Environmental Defence Society Conference

Last week the Rod Donald Trust attended and presented at the Environmental Defence Society conference at the Christchurch Town Hall. It was an excellent high-profile event, with Trust Manager Suky Thompson presenting at a pre-conference workshop discussing Transforming Aotearoa – the government’s environmental law reform agenda. The subsequent panel discussion endorsed the recommendations in her presentation on Native Forest and the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Panel members Cordelia Woodhouse EDS, Craig Pauling, Tim Payne and Pam Richardson with Andrew Turner acting as Chair – discussing ‘Forestry and the future of Banks Peninsula.’

Recommendations to achieve the Climate Commission’s advice that NZ needs 25,000ha of extra native forest every year…

  • The government focus on natural regeneration on marginal land.
  • Make it easier to register regenerating areas in the ETS.
  • Provide up-front grants to cover fencing, pest and weed control.
  • Discontinue the current perverse incentives that make pine forestry a more financially attractive option.

Click HERE to view the presentation and HERE to watch a video of the session.