The Reese-Dart confluence near Glenorchy, Lake Wakatipu. Photo courtesy of Rob Lawrence

A multi-disciplinary approach for sharing natural resources that considers environmental, social and economic outcomes.

Southern South Island New Zealand faces complex developmental challenges across environmental, social and economic disciplines. The Central Otago Lakes Region is one of New Zealand's fastest growing urban areas, while areas within the Otago and Southland Regions face widespread land use change. Catchments Otago aims to help support equitable and appropriate land and water management across these landscapes.

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   Examining the sediment-water interface of Lake Hayes.    Photo courtesy of Marc Schallenberg

Examining the sediment-water interface of Lake Hayes. Photo courtesy of Marc Schallenberg

Established in 2016, Catchments Otago recognises that effective water management cannot be achieved in isolation from equitable and appropriate land management. Comprising researchers from diverse disciplines, this University of Otago Research Theme explores management strategies considering environmentalsocial and economic aspects.

OUR FOCUS

To facilitate information sharing and direct collaboration between Governmental Authorities, freshwater catchment communities and Otago University researchers to help guide regional and local land and water management strategies in Otago and Southland. We aim to understand community needs, inventory key resources, undertake projects to ensure efficient, equitable and sustainable resource use, and deliver tools for improved freshwater management in Otago and Southland.