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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.


Conference 2015: information 

Dialogues on Fresh Water: navigating impasses and new approaches

28-30 August 2015

Thanks to the speakers, volunteers, caterers and sponsors and everyone who attended the ECO Conference Dialogues on Freshwater over the weekend.

Water is under increasing pressure in Canterbury and throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.  Our current use of and impacts on water are eroding biodiversity, environmental heritage and the values of New Zealanders.


The presentations have now been posted on the ECO Conference 2015 webpage.

Further information on the speakers and the issues covered can be found at the conference webpage.


Symposium on Biodiversity Offsets - Good Practice Guidance

Organised by the NZ Committee of IUCN

This symposium introduced IUCN proposal for a Biodiversity Offsets Policy and provide expert commentary on the proposal as well as on biodiversity offsets in general.

Biodiversity continues to decline in Aotearoa and worldwide. A method that is increasingly being used by governments (including NZs) and companies to mitigate impacts from development projects is the offsetting of biodiversity losses in one area with biodiversity gains in another area. Some of the PanelistsSuch biodiversity offsets may enhance conservation in some area but many risks have been identified with their use. There is urgent need for authoritative guidance that can help conservation organisations, governments and companies agree on the relevant risks, opportunities and uses of biodiversity offsets. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has recently released a draft proposed policy on Biodiversity Offsets in order to fill this gap.

Presentation and background links can be found on the ECO website.

ECO - 42 years as an environmental coalition


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

Use our Resource Centre: an invaluable resource of books, journals and archives of New Zealand and international environmental issues.  Contact the National Office as above.

Upcoming Events


Paris Agreement on Climate Change: how can New Zealand up its game?

Talk arranged by Institute for Policy and Governance, VUW: GBLT1, 27 January, 5.30pm.

 Also Making sense of COP21: a second talk, by some of those who were at the Paris talks, VUW GBLT2, 5.30pm on 2nd February.

See the IGPS website for further details.


Around New Zealand:

Clean Water Tour organised by the Freshwater Foundation.  ECO is partnering with this tour.

Starts 10 January and runs until 6 February.  Check out the Facebook page for more.




Calculate the carbon footprint of your travel here - you can then offset these by purchasing carbon credits or other offsetting activity.


ECOLink News and Analysis

The Sept/Oct and Nov/Dec 2015 issues of ECOLink are now online.

Recent issues include articles on climate change, mining and urban trees.

The May-June 2015 issue
This issues covers: Climate Consultation - targets for Paris; ECO Conference - Freshwater; ECO Update; Shell BP Todd Maui Wells passed "best by date"; Fracking - the personnel experience; Water and Health concerns of fracking; Environment Minister's budget allocation - trimmed; Environmental Reporting Bill; Puriri Dieback spreading; What's on your plate, pet or things you use? Roundup; Antarctic Environmental Research; RMA changes still brewing; In the hills - NZ Indigenous Conifers; New Polar Code rules will not protect Antarctic waters; Antarctic Matters.

The Feb-March 2015 issue
This issue covers: Auckland Kauri tree threat product of changes to the RMA; EPA turns down Chatham Rosk Phosphate; Karangahake Mine Update; Antarctic toothfish pirate fishing - countries are closing in; Agreement on jack mackerel and IUU vessels; Climate Change Special: Long way for NZ to catch up on climate protection; Climate negotiations - from Lima to Paris - what's NZ hiding? New Zealand, the farce follower; Jobs After Coal - A just transition for NZ Communities; EEZ Maui Gas Bill; Impactsof oil and gas in Taranaki; Setting NZ's Post-2020 GHG Reduction Target(s).

The December 2014 issue
This issue covers: ECO Regional Gathering in Taranaki; One Bike,One Year; Law responsibility and Governance; NZ's disappearing kelp forests; Engineers for Social Responsbility; IUCN World congress on Protected Areas; Sea level rise to have a large impact; Heads in Sand - Kiwis Sea Strong Message to our Climate Negotiators; Freshwater Management - Implementation of the NPS of Freshwater Management; Beware of Streamlining of the RMA; the Principles of the RMA 1991.

The Oct-Nov 2014 issue of ECOlink

This issue covers: mining in the Karangahake Gorge; Southern Ocean marine protection; climate change and SIDS, Food Matters Aotearoa Conference, a report on the ECO August annual conference, an article on puriri dieback, reports from some of our member groups, and more.

 The May-July 2014 issue 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.

Other ECOLink issues can be downloaded here


ECO Working Groups

For more details see here.

See the Coastal and Catchment working group paper on the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement 2010. The complete analysis may be downloaded here. (380KB).

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 monitoringThe 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.