Spotlight on Climate

Climate is an existential threat that must not be ignored. As a developed country it is our collective responsibility to reduce emissions and build a durable system for adaptation. Time is closing out for slow change and transitioning. We must act now.

Our climate change priorities are forestry, agriculture and biodiversity.

Forests play an important role in both mitigating and adapting for climate change. But decisions on forests should not be made without addressing the biodiversity crisis. The climate change and biodiversity crises are deeply connected and must be tackled together. We work with others to encourage the establishment of long-term native forests by influencing policy and law.

We are concerned by Aotearoa New Zealand’s high biogenic emissions and are helping to shape policies that encourage and incentivise sustainable land-use models and the retiring of land unsuitable for agriculture.

EDS also runs the largest climate change conference in Aotearoa New Zealand, the Climate Change and Business Conference. This brings together over 400 climate change and sustainability professionals, central and local government representatives and politicians, Māori, academics, journalists and activists. It galvanizes action and helps narrow our collective focus onto the work that needs to be done, urgently.

 

Reform of the conservation system

EDS is investigating our system of laws, policies and institutions designed to conserve nature. Our first report highlights the many issues with its operation and concludes that the system needs to be urgently fixed. The government has since announced a programme to modernise the country's conservation laws.

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Upcoming climate events

Climate Change and Business Conference 2022: Now to Net Zero

19-20 September, Auckland

This year’s conference will focus on the central role of the business sector in reducing emissions. It will provide a platform for leaders to share fresh ideas about how they are executing strategies to build resilience and deliver on ambition.

We must accelerate action now to reach net zero. Time is running out so please join us in the discussion.

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