Catchment Management Working Together

(Published on 29th September 2014)

A catchment approach to sustainable land and water management provides a great method of finding enduring solutions that will help ensure our waterways are clean and healthy. For this approach to be most effective it requires the whole community to be involved including farmers, landowners, foresters, lifestyle-block owners, recreational users and environmentalists. NZ Landcare Trust has recently developed a new online publication 'Catchment Management Working Together' to help promote this work.

" Water quality issues do not respect property boundaries. If a creek running through your property has problems, then you can be sure that your neighbours will be impacted too. The best way to improve quality water in the creek is to get everyone who lives along it together, identify problems and come up with collective solutions. This simple philosophy is at the very core of community catchment management." (Catchment Management Working Together).

Divided into five sections, the publication has been designed as an introduction to this approach, explaining the benefits of community involvement in catchment management and also providing four practical case studies. The sections are:

  1. Community Catchment Management?
  2. Case Study - Volcano to Sea: Innovative Urban Catchment Management
  3. Case Study - Sherry River: Rural Community Adopt Scientific Approach
  4. Case study- Manawatu River: Large Scale Problems Tackled Through Collaboration
  5. Case study - Lake Brunner: Prevention is Better Than Cure

If you are looking for a succinct, engaging introduction to this field of work then this guide is for you. You can download the whole publication here (file size 1.8MB) >



For a more in depth, technical perspective on the mechanisms and approaches for engaging communities in catchment level projects try another NZ Landcare Trust publication 'Community-owned Rural Catchment Management: A Guide for Partners'.

Farmers may also be interested in Landcare: A Practical Guide, with an emphasis on practical information that can make a big difference to the sustainability of a farm.





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