EDS welcomes appointment of new Director-General of Conservation
The Chairman of the Environmental Defence Society, Gary Taylor, has welcomed the appointment today by the State Services
Commission of a new Director-General of Conservation.
“Lou Sanson, the outgoing Chief Executive of Antarctica New Zealand, is an excellent choice for this important role,”
said Mr Taylor.
“Lou has shown a clear and personal interest in conservation throughout his career and has the requisite skills to take
charge of the Department of Conservation. He will have responsibility for administering one-third of our country, the
best bits, and for leading conservation advocacy on private land and in the sea.
“We see his conservation efforts in Antarctica as an extremely relevant apprenticeship for this much bigger role.
“We look forward to working constructively with Lou to improve conservation management and environmental outcomes as he
takes on this crucially important leadership role in our independent civil service.
“We are especially keen to explore some new ideas regarding oceans management and conservation in the marine environment
“We also acknowledge with respect the outgoing Director-General, Al Morrison, and the contribution he had made in the
“Coincidentally, Lou Sanson is the after-dinner speaker this evening at Our Place: State of the Environment 2013, the
EDS national conference currently underway in Auckland.
“This will be his first public function since his appointment and I’m sure he may stray a little from Antarctica and
offer some preliminary thoughts about his future task,” Mr Taylor concluded.
Environmental Defence Society
EDS is a not-for-profit environmental organisation committed to improving environmental outcomes within New Zealand.
The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) is a professionally run, independent environmental group that was established in
1971. It brings together the disciplines of science, planning, landscape and the law.
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It operates as a think-tank, providing thought leadership on key environmental issues as well as representing the
environment before councils and the courts.
EDS is located at the collaborative and business aware end of the environmental movement, seeking constructive
engagement with all sectors, to achieve good environmental and economic outcomes for all New Zealanders. It has
It also plays an education role, helping business, councils, community groups and iwi to better understand best
practice resource management. EDS runs national and regional conferences and seminars on topical issues.
EDS is a registered charity and donations to it are tax-deductible.