New Zealand's Biological Heritage | Ngā Koiora Tuku Iho

New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge aims to protect and manage New Zealand’s biodiversity, improve our biosecurity, and enhance our resilience to harmful organisms.

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Launched: 29 August 2014

Funding: Up to $63.7 million over 10 years

Host: Landcare Research

Summary

The New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge aims to reverse the decline of this country’s biological heritage by protecting and managing native biodiversity, improving biosecurity, and enhancing resilience to harmful organisms.

The Challenge includes research on ways to reduce rates of incursion or establishment by foreign invader species, and to enhance and restore the resilience of vulnerable ecosystems to prevent biodiversity loss and mitigate the effects of global change.

The Challenge’s national partnership will deliver a step-change in research innovation, technologies and sector action to help reduce the increasing pressures on our environment.

Challenge objective

To protect and manage New Zealand’s biodiversity, improve our biosecurity, and enhance our resilience to harmful organisms.

Title translation

[Ngā] Koiora - (noun) [plural] biology, biological

Tuku Iho - to be handed down, inherited

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Collaboration partners

  • Auckland University of Technology
  • Lincoln University
  • Massey University
  • University of Auckland
  • University of Canterbury
  • University of Otago
  • University of Waikato
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • AgResearch
  • Institute of Environmental Science Research (ESR)
  • Institute of Geological and Nuclear Science (GNS)
  • National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)
  • Plant and Food Research
  • Scion.