In 2013, we started our 10-year Living Water partnership with the Department of Conservation.
Its aim? To work together with farmers, iwi, councils and other experts in five catchments throughout New Zealand to find game-changing and scalable solutions that will help farming and freshwater ecosystems to thrive side-by-side.
Each of the five key catchments is unique but they all have ecological and cultural significance, as well as being in important dairying regions:
The Waituna lagoon is considered a wetland of international importance
As well as all the tangible projects that are improving freshwater and biodiversity in our catchments, Living Water also focuses on how Fonterra and the Department of Conservation (who are stewards of 40% of New Zealand’s land) work together in partnership for nature and how they champion change within their organisations and with others.
“A lot of people think that Living Water is just another environmental restoration programme, when in fact it is way more than that” says Trish Kirkland-Smith, Fonterra’s GM Environment. “In order to transform land and water management in New Zealand and help address the biodiversity crisis we are facing here and globally, people need to collaborate and look at things differently. Living Water is doing exactly that and putting a huge emphasis on the people, institutions, and how to deliver change at scale across New Zealand."
Living Water: protecting precious resources for the next generation