Conservation Reform at EDS’s 2018 Conference

Press Release – Environmental Defence Society

Green Light or Light Green?
The Government’s environmental reforms

1-2 August 2018, Grand Millennium Auckland


Conservation is hot topic with the Budget announcement of significantly increased funding for the Department of Conservation in order to boost predator control, biodiversity initiatives, protection of the Mackenzie Basin, visitor management and the Department’s core capacity. This session will explore what the new government’s approach might mean for achieving improved biodiversity outcomes in New Zealand.

The Minister of Conservation, Hon Eugenie Sage, will outline her conservation aspirations for this term of government. Dr Marie Brown will reflect on her recommendations for addressing biodiversity loss, as outlined in Vanishing Nature, and assess whether the government’s current proposals are likely to be sufficient. The speakers will be followed by a panel discussion which will interrogate the government’s biodiversity policies as well as the opportunities created by the billion trees and predator free initiatives.

Chair: Andrea Byrom, Director, New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge

Political keynote: The government’s conservation reform agenda
Hon Eugenie Sage, Minister of Conservation
Addressing ‘Vanishing Nature’: Does the government’s reform package stack up
Dr Marie Brown, Practice Leader Policy, The Catalyst Group

Panel Discussion: Dreamin’ 2050: billions of trees and zero predators?
Professor Bruce Clarkson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, University of Waikato
Kevin Hague, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society
Jessi Morgan, Predator Free New Zealand Trust
Others to be confirmed (see website for updates)

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