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Conservation Innovation Awards 2017

©: Gian Badraun

The WWF Conservation Innovation Award has allowed me to buy the hardware I needed to develop Trap Minder. Without it, I would still be pitching it, not developing it.

Gian Badraun, Winner, 2014 Product Category


Celebrating Conservation Innovation

Start getting your entries ready for the 2017 Conservation Innovation Awards which will be open from 25 September to 13 October!
Conservation Innovation Awards winners are at the forefront of conservation thinking, with ideas that look set to change the game for New Zealand's voluntary conservation army, and our precious wildlife.

"The Conservation Innovation Awards are a great way of sharing ideas for conservation around NZ and building a community of conservation innovators." Rachel Fewster, Catch IT 2014 Runner Up.

We’ve created a new crowdsourcing website that allows people to get feedback and refine their ideas over a three week period. Enter early to take advantage of the crowd. Great things can happen when people get together!

If you are involved in community conservation in New Zealand we want to hear from you too. Please get online and give feedback about how the innovative ideas submitted could best help you.

The 2016 WWF Conservation Innovation Awards winners were announced on 8 November. Congratulations to DroneCounts, River Watch Water Testing Device  and Stop Kauri Dieback – helping to save our Kauri. Click here for details.

Visit our crowdsourcing website to check out the 2016 entrants.

Click here!

2015 winners

2014 winners

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2016 winner: DroneCounts

How would you find a native animal in dense bush?

Conservationists have long used hand-held receivers to find a bird or animal tagged with a transmitter. However, they can be difficult to use and time consuming, whereas drone trackers can easily fly over wetlands and forest.

Now DroneCounts wants to take tracking to the next level, with a model that can pick up several signals and map animals in an area.

2016 winner: River Watch

Deteriorating water quality throughout New Zealand has become a major problem.

WAI NZ has pioneered a simple floating device that helps determine the health of New Zealand’s waterways by measuring temperature, conductivity, turbidity and pH levels. Once logged, the data is sent to the WAI NZ website together with a GPS location.

And unlike traditional methods for testing water, the River Watch water device is simple to operate, portable and inexpensive!
© Water Action Initiative New Zealand
© Mark Coote

2016 winner: Kauri Dieback

Kauri dieback disease is having a devastating effect on the giants of our forest, and there is no known cure. It is critical that we know where outbreaks are occurring as soon as possible.

Now Groundtruth has developed an app which allows people to record and map dieback sightings, so they can take simple steps to avoid spreading it – like washing their boots or staying away from the area.

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The Conservation Innovation Awards are made possible by the generosity of The Tindall Foundation. 

WWF are proud to have worked with Tindall for 15 years to deliver much-needed funding to community conservation and environmental education initiatives. 

Thanks Tindall!