Working together with councils
Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research works at a landscape scale, well suited to the needs of regional government and pertinent to their communities. Our integrated research supports councils in taking an ecosystem-wide approach to the unique questions they face in monitoring, managing and restoring the environment. Our work in climate change adaptation is highly relevant for council planning across all domains - bringing together environmental, economic, social and cultural research to inform land use planning, policy and regulation.
We work closely with the national special interest groups of the regional councils - such as the Land Monitoring Forum and the Biomanagers Group - to share scientific expertise and data, harness new technologies and build national research strategies.
We bring science to the conversation with local communities to inform decision-making at catchment and farm-scale.
Our research also covers urban concerns – green infrastructure for urban stormwater, and how to manage trees, enhance biodiversity and protect native species in an urban environment for instance.