Sustaining and restoring ecosystems

  • Ocean Beach hinterland. Image - Richard Brimmer

    Ocean Beach hinterland. Image - Richard Brimmer

  • Kereru at Zealandia. Credit - Brendan Doran

    Kereru at Zealandia. Credit - Brendan Doran

  • Frozen vegetation by creek. Image - Ronny Groenteman

    Frozen vegetation by creek. Image - Ronny Groenteman

  • Soil Sampling, Pukaki. Image - Malcolm McLeod

    Soil Sampling, Pukaki. Image - Malcolm McLeod

Leader: Dr Duane Pelzer, Manaaki Whenua

The health of our biological heritage depends on sustaining our natural capital (our stocks of natural assets, including geology, soil, air, water and all living things) in an ever-changing biotic, economic and social environment.

Recent international advances have shown the benefit of quantitative analysis of our ecosystems and their derived services. This Challenge will provide the underpinning research to make this a reality in New Zealand.

Our goal is to improve the resilience of vulnerable ecosystems and enhance our natural capital. We want to prevent irreversible biodiversity loss and damaging biotic invasions, which are being exacerbated by issues such as land-use intensification and climate change.

Enhancing native biodiversity in agroecosystems

This project aims to rebuild structure and enhance ecological function of native biodiversity on sheep and beef farms…

Kia mau tonu ki ngā tapu taonga o ngā mātua tūpuna

This project aims to facilitate the application of customary approaches and practices to help reverse the decline of…

What is delaying the recovery of our degraded streams and rivers?

The outcomes of this work will be to restore and future-proof indigenous biological heritage by overcoming negative resistance…

Predicting and managing ecosystem tipping points

Understanding the processes leading to rapid, self-reinforcing changes (‘tipping points’) in social–ecological systems will be used to develop…