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Using case studies to show inspiring farm community led environmental action

Kinnect Group member, Judy Oakden, Director of Pragmatica is adept in preparing case studies to capture key progress of government agencies and NGO’s strategies, policies and programmes.

 An example is two case studies Pragmatica prepared in 2022 and 2023 on the work of Thriving Southland. The cases highlight the ongoing success of their community led response to environmental challenges. The latest 2023 case studyInspiring community action: Thriving Southland provides extension to farmers and the Southland community,  can be found here.

 Many New Zealand farmers are keen to understand better the environmental challenges they are experiencing on their farms and be able to respond to them. The cases explored the benefits of support from by Thriving Southland through the Change and Innovation Project. Using existing administrative data and talking to key stakeholders we found that many Southland farmers are highly engaged in accessing and interpreting new, relevant science and making the necessary changes to support thriving farming businesses.

 The vision of Thriving Southland is a community-led group creating a prosperous Southland, healthy people, healthy environment from the mountains to the sea. Thriving Southland’s communities are working together to create a better future for all by protecting Southland’s prosperity, heritage, environment and health.

 The latest 2023 case study shows how some farmers are becoming better equipped to address the challenges they are facing. By understanding the science that is specific to their catchment area they can make innovative farming decisions. The latest 2023 case study builds on an evaluation of the Change and Innovation Project completed in 2022 and shows the benefits to the Southland farming community from participating in Catchment Groups.

 If you believe a case study may capture some of the important learnings from your project, contact Judy Oakden.