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Day 2 from EDS Conference Tipping Points

Published: Thu 10 Aug 2017 04:40 PM
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Day 2 from EDS Conference Tipping Points
“New Zealand’s data isn’t good enough to identify tipping points,” he said. “We need to build up capacity if we want to move to ecosystems-based management.”
Eric Jorgensen, who chairs the Marlborough Sounds Integrated Management Trust, said the disconnect between communities and between government agencies is the biggest challenge facing groups like his.
“We are waiting for agencies to catch up,” he said. “At the moment their approach is very ad hoc.”
EDS Policy Director Raewyn Peart outlined the benefits of the Seachange marine spatial plan for the Hauraki Gulf and called for agencies to implement it.
At the end of the day, there was a “pitch a policy” session in which members of the audience suggested election ideas.
Earlier, EDS CEO Gary Taylor had spelled out an election “wishlist” of policies on behalf of EDS that were well received by most of the audience. The wishlist is:
The resource management system
* Set up a process to review New Zealand’s entire resource management system.
* Consider a Royal Commission or similar to conduct an independent, evidence-based national
conversation on the way forward.
* Include legal, administrative and pricing elements.
Terrestrial biodiversity
* Substantially ramp-up investment in Predator Free NZ.
* Place a moratorium on tenure review and land clearance on pastoral leases.
* Commence a thorough review of High Country policy.
* Implement the outcomes of the collaborative proces on NPS Biodiversity.
* Ramp up DOC’s core funding.
* Value ecosystem services in any cost-benefit analysis for development.
* Protect outstanding landscapes and avoid watering down the NZCPS.
Freshwater
* Speed up implementation of freshwater reforms.
* Implement the balance of the LAWF recommendations.
* Price all use of freshwater (not just bottling) and invest revenue in clean-ups.
* Require land use consents for all intensive farming (so environmental
impacts can be fully considered).
* Include sediment in the National Objectives Framework.
* Expand Water Conservation Orders to cover associated land (to ensure the values protected
by the Order are not compromised by land-sourced impacts).
* Assist rural NZ with transition to lower impact land uses.
* Stop irrigation subsidies for intensive agriculture.
* Provide funding support for small town wastewater plant upgrades.
Marine
* Enact Marine Protected Areas legislation that includes the EEZ.
* Enact the Kermadec Oceans Sanctuary Bill.
* Amend the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act to create a stronger governance body for the
Hauraki Gulf.
* Implement the Seachange Tai Timu Tai Pari marine spatial plan (shameful tardiness from
agencies).
* Roll out marine spatial planning to other areas in New Zealand (Marlborough Sounds, Bay of
Islands, Stewart Island, Bay of Plenty etc).
* Initiate a full independent review of the fisheries management system.
* Phase out fishing methods which damage the seabed (trawling and dredging) through spatial
restrictions.
* Invest in the development and application of environmentally-friendly harvest methods.
Environmentally sound development
* Review the Business Growth Agenda, to reduce our dependence on environmentally-
damaging activities for economic growth.
* Develop an urban development strategy, emphasizing compact settlements aligned along
public transport corridors with congestion pricing.
* Prioritise energy efficiency investments in business and home environments.
* Investigate the potential for offsetting unavoidable development impacts.
Climate Change
* Set up a Climate Change Commission as recommended by the PCE.
* Task it with developing a transition plan to net zero emissions.
* Task it also with responsibility for developing adaptation strategies.
EDS’s next conference is the Australia-New Zealand Climate Change and Business Conferencewhich is being held in Auckland on 10-11 August 2017 climateandbusiness.com
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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 influence.
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.
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