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He whenua haumako, aumānga hoki a Aotearoa
Creating a resilient, thriving environment

We want to help create resilient and thriving ecosystems that New Zealanders are proud of – so they’re inspired to make positive changes for future generations.

Our natural, urban and production environments underpin our sense of national identity, with most of us having deep cultural, spiritual or family connections to mountains, forests, farms, lakes and rivers.

The health of these environments depends on sustaining our natural assets – including geology, soil, air, water and all living things – in an ever-changing biotic, economic and social environment.

By 2024, our aim is to understand social and ecological linkages in natural and production ecosystems, ultimately enabling us to design frameworks to ensure ecosystems are resilient to current and future threats. We’re working toward this goal in two ways.

  • Ecosystem interdependencies

Our teams are aiming to quantify social-ecological linkages for use in managing, protecting and restoring land and water ecosystems.

  • Adaptive governance and policy

Ultimately, we need to enable people to build biological heritage resilience with the right policy and governance instruments.

Helping primary production and native biodiversity work together

The humble tea bag is significant for researchers studying native biodiversity in agricultural landscapes.…

Managing threats to freshwater taonga invertebrates

Managing non-native fish may be the answer to safeguarding freshwater taonga (treasured) species.…

Taking a biocultural approach to restoring New Zealand’s biodiversity

How kaitiakitanga (Māori guardianship) approaches could contribute to reversing environmental decline.…

Recovering degraded streams and rivers

Researchers are using freshwater systems to test resistance in degraded ecosystems.…

Predicting and preventing ecosystem decline

A framework to help predict and prevent harmful and difficult-to-reverse changes in ecosystems.…