Impacts and Themes

Note: the draft Impacts and Themes below are indicative only. We expect that other Themes may emerge during further consultation.

For consideration: what other Themes will be needed to deliver on the Challenge mission? Should we use the term ‘Theme’ or some other word such as ‘Priority’?

Impact 1: Enhanced Ecosystem Resilience to Risks & Threats

Theme: Building social and ecological resilience to global change

What will New Zealand have achieved if research in this Theme is successful?

  • Iwi, hapū, and whānau will be enabled to give effect to kaitiakitanga.
  • The diversity of New Zealand’s natural and cultural heritage will have been restored.
  • Native plants and animals will be flourishing across a network of protected places, including in production landscapes, through enhanced connectivity among remnant native taxa, habitats and ecosystems.
  • New Zealand’s natural and production ecosystems will be resilient to climate change.
Theme: Valuing land and freshwater biological heritage in diversified landscapes (joint Theme with Our Land & Water Science Challenge)

What will New Zealand have achieved if research in this Theme is successful?

  • Streams, rivers, wetlands and estuaries including wai tapu and wai taonga will be restored and maintained in a healthy functioning state.
  • A full range of threatened and taonga species will have been restored to a functioning, nonthreatened level which can support various uses.
  • Interconnections between land and freshwater domains will be recognised and managed as a whole system

Impact 2: Future-Proofing NZ’s Biosecurity System From Threats

Theme: State-of-the-art biosecurity surveillance (possible joint Theme with Science for Technological Innovation Science Challenge)

What will New Zealand have achieved if research in this Theme is successful?

  • Public confidence, support and active engagement in NZ’s biosecurity system will have been enhanced.
  • Primary sector market access and future investment opportunities will have been enhanced.
  • The contribution of contemporary science, Mātauranga Māori, and local knowledge to biosecurity policy, standards, regulations, investments and operational decision-making will have been improved across the biosecurity system.
Theme: Mitigating risk pathways for biosecurity incursions

What will New Zealand have achieved if research in this Theme is successful?

  • New biosecurity risks and their likely impacts on natural and production ecosystems will be better predicted and understood, and appropriate approaches required to prevent incursions will be based on sound science and ready to be rapidly deployed.
Theme: Combating plant diseases

What will New Zealand have achieved if research in this Theme is successful?

  • The resilience of natural and production ecosystems to new and existing pathogen threats will have been enhanced.
  • System-wide responsiveness to risks from pathogen threats will have improved.
  • The common approaches needed to respond to different pathogen threats will have been harnessed across a range of threatened taxa and pathogen dispersal systems.
Theme: Combating weeds

What will New Zealand have achieved if research in this Theme is successful?

  • The resilience of natural and production ecosystems to new and existing weed threats will have been enhanced.
  • System-wide responsiveness to risks from weed threats will have improved.
  • The common approaches needed to respond to different weed threats will have been harnessed across a range of weed taxa.
Theme: Combating vertebrate and invertebrate pest threats

What will New Zealand have achieved if research in this Theme is successful?

  • Scale-able new technologies and strategies for achieving cost-effective, humane and sustainable control or eradication of pests will be in use.
  • The resilience of natural and production ecosystems to the threats posed by pests will have been enhanced.

Impact 3: Tracking our Trajectory of Change Theme: A biological heritage scorecard for Aotearoa

What will New Zealand have achieved if research in this Theme is successful?

  • Comprehensive biological heritage data and information on pressures, state and trends in New Zealand’s biological heritage will be available at relevant scales and in real time to all New Zealanders, to enable effects to be considered in management decisions across all environmental domains.
Cross-Cutting Theme: A Biosphere Data Commons for Aotearoa

What will New Zealand have achieved if research in this Theme is successful?

  • Communities of New Zealanders will be harnessing greater value from data in a Commons framework.