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Monday 14 December 2020, 12–1pm

Connecting communities for effective farm plans


Monday 14 December 2020, 12–1pm


Webinar via Zoom

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Our Land and Water

Our vision is for healthy, resilient land and water: an environment that will take care of us far into the future. To move towards this future, we need to work together to create and apply practical, common sense solutions.

Land use intensification and the degradation of water quality was enabled by a resource consenting system that considered all farms separately, despite their cumulative effects on water quality. What we need now is a new, collective approach in our solutions. In a lot of New Zealand catchments, water quality goals will be met by bringing people who care for and work the land together to design integrated farm environment plans based on shared sub-catchment objectives. Join us to learn how mitigations can be brought together and prioritised as an effective integrated farm environment plan.


  • Jim Sinner, senior scientist in the coastal and freshwater group at Cawthron Institute and co-leader of the New Models for Collective Responsibility programme, will talk us through a four-step process for developing farm plans that are integrated across catchments, to meet sub-catchment objectives
  • Kati Doehring, of the Register for Land Management Actions programme, will share the results of farmer interviews describing what motivates and hinders stakeholders to record and report land management actions
  • Research spotlight: John Arrell from Farmlands Cooperative will share some insights into the design of initiatives to support and incentivise positive actions on-farm, from the soon-to-be-published Our Land and Water report, How to Enact On-Farm Environmental Change

Join us to find out what our future landscapes can look like when scientists, farmers, growers, eaters and businesses work together to respond pragmatically and effectively to environmental degradation.

The Better Together webinar series

Our Land and Water invites you to four webinars to share research that brings together people, data, business and communities to responsibly care for our land and water.

Webinar 1: The vision
More diverse, resilient, healthy landscapes by 2030
Monday 30 November, 12–1pm

Webinar 2: The challenge
What the data tells us about our water
Monday 7 December, 12–1pm

Webinar 3: The solutions (part 1)
Connecting communities for effective farm plans
Monday 14 December, 12–1pm

Webinar 4: The solutions (part 2)
Bringing people together for diverse land use
Monday 21 December, 12–1pm

About Our Land and Water webinars

All of our webinars are free and open to anyone interested, but registration is essential. Please register using the links above.

There will be a Q+A session at the end of each webinar. We welcome questions in advance via email.

Webinars will be run through Zoom. People in rural areas without a reliable internet connection will be able to listen via a phone number provided by Zoom. Please register using the links above.

If people in your organisation intend to participate together via a conference room, please let us know well in advance. A conference room connection will need to be enabled and tested.

A recording will be made available on our website the day after the webinar, and shared via our Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages – please follow us for updates.

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