Got an idea for making the most of Rotorua's rural land and cleaning up the lake? There's $20,000 up for grabs as part of the Rotorua Land Innovation Challenge, with entries open now.
Judges are looking for commercially viable land use solutions that reduce nitrogen inputs to Lake Rotorua, that aren't currently being used in the area, building on existing technology or a unique combination of technologies.
The goal of the challenge is to provide landowners with options to meet their individual nutrient limits.
All entries must demonstrate how the solution provides significant long-term, measureable nitrogen reductions for the Lake Rotorua catchment, and how it will be viable economically, taking into account scale, staff required and capital structure. A case needs to be presented for expected return on investment over at least a five-year period, and consider any negative effects or consequences.
Ideas will be made publicly available online for owners to review and potentially implement. Some ideas may have the potential to be adopted around the country or internationally.
Entries close March 31 - more details here.
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