East Coast Forestry Project

Erosion in Gisborne district

The Gisborne district has a severe erosion problem - 26 percent of Gisborne district's land is susceptible to severe erosion, compared with only 8 percent of all land in New Zealand. Severe erosion includes large-scale gully erosion, earthflow erosion and deep-seated slumps.

Impact of erosion

Severe erosion causes long-term damage to the productivity of rural land. It threatens communities and rural businesses, including farms and orchards, roads and bridges. It lowers water quality by contributing large amounts of sediment to river systems, and it harms the natural values of the land and the coastal environment.

Erosion must be controlled to reduce the damage caused by extreme weather.

About the ECFP

The ECFP was established because the Government considered it important to address the wide-scale erosion problem in the Gisborne district. Since 1992, MPI has provided funding to landholders to prevent and control erosion.

The ECFP grant can be used to control erosion on the worst eroding or erosion-prone land in the district (MPI refers to this type of land as target land). The ECFP provides a grant for establishing an effective tree cover through planting or encouraging natural reversion to native bush.

Consultation now completed

The Ministry for Primary Industries sought feedback from stakeholders and tangata whenua on proposed operational changes to the East Coast Forestry Project (ECFP).

Consultation started on Wednesday 5 February 2014 and closed Sunday 16 March 2014. Feedback from submissions was considered and proposals developed for approval by Cabinet.

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Last Updated: 17 July 2014

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