Climate Change
Community Catchment Plan
Functioning Ecosystems
Healthy Ecosystems
Risks to our Catchment
Te Taiao
WAI Action Groups
WAI Wānaka and Land & Water Science are collaborating on a physiographic classification project for the Upper Clutha catchment. The project utilises various datasets, including water quality, geology, and satellite imagery, to create a comprehensive understanding of the area.

The goal is to identify areas at risk, areas for resilience building, and opportunities for land use diversification. This information will guide farmers in making informed decisions about land use and management practices.

Physiographic spatial map of the Upper Clutha catchment
Physiographic spatial map of the Upper Clutha catchment

A new tool is being developed for landowners in the Upper Clutha, providing insights into how topography, soil, and geology affect land use effects on water quality and soil greenhouse gas emissions. The project aims to help landowners make informed decisions and investments in land management practices, focusing on options with the best return on investment and avoiding wasted resources.

Benefits of the project for the Upper Clutha include:

  1. Precision agriculture
  2. Better resource management
  3. Risk mitigation
  4. Improved land use planning
  5. Environmental and Te Taiao focus – informed land use and management practices that result in nature positive outcomes.

For more information, refer to the initial report here.