Environmental Defence Society Annual Conference
The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has chosen Christchurch for two prestigious annual conferences in 2024 and 2027.
Both two-day events will attract around 350 delegates, more than half of whom will be from outside the Canterbury region. The influential audience and speakers from the climate change community will include the Minister for the Environment and key environment spokespeople.
- Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre
- June 2024 and 2027
- 350 delegates
EDS is a thought-leader in the environmental space, and their annual events are considered the leading environmental conferences in New Zealand. EDS has a well-established reputation for delivering highly topical and thought-provoking events that help define the environmental issues of our time and act as a catalyst for change.
Their members are committed to driving environmental protection in Aotearoa New Zealand and have expertise in key disciplines including law, planning, landscape, and science. Their goal is to protect and restore Aotearoa New Zealand’s outstanding landscapes, freshwater systems, oceans and indigenous biodiversity, supporting good environmental management practice.
EDS Events Director - Fiona Driver
One of EDS’s primary focus areas is on landscape issues. The Canterbury region is a great place to showcase the beauty of New Zealand and look at answers to many environmental and landscape challenges,”
The ChristchurchNZ Legacy Programme is supporting the conference as it aligns to the city’s key sectors of interest and city goals and ambitions, brings thought leaders to the city and leaves valuable legacy benefits.
EDS Events Director Fiona Driver says Christchurch is a good-sized city for a conference as it is easy to get around with great accommodation options in close vicinity to Te Pae and the Town Hall.
The conference location in Christchurch also gives EDS excellent opportunities to organise field trips and site visits within the region prior to the conference.
“One of EDS’s primary focus areas is on landscape issues. The Canterbury region is a great place to showcase the beauty of New Zealand and look at answers to many environmental and landscape challenges,” she says.