As countries increasingly understand that economic prosperity and long term improvement of the terrestrial environment are necessarily linked, the need for creative land care approaches has increased.

To meet this challenge New Zealand established Landcare Research as a state-owned science organisation to drive innovation in managing land-based biodiversity and land resources.

Landcare Research works with private and public sector agencies to improve the measurement and management of land-based ecosystems and ensure the sustainable use of land resources. It also helps organisations grow within environmental limits, and meet market and community requirements. This often involves mitigating the impact of greenhouse gases.

Landcare provides its services internationally. Recent projects have included:

  • innovative approaches to controlling invasive plants and animals
  • identifying and managing trade-related plant diseases, plants and insects
  • maintaining productive soils at local and national scales
  • delivering frameworks for sustainable land and water use
  • developing approaches for plant and animal biodiversity
  • building informatics, modelling and environmental data management.

The organisation partners closely with government agencies in New Zealand, including the Department of Conservation, Ministry for Primary Industries and Ministry for the Environment. Globally, it regularly works with counterpart government agencies, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.

As part of its work it plays a leading role in a number of international bodies including:

  • the Global Soil Map
  • IPBES (the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services)
  • GEO BON (Global on Earth Observations: Biodiversity Observation Network)
  • the Open Geospatial Consortium (OCG)
  • the Antarctic Environments Portal.
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