Enhancing and restoring the catchment through land and resource planning
Challenges and lessons learned:
The main challenges have been in engaging and persuading landowners and farmers to change the way they manage the land, funding, and getting hold of the right data and information.
Local knowledge is key, both for understanding natural assets and also, crucially, the social context – who owns what and where opportunities might lie.
It is important to have personable people that can speak the language of the land managers and understand the economics of topics such as farming, forestry and fisheries. It is also important to have an honest broker or trusted intermediary who is not regulatory or statutory.
Mapping alone is not enough – it needs to be backed up, and proofed, by local experts who know their patch.