Read all about it: BioHeritage making great progress

Read about progress being made toward finding science-based solutions to enhance and restore Aotearoa’s natural and primary production environments in the BioHeritage Challenge’s 2017 Highlights report.

Download a copy of the highlights report

The Challenge aims to reverse the decline of Aotearoa New Zealand’s precious land-based and freshwater environments. Eighteen partner organisations are collaborating to address this critical problem via research projects that bring together scientists from throughout the country. The researchers are from a wide range of disciplines and include Māori researchers and mana whenua, industry, local communities and citizen scientists – all of whom are focusing on five big goals that matter to all New Zealanders.

The report outlines each of the goals and is packed full of case studies that showcase Challenge progress. See how researchers are working in partnership with Māori to deepen understanding of what species we have, and to find ways of dealing with environmental threats including pest mammals and insects, weeds, pathogens and climate change. Development of modern molecular tools, and new options for data sharing and integration, feature highly in the report.

“Science Challenges are about a new way of working collaboratively in the New Zealand science system,” says Challenge Director Andrea Byrom.

“Our Challenge parties have been incredibly supportive of us, and of our aspiration to strive for greater collective impact through protecting biodiversity, improving biosecurity, and building resilience in natural, urban and production ecosystems.

“Without the excellent research capability and expertise held by all our Challenge parties, we simply would not be able to deliver on the Challenge mission.”

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