Integrating biosecurity science and public policy in New Zealand.
Achieving greater integration of science and policy is essential to achieving better results in biosecurity. Science provides essential under-pinning for biosecurity policy and decision-making yet there are tensions and challenges that make the required integration difficult to achieve. These tensions arise from the complexity inherent in many of the problems that policy decisions are trying to address, the level of uncertainty often faced when making decisions in the biosecurity setting, the distribution of research funding, and the timeliness needed for policy decisions. Despite these difficulties, progress is being made to ensure that policy decisions are informed by science and deliver positive results in the management of biosecurity risks. If scientists and policy makers continue to work at understanding the challenges each face and increase their connectedness, improved results will continue to be delivered.