14-15 August 2019
New Zealand’s distinctive land and seascapes are an integral component of our wellbeing and identity. They provide deep cultural connections, physical and spiritual respite, and havens for biodiversity. They are a big part of the New Zealand export brand and a major drawcard for international visitors.
Despite their importance, many of our special places continue to be degraded. The Mackenzie Basin is a case in point. The system has been found wanting there, big-time. Milford Sound is stressed with unprecedented visitor numbers. Government is reviewing High Country policy.
Managing New Zealand’s landscapes into the future will be even more challenging given adverse biodiversity trends, the billion trees initiative, tourism pressures, climate change and big policy-driven land use changes in prospect. We need new approaches and tools. Through New Eyes will critically assess the existing framework for land and seascape protection. We will delve deeply into new thinking. We will draw on local exemplars and fresh international models. We will explore a ‘third way’ – a new, innovative approach to better protect highly valued, private land. And we’ll assess the future of our conservation estate.
Register for a thought-provoking two days at edsconference.com