Erosion Control Funding Programme
MPI provides funding through the Erosion Control Funding Programme (ECFP) to Gisborne district landholders and community groups to help reduce wide-scale erosion problems in the Gisborne district.
Gisborne district prone to severe erosion
The Gisborne district has a severe erosion problem – 26% of Gisborne district's land is susceptible to severe erosion, compared with only 8% of all land in New Zealand.
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 and cultural values of the land and the coastal environment.
This results in a negative economic impact to the district's hill country farms, infrastructure, and high-quality land that is on floodplains.
Gisborne district is susceptible to regular high-intensity weather events that cause soil erosion and downstream flooding. These weather events are likely to be more extreme and/or more frequent. For a mid-range global greenhouse gas emission scenario, a 1-in-100 year event now could become a 1-in-50 year event by the end of the century.
Severe erosion includes large-scale gully erosion, earthflow erosion and deep-seated slumps.
The ECFP was established in 1992 because the Government considered it important to address the wide-scale erosion problems in the Gisborne district.
MPI provides 2 types of ECFP grants – land treatment grants and funding for community projects.
If you aren't sure which type of grant to apply for or would like more information, contact us by:
- email – email@example.com
- phone – 0800 00 83 33 (and ask for the Erosion Control Funding Programme team)
MPI provides ECFP grants to landowners to fund treatments that control erosion on the worst eroding or erosion-prone land in the district. Landholders can use the grants to pay for planting trees or encouraging natural reversion to native bush.
Erosion treatments eligible for funding are the establishment of:
- exotic forestry
- indigenous forestry (including mānuka)
- retired grazing land to allow regrowth of indigenous vegetation (reversion)
- space-planted poplars and willows.
Applicants for an ECFP land treatment grant must own or have an interest in the land they are planning to treat.
Eligible land classes
Since late 2016, eligible land classes have been expanded and now include Overlay 3A land and land use capability classes VIe, VIIe and VIIIe. You no longer have to include a minimum portion of Overlay 3A land. Land with more severe erosion will be prioritised.
- Target land and land use capability classes [PDF, 756 KB]
Following feedback from the Gisborne community, the payment structure was changed in late 2016. Up to 50% of the grant value can now be paid before planting and/or fencing is complete.
Grants cover a significant part of the costs of an erosion control treatment.
Find out more
- A guide to the Erosion Control Funding Programme (East Coast) [PDF, 686 KB]
- ECFP grant agreement template [PDF, 782 KB]
- Grant rates and payments schedule
- Application form for removal of a covenant [PDF, 39 KB]
NZ Poplar and Willow Research Trust
Poplars and willows are hardy fast-growing trees. They're ideally suited to reducing erosion and providing stream bank protection due to their extensive and deep root network.
- provide animal welfare benefits through the provision of shade, shelter, and fodder in drought and flood situations
- filter and uptake nutrients, particularly nitrogen from groundwater
- qualify (at appropriate planting densities) for carbon credits through the Emissions Trading Scheme.
Willow pollen is also an important protein source for bees in the critical late-winter, early-spring period.
Apply for an ECFP grant
The 2017 funding round for land treatments has closed. The next application round will be held in mid-2018
Make a claim for payment
To make a claim for payment, complete an ECFP claim for payment form/tax invoice.
- ECFP claim for payment form/tax invoice [PDF, 614 KB]
You can submit your claim by email or post.
- Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Post to:
Erosion Control Funding Programme
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2122
ECFP community projects address issues or opportunities that will improve erosion outcomes for the Gisborne region. These may involve any part of the erosion and forestry value chain, including:
- understanding erosion in the Gisborne region
- supply of seedlings and materials
- skills and labour
- governance for erodible land blocks
- optimal land use of erodible land
- trials of new or alternative erosion treatments
- riparian and other river treatments for erosion control outcomes
- post-harvest options on erodible land.
Funding will be available to help community groups, iwi, local organisations, and businesses with innovative ideas to help reduce erosion in the Gisborne region.
Community projects may be at a single property, involve a community, or be on a regional scale. These projects may also have other environmental, social, and economic benefits for the region.
More details about eligible projects, including guidelines and an application form, will be available from June 2017.
Find out more and apply
Applications for community projects will be accepted year-round. To apply for an ECFP community project grant, complete the application form.
- A guide to Erosion Control Funding Programme (East Coast) Community Projects [PDF, 3.4 MB]
- ECFP Community Projects application form [DOCX, 128 KB]
Find out more
- Tairawhiti economic action plan 2017
- Waiapu River Catchment study final report [PDF, 5 MB] [PDF, 5 MB] (November 2012)
- Summary of the Waiapu River Catchment study final report [PDF, 164 KB] [PDF, 164 KB](November 2012)
- Afforestation Scheme review report [PDF, 400 KB] [PDF, 400 KB] (August 2011)
- Workshop Report: Poplar and willow planting for land overlay 3A, Gisborne, East Coast region [PDF, 386 KB] (June 2008)
- East Coast forestry project review 2005 [PDF, 911 KB]
- State of the environment report 2007, Ministry for the Environment
- Climate change projections for New Zealand, NIWA website
- LCR final report on manuka trials on erodible hill country [PDF, 1.8 MB]
Who to contact
If you have questions about the ECFP:
- email email@example.com
- phone 0800 00 83 33 (and ask for the Erosion Control Funding Programme team).