New Zealand Research projects links
The NZ Sustainability Dashboard project has established some links with the project: Maximising Export Returns for New Zealand's Biological Industries. The Science Leader is Professor Caroline Saunders, who is as well part of the Dashboard project.
Her presentation at the Stakeholder Workshop - 6 August 2015 is available here.
Links have been established with the project Trustworthy Biodiversity Measurements (Landcare research) through Dr Catriona MacLeod, who is as well part of the Dashboard project.
Links with WOW (The Wheel of Water, led by Aqualinc)
Link with PhD student Bonface Ombasa Manono , who was supervised by Professor Henrik Moller and has released his thesis in March 2014: “Effects of irrigation, effluent dispersal and organic farming on earthworms and soil microbes in New Zealand dairy farms”. His work has led to a Press release from MGI (irrigation company) in May 2014 called “Impact of irrigation and dairy farming under the microscope”.
International Research Collaborations
Link with FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) - SAFA (Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture system)
Participation in the pilot studies and in writing of the final SAFA framework guidelines.
Release of the SAFA framework guidelines.
For more information: http://www.fao.org/nr/sustainability/sustainability-assessments-safa/en/
The keynote speaker of the Annual Stakeholders workshop of the New Zealand Sustainability project held in Wellington - 6 August 2015, was Nadia Scialabba, Senior Officer at FAO. She presented the sustainability landscapes and the work done by FAO on SAFA (Sustainability Assessments for Food and Agriculture Systems) including the SmallApp for small holders. Her presentation is available here.
Temperature Agriculture Research network (TempAg)
TempAg is an independent research network, fostered by OECD as part of the Global Forum initiatives.
For more information: http://www.oecd.org/sti/sci-tech/tempag.htm
22-23 April 2015, Paris, France. Temperature Agriculture Research network – Kick Off meeting.
The NZSD team has been contracted to organise, and facilitate the pilot activity (PA1) “Conceptual frameworks for defining agricultural sustainability at multiple levels” of the Temperate Agriculture (TempAg) research network kick-off meeting.
The PA1 theme is led by Richard McDowell from AgResearch and NZSD has provided their reviews of international sustainability frameworks and indicators to TempAg’s first stocktake and scoping activities.
Prof Henrik Moller has facilitated the workshop. We have also completed and reported a survey of the relative importance indicator design criteria amongst TempAg and NZSD researchers as a first step in scoping collaborative international research.
Report published International research collaboration for agricultural sustainability: opportunities for partnership with the New Zealand Sustainability Dashboard (Research Report 13/11) who analyses and makes recommendations in terms of international collaboration for the Dashboard project. Executive summary translations available in Indonesian, Chinese, Khmer, Spanish, Japanese and French.
Japan – linkages developed with the Satoyama Institute with participation to the International Workshop on Sustainable Management of Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes in Noto.
NZSD through The Agribusiness Group is since 2014 an IPSI member since 2014 (International Partnership for Satoyama Initiative). This is expected to create bridges, share lessons and allow testing of the way the NZSD is received in Asian countries and their markets in particular.
Indonesia – Bandung
Participation to the ICMNS (International Conference on Mathematics and Natural Sciences) Conference in 2014
Support to a project under development that should lead in 2015 to an Indonesian government-funded research program, similar to the ARGOS projects, but on a smaller scale.
Norway – link with the NORGOS group (Centre for Rural Research - Norsk Senter for Bygdeforskning)
Denmark – Aarhus University
- Publications and common project under development with the MultiTrust project
- PhD thesis delivered by Vicent Gasso-Tortajada (Aarhus Uni) with a chapter on energy and water benchmarking in the SWNZ programme which discovers strong regional and scale dependencies in production efficiency, as well as demonstrating the value of formal energy savings plans on vineyards.