Learn more about our work culture and see job vacancies.
Meet the current Councillors, representing the Southland community.
Activities that might affect the environment could require a resource consent from us.
Read about land management issues and good environmental practices.
Get the latest air quality information and monitoring results.
We monitor information about the environment to enable it to be managed for future generations.
Check out a range of helpful information for our farming community.
There are many opportunities for the community to participate in our decision-making processes.
Our role is
to deliver our agreed work programmes, and maintain our ability to respond to
emergencies or changing circumstances. We detail
our proposed activities in our current Long-term Plan (LTP) which is developed
every three years in consultation with the public, and then formally adopted
Strategic Plan for Environment Southland identifies five focus areas, which
guide our Long-term Plans until 2025. The focus areas are:
This is by far
the largest area of responsibility for us. Three areas – land, water and coast
– have been brought together in one strategic focus area to give recognition
to the importance of a holistic “mountains to sea” (Ki uta ki tai) approach of
managing our catchments.
Southland is catching up with other
areas of the country in terms of air quality outcomes, and there are particular
problems in the urban areas of Invercargill and Gore resulting from home
heating using burners in the winter months.
Biosecurity encompasses controlling
or managing terrestrial and marine plant and animal pests. There is also a
strong emphasis on biodiversity, from a desire to have not only environmental
protection, but a quality and varied environment even in “working” areas such
We have a responsibility to protect
natural and man-made assets from hazards such as floods and earthquakes. A
significant consideration in this regard is the potential impact of climate
Our role in this area is to assist
at a strategic planning level, and to provide a framework for the efficient
movement of goods and people throughout the region.