Integrated Catchment Management

An example of Integrated Catchment Management, Riparian Planting on Dairy Farm, Motueka, New Zealand.

When looking at any type of land use on an Integrated Catchment-level, Rural Design looks at “the parts that make up the whole” and in this sense the relationship of smaller areas of land and the contribution and interaction with the wider catchment. This entails analysis of landforms, drainage features, soil type, climate, vegetation and land use. By understanding the form and function of these elements, we are able to look at ways of managing human interaction with the land. Catchments generally operate as a complete system from the mountains to the sea where the physical and natural elements are all connected. From this, we are able to analyse properties within the overall landscape spatial arrangement and use mapping and design to identify the critical landscape elements to plan for appropriate land use and management outcomes. More often than not the land patterns are clearly evident. Good design mimics what we see in nature and to what we subconsciously strive for (e.g. we move to the countryside from the city and appreciate natural surroundings and often this is overlooked).