Supporting Farmer-Driven Community Catchment Groups in Southland

Supporting Farmer-Driven Community Catchment Groups in Southland

The NZ Landcare Trust started a three-year project funded by the Ministry for Primary Industries Sustainable Farming Fund in October 2017, to support Southland’s farmer-driven community catchment groups with a part-time Project Coordinator.

Just recently, we have celebrated the beginning of our 19th catchment group, with the 20th forming in the background. How exciting!

Over the past three 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.

Supporting Farmer-Driven Community Catchment Groups in Southland

Currently Southland has 19 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 three 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 Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Beef + Lamb NZ, NZ Landcare Trust, Deer Farmers Association (Southland Branch), 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.

Project coordinator can be heard here on this podcast talking about the New River Estuary:
http://www.accessradio.org/ProgrammePage.aspx?PID=894b47e4-5e57-420f-a593-fd370944bc91

Check out some of the media coverage from the project:
https://www.es.govt.nz/document-library/newsletters/Pages/Envirosouth.aspx

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