Conservation week 2013

10 September 2013

Conservation week runs from 8 - 15 September 2013. Planting at Rimutaka Forest, a movie screening of the environmental documantary HOME, and an open day in Otari-Wilton's Bush are some of the events planned around Wellington. Visit www.conservationweek.org.nz for information on events in your area.

Pest-Fest is the final event at the end of Conservation Week featuring a weed swap, trap demos, games, prizes and more.

CBRE/Victoria University will be hosting a stall at the Pest Fest in Waitangi Park on Sunday 15th September.

Public lecture by Catherine Iorns

11 June 2013

Constitutions around the world are increasingly including statements of environmental protection, both rights to healthy environments and obligations to protect them. This talk will address the various ways that a constitution can uphold environmental protections, including environmental human rights, responsibilities to protect the environment, and rights of the environment itself. It will discuss overseas examples of these various mechanisms and what might be used in the New Zealand context. It is intended to enable participants to make relevant submissions to the Constitutional Advisory Panel on appropriate constitutional protections for the environment in Aotearoa New Zealand.

About the speaker

Catherine Iorns is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Victoria University of Wellington. She teaches, researches and writes on environmental law topics, including environmental rights. She is a member of the National Executive Committee of ECO (Environment and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand), and an International Adviser to Nepal's Green Forum, as well as a national Governance Team member of Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand and a National Committee member of UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand.

Restoration planning: Closing the loop

27 April 2013

Presentation to the Wellington Region Restoration Day held in Silverstream, Upper Hutt, by Stephen Hartley and Frances Forsyth. Hints on how and why to write a restoration plan, what to include, etc.

Powerpoint presentation (5 MB)

Urban ecology function

11 April 2013

Urban ecology in its broadest sense includes the study of interactions between humans and wildlife in an urban context, as well as the incorporation of environmentally and socially sustainable practices into every facet of urban living. The VUW Centre for Biodiversity and Restoration Ecology (CBRE) would like to invite members of the wider university who have an interest in urban ecology to attend this function aimed at developing awareness and collaborations between disciplines. We aim to host seven 7-minute oral presentations followed by drinks, nibbles and a poster display.

Schedule and abstracts pdf320KB

In Search of super-lures: Symposium/workshop

8 April 2013

CBRE hosts the first “In search of super-lures: mammalian communication and pest control” workshop at The Majestic Centre on Monday 8th April. Guests plenaries by Prof. Jane Hurst (Institute of Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool) and Assoc. Prof. Peter Banks (School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney). Charles Daugherty will open the workshop.

In search of super-lures: mammalian communication and pest control - Schedule and abstracts pdf225KB

Images from the event on our ecology site