We’re thrilled to announce that the BioHeritage Challenge has received a second round of five year-investment from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
We have already started laying the groundwork for this next exciting phase that begins on 1 July 2019. Building on the great progress made over the past five years, we have a new strategy that sharpens our focus on three aspirational goals, or impact areas.
By working toward these Impacts – whakamana, tiaki, whakahou (empower, protect, restore) – our Challenge Parties and many other participants will:
- incentivise New Zealanders to take action to protect the landscapes in which we live, work, and play
- help develop a world-class biosecurity system
- ensure that Aotearoa New Zealand has resilient, thriving natural and production ecosystems.
A lot of work is happening behind the scenes. You can read more about both the Impacts and the Strategic Outcomes in our Strategy summary document. A call for expressions of interest to scope Tranche 2 Strategic Outcomes will be coming out in November 2018.
As we look forward to Tranche 2, we must once again thank everyone who helped us get to this point. A huge amount of work went into the mid-way review of all the Science Challenges. Our success is down to a strong partnership with Māori, and to the positive collaboration among all our partners and stakeholders.
We feel confident that we’re poised to deliver on a mission that’s so important for every New Zealander: to reverse the decline of Aotearoa’s biological heritage through a national partnership that delivers significant changes in research innovation, world-leading technologies, and community and sector action.