Essay on Changing Policies, Changing Farm Management
CANTERBURY WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGY
In 2009 the Canterbury Water Management Strategy was introduced. It focuses on a collaborative approach to addressing water issues, with partnerships between the Canterbury regional and local councils, Ngai Tahu and other stakeholders, with interests in water.
The CWMS identified ten water management zones. Each zone has a committee comprised of community appointees and council representatives. It intends to collaboratively manage water resources within each of the zone with regard to meeting the goals under the ten target areas. The targets are: ecosystem health and biodiversity; drinking water; kaitakitanga; braided rivers; recreational and amenity opportunities; land area, water use efficiency; energy security and efficiency; indicators of regional and national economies; and environmental limits (Environment Canterbury, n.d.).
The committees highlighted the relevant issues and concerns for their respective regions to create their Zone Implementation Programme. The LUDF is in the Selwyn-Waihora zone. The Selwyn-Waihora Plan Change became operative in February 2016. This changes the Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan. This sets specific rules and limits for this zone. This will influence the farm management practices in the Selwyn-Waihora zone.
NATIONAL POLICY STATEMENT FOR FRESHWATER MANAGEMENT 2014
The National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPS-FM) was introduced in…