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Risk Assessment (Intentional Introductions)

Improved tools and methodologies for assessing risk and predicting impacts for intentional introductions.

Theme Scope:

Improved prediction of the potential impacts of new and wanted organism introductions to enable biocontrol agent applicants to better meet the ‘Minimum Standards’ of the HSNO Act (1996)


Current Projects

Testing the toolbox – reducing uncertainty around non-target impacts (New in 2022)

Lead By Jacqui Todd ( Duration: Project A22.1: 2022 - 2025 (3 years)

He waka hourua: Matāuranga and Western science navigate a safe course for future biocontrol (New in 2022)

Lead By Waipaina Awarau-Morris, Ngāti Porou iwi ( Duration: Project A22.3 runs from 2022 - 2025 (3 years)

Projects completed in 2022

Improving risk prediction & reducing uncertainty pre-release for classical biocontrol agents

Lead By Gonzalo Avila ( and Toni Withers ( Duration: Project A17.2 ran from 2017-2022 (5 yrs)

Understanding the direct and indirect environmental impacts of biocontrol agent introductions to inform future decisions

Lead By Barbara Barratt ( Duration: Project A17.3 ran from 2017-2022 (5 yrs)
Barbara Barratt Theme A Leader
Barbara Barratt
Phone: 03 489 9059