Shared Science MOU To Benefi t The Waikato Region

Landcare Research and Waikato Regional Council will be working closer together on science programmes in the future.

It’s a sign: Landcare Research chief executive Richard Gordon (left) and Waikato Regional Council chief executive Vaughan Payne at the signing of an MOU Landcare Research is one of New Zealand’s Crown Research Institutes focusing on the environment, biodiversity, and sustainability.

The two organisations have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), creating a platform for a planned and collaborative approach to research.

Shared research interests include:

• biodiversity and biosecurity research, policy and practices

• wetland management and restoration

• impacts of climate change

• land use intensification and mitigations such as carbon sequestration

• economic and environmental modelling.

Waikato Regional Council chief executive Vaughan Payne says collaborative work is already underway on a soil mapping programme to better understand land management impacts on water quality. Among other things, this piece of work will assist in the creation and implementation of farm environment plans.

A combined project to better understand the Waikato’s unique peat soils, to enable better management and protection, is also about to start.