Integration of the recreational aspect within the Landscape and Ecological assessments
Environment Canterbury commissioned Boffa Miskell, in collaboration with Rob Greenaway & Associates (Leisure and Open Space Planners), to undertake multidisciplinary assessments of four study reaches within braided rivers in Canterbury.
We were commissioned to assess the Landscape and Natural Character, Recreation, and Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology values in the active bed and margins of each of the four study reaches: Waiau River, Ashburton River, Waihao River and Ahuriri River.
These assessments were undertaken to inform Environment Canterbury’s Braided Rivers Implementation Group (BRIDGE) to identify the spatial extent of braided riverbeds within the region and provide certainty for landowners, resource consent applicants, and the Regional Council as a consenting authority.
Within this study, natural character has a closer focus on the condition or quality of a river environment; while landscape considers a broader geographical context and set of values including community values.
For Boffa Miskell, integrating the recreational aspect within this Landscape and Ecological assessment was a less common procedure but has proven to be interweaving positively during the assessment process and in the final documents.
Landscape Planning, Ecology