Integrated Freshwater Solutions

IFS Logo The Integrated Freshwater Solutions (IFS) project is led by Ecological Economics Research New Zealand based at Massey University. Funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment the three-year project is to develop effective tools to address the freshwater management needs of regional councils and local authorities nationwide. Our case study project is the Manawatū River catchment. In September 2010 it was agreed to use the Integrated Freshwater Solutions project to work with stakeholders brought together primarily by the  Manawatu River Leaders Accord  to collaboratively define an Action Plan to improve the river's water quality. 'What is happening where'  summarises the agreed actions to be undertaken to improve the health of the Manawatū River.  OURS. The Manawatu River Leaders' Accord Action Plan  was formally blessed and adopted in ceremonies held on June 22, 2011.

Stakeholders worked together at seven full-day workshops to come up with the solutions. The Mediated Modelling Workshop tab allows you to follow the developments and dialogue from these workshops. The current Mediated Model can be viewed with a free download software.

The IFS project is listed with others on the Envirolink Decision Support Systems Directory. This directory contains a range of relevant models and systems that have been developed or used in New Zealand for supporting decision making.

Multi-scale Integrated Modelling of Ecosystem Services (MIMES) has been developed for the Manawatū Catchment as part of the IFS research project.

Manawatu Gorge

Muapoko Coastal

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