Healthy environment

The Council works with a range of organisations and groups to promote a healthy environment.

Research centres such as National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Landcare Research and Canterbury and Lincoln universities provide technical information; conservation and recreation groups organise projects to protect and restore the environment; and a Māori perspective helps the Council to understand and give consideration to cultural matters.

The monitoring information to follow provides an overview of how the council is doing in these areas. For more information about any of the the following email the Monitoring and Research Team at

Protected and Enhanced

Landscapes and biodiversity are protected

The natural environment we see today is the result of billions of years of evolution, shaped by natural processes and the influence of humans.


Water quality and quantity is protected

Water is essential to our social, economic, and cultural well being, as well as providing for recreational activities and popular tourist destinations.


The community values natural resources

The way in which the community values and uses natural resources can have significant impacts on the environment, and important natural resources.