Resilient River Communities projects
River management and flood protection schemes are why many New Zealanders do not face the full consequences of damaging flood events; the most frequent natural hazard experienced in New Zealand.
Southland is extremely prone to flooding - it's our region's biggest natural disaster risk. We know that climate change will increase the frequency and severity of extreme weather events.
It's now time to invest in our flood protection networks. The good news is that we are working together with Government and other territorial authorities to respond to the challenges faced by our communities due to the impacts of climate change.
Our climate resilience 'shovel-ready' projects, announced in 2020, will upgrade parts of Southland's flood defences with the help of funding from the Kānoa - Regional Economic Development & Investment Unit (previously known as PDU) to Environment Southland to the tune of $13.875 million.