What is being monitored?
Anticipated Environmental Result:
- Continuing viable rural enterprises in the Lakes A Zone.
- To biennially survey land uses of the rural area to determine rural production and lifestyle use of land.
Purpose of monitoring
2012 Aerial photography analysis of indigenous vegetation and land use in the Lakes A Zone
- ‘livestock farming’ to ‘indigenous vegetation on pastoral farm’,
- ‘indigenous vegetation on pastoral farm’ to ‘protected indigenous vegetation’ (and vice versa),
- ‘plantation forest’ and ‘livestock farming’ to ‘protected exotic land’, and
- ‘livestock farming’ to ‘indigenous planting’.
Table 1 shows the extent of these changes.
(Note: analysis was done at a scale of 1:10,000. Some changes may not be detectable at this scale).
Table 1: Changes in extent of land use cover between 2006 and 2011 in the lakes A Zone, Rotorua District.
- There was no change in land use cover for most (87.2%) of the Lakes A Zone (30,291.3 ha).
- Change to legal protection status affected 3,857 ha (11.1%).
- About 60 ha (0.3%) changed from livestock farming to some form of indigenous vegetation.