Bioethics Panel

To achieve the vision of Predator Free New Zealand 2050, researchers need to develop novel tools and technologies for cost-effective, landscape-scale control, eradication and surveillance of small mammal pests.

However, moving any new control measures from the lab to the landscape is as much a social challenge as it is a biological challenge. Researchers need to find ways to include the public early and often in discussing predator control plans, and allow people to have a say in which methods are deployed.

In response to this need, this Bioethics Panel was co-convened by Drs Emily Parke (Philosophy) and James Russell (Biology) from the University of Auckland as part of the BioHeritage project High tech solutions to invasive mammal pest control.

The Panel brings together a wide range of academic, industry and community experts who horizon-scan the social, cultural and ethical issues around the implementation of high tech solutions to invasive mammal pest control. Membership is diverse in terms of gender and culture, and includes representatives with experience in philosophy, law, psychology, marketing, ecology, genetics, hunting, welfare and stewardship.

They've agreed that it's important to prepare a public discussion document on the non-technical issues associated with achieving a Predator Free New Zealand.

The work of the BioHeritage Bioethics Panel sits alongside the science advisory panel to PF2050, who at the same time are considering the biological and technical challenges in achieving a Predator Free New Zealand by 2050.

Read an article on the Panel’s work in Science.

The Panel intends to present a final report in 2018 which will be publicly released and presented.

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