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Applauding New Zealand Winegrowers Sustainability Policy - Asia Sentinel

Applauding New Zealand Winegrowers Sustainability Policy - Asia Sentinel | New Zealand's Future Ecosystem and Conservation Markets | Scoop.it
Applauding New Zealand Winegrowers Sustainability Policy Asia Sentinel Certainly there is a substantial commitment in effort and resource that goes into the preservation of New Zealand's unique geography, biodiversity and pristine environment, all...

From its initial foundations of Sustainable Winegrowing in 1995, The New Zealand Winegrowers Association launched in 2007 a 'Sustainability' initiative (SWNZ) with the goal that all New Zealand wines would be produced under independently audited environmental programmes by 2012.

That goal has been reached with almost 100% participation from winegrowers covering an estimated 94% or more of New Zealand’s producing vineyard area (approximately 90% of the wine produced) SWNZ certified. A further 3-5% of vineyard area operates under other certified organic programmes.

No other country or wine region in the world has achieved such a cohesive and comprehensive approach to addressing environmental issues and enhancing the biodiversity of its vineyards; from restoring native habitats and creating wildlife corridors to biological control of pests, diseases and weeds, improving soil quality and ecosystems--ultimately enhancing wine complexity and quality.

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Marring ‘Middle Earth’: The Frantic Effort To Exploit New Zealand’s Fossil Fuels

Marring ‘Middle Earth’: The Frantic Effort To Exploit New Zealand’s Fossil Fuels | New Zealand's Future Ecosystem and Conservation Markets | Scoop.it

New Zealand relies heavily on its pristine, unadulterated reputation for tourism and exports..In an effort to reduce its dependency on, or at least diversify from, long-established agricultural exports, the New Zealand government is now opening up land and sea for oil and gas drilling and seabed mining..

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Conservation down from the hills | Otago, South Island, New Zealand

Conservation down from the hills | Otago, South Island, New Zealand | New Zealand's Future Ecosystem and Conservation Markets | Scoop.it
A new vision for conservation hopes to break down some of the old divisions, writes Tom McKinlay.

 

"Tahi is the Northland retirement project of Dr John Craig (ONZM), formerly a professor in the University of Auckland's School of Environment, who is continuing his life's work with the ecologically focused project in biodiversity conservation. To wit, 300ha which is home to the pricey retreat, a manuka honey operation, carbon-credit harvesting, wetland restoration and tree planting, among other things. The tree-planting count so far is up to 210,000. Dr Craig also hopes to get into biobanking.

The internationally certified operation is plugged in to the Zeitz Foundation's Long Run initiative, which backs projects that combine the four elements conservation, community, culture and commerce.

So it's an attempt to do something with the land that turns a dollar but is sustainable for the long term."

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MJP EcoArchives's curator insight, September 23, 2013 4:53 AM

I've been waiting for more progressive developments from my home-town (well, country). We've got such brillant environment to work with. I hope this project drives the conversation like it intends to.

 

I worked with David Norton on my thesis. So I'm really keep to see him bring his knowledge to the table.

 

 

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Brian Fallow: Damage to carbon scheme revealed - Business - NZ Herald News

Brian Fallow: Damage to carbon scheme revealed - Business - NZ Herald News | New Zealand's Future Ecosystem and Conservation Markets | Scoop.it
The kindest view you could have of the emissions trading scheme, what's left of it, is that it is a brutally pruned seedling barely surviving in frozen ground. - New Zealand Herald
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