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ECO Conference 2002, July 27-28

Environment And Conservation Organisations Of New Zealand

Annual Conference 2002

Preferred Futures And Policies For A Better Environment

June 28-30, Wellington, New Zealand

Massey University, Wellington Campus, Wallace Street, Wellington Tapu Te Ranga Marae, 44 Rhine Street, Island Bay, Wellington

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - DR CLIVE HAMILTON Dr Clive Hamilton is Executive Director of The Australia Institute, an independent policy research centre based in Canberra. He is also Visiting Fellow in Public Policy at the Australian National University and an adjunct Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney. He has published extensively on climate change and energy policy, measures of well-being, environmental economics and industry policy. His most recent book is Running from the Storm: The development of climate change policy in Australia (University of NSW Press 2001). He has been described in the press as Australia’s most influential economist on the left, Australia’s leading environmental economist and Australia’s best environmental economist and thinker. Dr Hamilton will address the conference on progress and well-being on Friday morning. He will also speak at meetings on Thursday June 27 in Wellington on climate change policy and Genuine Progress Indicators (GPI) as alternatives to GDP as measurements of social progression.

VOTE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT Political parties will outline their environment and conservation policies at a public meeting on Friday evening. Attending will be Jim Anderton MP (Progressive Coalition), Jeanette Fitzsimons MP (Green), Rebecca Matthews (Alliance), Nick Smith MP (National) and a Labour Party representative yet to be confirmed. This meeting is part of the Vote for the Environment campaign organised each election year by ECO in coalition with Forest and Bird, Greenpeace NZ and Federated Mountain Clubs. Conference sessions on Friday will introduce the campaign, which formulates the environmental movement’s preferred policy portfolio and compares this with political parties’ existing policies. The policies will receive more detailed scrutiny on Friday afternoon with workshops devoted to particular policy areas.

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS This year’s ECO conference will focus on the policies, practices and actions required for a better environment. Friday morning will include the presentation by keynote speaker Dr Clive Hamilton (see above) on progress and well-being. The afternoon and evening sessions will focus on the Vote for the Environment campaign preferred policy and a public meeting with representatives of political parties. On Saturday morning there will be in-depth presentations on climate change policy by Robbie Kelman of Greenpeace and on public health issues arising from climate change by Dr Nick Wilson of the Public Health Association. Cath Wallace of ECO and Jonathan Peacey from the Ministry of Fisheries will look at oceans, fisheries and aquaculture management and practice. The afternoon will include sessions on science and research priorities and funding by Paul Pearson from FORST, and the issues of Environmental Risk Assessment with Sue Connor of Greenpeace and risk accountant Wendy McGuinness. Later will follow sessions on trade and investment policy, marine fisheries and aquaculture management and a look at the Forest Stewardship Council and the Marine Stewardship Council - examples of “green tick” certification of timber and seafood. Further details of these sessions are outlined in the timetable below.

TIMETABLE Friday June 28: Preferred Futures and Policies for a Better Environment Blocks 4 and 7, Massey University Wellington Campus, Wallace Street, Wellington

11.15AM – *Preferred futures - Cath Wallace (Co-chair ECO) * ‘Progress’ and Wellbeing - Clive Hamilton (The Australia Institute)

1.30PM - Preferred Futures - Annette Cotter (Greenpeace)

2.00PM - Te Wa o Muri o Te Ao Maori: Futures for Maori - Morrie Love (Te Atiawa)

2.30PM - Vote for the Environment - Cath Wallace (ECO), and Barry Weeber

3.30PM - Sessions on Climate Change and Vote for the Environment policy proposals * Garry Law (Environmental Defence Society), Ian Shearer (Engineers for Social Responsibility), Robbie Kelman (Greenpeace) * Environment & Economy: Maintaining Natural Capital - Cath Wallace (ECO) * Restoring the Dawn Chorus: Conserving Biodiversity on Land and in Waterways - Eugenie Sage (Forest and Bird) * Sea Sense: Oceans & Fisheries Management - Barry Weeber

7.30–9.30PM - Public Meeting: Vote for the Environment political parties’ responses. Speakers from various political parties. Chaired by Cath Wallace Room LT200, Block 6, Massey University Wellington Campus, Wallace Street

Saturday June 29: Policies and Practice for a Better Environment Blocks 4 and 7, Massey University Wellington Campus, Wallace Street

9AM - Engaging people in our campaigns: falling on receptive ears - Jo Mackay (Auckland Regional Council)

9.40AM - Climate Change * Climate policy - Robbie Kelman (Greenpeace), Garry Law (Environmental Defence Society) * Public Health Benefits of Carbon and Methane charges - Dr Nick Wilson (Public Health Association),

11.00PM - Sea Sense: Oceans, Fisheries and Aquaculture Management and Practice - Cath Wallace (ECO), Jonathan Peacey (Ministry of Fisheries), Eugenie Sage (Forest and Bird)

3.15PM - Parallel sessions * Navigating Science and Research: Priorities and Funding - Paul Pearson (Foundation of Research, Science and Technology) * Risk Assessment: issues, risks and benefits - Sue Connor (Greenpeace), Wendy McGuinness (Risk management consultant)

4.45–6PM - Green tick certification: debased currency or genuine assurance? Forest Stewardship Council & Marine Stewardship Council - Rick Barber (ECO), Grant Rosoman (Greenpeace), Barry Weeber * Trade and Investment: policy approaches and future strategies - Garrick Martin (ECO) and Geoff Keey (Forest and Bird) * Marine, fisheries & aquaculture management in practice - Janet Grieve (NIWA)

For further information, contact: Joe Buchanan or Emily Bailey ECO PO Box 11 057 Wellington Email: eco@reddfish.co.nz Phone /fax: please phone first, 04 385 7545 www.eco.org.nz


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