The sustainable management of land is essential to provide for
the well-being of existing and future generations. Regional
Councils have a legal responsibility to gather information and
monitor natural resources so they can carry out their statutory
functions. Accordingly, there is a fundamental requirement for Bay
of Plenty Regional Counil to monitor the land resource of the Bay
of Plenty to determine whether it is being used in a prudent and
Monitoring the land resource will involve two primary
- soil management issues
- status of the region's indigenous biodiversity.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council is currently developing long-term
monitoring programmes to enable the gathering of relevant
information for our region. These programmes will initially focus
on key issues related to soil health, soil intactness (soil depth)
and indigenous forest extent.
Wherever possible the regional programmes will be developed in
consultation with land users, other regional councils and the
Ministry for the Environment. In this way efficiencies will be
gained where they either can complement any existing or planned
industry monitoring programmes, or are contributing to a nationally
co-ordinated monitoring programme.
Techniques for gathering the information are likely to range
from utilising satellite imagery and aerial photography through to
soil samples being taken from a range of representative sites
throughout the region.
The information gathered from these programmes will be used in a
number of ways:
- To assist in identifying issues related to land use and
management at a regional level.
- To assist dialogue between land users and Bay of Plenty
Regional Council to resolve these issues.
- To provide regional data to the Ministry for the Environment
for national monitoring purposes.
These programmes will be progressively developed and implemented
as measurement technologies evolve and resources become