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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.
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ECO AGM and Conference 22-23 August 2014
Held at Toi Poneke at 61-69 Abel Smith St, Wellington
Theme: ‘Achieving Genuine Progress for the Environment’
Thanks to all the speakers and to all those that attended the conference.
Further details of presentations and the political parties debate on the environment will be posted shortly and some details can be found here. Lots of interesting questions were asked of party representatives.
Not all political parties have released their environment, conservation or related policies for the 20 September Election. Links to current party policies can be found here.
Upcoming Submissions and Other Events
2014 Charles Fleming Lecture Tour: The demise of New Zealand’s freshwaters: politics and science
The Charles Fleming Lecturer for 2014 is Dr Mike Joy of Massey University, Palmerston North. Dr Joy was awarded the Charles Fleming Award for Environmental Achievement in 2013. Dr Mike Joy will present the 2014 Charles Fleming Lecture to branches of the Royal Society of New Zealand during June and July 2014.
Jobs After Coal South Island Tour July 2014
In the last week of July, Jeanette Fitzsimons will be touring Coal Action Network Aotearoa's new report "Jobs After Coal - a Just Transition for New Zealand communities" around the South Island. Hear a great speaker on an important report for the future of New Zealand.
Key upcoming submissions
For links to submission deadlines see ECOs submission page.
ECOLink News and Analysis
The ECOLink for May-July 2014 has been sent to members and friends. The next issue is currently being prepared.
The May-July 2014 issues covered information on: Preview of the 2014 ECO Conference; appointment of a new Executive Officer; National Policy on Water; Iron Sands and Chatham Rise mega mines; World Parks Congress; Jobs after Coal - time to plan for the future; Impacts of Systemic Pesticides on bees and birds; Important Court Decision keeps NZ GE-Free; Antarctic Treaty Meeting has renewed focus; Resource Management Protections at Risk; Environmental Effects of Plantation Forestry; National Lets the loggers into Conservation Land; Sliding Antarctic Ice, climate change, 2oC; Obituaries - Colin Benson, Ken Piddington and Eric Bennett; PCE Fracking Report; Global Oceans Commissions Recommendations; and ECO Digital Tools Project.
Previous ECOLink issues can be downloaded here
ECO Working Groups
For more details see here.
ECO has released a report on the Environmental Effects of Plantation Forestry which is a case study in the Ngunguru Catchment in Northland. More details can be found here.
ECOs Digital Tools to Manage Environmental Projects
ECO project on Tools for gathering environmental information and monitoring. The project aims to provide easy access to digital tools to help community groups with conservation and environmental projects.
ECO’s Digital Tools to Manage Environmental Projects have been developed to assist community and environmental groups in their projects to monitor and manage information. Digital tools can be used in a wide range of circumstances, examples include monitoring bird numbers after pest control, monitoring resource management decisions, compare mining applications with protected areas and biodiversity in the area. This includes demonstrations of the use of Geographic Information System tools available to empower groups to make use of data gathered during environmental projects.
It is designed as an online learning environment to guide and assist participants. The first module is “Methods to collect and manage data” and the second, “Mapping and analysis tools”.
ECO would like to know what tools you already use, and which may be useful to you. Please visit the “Moodle” for further information.