I am delighted to announce that yesterday EIANZ members voted to change the Institute’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (Code) to recognise Indigenous knowledge, values and rights at a Special General Meeting. The changes will come into effect on 1 December 2021.

The changes reflect an ethical obligation and professional practice requirement to recognise and value the rights and interests of Indigenous Peoples in the management of environmental values, and for environmental practitioners to acknowledge their existence in the work they undertake.

By making the changes, EIANZ is laying the foundation for long-term engagement between Indigenous Peoples and environmental practitioners. It demonstrates the Institute's belief that the rights and interests of Indigenous Peoples are inseparable from good practice environmental management.

We are now working on the next steps to build the capacity of EIANZ members and certified practitioners to work within the Code, these include:

  • delivering webinars about Indigenous knowledge systems and cultural values
  • summarising the coverage of practice requirements in laws and guidelines relating to environmental practice
  • further developing toolkits for EIANZ members and certified practitioners on Indigenous knowledge and rights.

This is an important milestone for the Institute and on behalf of the EIANZ Board I thank everyone that has contributed to making this happen.

Information on the changes and what they mean for you are provided in the links below. We will keep you informed of progress as we move to implement these changes.

Bryan Jenkins FEIANZ

Information about the changes and what they mean for you


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