Queensland's green tape crisis: an analysis of the growth of Queensland's environmental bureaucracy and agricultural sector
This report estimates the size and growth of Queensland’s environmental bureaucracy since the year 2000, and compares it against the size and growth of Queensland’s agricultural sector.
Nature positive plan: better for the environment, better for business
This document forms the Australian government's response the Independent Review of the EPBC Act, conducted by Graeme Samuel in 2021. It sets out the government’s commitment to reform Australia’s environmental laws to better protect, restore and manage Australia's unique environment.
What is environmental degradation, what are its causes, and how to respond?
This working paper explores the question: what is environmental degradation and what are its causes? The paper is aimed at providing a quick overview of the debates, helping to inform discussions about environmental restoration and protection.
Introduction to special issue on being outdoors: challenging and celebrating diverse outdoor leisure embodiments and experiences
This special issue seeks to generate conversation about how to open up possibilities for how outdoor experiences and subjects are understood and undertaken
Environment Aotearoa 2022
This triennial report synthesises the evidence base on the state of the environment contained in domain reports since 'Environment Aotearoa 2019'. The report does not suggest any response, as it is out of scope under the report’s governing legislation.
Reversing nature destruction in Australia: five improvements we must make
This report calls for Australia to lift its ambition in five key areas, by championing a strong post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and by demonstrating how the commitments under the framework will be implemented domestically.
Environmental biosecurity risk assessment for conservation areas
This report describes risk assessment tools to address key challenges in identifying effective and broadly supported biosecurity measures among conservation co-managers and stakeholders.
Fact Check: Gina Rinehart says polar bear numbers have increased.
In a video made by Gina Rinehart to mark the 125th anniversary of her Perth alma mater, the mining magnate claimed polar bear numbers have increased. Verdict: Mrs Rinehart's claim doesn't check out.
Conserving nature: conservation reform issues paper
This paper investigates the New Zealand conservation system – the collection of laws, regulations, policies and institutions that are designed to conserve nature, and highlights current issues with its operation.
New Zealanders and the environment
This report provides a snapshot of New Zealanders’ experiences in the outdoors and their interaction with biodiversity and conservation.
How to talk about co-governance of our bioheritage
This guide is for knowledge holders, communicators and advocates across various fields with a focus on co-governance and bioheritage.
Review of the governance of Fish and Game New Zealand and the regional Fish and Game councils
This review was promoted by longstanding reports of dysfunction with Fish and Game. It has provided an opportunity to review an organisation that has changed little since its establishment 30 years ago.
Supporting sustainable freedom camping in Aotearoa New Zealand
This document proposes new regulations for freedom camping in New Zealand with the goal of finding a balance between environmental protection and a flourishing tourism sector.
Perspectives on a global Green New Deal
In this book, the authors explore the key themes that will define the future of any equitable and just global green new deal.
The future of commercial fishing in Aotearoa New Zealand
By drawing on local and international research and experience, and highlighting best practice examples, the authors aim to inspire innovative thinking and changes in New Zealand fisheries management in 2040 and beyond.
Caring for the landscapes of Aotearoa New Zealand
This report brings together a large body of work undertaken on landscape management. It includes the findings of four case studies focusing on landscape management in Te Manahuna Mackenzie Basin, Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū Banks Peninsula, the Waitākere Ranges and the Hauraki Gulf Islands.
Heritage and visitor strategy
This document has been developed to provide a framework for the Department of Conservation (DOC) to navigate the changing context for visitor experiences on public conservation lands and waters and realise the benefits for all New Zealanders.
Independent Review of the EPBC Act: final report
The Australian Environment Minister appointed Professor Graeme Samuel AC to conduct this Independent Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act) 1999 in October 2019. This is the final report of the review.
Preventing agriculture driven deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems
This paper outlines strategies for stopping deforestation (and other forms of ecosystem conversion) in vulnerable tropical regions. These include our commitment to centre sustainable livelihood opportunities and human rights through bottom-up approaches that support rural communities as ecosystem stewards.
Protecting the Hauraki Gulf Islands
The report is one of a series of case studies the Environmental Defence Society (EDS) is undertaking as part of a broader investigation into landscape protection in New Zealand. The authors argue for a strengthening of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000 to better...
Regenerative, distributive, resilient Aotearoa
This document lays out BERL’s perspective of the economy and its role in achieving a low-emission, regenerative, distributive and resilient Aotearoa New Zealand. The key premise of this article is that a wider economic model that values people and our planet is valid and necessary...
Protecting the Waitakere Ranges
This case study explores the effectiveness of the legislation in protecting the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area. It also provides a set of recommendations on how the current management regime can be further strengthened to ensure that the Waitākere Ranges are protected and restored for the...
Social progress index 2020
The Social Progress Index provides a comprehensive picture of the lived experience of more than 7 billion people across 163 countries. The index is the most comprehensive measure of a country’s social and environmental performance independent of economic factors, and complements traditional measures of success...
Living planet report 2020
This report highlights the decline of species and the overall ecosystem health of the plant. Findings show an average 68% fall in monitored populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish between 1970 and 2016.
Te Mana o te Taiao
Te Mana o te Taiao sets out a strategic framework for the protection, restoration and sustainable use of biodiversity, particularly indigenous biodiversity, in Aotearoa New Zealand, from 2020 to 2050.