About the Roadmap

The Conservation and Environment Science Roadmap (the Roadmap) sets out New Zealand’s science priorities and capability requirements over the next 20 years.

It identifies the areas of scientific knowledge needed by government to support decision-making for conservation and environmental policy and management to achieve the most desirable future for New Zealand.

It will help improve the coordination of research in New Zealand, reduce duplication, ensure gaps are addressed and that research is relevant to policy.

The research will be used by central and local government, private sector, non-governmental organisations and individuals to make better decisions that affect our environment and natural heritage.

Diagram showing the six themes the Roadmap covers and how they inter-relate

Diagram showing the six themes the Roadmap covers and how they inter relate
The diagram shows the six themes the Roadmap covers and how they inter-relate. They are: 1. Environmental monitoring and data management 2. Mātauranga Māori 3. Climate change 4. Biosecurity 5. Integrated ecosystems and processes: Land, Fresh water, Coasts and oceans, Urban, Species and populations 6. Social and economic factors

Image: Source: Aqualinc 2010 DoC 2010

Developing the Roadmap

The Roadmap was developed by the Ministry for the Environment, Department of Conservation, and the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor.

When developing the Roadmap we took account of:

  • existing policies and issues
  • government objectives and international obligations
  • public feedback on future research priorities from a formal consultation process in 2016 which consisted of meetings, hui and written submissions.

For more information on the 2016 consultation see the Conservation and Environment Science Roadmap consultation web page.