July is Biosecurity Month.
Emerging Pests in Diverging Communities
Biosecurity is vital to protect New Zealand’s ability to grow primary products, stay healthy, and preserve our natural heritage – our unique thumb print on the world. New Zealand is fortunate to have a world class biosecurity system, driven by primary producers and people who care about our biodiversity, and assisted by central and local government with legislation that enables effective management of those pests inside New Zealand, and a border and pre-border surveillance system second to none, and supported by world class research from a variety of science institutions.
‘Biosecurity’ means protection from the risks posed by organisms to the economy, environment and people’s health, through exclusion, eradication and control procedures, actions and activities.
Vigilance and understanding of the risks to biosecurity are vitally important. New Zealand is a trading nation and a tourist destination, and numbers of imports and visitors are increasing every year. New Zealand is free from many of the pests that limit trade and production in other countries and this is a huge advantage to our growers. We have a benign climate amenable to a variety of species not currently here, and we also have a significant number of pests, both actual and potential, here already. With global warming and biological changes potentially influencing the distribution and ability of pests to impact on habitats, we must never become complacent in our surveillance, search for knowledge or our ability to respond.
Sectors of the biosecurity system are all interlinked. They do not function in isolation but require each to be connected to the other to create a system stronger than its parts. The NZBI endeavours to foster relationships and avenues for the sharing of ideas and best practice information between all the sectors of the biosecurity system. Please follow the links to find out more about the varied disciplines that contribute to protecting New Zealand.
Policy - We need policy to guide our biosecurity actions and to steer New Zealand’s response.(MPIBNZ)
Education - What can we do to teach the next generation about what we have to lose if we don’t protect New Zealand from pests? (Weedbusters, Landcare Research) What professional development courses are available for those wanting to work, or already working in the field of biosecurity? (Auckland University )