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Southland science celebrated at symposium

The last four years of science conducted by Environment Southland was shared with a mixed group of people from around the country on Wednesday at the Environment Southland Science Symposium.

Representatives from agencies, crown research institutes, farmer groups, schools and other councils, as well as representatives from our partners Ngai Tahu ki Murihiku came to hear from Environment Southland staff on the range of work they’ve been doing. The theme for the symposium was the ‘Evolution of knowledge’.

The programme for the day showcased what has been learned and how it adds to the evolving foundation of knowledge that is important for a resilient and sustainable future for Southland, said Environment Southland director of science and information Graham Sevicke-Jones.

“We are very proud of the work that has been completed in the last four years, and this event was a great way to share some of the results from key projects. With this information and the knowledge from our communities, we’ll be in a position to assist in making decisions for Southland’s future. ”

Topics covered everything from air quality, hydrological and economic modelling, to erosion, biosecurity and resilience.

Attendees commented that the symposium provided a great opportunity to meet with others to broaden their perspective and awareness of environmental issues. It was informative and well-presented and attendees were impressed with Environment Southland’s holistic approach to environmental management. Those attending agreed that the symposium was a good way to showcase a summary of regional science knowledge.

Information from the symposium including a range of science posters, videos and reports is now available on the Environment Southland website www.es.govt.nz/science-symposium18. Videos of each of the presentations from the day will also be available shortly.

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