Tagged: policy

Climate Change and New Zealand’s Future - Journeys to the ice

Matthew Wood Feb 02, 2011

ESCI 201: Climate Change and New Zealand’s Future is a Victoria University summer course which draws on the knowledge of many of Wellington’s preeminent experts in the realm of climate change. Much like the structure of the IPCC Assessment Reports, the course begins by examining the scientific basis of climate change and then explores the implications … Read More

New Zealand kelp forests under threat as total allowable catch limits announced - Science Life

Rebecca McLeod Sep 24, 2010

I am still reeling from an announcement made yesterday by the Minster of Fisheries and Aquaculture Phil Heatley regarding the setting of the total allowable “catch” for giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera). I thought I might try and calm down a little before I wrote this post, but the 20 or so emails that greeted me this morning from marine ecologists … Read More

Conflict apparent on the West Coast as marine protection recommendations released - Science Life

Rebecca McLeod Aug 15, 2010

...one of the coolest things about the proposed MPAs is their proximity to National Parks. All of the four proposed MPA sites are situated alongside National Parks, and this will provide for a continuum of protection from, in many cases, the tops of mountains, to the depths of the sea. Read More

ANZICE Part 5: Policy Interface - Journeys to the ice

Matthew Wood Jul 07, 2010

The ANZICE program is certainly producing some intriguing results when viewed from a purely scientific perspective. But the serious implications of this research for the future of our environment and society give this work a pertinence beyond just the scientific community. Preliminary results are strongly suggesting that we have no time to lose in making significant changes towards … Read More

Community based marine management in practice — the West Coast example - Science Life

Rebecca McLeod Feb 09, 2010

The South Island’s West Coast Marine Protection Forum looks set to be the first region to put a marine protected area (MPA) proposal to the Government under the new(ish) MPA Policy and Implementation Plan, with the group recently wrapping up an extensive consultation process. The proposal that was put out for public comment outlined four main sites … Read More

Science in danger of being diluted in marine reserve decisions - Science Life

Rebecca McLeod Feb 02, 2010

The document outlines how a forum of up to 14 stakeholders will be appointed in each of the defined regions in NZ. These stakeholders will encompass tangata whenua, commercial fishers, recreational users, conservation groups, tourism operators, aquaculture industry, minerals industry… and scientists. Read More

NZ’s no 8 wire, corroding - Crikey Creek

Daniel Collins Nov 03, 2009

Fellow SciBlogger Shaun Hendy is in the news with his interesting analysis of OECD patents. Our no 8 wire mentality might not be so spectacular after all. Internationally, NZ is behind the curve for two reasons: low funding and a small population. Our R&D funding as a portion of GDP is well below the OECD average, though at this … Read More