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The 2015 WWF Conservation Innovation Awards is now CLOSED.

The three winning entries are:

Vespex wasp bait - by Richard Toft

Lure, Trap, Retreat! - by Trent Bell

He Manawa Whenua - He Oranga Tangata : Healthy Environment – Healthy People - by Peter Handford on behalf of Te Aitanga-A-Hauiti, Uawa Tolaga Bay Community, and Allan Wilson Centre.

Each winner has been awarded a $25,000 development grant and a year-long mentoring package.

Read WWF's media release on the winners.

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

If you'd like to be connected with other users to continue discussions, please contact lbarry@wwf.org.nz.

Watch this space for more collaborative conservation challenges to come! 

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  1. Tammy Steeves
    691 pts
  2. Sam Rye
    538 pts
  3. EcoGecko Consultants
    527 pts
  4. Tim Arnold
    410 pts
  5. Peter Handford
    346 pts

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New Zealand lacks a robust set of tools to measure biodiversity outcomes that: 1) tell us the truth 2) are appropriate for all skill-levels from conservation volunteers to scientists (i.e. the science meeting the market). Advanced statistical techniques were developed to handle data-poor fauna monitoring datasets, but the advanced statistics remain beyond the abilities of the community and citizen scientists. Yet, applied field tools (traps & retreats) for the monitoring of fauna...

EcoGecko Consultants
by EcoGecko Consultants
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EcoGecko Consultants
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FINALIST

The ultimate goal of recovery programmes is to ensure threatened species have sufficient genetic diversity to adapt to environmental change. For the recovery programmes of the almost 400 threatened species around the globe captive bred for translocation to the wild, the most common question asked is:  How can we choose the ‘best’ individuals for captive pairing to maximise genetic diversity?  The majority of captive breeding for translocation programmes struggle to use existing methods...

Tammy Steeves
by Tammy Steeves
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Tammy Steeves
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A buoy floating in the ocean that recognises the specfic pattern of sounds made by fishing activity, and reports back so that fishery managers can take enforcement action where appropriate. It is very expensive to control poaching at sea; the fish suffer because the balance lies in favour of the poacher: * fishing boats have the right to sail through fishing grounds, so long as they are not caught fishing. Satellite pictures can only show a fishing boat was present, not prove it was...

Graham graham@harris.net.nz
by Graham graham@harris.net.nz
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Volunteer Impact is looking at the question "how might we best leverage technology to make environmental restoration easier, and volunteering more engaging?". Our idea is to help environmental conservation & restoration projects capture the impact of their work through compelling visual reports. This will start out as a web app which automatically creates beautiful infographic-style reports, but we see the opportunity to expand to mobile apps and more. Conservation in Aotearoa New...

Sam Rye
by Sam Rye
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Our idea is to  develop a method to monitor and study cetaceans using metric values obtained  from HD videos. More and more the management of natural resources in NZ lies in  the hands of communities. Coastal communities with rich marine mammal presence  such as those in the Bay of Islands, Hauraki Gulf & Akaroa want to monitor &  manage their cetaceans but do not have a friendly and accessible technique to  collect and analyse information to base their decisions on. Our idea will...

Tim Arnold
by Tim Arnold
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Our idea is Catch-IT: a software system for community conservationists to store, secure, and bring to life your project's progress. We store your trapping and baiting records in an online database with a simple entry form anyone can use. We provide maps, charts, animations, analysis, and reporting. We make our graphics interactive and fascinating, and we personalise them so you can explore the special difference that you are making. Our earliest outputs can be seen at...

Rachel Fewster
by Rachel Fewster
Comments 33
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The prospect of a predator-free New Zealand will remain a dream until we have another generation of trap technology able to remain active in the field for long periods of time. Aerial and ground predator control is expensive and very labour-intensive. While “knock-down” operations can reduce predator numbers rapidly, the long term eradication of predators (especially in remote areas) requires a different approach to today’s trap technologies. What if there was a self-resetting possum...

John Hart
by John Hart
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WINNER

We now have a cost-effective wasp baiting system capable of reducing invasive wasp populations below ecological damage thresholds over large areas. The bait station system is founded on principles of good stewardship, is very safe to people, and significantly reduces unexpected risks to the environment. Pilot trials of the system by the Department of Conservation across 5 areas of beech forest (totalling 5,000 ha) were highly successful, reducing wasp activity levels by an average of 95.8%...

Richard Toft
by Richard Toft
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Successful trapping relies on three things; A device that is available to each animal, one that kills the animal (humanely)when it arrives and an attractant that makes the animal want to enter the device. Our new idea for nature is a bait that remains constantly available to animals to reduce the amount of labour for the thousands of volunteers across the country. The automatic bait dispenser delivers proven pest(rats, mustelids, possums)attractants over six months by slowly extruding the...

Robert van Dam
by Robert van Dam
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Robert van Dam
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Birds are one of nature's joys, and many sections of the New Zealand community engage in some form of bird watching, from feeding garden birds to visiting our island safe havens. Birders would like to have an easy to access tool for identifying the birds that they hear. The rise of smartphone technology has enabled apps that perform this task for music, and the appeal of such an app for birdsong is clear. We focus to develop an app that: Does not require any further information about the...

Nirosha Priyadarshani
by Nirosha Priyadarshani
Comments 26
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