SLURI aims to enhance the value of New Zealand’s land-based industries and avoid export and shelf-access barriers by demonstrating the sustainable use and good health of our productive soils. SLURI is developing evidence-based knowledge and tools that can be applied across a range of scales to our arable, pastoral and horticultural sectors through:
- Developing new knowledge of the roles that soil organic matter and physical integrity play in soil functioning and soil health;
- Identifying indicators of soil organic matter and physical integrity that can be applied to manage New Zealand’s diverse set of soils and land uses;
- Developing new understanding of the processes that confer intactness and resilience on New Zealand’s soils;
- Using knowledge from this and other soil-related programmes on the functioning, health and resilience of New Zealand’s soils to value economically the ecosystem and productive services provided by our soils; and
- Integrating and assessing the ecosystem and productive services provided by soils by defining their natural capital value and determining the impacts and trade-offs of different land use patterns at local, regional and national scales on natural capital values.