Integrated Catchment Management


The ICM Motueka research project seeks to align its work to complement other catchment-based research projects in New Zealand and internationally. 

It is one of a number of global catchments selected for an international programme dealing with hydrology and people as part of the HELP programme - a UNESCO funded initiative. This page also provides links to other ICM sites and websites that are relevant to the research being carried out in the programme.

The listings are in alphabetical order.

Related and useful websites

Biodiversity NZ
Provides information about Aotearoa New Zealand’s native biodiversity, what is being done to help conserve and manage it, and who is involved.
Caesar sediment model
CAESAR stands for the Cellular Automaton Evolutionary Slope And River model. It is a grid based cellular landscape evolution model incorporating (at present) approximations for mass movement, soil creep, vegetation growth, hydrology, hydraulic routing and fluvial erosion and deposition over 11 grainsize fractions. There is also a closely related model (now the same code) called TRACER.
Cawthron Institute
Recognised as a New Zealand and world leader in the protection and restoration of coastal and freshwater ecosystems.
CREST is an international awards scheme designed to encourage student projects in Science and Technology.
Department of Conservation
Department of Conservation (DOC) site has information about the protection of New Zealand´s natural and historic heritage, how and where you can enjoy public conservation places and how to get involved in conservation.
The Environmental Monitoring and Action Project (EMAP) combines the delivery of the National Waterways Project and the GLOBE programme. Hosted by RSNZ.
Enviroschools takes an holistic approach to environmental education. This approach is also known as education for a sustainable future, education for sustainable development or sustainable education.
EPA Watershed
This site from EPA´s Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds (OWOW) provides information on approaches to manage, protect, and restore the water resources and aquatic ecosystems of US marine and fresh waters. Includes links to tools, projects and success stories
Flood gates – NIWA
Details from NIWA´s web site on fish–friendly flood gates.
Google Earth
Google Earth combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings to put the world´s geographic information at your fingertips.
GWP: Water forum
Global Watership Partnership: Water Forum. An independent venue for international agencies, individuals, local communities, the private sector, academia, governments, and nongovernmental organizations wishing to exchange information and explore topical issues.
Irrigation information project
The Ritso Society has embarked on an information transfer programme for farmers in the Central Plains area of Canterbury to assist them in considering the implications of potential large–scale community irrigation scheme development. This programme has been assisted by a grant from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Sustainable Farming Fund.
International Water Resources Association. IWRA´s goal is to build and strengthen partnerships and mechanisms to facilitate the sustainable use of water resources worldwide.
Kaipara Harbour Integrated Management Group
A maori–led initiative initially developed by Te Uri o Hau and its stakeholders to assist in managing the Kaipara Harbour.
The site for kaitiaki mäori. working on behalf of whanau, hapu and iwi, particularly on environment and resource management issues.
Landcare Research
New Zealand´s foremost environmental research organisation.
Learning for sustainabilty
On–line guide to information and practical approaches to help manage social learning processes for health and environment. Topics include sustainable development, adaptive management, networking, capacity building, dialogue, Internet use, and evaluation and reflection.
Local Government New Zealand – the organisation that represents the national interests of all 85 councils of New Zealand.
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Our mission is to enhance New Zealand´s natural advantage. We do this by: encouraging high–performing sectors; developing safe and freer trade; ensuring healthy New Zealanders; and by protecting our natural resources for the benefit of future generations.
Maori news online
On–line resource for Maori
Ministry for the Environment – NZ issues that affect the environment, environmental laws and treaties and the state of the environment.
Ministry of fisheries
The Ministry of Fisheries works to ensure that fisheries are used in a sustainable way and that we have a healthy aquatic ecosystem. That way, all New Zealanders can get the best value from this resource.
Monitoring and recording strategy for the dairying and clean streams accord
From MfE website
The strategy recommends a suite of monitoring including:

Data from the four Dairying Best–Practice Catchments in Waikato, Taranaki, Canterbury, and Southland
Monitoring waterways in eight ‘tier two’ catchments. These catchments are Accord specific, and have been set up in predominantly dairying catchments around the country. Regional councils will look at changes in water quality and aquatic life changes over time, and link this to the changes in farm management as a result of farmers implementing the five Accord targets
Gathering data from specific case studies, such as the effects of constructing a bridge or culvert where stock regularly cross a waterway.
New Zealand climate change
New Zealand climate change – MfE
New Zealand Landcare Trust
"Sustainable land management through community involvement" is the mission statement of the NZ Landcare Trust.
NIWA science
New Zealand aquatic and atmospheric science provider.
NZ Freshwater fish database
The New Zealand Freshwater Fish Database (NZFFD) records the occurrence of fish in fresh waters of New Zealand, including major offshore islands. Hosted by NIWA.
NZ freshwater sciences society
The New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society (NZFSS) is the society of New Zealand´s freshwater scientists that began as the New Zealand Limnological Society (Limsoc) formed in 1968 and was renamed in 2005 to reflect the broad interests of the membership. The society aims to: "establish effective liason between all persons interested in any aspect of fresh and brackish water research in New Zealand, and to encourage and promote these interests".

NZ Hydrological Society
The New Zealand Hydrological Society (Incorporated) is a non–profit organisation founded in 1961. Our mission: To further the science of hydrology and its application to the understanding and management of New Zealand´s water resources.
NZ society of soil science
The New Zealand Society of Soil Science is a professional society to encourage the advancement of soil science. It was formed in 1952 and has over 400 local and international members.
NZ Stormwater Directory
The purpose of the directory is to assist those involved in stormwater management locate stormwater information specific to their requirements. The site contains a database of stormwater management publications.
NZAEE promotes environmental education initiatives at both a national and regional level.
NZ Association of Resource Management is an Incorporated Society with membership drawn from those engaged in the management of natural and physical resources. Its mission it to:
represent and promote the views and interests of persons who are involved or interested in resource management
promote good practice, competence, and ethics in resource management
promote effective communication and transfer of information between members, other resource management practitioners, and the community, concerning resource management
encourage community awareness of the nature and value of resource management
New Zealand ecological restoration network. Umbrella organisation joining up many community groups carrying out ecological restoration throughout New Zealand.
The New Zealand Marine Sciences Society is a non–profit organization, established in 1960, to foster an understanding and appreciation of our marine environment. We provide a means of communication within our marine science community, encourage and assist marine science students and young scientists, and provide advice to government on marine policy issues.
New Zealand Water & Wastes Association is a non–profit technical and educational organisation with more than 1400 members in New Zealand and overseas.
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) aims to maintain and improve the quality of New Zealand´s environment.
Royal Society of New Zealand
The Royal Society of New Zealand is an independent, national academy of sciences, a federation of some 60 scientific and technological societies, and individual members.
Seafood industry council
The New Zealand Seafood Industry Council Ltd works on behalf of the New Zealand seafood industry. The industry is made up of about 2500 participating enterprises, including fishermen and aquaculturists and family owned, publicly listed and joint venture seafood companies, fisheries management organisations and retailers.
SedNet constructs sediment and nutrient (phosphorus and nitrogen) budgets for regional scale river networks (3,000 – 1,000,000 km2) to identify patterns in the material fluxes. This can assist effective targeting of catchment and river management actions at the regional scale, to improve water quality and riverine habitat.
SHMAK – the New Zealand Stream Health Monitoring and Assessment Kit – has been designed to help you find out how healthy your stream is.
Sustainable future
This site offers resources, links and information on sustainability related topics in New Zealand and abroad.
Taieri River
The Taieri Alliance for Information Exchange and River Improvement (TAIERI Trust) gathers together a unique multistakeholder group with one common interest, the health of the Taieri River.
Tasman District Council
TDC website.
TDC – Environment
Describes what the Tasman District Council is doing to manage and protect the regions valuable environmental resources. Includes links to state of environment report, Tasman Resource Management Plan (TRMP), and Tasman Regional Policy Statement (TRPS).

TDC – Freshwater
Tasman District Council´s Freshwater page
TDC – publications
Various publications/newsletters produced by TDC.
TDC – Rivers and rainfall today
The data is updated twice daily at 6am and 6pm NZ Standard Time. All information can be regarded as provisional as it has not been checked using the Council´s Quality Assurance procedures. Flow data in particular can be in error due to changes in the river bed, and these errors will not be apparent until Council staff next visit the site (visits are conducted monthly).
TDC – Water augmentation projects
Growth in irrigated agriculture in the Motupiko area is severely hampered by the full allocation of available water resources in the Motupiko catchment. In response to the situation a community group called Motupiko Catchment Water Augmentation Committee (MCWAC) representing farmers and landowners from the area is investigating the feasibility of water augmentation/enhancement.
TDC Environment–Water
TDC´s environment surface water page.
TDc water
TDC water
Te Ara – The encyclopedia of New Zealand. Freshwater habitats.
From website:
The wild, clear rivers and large scenic lakes of New Zealand attract visitors from all over the world. These freshwater habitats support a diverse range of life, much of which is not obvious to the casual observer.
Te Ara – The encyclopedia of New Zealand. The bush.
From website:
Explore the bush. Sections on many aspects of New Zealand´s natural history.
Trees for survival
The Trees for Survival programme is run by the TFS Charitable Trust which promotes the growing and planting of native trees and shrubs.
US EPA Top 10 Watershed Lessons
EPA, in partnership with many others, has been pursuing a watershed approach to protecting our lakes, rivers, wetlands, estuaries, and streams. Watershed Lessons Learned is an attempt to identify the top important lessons have been learned by us and our many partners that are worth sharing and present them in one place.

The target audience for this web site are "watershed practitioners and those who support them." (From USEPA Website)
A collaborative project focussing on rehabilitation of Te Roto o Wairewa/Lake Forsyth.
Water information directory
The Water Information Directory is an on–line searchable discovery of what information is available on freshwater (surface and groundwater) in New Zealand.
This forum seeks to encourage discussion about the implementation and application of all forms of information systems (IS) within the environment and water fields. You can subscribe or unsubscribe directly from the main page
WaterForum is a free and open forum for discussion of surface water and groundwater resources issues; including drinking water, wetlands, wastewater, irrigation, recreational use, fisheries and wildlife use, aquaculture, coastal studies and oceanography, environmental and public health issues, contamination, computer modelling, and any other relevent water resources topics.
Waterwatch (Kaitiaki wai) is an interactive programme designed to involve school students and community groups in monitoring their local waterways.
WCA Infonet
Water Conservation And Use In Agriculture Information System. An interactive information and knowledge system on Water Conservation and Use in Agriculture. The system gives direct access to a wide range of knowledge stored electronically as well as providing a platform for information exchange and discussion among professionals.
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