Supreme Court ruling on NZ’s largest irrigation dam proposal respects conservation law and protected land

  This aerial view shows the catchment of the Makaroro river, in the Ruahine Forest Park. The river was to be dammed for the Ruataniwha irrigation scheme. Peter Scott, CC BY-ND Christine Cheyne, Massey University Earlier this month, New Zealand’s …

New study identifies eight reforms to defend against increasing threats to scientific integrity

A team of scientists have compared recent developments in US, Canada, and Australia to identify policies which should be supported by scientists and scientific societies active on the issue. This study, published in the journal Conservation Biology, identified eight reforms …

Scientists’ Declaration on Accelerating forest, woodland and grassland destruction in Australia released at SCBO 2016

Screen Shot 2016-07-10 at 17.25.50On Friday, scientists from across the world, in conjunction with scientific societies and the delegates of the Society for Conservation Biology Oceania Conference, called upon Australian governments and parliaments, especially those of Queensland and New South Wales, to take action. We called for the prevention of a return to the damaging past of high rates of woodland and forest destruction, in order to protect the unique biodiversity and marine environments of which Australia is sole custodian.

Freshwater policy statement released

The Society for Conservation Biology in Oceania has released its first Conservation Science Statement, focusing on the plight of freshwater biodiversity in New Zealand. The report, prepared by conservation biologists in New Zealand, provides a background to our current understanding of the science for freshwater ecosystems in New Zealand and then goes on make recommendations on how to protect these declining systems for future generations.