I love the idea of communities united through the rivers and tributaries that they share – in other words through their water catchment. Every piece of land on earth is part of a water catchment. Where does the rain that falls in your garden end up? Unless it is whisked directly away to the ocean by a stormwater drain, it will eventually make its way to a stream or river on the downside of your property.
Community Catchment Groups have been set up in South Canterbury in New Zealand. They comprise of members of the community who live around a particular river and its tributatries, who share a desire to protect that water and its natural environemt.
Rhys Taylor is the Community Engagement Coordinator for the South Canterbury River Catchment Groups, supported by Canterbury Regional Council.
Join me, as I ask Rhys about how these groups were set up, how they are benefiting their communities, what their participants are learning and what they are achieving.
This show was recorded on the 27th February 2018.
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Rhys Taylor (Community Engagement Coordinator for the South Canterbury River Catchment Groups). Pictured here at a photo-competition on South Canterbury rivers, holding the framed winning photo of Wainono lagoon, near Waimate.
Members of the Waihi Catchment Group by the Waihi River bridge in Geraldine. Rhys is currently facilitator for this group.
Members of the Waihi Catchment Group on a recent visit to a deer farm where they learned about management of deer to reduce silt loss to waterways.