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Conference 2003
Greening the City:
Bringing Biodiversity Back
into the Urban Environment


Avon-Heathcote Estuary/Ihutai the application of Integrated Environmental Management to Recover Biodiversity

Jenny Bond (Environment Canterbury), Dave Newey(Christchurch City Council) & Alex Drysdale (Avon-Heathcote Estuary Association)

Outlining a successful community-based approach towards non-statutory management of a significant urban estuary environment.

The city and regional councils have combined to facilitate a community process to address issues relating to the Avon-Heathcote Estuary/Ihutai. The community has identified that its preferred approach is to develop and implement a non-statutory management plan for integrated environmental management of the estuary. A trust has been established to oversee this process.

The goals of the integrated environmental management approach include:

  • Communities working together for the betterment of the estuary;
  • Clean water is assured for healthy ecosystems;
  • Management and development of open space;
  • Promote safe and balanced recreation;
  • Healthy ecosystems.

This has been a unique approach to addressing issues of community and environmental pressures on a distinctive urban ecosystem.

Conference sponsored by:

British Council NZ
The Community Trust
Landcare Research

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