The Biodiversity Conservation Science Prospectus is a statement of strategic and operational tool-based research needs over the next five to ten years.

The Prospectus will be used by the Department of Conservation to help prioritise research, but it is also aimed at providing focus for all those involved in biodiversity conservation science in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Prospectus explains the need for biodiversity conservation science priorities, how the priorities were developed, what they are and how they will be used. It also describes the links with Te Mana o te Taiao – the Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy (ANZBS), and which ANZBS goals the priorities will contribute towards achieving.


  1. Introduction and context
  2. Biodiversity conservation priority research areas
  3. The priority areas – justification and links to biodiversity conservation priorities
  4. Prioritisation
  5. Evaluation and review
  6. The priority areas and what they contain
  7. Strategies to ensure the research is undertaken
  8. Appendices

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