Conservation Innovation Awards | WWF New Zealand

The 2017 Conservation Innovation Awards has closed. Winners will be announced on 22 November.

Check out the 2017 entrants

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.

A prize of $25,000 will be awarded to each of the three winners.

Big Bold Ideas

Check out the fantastic ideas submitted through ourinnovative crowdsourcing website, which brings together inventors, conservationists and inquiring minds to propose and refine ideas in real time.

This year, prizes will be awarded in three categories:

Engaging young people and communities
 Predator Free New Zealand 2050
Open Category

Check out the future of conservation

“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.”

Grant Muir, RiverWatch 2016 Winner

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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. Find out more.

2016 winner: RiverWatch


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

Water Action Initiative New Zealand (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 RiverWatch water device is simple to operate, portable and inexpensive! Find out more.

© 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. Find out more.

2015 winners

2014 winners

Our sponsors

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.

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