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Govt seeks input for science roadmap

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 15/07/2016

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry speaks at an event. © Getty Images Conservation Minister Maggie Barry speaks at an event. The government is working on a conservation and environment roadmap which will identify priority areas for scientific research over the next 20 years.

Ministers have issued a discussion document and they're asking for public input.

"We need to be thinking ahead to what issues we're going to face, and also take a fresh look at how to deal with problems like introduced predators and weeds," said Conservation Minister Maggie Barry, the project's lead minister.

"Robust science and evidence underpins good decisions about how we care for our nature."

Environment Minister Nick Smith says the aim is to identify issues that pose the greatest risk to New Zealand's clean, green environment and international reputation.

"We want the public to be involved in the production of the roadmap alongside the science and innovation sector," he said.

The discussion document was developed by an independent group led by the prime minister's chief science advisor, Sir Peter Gluckman.

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