With the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPS-FM) heralding a new era in farm and pastoral land management, farmers and growers around the country need access to skill sets to help them manage their freshwater ecosystems.
To build capability and capacity in New Zealand freshwater management, NZARM has earned $1.3 million in government funding over three years from the Essential Freshwater Fund (EFF), part of the Jobs for Nature programme. The EFF supports implementation of the Essential Freshwater reforms by investing in capability and capacity across the spectrum of roles associated with the freshwater management system.
NZARM is partnering with the Ministry for the Environment and regional councils in a capability-building programme spanning 2022 to 2025 to support upskilling across the sector to meet demand. We’ll do this by matching resource management professionals with new training opportunities, building a knowledge hub, and linking farmers and growers with the freshwater management expertise they need.
See MfE's press release HERE
The programme seeks to understand current capability and any region-specific gaps, and to address those gaps. We’ll be co-developing new learning opportunities by leveraging the existing capability frameworks for freshwater farm plans and creating new training content together with iwi and key partners.
Alongside the training programmes and resources, we are growing a directory of qualified professionals, so that farmers, growers and councils can find qualified freshwater management professionals and talent in their region.
Engagement with the NZARM programme is free to all, with training providers charging individual course fees.
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For the latest information on freshwater farm plan regulations, read the Ministry for the Environment's guide, or contact NZARM for more information.
Deliver with confidence
Based on your answers to an online questionnaire, the NZARM website will send you a personalised roadmap to link you with targeted, context-based training to develop your freshwater management skills and qualifications.
We are expanding training opportunities in freshwater management to contribute towards a recognised qualification. We will be matching individuals with peers and mentors to share knowledge and experience. In both formal and informal learning settings, the resource management workforce will be able to grow their skill set, credentials and career.
We are developing a national directory of capability, so that councils, resource managers, consultants, catchment groups and farmers can connect to the expert they need.
Find the people you need
The new directory will link you to people in your region with the skill sets you need – people who can help you manage your freshwater systems. The new platform will enable you to intuitively search by location, skill and experience, according to the type of farm or agricultural block you manage.
Confidence in capability
The directory will be a network of professionals with the training and qualifications to help landowners meet the new resource management requirements.
Resources on the NZARM website will help in your understanding of different aspects of freshwater management, how activities affect the ecosystem, and what you can do to minimise impact.
Calling all resource managers, asset managers, consultants, scientists, planners and engineers – NZARM helps the industry network upskill and grow, and we can connect you with clients looking for environmental expertise.