Predator Free 2050 Research Strategy 2020 – 2024
Our draft 2020-2024 Predator Free 2050 Research Strategy is now available, to guide funding investment over the next four years. It is being made publicly available now to:
- invite co-funding requests from researchers submitting funding applications for projects that will initiate in the strategy timeframe, and
- invite a review of the strategy development process.
The strategy will see increased investment of $3.5m pa aimed at enabling eradication of stoats and rats in back country areas, and initiation of a new round of Products to Projects developments.
The 2017-2020 Research Strategy was prepared with the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge to guide Predator Free 2050 Limited’s initial $1m pa investment in breakthrough science.
The strategy was focused on the 2025 target of achieving a science solution capable of eradicating at least one small mammalian predator from the mainland.
The strategy enabled co-funding of research in four programme areas: Environment and Society, Best Use of Existing Approaches, Exploring New Approaches and Modelling and Data Sharing.
Products to Projects
An alliance with the Provincial Growth Fund has enabled Predator Free 2050 Limited to fast track research, development and production of new predator control and eradication tools and technologies.
The company sought expressions of interest in funding in March 2019 and, following assessment of 62 applications, has committed $6.5m to enable research, development and production of 12 new predator control tools over the next three years.
Funding is closely aligned with DOC’s Tools to Market programme
Predator Free 2050 Limited Science Strategy Manager Professor Dan Tompkins is the Chair of the PF2050 Science Innovation and Improvement Collaborative Group.
The group supports the Department of Conservation’s Predator Free 2050 Strategy and is tasked with the cross-agency prioritisation and construction of projects to help achieve the PF2050 interim goals.
Members of the group:
- Predator Free 2050 Limited
- Te Tira Whakamātaki
- Department of Conservation
- Biological Heritage National Science Challenge
- Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research
- Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
- Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge
- Ministry for Primary Industries
- Zero Invasive Predators
- Regional Council National Science Working Group
Predator Free 2050 Limited Science Strategy Manager Professor Dan Tompkins is a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Task Force on Synthetic Biology and Biodiversity Conservation.
The Task Force recently published Genetic frontiers for conservation – An assessment of synthetic biology and biodiversity conservation.
Prof Tompkins represents the Task Force on the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Synthetic Biology.