Conference 2003

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


A Strategy for the Protection and Restoration of Waterways and Wetlands in Christchurch

Robert Watts (Parks & Waterways Unit, Christchurch City Council)

In its original natural state, Christchurch's surface water environment comprised three small coastal rivers, their estuaries, numerous spring fed streams and wetlands. This system sustained local Maori for 800 years.

The development of the City has included the straightening and enlargement of rivers, construction of an extensive drainage system and the filling of lowland.

Over the last 10 years a new management philosophy has evolved as set out in the Council's Natural Asset Management Strategy for Waterways and Wetlands. It represents an investment of NZ$160 million over 40 years. It reflects six main values; ecology, landscape, recreation, heritage, culture and drainage.

This paper describes the Strategy and its programme of restoration and protection .

Conference sp onsored by:

British Council NZ
The Community Trust
Landcare Research

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