Night Talk - Mitch Harris opening comments, Monday 16th July 2018.
Tonight: did anyone out there think a Predator Free NZ by 2050 was ever achievable?
Two academics have hit out at the Government's Predator Free 2050 goal, calling it "badly designed and unachievable".
They say the plan could lead to a decline in public support for conservation policy, because it's an "impossible" target destined for "inevitable failure".
The plan was announced by former Prime Minister John Key in 2016, and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage has previously said it needed a "reality check".
Victoria University School of Biological Sciences associate professor Wayne Linklater and ecologist Dr Jamie Steer said their research shows the plan is based on flawed assumptions.
Those assumptions are:
- Predator extermination is the best way to protect biodiversity
- The country needs to eradicate every stoat, rat and possum to protect biodiversity
- A complete eradication of predators is possible
"None of these assumptions are true," Mr Linklater said.
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