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Wetlands are important to ecological and hydrological functioning. They provide habitat for a vast range of indigenous flora and fauna, and act as filters, cleaning the water that passes through them. In some situations wetlands may also “buffer” the flows of rivers.
Chapter 7 of the Natural Resources Regional Plan (NRRP):
- Summarises the main wetland issues in Canterbury, the constraints on managing those issues and the directions suggested by those constraints.
- Introduces a range of voluntary measures backed up by more focused regulation of wetland hydrology than s14 of the Resource Management Act (RMA) provides for. One of its main intentions is to begin raising awareness and motivating people to voluntarily retain wetlands and also to encourage them where possible to enhance and restore wetlands.
- Puts the highest priority on the region’s most depleted wetland types.
Chapter 7 sets out procedures for classifying the importance of wetlands and the scope of changes allowed for low, moderate or high significance wetlands. It enables activities such as restoration of wetlands and pest control within wetlands, encourages development of artificial wetlands and regulates activities such as draining wetlands or altering flows to or from a wetland.