Investing in science as a solution.

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Science and innovation are key to helping humanity thrive, by seizing the opportunities in front of us and tackling the most pressing issues of our time.

At Cawthron Institute, there are three key challenges driving our science with unprecedented urgency: climate change, biodiversity loss and food security threaten the health of the environment and the wellbeing of people worldwide.

Cawthron Institute excels in the development of science-based solutions to these challenges, collaborating with partners and applying our diverse scientific expertise in innovative new ways. But, we need to do more, faster, if we are going to turn the tide and protect the shared ecological, economic, social and cultural values we hold dear.

We are seeking funding support to develop new science-based solutions that support three priority outcomes: healthy ecosystems, thriving communities, and a prosperous blue economy.

Healthy ecosystems

Human activities have placed huge pressure on our aquatic ecosystems, threatening the ecological, economic, cultural and social value they hold. We deliver research and develop solutions that protect, restore and enhance these environments.

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Thriving communities

The challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss and food security pose a huge threat to human wellbeing.

Cawthron Institute is committed to developing solutions that support thriving people and communities through genuine partnership. 

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Prosperous blue economy

‘Blue economy’ principles promote the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and the preservation of ocean health. Cawthron Institute is dedicated to supporting the growth of the blue economy in Aotearoa New Zealand and abroad, to the benefit of the environment and people.   

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Contact us

Are you interested in investing in science solutions to the challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss and food security? Get in touch with our team using the form below.