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November 2011 Newsletter

posted Nov 15, 2011, 8:47 PM by David Pairman   [ updated Nov 30, 2011, 8:02 PM ]

November 2011 Governance Group Meeting

posted Nov 15, 2011, 7:27 PM by David Pairman   [ updated Nov 15, 2011, 7:36 PM ]

The inaugural meeting of the LCDB Governance Group was held at the Ministry of Science and Innovation on Tuesday 1st November.

Viv Smith (chair) - MSI
Sarah McDermott - MSI
Karl Majorhazi - MfE
Gerald Rys - MAF
Allan Ross - DOC
Richard Murcott - LINZ
David Pairman - Landcare
Peter Newsome - Landcare
James Shepherd - Landcare

For more information see Governance Group Meeting1

Government announces LCDB mapping programme

posted Oct 25, 2011, 3:56 PM by David Pairman   [ updated Nov 30, 2011, 8:02 PM ]

On the 11th August a four-year Land Cover mapping and Research Programme was launched with a joint announcement by Environment Minister Nick Smith and Science and Innovation Minister Wayne Mapp. The programme will receive $1 million a year over the next four years for the application of "the best in modern technology" to the mapping of New Zealand's changing land cover.

“The four-year Land Cover Research Programme will provide vital information about our rural and urban environment for the natural resources sector, regional councils and research organisations to use,” Smith said. “Using the best in modern technology, we can thoroughly map New Zealand’s changing land use so we can quantify the pressures on water quality and biodiversity.”

“Up-to-date information about vegetation, water sources and the built environment is critical for the success of natural resource industries such as agriculture and forestry,” said Mapp.

The Land Cover Research Programme will be led by Landcare Research, with the involvement of the Ministry for the Environment, the Department of Conservation, the Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry, The Fire Service and regional councils. It will build on the Ministry for the Environment’s Land Use and Carbon Analysis System (LUCAS), developed to report New Zealand’s carbon emissions to the United Nations, by re-using imagery collected for the 2008 and 2012 LUCAS time steps.

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