Visits to local food producers will be one of many events taking place at the Wao Reset Summit next week.
Criffel Station co-owner and Wanaka Action Initiative (Wai) chairwoman Amanda Bell said visits to four farms would include discussions with experts and showcase how farmers were using best practice to tackle environmental issues.
A climate action workshop would explore agriculture and forestry emissions and include discussions with global carbon accounting expert Carly Green and climate scientist Jim Salinger.
A national vision for food and fibre developed by the Primary Sector Council would also be discussed.
The vision was all about having a regenerative mindset, Dr Bell said.
Pablo Gregorini of Lincoln University would speak about an initiative called Designing Future Productive Landscapes, and would include a visit to high country station Mt Grand which was owned by the university.
‘‘They are all about food resilience, cultural mapping and production,’’ Dr Bell said.
A whole-of-community approach will be discussed by Wai Wanaka water project manager Megan Williams.
The trust has developed a community catchment plan to operate in anintegrated way across multiple stakeholders.
Wai Wanaka catchment coordinator Sarah Jamieson said regular testing of water as it entered and exited a property was one way to understand what was occurring on individual properties.
When testing they looked for nitrogen, dissolved reactive phosphorus, sediment and E. coli.
There were many different reasons why there might be elevated levels of any of these in rivers and streams, and it was a complex process to investigate the cause.
Riparian planting was one effective way of providing a filter to mitigate runoff into the water.
‘‘The plants filter the water as it goes through, capture the sediment and nutrient loss before it gets into the water.’’
Native planting increased biodiversity and could also help prevent erosion of the riverbank .
‘‘So there are many, many advantages to planting.’’
– Wao Reset Summit takes place from October 27 to November 1. For details visit resetsummit2020.com