Predator Free 2050 Research Strategy 2020 – 2024
Our draft 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.
All feedback received will be considered for a June 2020 revision of the strategy, alongside which responses to all comments will be published.
The current strategy was prepared in 2017 with the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge to guide Predator Free 2050 Limited’s $1m pa investment in breakthrough science.
The strategy is focussed on the 2025 target of achieving a science solution capable of eradicating at least one small mammalian predator from the mainland.
The strategy has 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, expects to disburse investment totalling $6.5m 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.