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Reflecting on the journey of environmental farm planning in NZ

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posted on 2024-06-21, 03:53 authored by Simon Stokes, Katrina Macintosh, Rich McDowellRich McDowell
Environmental farm planning in New Zealand dates to the 1950s when soil conversation plans were first undertaken. Since then the extent and complexity of whole farm sustainability along with regulatory drivers and environmental compliance targets has increased. The public, and consumers, both domestically and internationally, are placing ever increasing demands and expectations on farmers to deliver high-quality produce with strong environmental values. Regulatory reform is challenging, with the details around the implementation process varying and far from clear. National-scale freshwater farm plans will be mandatory and enforceable in New Zealand within a few years. How this will deliver a clearer pathway to integrated resource management and provide the primary sectors with a tool to be world leaders in environmental management will depend upon plans being farmer centric and owned and adding value to their business.

Funding

Funded by the New Zealand Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment's Our Land and Water National Science Challenge (Toitū te Whenua, Toiora te Wai) as part of project Linking Legacies to Wai|Revitalise Te Taiao

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Publication date

2022-02-07

Language

  • English

Does this contain Māori information or data?

  • No

Journal title

New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research

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