account for environmental costs in economic decision making

  • End all new oil and gas exploration

You can download the Aotearoa Deal for Nature from the ECO website. 

 Review of the Hector's and Māui dolphin Threat Management Plan - DoC and MPI -

Department of Conservation and Fisheries New Zealand have consulted on changes to management and protection of Māui and Hector's dolphin in July and August.  There is still no result on that consultation.  Māui dolphins are critically endangered with about 63 dolphins remaining, and the Hector's Dolphin's is endangered and have declined to about 10,000 now.  A discussion document, with revised Threat Management Plan (TMP) had a number of limited proposals.

The proposals include extensions to the boundaries of the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary south to Wellington, and extending the Banks Peninsula Marine Mammal Sanctuary to extend north to Kaikōura, south to Timaru, and offshore to 20 nautical miles.  In addition to threats from set nets and trawl nets, other threats are identified in the document, including seismic surveys, seabed mining, and toxoplasmosis, a disease which can affects dolphins and other marine mammals. 

ECO is disappointed in many of the elements of the proposed plan. Only one of the Maui dolphin options comes close to comprehensive protection (Option 4) but fails to include the full range of measures that have been endorsed by the IUCN and by the International Whaling Commission.  Set nets and trawling should be prohibited out to 100m contour so that the dolphins have a chance to recover and do not become extinct.
The Hector’s dolphin options are a mishmash of proposals with none getting close to adequate protection.  There are few changes of substance to measures for the vulnerable populations south of Dunedin in the Catlins and Te Waewae Bay.

For copies of the review reports, workshops and stakeholder forums can be found here.