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Signs of Change - Hugh Thorpe - Christchurch Waterways

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Uploaded on Dec 14, 2010

www.signsofchange.org.nz
Presented at Signs of Change National e-Conference, 15-16 November 2010, NEW ZEALAND

In the last 12 years the city authorities have developed an asset management plan which broadens the concept of urban
river management beyond the purely utilitarian drainage function. A multi-valued approach to management is now
applied, the values considered being: landscape, ecology, recreation, culture, heritage and drainage. Clearly costed
management plans incorporating social objectives and restoration of natural values together with the traditional
drainage function results in feasible, sustainable management which in the long term is likely to be cheaper. The
benefits are to both people and wildlife- the native birds and the whitebait are returning!

While management of Christchurch's rivers is a miniscule issue on the world scene there are some useful general
principles to be drawn from the case study.

Filmed by Ben Spink, Produced by Kyan Krumdieck

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