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Roadmap for environmental priorities

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/02/2017

New Zealand needs to focus research efforts on innovative technologies and take a long view to improve sustainability, says Conservation Minister Maggie Barry.

She and Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith released the government's new Conservation and Environment Science Roadmap at the annual Bluegreens Forum on Saturday.

The document sets out conservation and environment science priorities for the next 20 years and is produced by the Department of Conservation, Ministry for the Environment and the Office of the Prime Minister's Chief Science Adviser, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman.

"We need to be certain that we have the best research and evidence available to help us protect and save our threatened bird and plant life and for all New Zealand," Ms Barry says.

Dr Smith said "we are not the party of slogans but of practical, technical, robust policies" that will deliver on goals of a 30 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, 90 per cent of rivers and lakes being swimmable by 2040 and being Predator Free by 2050

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