The science programmes
Creating solutions to allow biodiversity and biosecurity decision makers to have accurate, comprehensive information at their fingertips.
Reducing rates of incursion or establishment by foreign invader species; improving efficacy of pest management by scaling-up control operations.
Enhancing and restoring the resilience of vulnerable ecosystems; preventing biodiversity loss, and mitigating the effects of global change.
The National Science Challenge, New Zealand’s Biological Heritage, has been created to protect and manage our native biodiversity, improve our biosecurity, and enhance our resilience to harmful organisms.
New Zealanders value highly our biological heritage – the natural, production and urban environments in which we live, work and recreate. These environments underpin our economy, particularly through primary industries and tourism, are integral to our sense of national identity, and have important cultural and recreational significance.
Elements of our environment are under increasing pressure.
With 17 partner organisations and input from dozens of other stakeholder entities, this National Science Challenge will transform the way that we as New Zealanders respond to that pressure.
01 Dec 2016
Great to see Predator Free 2050 board announced! Looking forward to providing research strategy to make it happen.
17 Nov 2016
The Royal Society of NZ has issued an information paper on gene-editing techniques. The New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge, representing all 8 Universities and 7 Crown Research Institutes, welcomes this initiative.
07 Nov 2016
There is never a dull moment in Challenge-land! Here’s an update on where things are at in our Challenge.