Parliament

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

 

Opening the Antartica Non-Native Species Workshop

10th April 2006

Opening the Antartica Non-Native Species Workshop

Minister of Biosecurity, Jim Anderton opened the Antarctica Non-Native Species Workshop in Christchurch today, which is the first forum to specifically address biosecurity issues in Antarctica and brings delegates from France, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and also our own specialists in the field from New Zealand.

"Antarctic treaty parties have a good record of being proactive. The Antarctic Fisheries Convention was the first to take an 'ecosystem-wide' approach to fisheries management, which dates back to 1980," Jim Anderton said today.

"In an ideal world it would be difficult for intruders and biohazards to make it to the ice. However, we know that Antarctica's eco-system is fragile and it is under growing threat from invasion by outside species. And we don't know enough about the Antarctic region yet.

"Our experience from New Zealand incursions tells us that the risk is that incursions will go unnoticed until they are well established. Once we have found them, the options for dealing with them are few. There is not enough science to draw on; there is little understanding of how species will behave in our conditions. We need to make sure our decisions are based on science and on the needs and views of everyone affected by those decisions.

"I've painted a picture of the risks that should concern anyone who is moved by the wonder of the Antarctic continent. We must be motivated to act. The Environmental Protocol to the Antarctic Treaty recently brought in tough provisions to preserve the Antarctic environment. The continent has been designated as a natural reserve devoted to peace and science.

"This workshop is another example of Antarctic treaty parties taking a proactive approach and shows we are taking biosecurity in Antarctica very seriously," Jim Anderton said.

The paper that comes from this workshop then goes to the Antarctica Treaty meeting in Edinburgh in June.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>

 

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>

ALSO:

Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>

ALSO:

State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages