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ECO Website

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

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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


 

Current Events

 

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.

 

Volunteer with ECO - click here for opportunities

 

Become a Friend of ECO - find out how and join up and support ECOs work.

 

If you are from a group you can apply to join ECO as a member organisation - find out how

 

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

Job Position Available: Executive Officer

Environment and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand (ECO)

This is a full time or job-share position with a broad range of duties, which support ECO’s executive committee and the 50+ member bodies of ECO. The position is a challenging one, which provides interaction with a range of government and non-governmental organisations. The Executive Officer is frequently the first point of contact for the ECO member bodies, government agencies and general public. The Executive Officer has responsibility for a sole-charge office in Wellington although some work can be done by internet, telephone and other remote means.

For  further details see the job description or contact eco@eco.org.nz and put EO Job description in the subject.  Applications close by Thursday 18 July 2019 with ECO.


ECO AGM 2019

ECO’s AGM will be on Saturday or Sunday 21 or 22 September 2019.  Further details to come on the ECO AGM and associated events.  We are still working on the venue and technology options and will inform you of the venue and any accompanying meetings as soon as we can. The AGM will be held in the lower North Island.  If you want to help or have suggestions please contact the ECO office.  Further information will be provided in Tieke.

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.

 

URGENT : Zero Carbon Bill - submissions close 16 July

The Zero Carbon Bill - formally known as the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill is before the Environment Committee of Parliament, to be reported back by 21 October 2019. The Bill was supported in it first reading by all Political Parties except ACT.

Information on the bill can be found on the Parliamentary website #HaveYourSay on the Zero Carbon Bill. This page includes video information from the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Environment Select Committee which includes information on how to make a submission.
The bill proposes to place a set of greenhouse gas reduction targets into law and require that future governments continue these efforts into the future. It also includes provisions to:

  • Set up the Climate Change Commission, originally conceived of as an independent body that will advise and support the government to reach the targets;
  • Create a requirement that the government sets emission budgets every five years that will act as ‘stepping stones’ towards the ultimate goal of zero greenhouse gases by 2050;
  • Sets a 2050 zero net emissions target for all gases apart from methane from agriculture and waste (biogenic emissions) which has a target of: "(i) are 10% less than 2017 emissions by the calendar year beginning n 1 January 2030; and  (ii) are at least 24% to 47% less than 2017 emissions by the calendar year beginning on 1 January 2050 and for each subsequent calendar year".  The Commission will have no power to amend the 2030 target or suggest 2030 targets for other gases.  The 2017 base year, rather than the usual 1990, favours the dairy industry over other sectors in agriculture.
  • Create a requirement that the government understands the risk of climate change (for example, rising sea levels) and produces plans to address these.

The Bill is an amendment to the existing Climate Change Response Act 2002, meaning that all of the key climate-related legislation is covered under one Act.  The Bill includes a fourth purpose to that Act consistent with a 1.5oC Paris Agreement target which creates a confusing purpose requirement.

Among the issues that need strengthening or changing includes:

  • targets for methane in 2030 and 2050 and the base year on which it was based eg 2017 vs 2005 or 1990.
  • making the 1.5oC target the clear purpose for the Act;
  • strengthening the role and independence of the Climate Change Commission;
  • requiring all Government entities and Local Government to implement carbon reduction plans and act consistently with those plans;
  • make all the plans and decisions enforceable.

ECO invites members to make submissions to Parliament and also to send us your thoughts on the Bill.  We think it is probably a bad idea for the Independent Climate Change Commission to report to a Minister rather than to Parliament as a whole as in the Bill. Reporting to Parliament not a Minister would lessen political partisanship. 
Submissions close on 16 July 2019 with the Environment Committee of Parliament.

 

Review of the Hector's and Māui dolphin Threat Management Plan - DoC and MPI - Deadline 4 August 2019.

Department of Conservation and Fisheries New Zealand are consulting on changes to management and protection of Māui and Hector's dolphin.  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), is out for consultation and submissions.

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. The deadline for all submissions is: 5pm on 4 August 2019. Submissions can be made through the online tool available at www.surveymonkey.com/r/dolphintmp  Alternatively, you can provide a submission via email, post or hand delivery.