Our work towards Predator Free 2050
IntroductionExplore the innovative and collaborative work DOC does to get us one step closer to a predator free New Zealand.
DOC is the Government’s lead agency responsible for facilitating the Predator Free 2050 programme. We bring together the unique perspectives and knowledge of communities and collaborators. With their input, we developed the strategy to get us to the shared PF2050 goal.
We also contribute directly towards Predator Free 2050. We control predators, undertake eradication science, foster technology development, train people, build partnerships and support.
PF2050 is a world first – there is no manual to explain how to achieve the goal. But we’re investing in research and learning by doing. We will need to develop and adapt our approach, methods and tools as we learn more about predators, ecology and the part people will play.
Our work is a critical part of learning quickly. It provides an opportunity for trialling new methods, planning approaches, and tools and technology at scale. It also builds momentum in our communities.
From control to eradication
As we continue to learn, many projects will shift from predator control to eradication (the complete removal of predators). Permanent eradication is much more difficult than control – it requires more planning, resourcing, long-term support and new tools. DOC currently does both - ‘holding the line’ through control and eradication on islands and land we can defend.
Eradication allows our species to thrive
For our endangered species, eradication could mean the difference between living on the edge of extinction and thriving. If you’ve been to a fenced sanctuary or predator free island, you can see and hear the difference.
Since pests were eradicated from Kapiti Island in 1996, some lizard populations have grown 28-fold and around 1,200 little spotted kiwi now call the island home. The dawn chorus is deafening with kākā, tūī and kākāriki. Eradication is challenging but worth it for our treasured species.
Develop a strategy to deliver PF 2050Based on advice from the movement, we developed a strategic direction, action plan and progress report to ensure we achieve our predator free goal.
Protect native wildlife and forests
Our National Predator Control Programme is ‘holding the line’ for threatened native species and helping populations to recover.
Partner on large scale projects
We work with our partners from Te Tai Tokerau/Northland to Rakiura/Stewart Island to eradicate predators across Aotearoa.
Innovate new tools and technology
We’ve created new partnerships and funding to support inventors, businesses and entrepreneurs in building tools and technologies for eradication.
Eradicate predators from islands
DOC is achieving large-scale predator eradication on islands to protect our precious native species.
Foster collaboration across the Predator Free movementWe convene six national collaborative groups that focus on key pathways. The groups align, prioritise and report on the actions to steer us towards our collective goal.
DOC shares stories and media so that every New Zealander can learn about and join the Predator Free Movement.