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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2001) 45(4): 25–27
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Research article
Forest biosecurity - getting it by the mothballs.

G. Hosking

Christchurch, New Zealand: New Zealand Institute of Forestry.

An effective forest biosecurity strategy is fundamental to the future health of our exotic, indigenous, and urban forests. Such a strategy must be pathway focused, integrated across off-shore, border and post border components, and supported by strong data collection and scientific skills. The consequences of failure are severe, and the risks clearly evident. These risks can be reduced by a coherent, proactive and responsive strategy which builds on the lessons learned from past experience. Such an initiative must involve a partnership between Government, the sector, and science organizations, be strongly led, and utilize the best possible skills and information.
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