Upcoming submissions on a wide range of environment and conservation issues including:
Select Committee enquiries,
Conservation Plans and Strategies,
National Policy Statements and Environmental Standards,
and others etc.
The Seabed miners are back: now we must organise to oppose their plans
Seabed mining company Trans Tasman Resources has re-applied for a marine licence to dig up 50 million tonnes of the South Taranaki Bight seabed every year for the next 20 years, to get at the blacksand – or ironsand – to sell to Asia for steelmaking.
ECO and KASM have made a joint submission. Submissions closed 14 October 2016.
To find out what else you can do to help us get the word out check out KASM's list of suggestions here.
Regional Councils etc
Taranaki Regional Council Draft Coastal Plan is open for public comments til 18 November.
Go here to see the documents
New Plymouth Draft District Plan is open for consultation until the end of 2016.
Go here for the draft plan.
Below is a list of the agencies and links to upcoming consultations
The latest business before the Local Government and Environment Select Committee can be found here.
Government agencies - current consultations
Environmental Protection Authority
Consultation on Stockholm Persistent Organic Pollutants and Rotterdam Chemicals
The EPA is consulting on proposals to add new persistent organic pollutants (POPs) to Schedule 2A of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act (HSNO Act) 1996.
The discussion document also covers changes to the Schedules of the Imports and Exports (Restrictions) Prohibition Order (No 2) 2004 to include the new POPs and chemicals added to the Rotterdam Convention.
We also propose making minor amendments to the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (Exemptions and Prohibited Substances) Regulations 2011 (ACVM Regulations), administered by the Ministry for Primary Industries. Closes 27 October
Have your say on insects to combat giant reed
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is calling for submissions on an application to release two insects as biological control agents for the weed giant reed. Northland Regional Council has applied to introduce the arundo wasp (Tetramesa romana) and the arundo scale insect (Rhizaspidiotus donacis) to work together to control the weed giant reed (Arundo donax). Closes 3 November
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
The 13th Conference of the Parties to the CBD (COP13) is happening in Mexico 4- 17 December 2016.
This will comprise:
· The 8th Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
· The 2nd Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing.
There will also be a high level segment, on 2-3 December, ahead of COP13, and business sector and civil society side events.
A New Zealand delegation of officials will travel to the meetings. Agenda items include a review of the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, the mainstreaming of biodiversity, marine and coastal biodiversity, invasive alien species, traditional knowledge issues, resource mobilisation and synthetic biology.
Information about the meetings, and the topics for discussion, can be found on the CBD’s website – https://www.cbd.int/cop/default.shtml - which has links to background papers, and the three agendas. Unlike other years, all three meetings will be held concurrently this time.
Other useful links, for the Cartagena Protocol and Nagoya Protocol, and to the Mexico Government’s hosting page (with links to side events), are:
Officials across Government Departments will over the coming weeks be preparing for the meetings, and seeking stakeholder feedback to help inform discussions. The agencies involved in preparations include the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Department of Conservation, Ministry for Primary Industries, Te Puni Kokiri, Ministry for the Environment, Environmental Protection Agency and Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment.
We would welcome your feedback, views and inquiries which can be sent to MFAT at CBD@mfat.govt.nz
Kiwi Recovery Plan
The national Kiwi Recovery Plan is the all-encompassing strategy that provides clear guidance to DOC and kiwi conservation partners about the priority work required to achieve the recovery of kiwi species. A national strategic plan is a critical part of ensuring the work that is spread across many partners, five species and throughout the country is coordinated to work towards shared goals of kiwi recovery.
The Kiwi Recovery Group has led the development of a new kiwi recovery plan using a thorough approach that has been broadly inclusive of DOC staff, kiwi specialists, Treaty partners, and conservation partners.
The proposed plan is now available for public consultation. All submissions received will be subject to the following next steps:
Collation and analysis of submission issues and themes*.
Preparation of a summary of submissions.
Revision of the draft plan by the Kiwi Recovery Group and DOC to reflect accepted submission requests.
Referral of the revised plan to DOC's Deputy Director General of Science and Policy for consideration and approval.
Preparation and provision for responses to submissions.
Implementation of the plan by DOC and contributing kiwi conservation partners and stakeholders.
*We are looking for feedback primarily about the content, themes, goals, objectives and actions of the plan. This draft will be subject to a comprehensive copy edit prior to publication to address any grammatical errors.
DEADLINE IS 27 January 2017.