Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


NZ Approach to Conservation Must Change

New Zealand is employing a "sticking plaster" approach to conservation which needs changing, ACT Conservation Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff said today.

"A key theme recognised by many speakers at New Zealand's first conference on private conservation, held at Massey University yesterday, was that rather than solving fundamental problems we tend to patch up already flawed systems and apply yesterday's understanding to current management.

"There is a need for more enlightened management from DoC and much more local autonomy. As one prominent scientist observed 'The current conservation policies promoted by the Department of Conservation are based on the belief in miracles.' It will be a miracle if the 5 percent of DoC land covered by pest eradication programmes could save or protect the forest.

"Conservation effort must be increased, shared and focused by co-management approaches linking DoC, scientists, Mäori, rural and urban communities.

"The future of private conservation will embody an ethic of inclusion and allow for local communities, iwi and individuals to take control of their environment.

"I was particularly taken by the programme undertaken by Murihiku Mäori to study scientifically and use sustainably their traditional food the Titi (muttonbird). The Treaty of Waitangi promises sustainable use and this co-management approach is making that possible.

"The top down, 'we know best', approach adopted by DoC is a major impediment to long term conservation. We desperately need to rethink our current approach to environmental management.

"In DoC's defence and as pointed out by several speakers we have given them an impossible task. It is time we came to their aid," Gerry Eckhoff concluded.

The academic conference or colloquium was organised by the Australia and NZ Sustainable Use Specialist Group (ANZSUSG) a group within the World Conservation Union (IUCN).

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news