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ECO Environment and Conservation Organisations - And SeaNet
ECO is an umbrella group of environment and conservation organisations in New Zealand. This website has information about ECO and its member groups as well as news of the environment in Aotearoa New Zealand.
SeaNet, run by ECO is a directory of information and contacts designed to support conservation work in New Zealand.
ECO was founded in 1971 as CoEnCo to meet the needs of the conservation
community. We became ECO in 1976. We are a non-profit network of 70
organisations with a concern for conservation and the environment.
Our membership includes large international groups such as Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, national groups including Federated Mountain Clubs of New Zealand and the National Council of Women, as well as small local groups such as Kapiti Environmental Action and Save the Otago Peninsula, and issue oriented groups like the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Society and the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust.
ECO has been centrally involved in campaigns to protect native forests, lakes and rivers, the reform of the Mining Act and defeat of the National Development Act, and in supporting the Resource Management Act and the establishment of the Department of Conservation and Ministry of the Environment. ECO continues to be at the forefront of environmental campaigns on fisheries, transport and environmental management.
ECO's work is carried out largely by volunteers, supported by a small office and resource centre in Wellington. There are around 500 "Friends of ECO," individual subscribers who support our work.
ECO (Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ), has established the SeaNet website. Launched in May 2007 a directory and database to link people, community groups and organisations with an interest and concern for the marine environment to information, resources and each other.
ECO's objective is to develop a resource and network that will allow individuals and groups with interests in the marine environment to use SeaNet to find information and each other and discover avenues for engagement. The network, database and directory will help people acquire knowledge and find expertise and facilitate input to public policy and resource management processes.