Biosecurity response decision support framework
Project ID: 1608F
CEBRA Project Leader: Susan Hester
NZ MPI Sponsor: Veronica Herrera
DAWR Project Leader:
NZ MPI Division: Investigation Diagnostic Centres & Response Directorate
MPI Project Manager: Mike Taylor
MPI has a framework and process for guiding decision making in response to new pest or disease incursions that may pose a risk to the economic, environmental, human health and socio-cultural values of New Zealand, regardless of the affected sector or size of the sector. In addition, a Response Prioritisation Tool is used for determining whether to initiate a response, which also guides investment decision making once a response is initiated. Decision-makers use this process and prioritisation tool to support the decision analysis and conclusions about which response option to pursue.
What is currently missing is a consistent and transparent methodology that links the overarching framework, response prioritisation process, support tools and influence of other factors that come into play during biosecurity response decision-making and allocation of response effort.
This project will review the way in which MPI currently assesses pest and disease impacts to both market and non-market values, including MPI’s actual investment into new pest and disease incursions across the entire biosecurity response portfolio. It will also investigate how to better-link market and non-market values quantitatively or qualitatively for response prioritisation in an equable and transparent manner. An important part of the research will be investigating whether the investment in management of new incursions is commensurate with the risks posed.
The outputs from the project will include an updated and improved decision-making framework, support tools and templates within MPI’s Response Knowledge base. The project outputs would be used to strengthen MPI’s response decision making across various economic (e.g. plant and animal) and environmental (e.g. land-based, freshwater and marine), and community (e.g. Maori, recreational users, regional communities) sectors, and could also be applied to help guide and justify cost sharing with industry under Government Industry Agreement arrangements.