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New Zealand’s Roadmap for Conservation and Environment Science


New Zealand’s government released its conservation and environment science priorities for the next 20 years in a new Roadmap.

The full list of priorities is in the Roadmap on the Ministry for the Environment website at: http://www.mfe.govt.nz/more/about-us/conservation-and-environment-science-roadmap.

The Roadmap is produced by the Department of Conservation, Ministry for the Environment and the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor.

Conservation and lead Minister Maggie Barry addressed the annual Bluegreens Forum: “We need to be certain that we have the best research and evidence available to help us protect and save our threatened bird and plant life and for all New Zealand to achieve important Government targets such as Predator Free 2050. Science will play a critical role and this new roadmap will coordinate without duplicating priority projects across government and with other partners.”

“We need to focus our research efforts on innovative technologies and take the long view if we want to improve New Zealand’s sustainability and resilience in the face of increasing conservation challenges,” Ms Barry says.

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith added “The Government’s new Conservation and Environment Science Roadmap provides a cohesive, strategic approach to scientific research. It’ll give us the best knowledge out of our research dollars, and ensure that the data and information we gather is relevant to our future needs This new Science Roadmap is totally consistent with the Government’s Bluegreen approach to environmental challenges. We are not the party of slogans but of practical, technical, robust policies that will deliver on our goals of a 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, 90 percent of our rivers and lakes being swimmable by 2040 and Predator Free by 2050.”

About the roadmap

The Conservation and Environment Science Roadmap sets out New Zealand’s science priorities and capability requirements over the next 20 years.

It identifies the areas of scientific knowledge needed by government to support decision-making for conservation and environmental policy and management to achieve the most desirable future for New Zealand.

It will help improve the coordination of research in New Zealand, reduce duplication, ensure gaps are addressed and that research is relevant to policy.

The research will be used by central and local government, private sector, non-governmental organisations and individuals to make better decisions that affect our environment and natural heritage.

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