“Our Land and Water” Science Challenge launch

Published: 03 Feb 2016 8:06am

The Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce launched the “Our Land and Water” National Science Challenge in Wellington on 26th January.

The aim of the Challenge is to enhance New Zealand’s primary sector economic contributions while improving the environment.

Dr Paul Reynolds, the interim board chair said “the primary sectors underpin the country’s economy and it has never been more urgent to provide research solutions that enhance productivity whilst maintaining and improving the environmental values on which farming, as well as society, depend.”

The Challenge involves a funding commitment of nearly $100 million over 10 years from the New Zealand government, in addition to co-funding of up to $130 million from the Crown Research Institutes.

It will unit researchers from four universities (University of Auckland, Lincoln University, University of Waikato and Massey University) and all seven Crown Research Institutes (Landcare Research, AgResearch, ESR, GNS, NIWA, Plant & Food Research and Scion) in an attempt to deliver new ideas, technologies and systems for primary production to improve land and water management in New Zealand. Combined, there are 350 research projects contributing towards the Challenge outcome.

The National Science Challenges are dedicated to breaking new ground in areas of science that are crucial to New Zealand’s future. Our Land and Water Challenge is the largest of 11 challenges in total. Announcements on the first projects funded by the Challenge are expected in May.

For more information about the National Science Challenges and the Our Land and Water Challenge, visit: National Science Challenges