The Conservation Innovation Awards are now open!
New Zealand's environment is in crisis, so business as usual isn't an option. WWF-New Zealand wants game-changing ideas that will change the face of conservation.
If you’re an innovator, an inventor or a creator, we want to hear from YOU! Enter your big, bold ideas into the 2017 Conservation Innovation Awards before 15 October. A prize package of $25,000 will be awarded to each of the three winners.
You can enter your idea through our innovative crowdsourcing website, which brings together inventors, conservationists and inquiring minds to propose and refine ideas in real time.
Prizes will be awarded in three categories:
• Engaging young people and communities
• Predator Free New Zealand 2050
• Open Category
If you are involved in community conservation in New Zealand we’d love to hear from you too. Please check out all the great ideas on our crowdsourcing website. You can let us know which ones you love and give feedback to make them even better.Enter today!
“Winning the Conservation Innovation Award helped us finalise the prototype, raise the RiverWatch profile, engage people in Aotearoa's water quality issue and open doors to further funding. Without WWF and these Awards, we would not be in this exciting space.”
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.
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!
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.
The 2017 Conservation Innovation Awards are made possible by the generosity of The Tindall Foundation, the Department of Conservation, Predator Free 2050, Callaghan Innovation and New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge.
WWF-New Zealand Conservation Innovation Awards winner DroneCounts is taking wildlife tracking to the next level in the urgent fight to stem the ...30 Aug 2017 Read more »
A game-changer solution to New Zealand’s freshwater emergency, WWF-New Zealand Conservation Innovation Awards winner the RiverWatch Water Sensor is ...25 Aug 2017 Read more »
Experienced and highly connected business leader, Livia Esterhazy, has been appointed to the helm of WWF-New Zealand.09 May 2017 Read more »