Understanding your landscape's resilience: Beyond Regulation

In collaboration with Land and Water Science Ltd (LWS) and Thriving Southland, the Understanding your landscape’s resilience: Beyond Regulation project was launched to address the critical need for sustainable land management practices in the Mataura catchment. Funded by the Agmardt Food and Fibres Aotearoa New Zealand Challenge, this innovative project aimed to identify targeted mitigations to reduce environmental impacts while aligning with farmers' goals and supporting financial resilience.

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We are developing a platform that will provide high-resolution landscape information to help farmers, and those using the land, to make great decisions when managing their soil greenhouse gases and water quality. 

Project Description

The Mataura project will develop and trial a new model that provides scientific landscape data aimed to inform carbon and water quality solutions.

The project has just won the AGMARDT Aotearoa New Zealand Food & Fibres Challenge for breaking new ground in the drive towards a zero-carbon economy. The award of $498,000 will fund this joint initiative between the rural community, Thriving Southland and local environmental consultancy Land and Water Science, with the additional support of local regional authorities, industry bodies and rural professionals.

As discussed at a recent Catchment Group Forum, this collaborative project will use satellite and airborne data to develop a model of landscape properties that highlight variations in soil greenhouse gas emissions and water quality at catchment, farm and paddock scales. Findings will inform the creation of an online portal for users to access this data, as well as a training course for rural professionals and a support network for land users.

Providing access to this type of information in a relatable manner for rural professionals and land managers is critical for the environmental, social, cultural and economic wellbeing of Southland and ultimately all rural communities.

Next Steps

Three pilot studies will be conducted across sub-catchments of the Mataura to examine the application of this novel approach and the feasibility of the work being extended regionally and nationally. Farmers are part of the project advisory group to ensure information is practically aligned in an easy-to-use format. The rural community should start to see relevant findings from July 2022.

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Beyond Regulation

Finding the right pathway forward for you and your business.

This is a must go-to event, brought to you by Three Rivers Catchment Group,  Land and Water Science, Thriving Southland and DairyNZ.

Over three hours, you’ll get insights into reducing nutrient loss and lowering your GHG footprint, all while maintaining your business resilience.

The recent research we’ll be sharing explores a Highly Efficient System using available landscape science and known farm systems to provide you viable options.

You’ll hear from

Steven Clarke, Farm owner
Clint Rissmann, Land and Water Science
Dawn Dalley, DairyNZ
Miranda Hunter, Roslyn Consulting

Tuesday 21 March

10.30am to 1.30pm

Steven and Hayley Clarke’s property

638 Pioneer Highway

Lunch is provided

Read our first Case Study!

We're excited to share this Case Study on identifying environmental mitigations for a South Gore dairy farm. A multi-disciplinary team met with a case study farmer, focusing on landscape susceptibility mapping, water quality science, and farm systems. They considered current mitigation options/technologies available and options for reducing environmental impact while considering practicality, cost, impact on farm system, and impact on environmental mitigation.

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