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UPDATED: National cat management strategy launches – Expert reaction

Peter Griffin posted in on September 21st, 2016.

Animal welfare and conservation groups will jointly launch a plan for cats, addressing impacts on wildlife and cat owners. The National Cat Management Strategy calls for nationwide mandatory microchipping and desexing of domestic cats when ownership is transferred as part of an increased focus on responsible pet ownership. It also proposes ways to manage stray […]

Conservation in the Anthropocene Age – David Hall

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 16th, 2016.

There are shadows hanging over Conservation Week, writes policy researcher David Hall, the biggest one caused by the scale of humanity’s effect on the natural world. An excerpt (read in full): Last month the Anthropocene Working Group voted to acknowledge that a new geological epoch began around the time of ‘the Great Acceleration’ in the […]

Call to arms to avert climate change losses – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 12th, 2016.

A group of international scientists – including a New Zealander – is calling for a global effort to help predict how climate change will affect species. While sophisticated mathematical models can help scientists forecast outcomes under climate change, they’re only as good as the data that goes into the models, the researchers wrote in Science. […]

Myths no help to struggling sea lions – Jim Roberts

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 12th, 2016.

Myths about sea lions, sparked by a consultation paper out for public comment, are counterproductive to the conservation of the species, writes Niwa fisheries scientist Dr Jim Roberts. An excerpt (read in full…) Myth – NZ sea lions mainly eat squid Southern arrow squid make up less than one-fifth of their diet. Furthermore, survival and […]

Tourism focus at mountain conference – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 9th, 2016.

At the country shivers during winter’s first real cold snap, conservationists and mountaineers have gathered at Aoraki/Mt Cook to discuss protecting mountains for future generations to enjoy. The Sustainable Summits Conference, hosted by the New Zealand Alpine Club, follows on from an international conference held in Colorado, USA in 2014. The conference has a strong […]

Giant leap to pest-free NZ is attainable – Dr James Russell

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 2nd, 2016.

Reaching a predator-free goal by 2050 is attainable, but will require a huge cultural shift, writes conservation biologist Dr James Russell in the New Zealand Herald: An excerpt (read in full): New Zealand is the world leader in killing invasive predators. We’re so good at it, other countries around the world seek our help and […]

The science of a predator-free NZ – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 27th, 2016.

The Government’s announcement to aim for a ‘predator-free New Zealand’ by 2050 has been widely covered by media – both here at home and internationally – this week. While the initial announcement made a splash in both local and international media, now the question is: how might such an ambitious plan be pulled off? Self-resetting traps, genetic […]

Roadmap for NZ science – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 18th, 2016.

On Friday, the Government released a discussion paper to identify the areas of scientific knowledge needed to support decision-making for conservation and environment policy and management. The Department of Conservation and Ministry for the Environment jointly released the discussion paper Conservation and Environment Science Roadmap. It identifies big issues and possible research directions for New […]

NZ island conservation success – In the News

John Kerr posted in on March 23rd, 2016.

New research championing New Zealand’s conservation approach to creating predator free islands has received wide media coverage. The study, published in PNAS, collated data from invasive mammal eradication projects on island around the globe. Examining 181 different islands, the researchers found 236 species – comprising almost 600 separate populations – had benefited from eradication projects. […]

Island eradications a conservation ‘silver bullet’? – Expert Reaction

John Kerr posted in on March 22nd, 2016.

New Zealand is leading the world when it comes to preserving islands’ unique and fragile wildlife by eliminating invasive mammals, according to new research. The international team of researchers, including several New Zealanders, systematically assessed the global impact of eradicating invasive mammals, such as rats, goats and cats, from islands. Their findings, published today in […]

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