Pathways to Ecosystem Regeneration

Our teams are aiming to quantify social-ecological linkages for use in managing, protecting and restoring land and water ecosystems.

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Overview Te Tirohanga Whānui

Many thousands of New Zealanders put in time and effort to reverse the decline in our biological heritage, but they often face challenges in connecting with one another and scaling up their effort. They also might have to overcome economic, legislative, and organisational barriers to create more sustainable and culturally appropriate environmental stewardship.

This investment team aims to build social and ecological resilience by restoring connections between people and nature, while understanding and valuing those connections in a non-market way.  We seek to work with communities to develop tools and approaches that reflect their unique needs and contexts, and ultimately support their efforts to scale-up for impact.

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Research Area Summary Te Whakarāpopototanga Kaupapa

    1. Research that will help clarify pathways and remove barriers for enhanced restoration success, working closely with Eco-index and Adaptive Governance & Policy teams.

    1. Supporting co-development of exemplar restoration projects that showcase successful regeneration of mātauranga and bioheritage.

    1. Identify and develop the tools and approaches needed, such as adaptive management networks, to connect and enhance the success of local regeneration efforts in Aotearoa.

Highlights Ngā Mahi Whakahirahira

Co-leads Ngā kaiārahi ngātahi

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Joanne Clapcott

Joanne Clapcott

Ngāti Porou 
Cawthron Institute 
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Danielle Shanahan

Danielle Shanahan

Zealandia Ecosanctuary, Victoria University of Wellington

Research Partners Ngā hoa pātui rangahau

Resource outputs from this programme


Towards a framework for targeting national-scale, native revegetation in Aotearoa New Zealand’s agroecosystems.

The incorporation of native, woody vegetation into New Zealand’s agricultural ecosystems offers a “nature-based solution” approach for mitigating poor environmental outcomes of land use practices,…
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A demographic model to support customary management of a culturally important waterfowl species

Scientific support invited by Indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLC) to assist with customary environmental management can improve conservation and community livelihoods. For example, demographic…
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Understanding divergent perspectives on introduced trout in Aotearoa: a relational values approach

To make coherent and just choices about introduced species management in postcolonial contexts such as Aotearoa, a nuanced understanding of human relationships to introduced species…
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Public willingness to engage in backyard conservation in New Zealand: Exploring motivations and barriers for participation

Citizen science and participatory conservation offer benefits to urban wildlife and help foster human–nature relationships in cities. To optimize conservation and social outcomes it is…
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Scientists’ Warning to Humanity on Threats to Indigenous and Local Knowledge Systems

The knowledge systems and practices of Indigenous Peoples and local communities play critical roles in safeguarding the biological and cultural diversity of our planet. Globalization,…
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Population recovery of alien black rats Rattus rattus: A test of reinvasion theory

Reinvasion of pest animals after incomplete control is a major challenge for invasive species management, yet little is known about the behavioural and demographic categories…
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Coming together to amplify ecosystem regeneration

February 2022 – More and more people are joining together as collectives to increase the scope and impact of their regeneration projects. When iwi, hapū,…
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Biodiversity brought to Fonterra farms

A new project supported by Fonterra’s Living Water Partnership with the Department of Conservation will help on-farm advisors grow their understanding of biodiversity, with a…
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