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Our ambition is that New Zealanders use our land, soil, and water resources wisely. Finding a healthy way to balance land and ecosystem use is critical to our future prosperity, using information and tools to support effective management of our land resources.

Our work enables New Zealand to:

  • use land more sustainably
  • he whenua koiora (better use resources for intergenerational well-being)
  • better protect and restore land and soil resources
  • reduce the impact of land use on fresh water resources.

Some of our most important natural resources have reached critical environmental thresholds because of unsustainable land-use practices.

Our role is to improve knowledge of how the land responds to human pressures, understand the potential limits to land-use intensification and other development, and discover what drives natural resource management decisions. This will improve the primary sector's economic and environmental performance, and will support the provision of wider ecosystem services.

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Erosion & sediment

We undertake a diversity of research and consultancy projects including fundamental understanding of erosion processes, landscape dynamics and response in a changing environment, erosion and sediment modelling, and tools for control and mitigation of soil and land degradation.

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Land & soil resources

Soils, landscapes and natural resources such as water underpin natural and managed ecosystems. They provide ecosystem and productive services on which we rely for agriculture and forestry and act as a platform for communities, infrastructure, and the national identity on which our culture and tourist trade is based.

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Soil & ecosystem health

The ongoing capacity of soil ecosystems to maintain the services they provide is fundamental to our economic, cultural, social and environmental well-being.

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