Pathways to Ecosystem Regeneration

Our teams are aiming to quantify social-ecological linkages for use in managing, protecting and restoring land and water ecosystems.

At A Glance:

Many thousands of New Zealanders put in time and effort to reverse the decline in our biological heritage, but they often face challenges in connecting with one another and scaling up their effort. They also might have to overcome economic, legislative, and organisational barriers to create more sustainable and culturally appropriate environmental stewardship. 

This investment team aims to build social and ecological resilience by restoring connections between people and nature, while understanding and valuing those connections in a non-market way.  We seek to work with communities to develop tools and approaches that reflect their unique needs and contexts, and ultimately support their efforts to scale-up for impact.

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Dr Joanne Clapcott  

Ngāti Porou 

Cawthron Institute 

Dr Danielle Shanahan 

Zealandia Ecosanctuary, Victoria University of Wellington 

Research Areas:

  1. Research that will help clarify pathways and remove barriers for enhanced restoration success, working closely with Eco-index and Adaptive Governance & Policy teams. 
  2. Supporting co-development of exemplar restoration projects that showcase successful regeneration of mātauranga and bioheritage. 
  3. Identify and develop the tools and approaches needed, such as adaptive management networks, to connect and enhance the success of local regeneration efforts in Aotearoa.  

Highlights so far:

Research Partners:

  • Cawthron Institute 
  • Zealandia Ecosanctuary 
  • Victoria University of Wellington 
  • Primary industry sectors 
  • People, Cities & Nature research group
  • Canterbury Waterway Rehabilitation Experiment (CAREX)


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