Ministers' media release:
New Zealanders are being asked to have their say on the environmental science priorities facing the nation, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry say.
A discussion paper released today will lead to a conservation and environment science “roadmap” identifying priority areas for scientific research during the next 20 years.
“A well co-ordinated science strategy on environmental issues is a key part of the Government’s BlueGreen policy agenda. We need good science to help identify the issues that pose the greatest risk to New Zealand’s clean, green environment and international reputation. Science is also pivotal to finding the solutions that will enable us to best protect our environment while ensuring we have a successful and growing economy,” Dr Smith says.