Upcoming Seminar - Wednesday 22nd June

Embarking on the development of a community-driven, collaborative lake/catchment management plan for the Upper Clutha: An opportunity for Catchments otago members to engage

Marc Schallenberg, Chris Arbuckle (Aspiring Environmental), Don Robertson (Guardians of Lake Wanaka)

The maintenance of good environmental conditions in the Upper Clutha catchment is a priority for many people living in the region.  High population growth and development rates in the catchment are causing some concern about potential impacts on the environment.  Recent changes in environmental early warning indicators and the appearance of "lake snot" in Lake Wanaka have focused community concerns about development around the lake.  The community has also expressed concern that the health and condition of the Upper Clutha lakes is not being adequately monitored.  Consequently, local interest is building to develop a lake and catchment management plan that expresses and accounts for local environmental, social, cultural and economic values of the region, that summarises information about the ecological functioning of the lake/catchment system, and that proposes management actions to safeguard environmental values critical to the future of the region.  

This seminar will present where discussion are at with regard to the development of a lake/catchment management plan and will discuss how experts could become involved in helping the community develop the plan.

WEDNESDAY 22nd JUNE, 4-5PM, BENHAM SEMINAR ROOM, ZOOLOGY DEPARTMENT, 340 GREAT KING ST, DUNEDIN