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Case Study 3 – Southland Regional Council plan development

Southland had developed  a spatial framework for managing land use activities in the Southland region called physiographic zones. Physiographic zones relate inherent landscape characteristics to biogeochemical and hydrological processes that determine potential quality of freshwaters in the Southland region. LWP carried out statistical tests of the performance of the physiographic classification, and worked with SRC on translating the biophysical framework into an approach that could be implemented in the proposed Southland Water and Land Plan.

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Multivariate plot (non-metric multidimensional scaling; NMDS) indicating differences in several river water quality variables at individual sites (points), which have been coloured according to their physiographic zones.