NZ Landcare Trust/ Nga Matapopore Whenua is thrilled to announce the official launch of the ACE (Aotearoa Catchment Extension) website; Catchment Toolkit. This groundbreaking development marks a significant stride towards fostering sustainable land management practices and underscores our commitment to championing clean waterways for the past 26 years.
Dr Nick Edgar, CEO of NZ Landcare Trust notes, “We are driven by our commitment to educate catchment leaders, the realisation of the ACE program has been a journey that began roughly 15 years ago when we first identified the need. Today’s launch is the culmination of years of dedicated efforts by the NZLT Team, transforming the vision into a reality.”
ACE is dedicated to disseminating knowledge through three core pillars: online learning modules, in-person Knowledge Hub events, and regional Communities of Practice, covering a curriculum of six vital topics including Freshwater Management in Aotearoa, Strategic Leadership, Integrated Farm to Catchment Scale Planning, GMP and Mitigation Tools and Technologies, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Engagement and Storytelling.
The Catchment Toolkit is a comprehensive online resource hub designed to empower and educate community-based catchment leaders and coordinators. Whether a seasoned professional or a newcomer in catchment management, this toolkit offers a wealth of information, knowledge, and tools, consolidating a comprehensive online library. It serves as a one-stop shop for everything catchment-related and is regularly updated to provide the latest information.
Dr Edgar expresses enthusiasm for the project, noting that it “strengthens the Trust’s 26-year legacy in Aotearoa. The ACE program, with a focus on building the capabilities of catchment groups, is set to create a lasting impact on sustainable land management practices and water quality improvements for generations to come.”
To explore the wealth of resources and information available, or to register your interest in taking part in the ACE program, visit the Catchment Toolkit – the first port-of-call for catchment groups throughout Aotearoa.
The Ministry for the Environment funded the Aotearoa Catchment Extension program from the Essential Freshwater Fund (EFF).