Christchurch residents are invited to attend a Community Seminar.
The seminar will focus on providing information about coastal processes and raising awareness of dune management techniques.
Our key speakers, Jim Dahm and Shane Orchard, will provide national and local perspectives on, and examples of, sand dune management projects and programmes. Opportunities will be provided for questions and discussion. No bookings required.
Jim Dahm (MSc Earth Sciences)
Jim specialises in coastal management with over 25 years work experience in this area. He has worked for various consultancies and within central and regional government. Jim specialises in coastal hazard assessment and management, coastal restoration, and estuarine sedimentation and management.
He is also experienced with community facilitation and planning and serves as a Commissioner on resource consent hearings. Jim also initiated Beachcare and Coastcare community based dune restoration in New Zealand and is also the primary author of the existing national guidelines for this work and a trustee on Dunes Trust of New Zealand. He has advised on, designed and implemented scores of dune restoration projects around New Zealand.
Shane Orchard (M.Sc, PGDipMāoriResEnvtlMgmt)
Shane is a resource management scientist based in Christchurch. He works on coastal and waterway management specialising in land-water boundary issues and more recently freshwater-saline mixing zones at river mouths. He is involved with many community projects including the local Sumner Coastcare project and is a developer of the citizen science platform NatureWatch NZ.
The seminar is being run in conjunction with the 2017 National Coastal Restoration Conference, being held in Christchurch from 22nd to 24th March. The Coastal Restoration Trust aims to encourage community groups, students, agency staff and other organisations to participate. This ensures a mix of ideas, skills and perspectives and enables all participants to build their knowledge and understanding about coastal restoration.
Coastal Restoration Trust of New Zealand, National Conference, 2017; 22 – 26 March 2017.
The Coastal Restoration Trust of New Zealand (previously the ‘Dunes Trust’) is pleased to announce that our 2017 annual national conference will be held at New Brighton beach, in Christchurch. The theme is “Diverse coastal environments in a time of change” and being based in Christchurch will show-case the wide variety of coastal landscapes in and around Christchurch/North Canterbury and discuss local and national issues and challenges faced in coastal restoration and management.
The three days will include field-trips around the Christchurch urban beaches and the North Canterbury coast.
The Coastal Restoration Trust (http://www.coastalrestorationtrust.org.nz/ ) is a nationwide organisation that brings together the knowledge and experience of communities, iwi, management authorities, industry and science agencies to save our coastal sand dunes and to support and encourage the development of cost effective practical methods for coastal communities and management authorities to restore natural dune form and function.