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ECO’s work in 2020-21

CTA has been a member of ECO for many years and we have attended some of their meetings and events, and donated to their work.

The following is an update written by their co-chairs, Claire Bleakley and Barry Weeber.

In the last year, the ECO Executive has worked across a range of issues and continued this work through the Covid-19 challenges. ECO has made many submissions to Parliament and Government agencies and collaborated with many member bodies and with other like-minded organisations.

We continue to produce the Tieke publication aimed at listing important events and opportunities, including calls for submissions and highlighting new and important issues challenging the New Zealand environment. If you don’t already receive it, you can sign-up (free) here. We also provide advice to members and others and comment on events via Tweets and Facebook. Let us know about your campaigns and work so that we can help to publicise them. Email us on

ECO has worked on climate action and has had input into climate policy and we have pressed for much faster,  fairer, and effective climate change emissions reduction. We have also pressed for higher prices for carbon emission units in the Emissions Trading Scheme. ECO ran a successful webinar on climate change action and the Glasgow COP in November and is working towards bringing you a number of webinars in 2022 that focus on key issues.

We’ve made submissions on the Resource Management system changes, on fisheries, oceans and marine matters, seabird and dolphin protection for marine protected areas, and the need for better environmental management and for public input and the rights of the environment itself.  We are also pushing for more open government and for less rushed legislation.

ECO continues to work on biosecurity issues and Antarctic and Southern Ocean protection.

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