Farm environment plans project

This project involves the development of Farm Environment Plans on agricultural and horticultural properties within the Kaituna catchment.

Farm Environment Plans enable the identification of property-specific solutions to help address catchment-wide issues relating to water quality, pest plants and animals, and biodiversity loss. These plans are unique to a property and reflect the local climate and soils, the type of land use and the goals and aspirations of the landowner.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council will work with and support landowners to deliver this project which builds on existing ‘business as usual’ Regional Council operations. Support and leadership from the primary industries sector will be critical for success. Plan development will initially be voluntary, unless changes in legislation and/or the Regional Plan make them mandatory.

This work complements our Focus Catchments project (Project 4) and contributes to our aim of taking collective responsibility for improving help to improve the health and wellbeing of the Kaituna River and its tributaries.

Planned deliverables include:
• Development of suitable Farm Environment Plan template by 30 June 2022.
• Development of Farm Environment Plans for properties in the Lower Kaituna catchment progressed by 30 June 2022.
• Farm Environment Plans progressed for properties in all other Kaituna catchment areas from 2023-2028.