Southland Catchment Groups

Supporting Farmer Driven Catchment Groups in Southland

In October 2017, the NZ Landcare Trust started a 3 year project funded by the Ministry for Primary Industries Sustainable Farming Fund, to support Southland’s farmer driven Catchment Groups through a part-time Project Coordinator. 

Over the past 3 years, Southland’s farmers and rural communities have been hard at work setting up Catchment Groups in Southland to look after their waterways, and get ready for future changes in policy and regulations.  Their aim is to raise awareness and educate people on how to improve water quality through Good Management Practices, and help communities identify what they can do to improve water quality in their catchment, and then do it.

Currently Southland has 15 Catchment groups spread all over the region, which could expand up to 25 in time.  These groups have been set up and led by farmers.  Each group is its own unique entity, and has its own vision and goals for its area.  These Catchment Groups come together up to four times a year with other stakeholders, as the Southland Catchment Group Forum.

This Project is supported financially and in-kind by lots of local and regional organisations, including Beef+Lamb New Zealand, NZ Landcare Trust, Southland Branch of the Deer Farmers Association, Deer Industry New Zealand, Environment Southland, Dairy NZ, rural professionals and catchment farmers.  It builds upon the previous work of many of these organisations, and NZLT's experience across the country on what makes farmer driven catchment based initiatives work. 



For more information about this project contact NZ Landcare Trust Project Coordinator Sarah Thorne


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