Future Strategy update from Challenge Director, Dr Andrea Byrom
On 9 July, we ticked off a major milestone: we submitted our Future Strategy to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
We landed the Strategy after an extensive period of consultation that began in the second half of 2017. A fundamental theme during our consultations was that the Challenge should focus on delivering impact for New Zealand through larger, more integrated portfolios of effort involving not just researchers, but also end users, Mātauranga Māori, and citizens – even more than we do now.
Many of you helped us refine the Strategy to three impacts:
- New Zealanders value our biological heritage, understand how it is changing, and are inspired to take action to protect it
- New Zealand’s biosecurity system is world class
- New Zealand’s natural and production ecosystems are resilient and thriving.
Seven cross-cutting Strategic Outcomes will be focused on these impacts. Click here for a concise summary of the Strategy.
A message from Dr James Buwalda, Governance Group Chair
The BioHeritage Challenge’s Governance Group strongly endorses the Future Strategy. We expect that through the robust review process that’s now underway, our Strategy will be further refined but in the meantime, the Governance Group supports work to begin to develop a 2019–2024 research plan alongside the Strategy.
We appreciate the constructive engagement and input we have received across all Challenge Parties and many other stakeholders and end-users, and we now look forward to further contributions as detailed research plans are developed and implemented over the coming months.
10 Jul 2018 — Our vision: To reverse the decline of biological heritage, blend traditional knowledge with modern research, reconnect people with nature, create thriving ecosystems, and leave a legacy for future generations.