Project Details Ngā taipitopito
Our Land and Water has a vision of catchments containing mosaics of land uses that are more resilient, healthy, and prosperous than today.
Mosaics exist when a range of land use activities occurs within a landscape. At the national scale there is a mosaic of land uses, but as scale decreases, monocultures increase, such as dairying in Taranaki or horticulture in Pukekohe. At the farm scale, monocultures are the rule in modern agricultural production in New Zealand, with few exceptions (arable land use in Canterbury; forestry integrated with sheep and beef).
This research will test the hypothesis that a transition to a more diverse mosaic of land use will enhance te Taiao, and deliver better environmental, economic, cultural, and social outcomes. This research team will develop an open-source model that can assess the impacts of different patterns and types of mosaics on a range of values that are important to the people of New Zealand.