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Biosecurity excellence in port communities

Biosecurity outcome

  • A “best practice” template for measuring baseline biosecurity performance in a particular area (e.g. port and surrounds) and monitoring of change
  • Better ways to understand, measure and influence biosecurity awareness in port communities, including general surveillance and social licence to operate
  • With House of Science, improved understanding and awareness of biosecurity in school children, who influence their families and ultimately become biosecurity aware citizens and scientists of the future
  • Improved understanding of the constraints and opportunities for better targeting of pathway interventions, surveillance and eradication practices in and around port environments

Science outcome

  • New social science tools for measuring and maximising impacts of promotional activities on public awareness and support for local biosecurity activities
  • New knowledge, tools and techniques for managing biosecurity, biodiversity and ecology in industrial areas

Key end users/stakeholders

Implementation:  Though B3’s membership of the Port of Tauranga Excellence programme, the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital initiative and House of Science educational programme, and their involvement in the B3 research activities, multiple government agencies, industry sectors and iwi will gain first-hand knowledge of B3 research outputs and implement them into their community focussed biosecurity initiatives.  MPI co-funded some of the community surveillance (social science) aspect of the project.