Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Bio-What? Is A Disappointing Report

NEWS RELEASE: 9 MARCH 2000

BIO-WHAT? IS A DISAPPOINTING REPORT


The Ecologic Foundation is disappointed with today’s report of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on biodiversity protection on private land.

“Today’s ‘Bio-What?’ report has many good points, but its overall strategy just extends an approach which has not been working,” said Ecologic’s executive director Guy Salmon.

“There is a failure to confront the central issue, which is to specifically define what the property rights and obligations of landowners actually are.

“I fear the Minister for the Environment (Marian Hobbs) is fueling the debate over property rights, without having any real idea how she is going to resolve it.”

Spending a lot of money on scientific and planning studies which target bits of vegetation to protect would have an unintended side-effect, Mr Salmon said. It would create a large category of native forests, tussocklands and wetlands which are classified as being ‘not significant’ in terms of the Resource Management Act.

“That means that habitat destruction will continue, but public abhorrence of it will continue as well. This report fails to recognize that the overwhelming majority of New Zealanders simply don’t want the remaining area of native forest and wildlife habitats further reduced.”

Mr Salmon said a better approach would be based on the NZ Forests Accord, under which New Zealand’s more responsible forestry companies have pledged not to clear native forest at all, if it meets certain minimum specifications of area and composition.

“The real task is to extend that sort of approach so that it can cover the farming community, subdivision developers, and the less responsible forest companies that have so far not signed the Accord.

“Issues of biodiversity protection cannot, for practical reasons, be separated from other aspects of sustainable land management such as stream protection and erosion prevention.

“What we need is a clear specification of sustainable property rights which addresses all these issues, and that in turn should be linked to a sizeable programme of public assistance to help landowners come into practical compliance with their obligations,” Mr Salmon said.

Guy Salmon (025) 201 3033

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Zimbabwe: New Democracy, Or A False Dawn?

Gordon Campbell: Robert Mugabe = Hosni Mubarak. The current jubilation on the streets of Harare at the fall of Zimbabwe’s dictator Robert Mugabe is genuine, and one hates to be negative about the country’s future. Yet the situation is eerily similar to the scenes in Cairo in early 2011, when a popular uprising swept Hosni Mubarak from power in Egypt. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election