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EDS combines staunch advocacy with relationship-building to deliver lasting environmental protection.

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We use a three-pronged approach to achieve improved environmental outcomes.

Our policy team researches, develops and advocates for environmental solutions.

Our litigation enforces and strengthens the law, ensuring an environmental voice is heard in the courts.

Our events bring people together to share knowledge and build momentum.

Our work

Media releases

19 November 2021

EDS launches recommendations for Climate Adaptation Act

EDS has launched its report “Design Recommendations for a Climate Adaptation Act” which sets out a package of statutory and institutional reforms to enable the country to successfully adapt to climate risks.
EDS has launched its report “Design Recommendations for a Climate Adaptation Act” which sets out a package of statutory and institutional reforms to enable the country to successfully adapt to climate risks.
19 November 2021

EDS News July 2024

This issue of EDS News provides an update on several key proposals including the Fast-track Approvals Bill, Resource Management (Freshwater & Other Matters) Amendment Bill, Terms of Reference for the Methane Review Panel and the Hauraki Gulf / Tīkapa Moana Marine Protection Bill.
This issue of EDS News provides an update on several key proposals including the Fast-track Approvals Bill, Resource Management (Freshwater & Other Matters) Amendment Bill, Terms of Reference for the Methane Review Panel and the Hauraki Gulf / Tīkapa Moana Marine Protection Bill.
19 November 2021

EDS applauds Select Committee report confirming Hauraki Gulf marine protection

The Environment Committee today reported back on the Hauraki Gulf / Tīkapa Moana Marine Protection Bill and recommended that it be passed with minor amendments. The Bill will create 12 new high protection areas, 5 new seafloor protection areas and 2 extensions to existing marine reserves.
The Environment Committee today reported back on the Hauraki Gulf / Tīkapa Moana Marine Protection Bill and recommended that it be passed with minor amendments. The Bill will create 12 new high protection areas, 5 new seafloor protection areas and 2 extensions to existing marine reserves.
19 November 2021

EDS 2024 conference communique

Our annual conference The Future is Now: Biodiversity, Climate and Us was held in Ōtautahi Christchurch last week. With nearly 500 people in-person and online, it was the biggest yet, reflecting serious and widespread interest in the Government’s evolving environmental policies.
Our annual conference The Future is Now: Biodiversity, Climate and Us was held in Ōtautahi Christchurch last week. With nearly 500 people in-person and online, it was the biggest yet, reflecting serious and widespread interest in the Government’s evolving environmental policies.

Featured Events

Webinar: Environmental Defenders: Fighting for our natural world

Wednesday 17 July 2024, Midday – 12.45pm
Zoom webinar

Climate Change and Business Conference

9-10 September 2024

In the news

19 November 2021

Is the Govt’s need for speed undermining democratic processes?

19 November 2021

Winds of political change blow through environmental conference

19 November 2021

Does New Zealand have a global responsibility to mine more locally?

19 November 2021

Environmentalists confronted by inconvenient truths

Featured content

New EDS report

Recommendations for a Climate Adaptation Act

EDS’s final report in our Climate Change Adaptation Act: Building a Durable Future project combines lessons for a new Act from three previous working papers.
11th Jul 2024
Select Committee appearance

EDS speaks to Primary Production Committee on proposed aquaculture amendments

Watch our COO Shay Schlaepfer and Policy Director Raewyn Peart present EDS’s submission to the Primary Production Committee
25th Jun 2024

Law and policy submissions

17 July 2024

EDS Speaking Notes: Submission on Resource Management (Freshwater and Other Matters) Amendment Bill

The Bill lacks a clear evidence-basis, removes critical protections for freshwater and indigenous biodiversity, and is inconsistent with Aotearoa New Zealand’s climate change obligations.

The Bill lacks a clear evidence-basis, removes critical protections for freshwater and indigenous biodiversity, and is inconsistent with Aotearoa New Zealand’s climate change obligations.

17 June 2024

Submission on the Resource Management (Extended Duration of Coastal Permits for Marine Farms) Amendment Bill

The Bill proposes to extend all current marine farm consents by 20 years without any environmental assessment. It’s unnecessary, disregards known environmental risks, undermines local authority decision-making and excludes the general public from having a say.

The Bill proposes to extend all current marine farm consents by 20 years without any environmental assessment. It’s unnecessary, disregards known environmental risks, undermines local authority decision-making and excludes the general public from having a say.

30 October 2023

Submission to the Public Inquiry into Climate Adaptation

EDS’s work on climate adaptation provides a package of recommendations for a new Change Adaptation Act.

EDS’s work on climate adaptation provides a package of recommendations for a new Change Adaptation Act.

7 June 2024

Submission on proposed temporary fishery closures for 4 areas in the Hauraki Gulf and East Coromandel

Closure requests sought by iwi are required to enable restoration of locally significant fish stocks and associated marine habitats. They also align with the innovative Pou Rāhui Project which seeks to implement ecological monitoring, based on mātauranga Māori, to inform future management.

Closure requests sought by iwi are required to enable restoration of locally significant fish stocks and associated marine habitats. They also align with the innovative Pou Rāhui Project which seeks to implement ecological monitoring, based on mātauranga Māori, to inform future management.

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