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Conservation Innovation Awards 2016

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Congratulations to the 2016 Conservation Innovation Awards Winners!

DroneCounts - John Sumich (Ark in the Park and Habitat Te Henga) and Philip Solaris (X-craft).

River Watch Water Tester - Grant and James Muir of Water Action Initiative (WAI) New Zealand in collaboration with students from Victoria University of Wellington's School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Stop Kauri Dieback – helping to save our Kauri - Peter Handford and Daniel Bar-Even of Groundtruth.

We are proud to be celebrating our winners for being at the forefront of conservation thinking and committed to developing ideas that look set to change the game. By harnessing creativity like this we can bring better tools to the community volunteer army and better protect our wildlife, sooner.” Michele Frank, WWF’s Head of New Zealand Projects.

Watch the winners on TV3's Story here.

See more stories with New Zealand Herald and Radio NZ.

Check out the highlights of our Awards Ceremony.

Thank you for your incredible ideas, support and encouragement - you have all been part of innovation for conservation!

Watch this space for more collaborative conservation challenges to come!

 

 

 

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My idea is a system that monitors the traps in short trap lines used on private properties. This would (hopefully) increase motivation for people to trap on their own properties and continue trapping once started. My invention will simply monitor each trap and notify the user when a trap has been triggered saving time checking emtpy traps. 

SamReid
by Sam Reid
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Imagine a system which allowed you to track the activities, impact and changes in your conservation project over time, without the pain of spreadsheets.   Our idea is to help environmental conservation & restoration projects capture the impact of their work through simple data input and automated, intelligent visual reports, to increase engagement with volunteers and increase the amount of funding coming in.    On the other side, we also want to make gathering these reports...

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Community based co operative to locate small relocatable beehives in residential zones. The Bee population needs all the diversity it can muster to offset the decline in bee numbers . The Backyard Bee Co operative is managed by experienced Bee keepers and the scheme participants receive a  %  Dividend of Honey in return permitting Beehives to be placed in suitable locations on the property. Proceeds from the commercial sale of Honey applied to procuring Hive and expanding the scheme...

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by Darrell Mcleod
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instead of taking people to nature, let's take nature to people by telling them about it, showing images of it and encouraging and inspiring them to learn more about it and - ultimately - to love it for its own sake. The idea is to entertain people, mainly in urban environments where most of New Zealanders live, through public talks from accomplished and charismatic speakers, of the beauty, amazement, fascination, awe and joy of nature.  No extinction messages. No telling people what they...

Barry Wards
by Barry Wards
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  The idea is to have an aerial drone that can detect and locate the radio signals from a bird or animal that has an attached radio frequency transmitter.  A prototype has been deployed already capable of detecting one signal but the goal is to be able to sequentially detect, differentiate and locate several such signals

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by John Sumich
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The kakapo population suffers from poor genetic-diversity, but using Crispr/Cas genome editing it is now possible to re-introduce 'dead DNA' from museum specimens of more genetically unique kakapo back into the current population to enhance their genetic diversity and chance at long-time survival. This strategy is already being used on the black-footed ferret population, highlighting its feasibility. 

Dr. Maggie Evans
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Encounter Solutions Ltd (ESL) developed Celium®, a unique low power wireless sensor network designed with wide scale wildlife management applications in mind. The system works by securing small Celium nodes to traps. Traps can be located in remote areas even if there is no cell phone coverage.   When traps are sprung, the nodes transmit data to a small central base station. The base station then sends this data into ESL’s cloud servers via satellite. Users can then see which traps...

Olivia Rothwell
by Olivia Rothwell
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The creation of a statistics program, that can be used to compare the largest possible number of environmental and ecological factors that affect individual recorded species. Factors may include things like habitat, food, geographic areas, predator/prey relationships etc, that can be checked for overlap and patterns within and between different species of organisms.    

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by Nicole
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We have more than 100 species of lizard in Aotearoa. And the kicker is that while around 40% of our birds are threatened with extinction around 80% of our lizards are in this predicament! The conservation sector has been busy knocking off stoats and rats to save birds and in the meantime lizards have been going backwards under an avalanche of mice, hedgehogs and the neighbours muggy. What do we need to do to change the prospects for our mainland lizards – particularly skinks?  If...

Angus HM
by Angus Hulme-Moir
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One of the biggest challenges to make Aotearoa pest free by 2050 may not be fences or fancy lures … but Facebook. If this ambitious “ moon landing ” mission is to succeed we need to get Kiwis onboard; w e need engagement best practice as much as trapping best practice. 1. The idea: create a digital comms tool-kit for NZ community groups to maximise the opportunity provided by social media: inspire, bond and activate. Based on the comms recipe of the Polhill Project –  be neighbourly...

Paul Stanley Ward
by Paul Ward
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