Another missed opportunity

Judges decide no winner in Rotorua Land Innovation Challenge

11 Jun 2014

“A competition aimed at finding viable alternative land uses for landowners in the Lake Rotorua catchment did not find a winner.

While several entries for the Innovation Challenge were deemed to have potential, the judging panel found they did not address all key components of the competition. Entries needed to provide for long-term, measurable nitrogen reductions as well as provide research and analysis to show the business case detailing the solution’s economic viability.

The competition was run as part of the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme to find solutions to reduce nitrogen from land use for water quality objectives. Entries received ranged from changes to land management practices and robotic devices to treat urine patches, to alternative horticultural crops that can be grown in the Rotorua district. ….”

Demonstrating the technical efficacy and economic justification for biochar solutions may have been an interesting challenge… but worthy of some effort if notice of this challenge had been seen.

I’m hoping the door will be open to future engagement on Rotorua lakes nutrient management based on recent positive dialogue with BOPRC. More on this later in the year. Other related posts…

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