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ADBT Update: Canterbury Water Management Strategy – Implementation Programme Summaries October 2012
31 October 2012

Aoraki Development Business & Tourism News 

An update on ADBT activities, key events and business opportunities

Canterbury Water Management Strategy –
Implementation Programme Summaries October 2012

The CWMS was developed to address the many water issues in Canterbury, with declining availability and reliability of water for agricultural and energy users and the declining quality of surface and groundwater. This collaborative work is of high strategic importance to this district and our ongoing prosperity.

This Summary Report provides recommendations from the Zone Implementation Programmes (ZIP) for water management that was completed by seven Canterbury Water Management Strategy Zone Committees. It provides members of the public a simple and clear reflection of the recommendations.

Each Implementation Programme has zone specific recommendations that have been developed by the committees working alongside stakeholders and the community.

The summary of the recommendations is defined in the following categories:

•    Eco System Health / Biodiversity
•    Land Use and Water Quality
•    Recreation
•    Water Use Efficiency
•    Enforcement
•    Urban Waterways
•    Environmental Limits
•    Improved Understanding
•    Infrastructure
•    Kaitiakitanga
•    Prosperous Communities
•    Drinking Water

Wendy Smith Chief Executive of Aoraki Development Business & Tourism and the South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce says ”Whether your interest is in the protection of river birds, the management of water races or understanding nutrient efficiency targets this report is well worth reading and lays a platform for the implementation of water management programmes.”
The CWMS report can be read at
or follow the link from the South Canterbury website (pdf 0.5 mb)

Further work has also been carried out to quantify the value of irrigation in Canterbury. South Canterbury has and is very dependent upon the agricultural sector, understanding and quantifying the additional value achieved by irrigating land is important and will lead to intergenerational investment.

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