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Posted on 24 May 2021

Media statement: Budget 2021

"Sustainable Seas welcomes the Budget 2021 allocation to establish a robust national environmental monitoring and reporting framework. It recognises the importance of bringing together quality data that builds a solid baseline, essential to determine whether environmental health is declining or improving.

"This allocation will need to be carefully planned and prioritised – and include marine environmental monitoring. The Government has already shown an awareness of the importance of marine ecosystems with the appointment of a Minister for Oceans & Fisheries; we hope this is reflected through a focus on monitoring to improve management of coasts and estuaries, highlighted as a priority by the recent report by by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment.

"Our oceans are essential to our economy and national identity – they are our food basket, playground and source of livelihoods. Oceans also have a critical, but often overlooked, role in tackling climate change."

Dr Julie Hall, Director

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Notes to editors

Monitoring for tipping points in the marine environment – This guidance summarises the critical factors to consider, and the recommended data required, for a robust monitoring programme.

About the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge
The vision of Sustainable Seas is for Aotearoa New Zealand to have healthy marine ecosystems that provide value for all New Zealanders. It brings together scientists, social scientists, economists, and experts in mātauranga Māori and policy. It is funded by MBIE and hosted by NIWA. 
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