We are developing processes to measure the values New Zealanders have for the marine environment.
Programme leader: Judi Hewitt, NIWA
Aotearoa New Zealand’s marine environment has abundant natural resources that could benefit the country’s economy. It also has significant social, cultural and spiritual value for generations of New Zealanders.
The way Aotearoa New Zealand governs and manages its marine environment needs to acknowledge and accommodate Māori and community concerns, views and values, as well as resource use. To do this, we must stocktake our natural capital, define values – social, environmental, cultural, spiritual and economic – and indicators of the marine economy.
We are developing processes to measure the values New Zealanders have for the marine environment. Our research seeks to nurture connections between multiple non-monetary values, investment and the marine environment.
We want to understand the economic measures that encourage innovation and add value to the marine economy, whilst also maintaining or improving other values. Our aim is to provide ways to balance kaitiakitanga (guardianship) with economic benefit. We believe that identifying these values, and the marine habitats and ecosystem processes that underpin them, will improve New Zealand’s ability to prioritise management actions, make informed decisions, and define trade-offs.
- Developing a framework to incorporate monetary and non-monetary values in decision making.
- Identifying the values New Zealanders hold for the marine environment.
- Determining whether ecosystem services can be used to predict how impacts on ecosystem health and function affect human values.
- Developing ways in which blue marine economies can be measured and enhanced.
We are identifying frameworks and principles for recognising the multiple values of the marine environment to support ecosystem-based management.
We are exploring ways to assess the values New Zealanders hold for the marine environment.
We are finding new ways to measure and map the ecosystem services provided by marine ecosystems.
We are studying initiatives to create economic value from sustainable marine activities based on healthy ecosystems. We will use the findings to map and model a blue economy.
We are testing techniques to raise the pH of coastal waters around mussel farms to improve shellfish growth.
Re-use of offshore infrastructure and platforms: assessing value to communities, industry and environment
We have developed a near real-time forecasting tool for Tasman and Golden Bays to help predict when aquaculture sites and beaches are safe to access.
We are working collaboratively with hapū in Tairāwhiti to develop bioactives from kina. Bioactives can treat diabetes, heart disease and other serious conditions.
We are trialling two innovative technologies to detect and monitor harmful algal blooms in coastal waters.
We are investigating whether generating electricity from the strong tidal currents within Cook Strait is viable for Aotearoa New Zealand.
This project aims to help the Kaikōura community and businesses build a sustainable blue economy as they recover from the 2016 earthquakes.
Latest news and updates
The Minister of Research, Science and Innovation has today announced the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge will receive $39.8 million for the second five-year phase of the Challenge. Funding will start on 1 July 2019.
In September, Hikurangi Enterprises hosted a two-day wānanga in Tairāwhiti Gisborne. The wānanga brought together whānau, community and scientists to talk about the opportunities to grow the East Coast blue economy and how kaitiaki can partner with researchers.
Challenge researchers are strengthening links with Canadian research programmes involved in ocean conservation, climate change, and social and economic development of marine environments.