The Canterbury region comprises 42,200 square kilometres of some of the most diverse land and water resources in New Zealand. Add to that our 800 kilometres of coastline, ever-changing weather, natural processes of environmental change, and the patterns of human development and land use across the Canterbury landscape, and you have a rich and complex natural resource system.
This report helps to explain that complexity by informing readers of the nature of our resources, what we have, how we interact with the natural environment, and the changes that have occurred or are taking place as a result of those interactions. With the increasing pressure on our resources, particularly water and land, we are in a position where we can no longer assume that what we have always done is enough. It is now critical that we examine the trends in environmental information so that the relevant agencies and individuals involved can understand the impact of their actions and ensure that, where necessary, the right interventions are adopted.
An important part of this report is to provide information about the ways in which Environment Canterbury is managing the region’s resources to get the outcomes that the community wants.