Land Use and Land Management
The Marlborough district covers 10,321 square kilometres (1,032,100 hectares). The landforms and soils of this area, are the basis of the primary productive activity, vegetative cover and biodiversity in the region.
Land use activities, or land management practices associated with these activities, can change the biological, chemical and physical state of the soil and in doing so may adversely affect soil quality and productivity. Sustainable land management includes practices which maintain or enhance the condition of the land resource.
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Marlborough District Council has a range of policies and monitoring programmes in place to assist with management of land-based resources and is also involved in research and monitoring programmes carried out by other agencies. The key monitoring programme administered by MDC is the Soil quality Monitoring Programme.
Go to the soil quality monitoring page
Research projects include work on landslides, land and water quality interactions and wastewater discharges. Historic land reports can be found on the reports page.
Go to the land publications and reports page
Council also conducts storm response monitoring as required.
Go to the storm response page
Monitoring of land cover is carried out using the central Government's Land Cover Database (LCDB) along with more refined Council mapping of viticulture development areas. The mainland uses in Marlborough are Viticulture, Forestry and Pastoral.
Go to the land cover database page