Knowledge about the harbour and catchment resources, and processes of change is essential to plan for a sustainable future. Community volunteer monitoring (CVM) of environmental indicators allows communities to contribute to knowledge about their locality.

In late 1997, responding to requests from community groups, WE commissioned a report to develop CVM projects. WE, in association with Environment Waikato and Ministry of Fisheries, is now establishing a community-based monitoring programme.

The CVM programme reflects community interests in monitoring water quality and the abundance and health of shellfish and fin-fish resources. The monitoring encompasses the effects of agricultural practices and urban activities on local water quality and fish resources.

Through CVM, the wider Whaingaroa Catchment community will be able to:

Whaingaroa Environment Group aims to involve everyone in the catchment. Iwi, farmers, lifestyle-block owners, Raglan township residents, retired persons and school children will all be able to use the CVM framework.

More information on CVM from Blair Dickie.

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