Posted on 10 August 2020
Media statement: Te Mana o te Taiao - Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy 2020
Today, the Minister for Conservation launched Te Mana o te Taiao – The Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy, providing strategic direction for biodiversity in Aotearoa New Zealand for the next 30 years. See what Julie Hall, the Challenge Director, had to say:
“I’m really pleased to see this latest strategy has a stronger focus on the marine environment, and that the goals of the strategy specifically include ecosystem-based management (EBM) and cumulative effects. Cumulative effects are one of the most urgent and complex issues facing our coasts and oceans that can only be tackled with a national-level, holistic, ki uta ki tai approach.
“Marine spaces are too often ‘out of sight, out of mind’ despite the fact that they are home to almost 80% of Aotearoa New Zealand’s native biodiversity, and there are serious issues that must be addressed for the sake of New Zealand’s future. This is why we work in this area and it’s great to know our research can contribute to the goals of this strategy.”