PROTOTYPE TOOL FOR ON-FARM BIODIVERSITY ASSESSMENTS


How nature-friendly are my farm actions?

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WHAT THIS TOOL AIMS TO DELIVER

This tool makes it easy to assess, and report on, how biodiversity-friendly your farm management actions are.

The tool is designed for a farm-level assessment. 

You can use the tool to:

  • assess the effectiveness of your current farm actions

  • explore the likely impact of changing those actions.


HOW THE TOOL WORKS

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Simply fill in the action checklist to learn which biodiversity groups are likely to benefit.


Actions are grouped according to where they are implemented: production areas,  small production areas or large non-production areas. 

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Live biodiversity results will be displayed as you go. 


An overall biodiversity score is provided for each management area, along with farm-level scores for each of the 10 biodiversity groups.

Download the results as a pdf report for your records.


Note: The tool will not save your results on your computer or elsewhere.


CO-DESIGNED & LOCALLY-ADAPTED TOOL

Telling the NZ biodiversity story

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This prototype tool is designed to tell the story of NZ's unique farmland biodiversity and how NZ is working to enhance it.

The tool includes 43 actions considered important for NZ farmland biodiversity management and reports on the impact for 10 biodiversity groups plus ‘overall farmland biodiversity’.

These actions and biodiversity groups were identified in consultation with over 200 farmers, growers and other professionals involved in managing NZ’s agricultural landscape; our process was guided by an advisory panel involving 20+ professionals from 16 organisations (including livestock, horticulture and arable industry bodies, consultancies, non-government organisations and government agencies).

It is important to note that our work drew on the expertise of individual professionals so our results may not reflect their organisation’s policy or perspective.

 
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Scoring biodiversity performance is locally relevant

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Live scores are reported for each of the 10 biodiversity groups plus ‘overall farmland biodiversity’.

The scores were derived from a judgement evaluation process by a panel of 10 local biodiversity specialists, who have expertise in plants, birds, invertebrates, aquatic biodiversity and soil life.

The panel involved specialists from three universities, two crown research institutes, one environmental consultancy and one central government agency.