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$75k in funding from WWF for environmental “game-changers”

AN ENVIRONMENTAL non-governmental organisation is on the look out for “game-changing” projects for one of three awards with $25,000 in funding.

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) New Zealand is searching for new ideas that could improve the environment to receive a 2017 Conservation Innovation Awards.

Prizes will be awarded in three categories:

engaging young people and communities;Predator Free New Zealand 2050;an open category.A prize package of $25,000 will be awarded to each of the three winners.

WWF New Zealand CEO Livia Esterhazy said the awards, in their fourth year, celebrated Kiwi innovators whose bright ideas could make a difference in the fight to protect New Zealand’s precious ecosystems and native species.

“Business as usual is no longer an option. Our native species extinction rates in New Zealand are among the highest in the world. To reverse these trends, conservation innovation is imperative.

“We are really keen to hear about any ideas, new technologies or innovative projects that tackle conservation obstacles, like climate, weeds, environmental education, invasive pests, improving water quality and saving native species.”

In 2015, the Tolaga Bay-based Uawanui Project was a Conservation Innovation Awards winner, for integrating conservation efforts with economic, social and cultural development and education.

The project has developed in partnership with the Tolaga Bay Area School, a broad scale sustainability plan for sustainable land management and restoration of the Uawa River Catchment and coast.

Chair of the Uawanui Governance Group, Victor Walker, said winning the 2015 award was “fantastic”.

“It provided an opportunity to raise the profile of the project and provided further credibility, recognition and support around the wider vision of what the community is working on.”

An independent judging panel will be looking for new ideas with practical applications and are game-changers for the environment.

Entries close on October 15, 2017.

TRUE SUSTAINABILITY: The Uawanui Project’s Dr Wayne Ngata, Victor Walker (chairman) and Maui Tangohau standing above Kaitawa estuary in Uawa/Tolaga Bay. The project was a WWF New Zealand Conservation Innovation Awards winner in 2015. Picture by Michael Neilson