News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Eco 2001 Budget Welcomed By Forest & Bird

Eco 2001 Budget Announcements Welcomed By Forest And Bird

______________________________________________________________

The Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society welcomes the Government’s announcements on increased funding for the environmental initiatives.

“This funding increase is good news for the environment” said Eric Pyle, Forest and Bird’s Conservation Manager. “In particular it is pleasing to see an increase in funding for the Ministry for the Environment (MfE). The Ministry has a vital role to play in environmental management and needs more resources to do its job effectively. Increased funding for DoC is also welcomed”.

The MfE has a critical role to play in ensuring the Resource Management Act (RMA) is effectively implemented. “Lack of funding for MfE has resulted in a lack of national guidance on implementing the RMA. In turn this has led to poor practice by some local authorities. As a consequence, in some areas the RMA has not lived up to expectations in terms of improving environmental management” said Mr Pyle.

Forest and Bird hopes MfE will use its increased funding to assist councils more effectively implement the RMA. “Hopefully this funding will mean more national policy statements will be developed as well as national standards and more assistance generally to councils for implementing the RMA. Currently, New Zealand has no national environmental standards – most other developed countries do” said Mr Pyle.

Increased funding for back country huts on conservation land is significant. “It is especially pleasing to see that the environmental impacts of huts and camping grounds will be addressed. We welcome increased spending on sewerage systems for popular visitor areas and huts” said Mr Pyle.

Forest and Bird also welcomes the increased funding for state of the environment reporting. “It is nearly 5 years since the NZ State of the Environment Report was released. That report contained more anecdotal than hard information. We need good information about the state of our environment to help improve decision making”.

“We also welcome the increased funding for public awareness about environmental issues. Increased public awareness is an important first step towards changing behaviour and attitudes towards the environment” said Mr Pyle.


Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

2021: NZ To Host Women’s Rugby World Cup

New Zealand’s successful bid to host the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup will raise the profile of the game locally and provide a valuable economic boost for the game, Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Max Rashbrooke Review: Mahler 7 - NZSO

Gustav Mahler’s Seventh Symphony may be one of the least well-known of its ilk, but Edo de Waart and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra made a compelling case for a reassessment. They showed us a work of immense variety, surprising contrast and delicate shades of light and dark. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Strange Overtones - David Byrne's American Utopia Tour

Scotch-born singer-songwriter David Byrne starts each show on his latest world tour stroking a pink brain as he sits alone at a table in a gray three-button Kenzo suit singing a song called Here from his latest album American Utopia. More>>

Governor-General's Speech: Armistice Day 100 Years On

The response was more muted amongst our soldiers at the Front. Many received the news quietly... There was no cheering. The chaps didn’t get excited. It was just a matter of relief. We didn’t celebrate at all. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Fringe Programme: A Celebration Of The Bizarre And Beautiful

Building on a huge 2018 programme that saw 492 creatives take 81 events for ventures around the city for a total of 347 performances, Auckland Fringe returns this summer, running February 19 – March 3, 2019. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland