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Webinar: Aotearoa New Zealand’s wildlife law: An opportunity for transformational change

29 July 2023

The video of this webinar is now available.

In this 1-hour webinar, the EDS authors Shay Schlaepfer, Dr Deidre Koolen-Bourke and Raewyn Peart provided an overview of the key issues with the Wildlife Act and the main findings presented in EDS’s latest working paper followed by an opportunity for questions and comments.

Date: Tuesday 1 August 2023
Time: 12midday – 1pm
Location: online via zoom webinar

EDS recently released an interim working paper, An Opportunity for Transformational Change of Aotearoa New Zealand’s Biodiversity Law. This working paper will form part of EDS’s next report on the conservation system, which looks at options for reform of the broader system. It is intended to stimulate discussion and progress thinking on what new wildlife legislation might look like.

Back in 2021, EDS published a report on issues within the conservation system called Conserving Nature. That report highlighted the need for urgent reform of the Wildlife Act 1953.

The Government has since announced its intention to modernise conservation laws, with the Wildlife Act earmarked for reform first. We agree with this approach. The Wildlife Act is a pinch-point for Māori issues relating to the conservation system and has significant potential to halt biodiversity loss and, as a result, increase resilience to climate change impacts.

View the video here.