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Forestry: Biosecurity

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Biosecurity Resources

Here are some specialist resources for Biosecurity.

New Zealand Government Resources

There are the government departments responsible for biosecurity in NZ:

  • Biosecurity New Zealand
    Biosecurity New Zealand is the lead agency in New Zealand's biosecurity system. Established in November 2004, it has been tasked with a 'whole of system' leadership role, encompassing economic, environmental, social and cultural outcomes. It also has international trade and animal welfare responsibilities.
  • Ministry of Primary Industry (MPI)
    Responsible for border control (through the MAF Quarantine Service) and for biosecurity issues affecting New Zealand's primary production sector - agriculture, horticulture and forestry.
  • Department of Conservation (DOC) 
    Responsible for biosecurity issues that imLibrary Cataloguet on conservation and the environment.  Site information includes, general biosecurity information and the Weeds and Pests site.
  • Ministry of Fisheries (MFish) 
    Part of MPI. Is responsible for marine biosecurity issues, including threats to both conservation and commercial values in the marine environment.
  • Ministry of Health (MOH)
    Responsible for biosecurity issues that affect our health.
  • Environment Protection Agency (EPA)
    EPA New Zealand controls the introduction of new plants and animals, including genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and new and existing hazardous substances to New Zealand.
  • Ministry for the Environment (MFE)
    Reports on the state of the New Zealand environment and the way that environmental laws and policies work in practice. 
  • Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE)  
    The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) is an independent Officer of Parliament appointed for a five-year term under the Environment Act 1986. This site provides information and advice on environmental issues. In 2000 the PCE carried out a comprehensive review of New Zealand Biosecurity.
  • Local Government New Zealand (Regional Councils)
    Regional Councils are responsible for dealing with pests and weeds under their Regional Pest Management Strategies. Contact your local regional council for specific information on pest and weed control. Some regional councils that have produced good online pest and weed fact sheets include: a list of all New Zealand Regional Councils.

Australian Governmental Resources

United States Governmental Resources

Associations & Organisations

  • New Zealand Biosecurity Institute
    NZBI (New Zealand Biosecurity Institute) are an incorporated society with membership open to anyone interested in biosecurity issues. They organise activities on a local and national basis and produce the Protect Magazine.
  • Animal Health Board
    The role of the Animal Health Board is to play a central role in the monitoring and control of Bovine Tuberculosis in New Zealand. 
  • Scion - (Forest Research Institute)
    Scion is a New Zealand Crown Research Institute (CRI) that specialises in research, science and technology development for the forestry, wood product and wood-derived materials and other biomaterial sectors.
  • Forest and Bird Society
    Forest & Bird is New Zealand’s largest independent conservation organisation that works to preserve our natural heritage and native species
  • New Zealand Plant Protection Society
    New Zealand Plant Protection Society is open to all groups and individuals with an interest in all aspects of biology, ecology and control of weeds, vertebrate and invertebrate pests, and pathogens and beneficial micro-organisms in agriculture, horticulture, forestry and natural ecosystems.
  • Cawthron Institute
    Cawthron provides research based solutions to enable the sustainable management and development of New Zealand's coastal and freshwater systems and resources. 


  • North American Plant protection Association (NAPPO)
    NAPPO, a Regional Plant Protection Organization of the International Plant Protection Convention, coordinates the efforts among Canada, the United States and Mexico to protect their plant resources from the entry, establishment and spread of regulated plant pests.
  • Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG)
    The ISSG is part of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the World Conservation Union (IUCN). ISSG aims to reduce threats to natural ecosystems and the native species they contain by increasing awareness of invasions, and of ways to prevent, control, or eradicate them.

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