Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 

New paper proposes medical approach to river health

New paper proposes medical approach to river health

Source: Cawthron Institute

--

Cawthron Institute Freshwater Group Leader Dr Roger Young has published a paper advising there is much to be learned from the medical practice when considering ecosystem management.

"This paper draws parallels between managing and improving human wellbeing, and the way we should approach river health.

"Medical science and practice has developed over millennia. The framework used to diagnose, treat, monitor, and prevent disease provides an excellent template for river management," said Dr Young.

In the paper River doctors: Learning from medicine to improve ecosystem management it’s recommended ‘river doctors’ first gather information about a river, provide a diagnosis, apply treatment, follow up with regular monitoring and recommend prevention based on what has been learned.

According to Dr Young, this approach would be a significant improvement on current ecosystem management.

"New Zealand rivers would certainly benefit from better diagnostics and monitoring. Currently we know when something is wrong with a river, but it’s difficult to pinpoint what exactly, and there’s very little post-treatment monitoring, so it’s hard to know what is and isn’t working.

"We should also take into account the importance of technology. The medical profession makes use of the latest technology and at Cawthron we’re applying new tools, such as environmental DNA and drones, to river management.

"We need more of this, combined with good environmental education, to reduce the risk of river illness," said Dr Young.

The paper is the result of an international collaboration between Prof. Arturo Elosegi from Spain, Prof. Mark Gessner from Germany, and Dr Roger Young from New Zealand.

Dr Young said the freshwater ecologists spent a week working together at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries in Germany. Here they workshopped the idea that the medical profession’s approach to human health could hold the key to understanding and improving ecosystem condition.

"As a freshwater scientist, I’ve been encouraged by the public interest in New Zealand’s rivers. This interest is important, because it will take a combined community effort to improve our river health," said Dr Young.

This work was partially funded by the NIWA-led rehabilitation of aquatic ecosystems programme, funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Cawthron Institute provides world-class freshwater science with expertise in river health assessment, catchment management, and water quality.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Superu Report: Land Regulation Drives Auckland House Prices

Land use regulation is responsible for up to 56 per cent of the cost of an average house in Auckland according to a new research report quantifying the impact of land use regulations, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says. More>>

ALSO:

Fletcher Whittled: Fletcher Dumps Adamson In Face Of Dissatisfaction

Fletcher Building has taken the unusual step of dumping its chief executive, Mark Adamson, as the company slashed its full-year earnings guidance and flagged an impairment against Australian assets. More>>

ALSO:

No More Dog Docking: New Animal Welfare Regulations Progressed

“These 46 regulations include stock transport, farm husbandry, companion and working animals, pigs, layer hens and the way animals are accounted for in research, testing and teaching.” More>>

ALSO:

Employment: Most Kiwifruit Contractors Breaking Law

A Labour Inspectorate operation targeting the kiwifruit industry in Bay of Plenty has found the majority of labour hire contractors are breaching their obligations as employers. More>>

ALSO:

'Work Experience': Welfare Group Opposes The Warehouse Workfare

“This programme is about exploiting unemployed youth, not teaching them skills. The government are subsidising the Warehouse in the name of reducing benefit dependency,” says Vanessa Cole, spokesperson for Auckland Action Against Poverty. More>>

ALSO:

Internet Taxes: Labour To Target $600M In Unpaid Taxes From Multinationals

The Labour Party would target multinationals operating in New Zealand to ensure they don't avoid paying tax if it wins power and is targeting $600 million over three years through a "diverted profits tax," says leader Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO: