2012 Conference


Environmental Responsibility:

Leadership, Inclusion and Good Governance


Amongst the questions considered at this year's ECO Conference were:

How responsible is New Zealand on the environment?  Is it showing leadership, good governance and inclusiveness?  How are the environment and the community being considered and treated in recent law and policy?

What are the new developments in international environmental law?  What is the emerging thinking on ecocide and the Aarhus Convention.  What positions does New Zealand take these days and how does it measure up to international standards?

What's happened at the Rio+20 international meeting and the what will happen at the IUCN Congress late this year and how is ECO involved?

What was the recommendations on the Waitangi Tribunal on Wai262?  What are the changes to the Resource Management Act and the management of the Exclusive Economic Zone and the Continental Shelf?  Can the measures and systems cope with further oil exploration?

What about the protection of Antarctica and the Ross Sea?

Two workshops that were held on the Sunday:

  • GIS Community driven mapping and data use - this will involve practical application
    Thanks to Victoria University School of Geography, Environment, and Earth Sciences and the Wellington City Council.

  • Joining the Antarctic legacy: practival steps towards the World's largest network of marine reserves.  Thanks to the Antarctic Oceans Alliance.


Friday 6 to Sunday 8 July - Wellington

Programme Outline (download brochure here)

Day 1     Friday 6 July - Salvation Army Citadel, 8 Jessie Street, Wellington

8.30am    Registration
9.00am     Mihi Whakatau - Morrie Love, Te Atiawa
10.00am     Welcome and Introduction - Cath Wallace ECO, Co-Chairperson      

10.15am     Session 1:  International Developments in Environmental Responsibility
    Environmental Responsibility and Law - Cathy Iorns, Law School, Victoria University
    The Aarhus Convention - Duncan Currie, Globelaw

    Charter of Universal Responsibility - Betsan Martin, RESPONSE, ECO
    Rio+20, IUCN, Planetary Boundaries - Diana Shand, IUCN NZ,

12.30pm     Lunch

1.30pm     Session 2: Due Process in Policy and Law
    Democratic Process and Constitutional Law - Prof. Margaret Wilson, University of Waikato
    Use by Governments of Urgency in Parliament - Claudia Geiringer, Victoria University
    Local and Regional Governance, Maintaining Community Voice - Jenny Rowan, Mayor of  Kapiti
    Civil Society in Policy and Process - Cath Wallace, ECO

4.00pm     Session 3:  Antarctica - Protection of the Southern Ocean and the Ross Sea
    Antarctic Ocean Alliance - Geoff Keey, Antarctic Ocean Alliance
    Southern Ocean and Ross Sea - Barry Weeber, ECO

5.00pm     Groups Expo and Presentations
6.15pm     Dinner for registered conference attendees

7.15pm     Antarctic Ocean Alliance - the world’s largest network of marine reserves, protecting the Southern Ocean and Ross Sea - public presentation and clip of the Last Ocean film by Fisheye Films, with dessert, drinks and supper
    With thanks to our sponsors Antarctic Ocean Alliance for this evening session and to Peter Young, Last Ocean, Fisheye Films for providing the film
9:00pm    Close

Day 2     Saturday 7 July - Salvation Army Citadel, 8 Jessie Street, Wellington

9.00am    Session 4: Responsibility, Democracy and the Treaty
    Environmental Responsibility and WAI 262 - Morrie Love, Te Atiawa
    Bridges between Environmental Responsibility, Democracy and the Treaty - Catherine Delahunty, Green MP
    Environmental Responsibility and Governance - Betsan Martin, RESPONSE

10.30am    Morning Tea/coffee

11.00am     Session 5: Responsible and Inclusive Resource Management
    RMA Reforms: Will they Improve Environmental Outcomes? - John Hassan, Chapman Tripp
    Responsible and Inclusive Environmental Management and Due Process - Maree Baker-Galloway, Anderson Lloyd
    Land and Water Forum - Barry Weeber, ECO

1.20pm     ECO Member Groups Presentations

2.10pm    ECO AGM

4.40pm    Session 6: Current Issues in Resource Management
    EEZ and Continental Shelf Act - Cath Wallace / Barry Weeber, ECO
    Minerals, Mining and the Crown Minerals Act Review and Programmes - Cath Wallace, ECO
    Discussion: Taking Forward Responsibility

7.30pm     ECO 40th Anniversary celebration
9.00pm     Close

Day 3     Sunday 8 July - Turnbull House, 11 Bowen Street, Wellington

8.00am     Tree Planting ceremony at the Environmental Memorial Garden (part of Botanic Gardens) - Bolton Street.

10.00am    Morning Tea and welcome for all workshop attendees - Turnbull House

10.30am    Workshops: repeated in the afternoon
    GIS: community driven mapping and data use
    Elise Smith, ECO
    Joining the Antarctic Legacy: practical steps towards the world’s largest network of marine reserves
   Geoff Keey, Antarctic Ocean Alliance

3.30PM Close

With thanks to the Wellington City Council for their support for the GIS community driven mapping workshop

Wellington City Council

Facilities for the GIS community driven mapping workshop provided by Victoria University's School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences.

Victoria University

With thanks to our sponsors:

Antarctic Ocean Alliance             Gascoigne Wicks






For more information contact ECO:
PO Box 11-057, Wellington | 04 385 7545 | Email: eco@eco.org.nz


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