Motu’s environmental research is concerned with why and how humans benefit from, depend on, use, and affect the environment. This includes climate change, water, agriculture, forestry, and horticulture. We provide insight into the drivers of human behaviour in order to understand how we can effectively change that behaviour.
Motu researchers also work closely with natural scientists and other experts in this arena. We have worked with the World Bank, the OECD, most of New Zealand's Crown Research Institutes, Fontera, Z Energy, Meridian Energy, the Ministry of Primary Industries and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment among many others.
Within our environmental work, Motu does a combination of theoretical and conceptual work that informs effective policies and action in Government and private companies. We also provide:
Motu’s current and recent environment and agricultural research focus includes:
The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through:
The impacts of climate change through:
In the past Motu has completed extensive programmes on:
New Zealand's low emissions future blog asks what are New Zealand’s possible pathways toward a global low-emission future, and what important choices lie ahead? It creates a forum for sharing information and perspectives about the mitigation challenges that New Zealand faces, the assets that we have, the solutions that might be developed or adapted, the lessons we can learn from overseas and the experience that we can offer to other countries.