New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge is broad, complex, and will integrate a wide range of science disciplines.
The Challenge aims to reverse the decline of our biological heritage by protecting and managing biodiversity, improving biosecurity, and enhancing resilience to harmful organisms. The Challenge includes research on ways to characterise flora and fauna, reduce rates of incursion or establishment by foreign invader species, and enhance and restore the resilience of vulnerable ecosystems to prevent biodiversity loss and mitigate the effects of global change. National partnerships will deliver a step-change in research innovation and sector and community action.
The Challenge will increase the relevance, value and impact of biosecurity and biodiversity research through:
- An integrated ‘one ecosystem’ research agenda
- incorporating Māori worldviews and customary approaches
- deeper collaboration across research boundaries and disciplines
- larger-scale research programmes focusing on ‘mission-critical’ research
- stimulating and rewarding research excellence
- more effective public engagement.
Rather than attempt a comprehensive response to all of the Challenge themes, resources will be focused on three critical areas, complemented by aligned research (not funded by the Challenge but contributing to our knowledge and understanding of New Zealand’s biological heritage).
It is essential that New Zealand’s native and introduced flora, fauna and fungi are sufficiently understood to inform…
New Zealand is highly vulnerable to incursions of invasive pests, weeds and diseases. For example, the painted apple…
The health of our biological heritage depends on sustaining our natural capital (our stocks of natural assets, including…
Each year the 17 Challenge Parties provide information on research within their organisation that they identify as aligned…
The Challenge is committed to engaging with the public and growing science literacy.…
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In 2015 the Challenge stakeholders and Kāhui Māori identified several Intermediate Outcomes – tangible impacts on New Zealand’s biological heritage they want to result from research.