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Guest Lecture: Marie Brown - The Nature of Prosperity

Page updated Apr 28, 2016

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Presentation material for Marie Brown's lecture presented at the Treasury on 18 April 2016.


New Zealand’s indigenous biodiversity is at risk from political and economic drivers that make protecting nature difficult and costly, while damage is incentivised. The result of this is that nature continues to decline, in spite of some very good work being done throughout the country. Halting and reversing the decline of biodiversity will require strategic changes to align interests of all stakeholders in healthy, functioning ecosystems. This presentation will set out the essence of our recent publications on biodiversity and propose some solutions, leaving plenty of time for discussion and debate.

About Marie Brown

Marie is the Senior Policy Analyst for Environmental Defence Society, specialising in biodiversity policy. She holds degrees in science and environmental law and a PhD from the University of Waikato that focussed on the use of ecological compensation under the RMA. Marie has worked in the fields of community restoration, RMA compliance monitoring and natural environment policy and has a keen interest in effective environmental governance. Marie is the lead author of two recent EDS publications on biodiversity: Vanishing Nature: facing New Zealand’s biodiversity crisis and Pathways to Prosperity: safeguarding biodiversity in development.

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