• Kākā (Nestor meridionalis). Image - Nicola Toki, DOC

    Kākā (Nestor meridionalis). Image - Nicola Toki, DOC

Synthesis publication: Restoring biological heritage

What will New Zealand’s biological heritage look like in 2050? If we are to make meaningful and measurable progress in restoring our biological heritage, a range of fundamental issues need to be addressed. These relate not just to restoration ecology but also to building ecosystem resilience in the wider socio-economic and cultural context within which restoration occurs.

A challenge team, including the current and previous directors (Drs Andrea Byrom and Bruce Clarkson) and two kaihautū (Drs Nick Waipara and Phil Lyver) explored options for reducing threats to New Zealand’s biological heritage by 2050 in the journal Ecological Management and Restoration.

DA Norton, LM Young, AE Byrom, BD Clarkson, PO Lyver, MS McGlone, NW Waipara 2016. How do we restore New Zealand's biological heritage by 2050? Ecological Management & Restoration 17: 170−179.

Challenging the status quo

At the Crazy & Ambitious Conference we formed a panel to explore ‘Who owns biodiversity genetic data’. Stewardship of such data is important for indigenous people worldwide. A key outcome was to identify a critical need for better co-ownership and co-innovation of research between scientists and indigenous knowledge holders. Associate Professor Tammy Steeves (University of Canterbury), Professor Peter Dearden (Director of Genomics Aotearoa at the University of Otago), Professor Kim Tallbear (University of Alberta) and Dr Aroha Mead (Chair Emeritus IUCN CEESP) were panel members.