This research stream takes a holistic approach to bioprotection that explicitly embodies connectedness within and among components of ecosystems.
We propose that degradation of productive ecosystem health can be buffered by incorporating design principles that ensure connectivity among components is maintained while minimising opportunities for pathogens, pests and weeds to move within and between ecosystems.
In this way, we will investigate the biophysical components that lead to resilience against pathogens, pests and weeds. Moreover, we have little understanding and a lack of quantitative analysis of what social and cultural factors drive the behavioural policy changes needed to achieve and maintain such ecosystem health.
We will develop effective social, economic and governance strategies for the maintenance of healthy ecosystems, within the unique environmental, economic and sociocultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand. This builds on international evidence that flexible strategies will be required to handle challenges associated with future uncertainty, particularly those associated with climate change.