IBSnet will extend over the Internet the workshop
"Planning a city ecological-farm for Christchurch" (12 Nov.-14 Dec.
for the the IEES Conference on Ecological Engineering for Landscape
Services and Products. (http://www.ias.unu.edu/proceedings/icibs/iees-nz
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Jacky Foo, Coordinator
Integrated Biosystems Network
International Organization on Biotechnology and Bioengineering
Planning a city ecological-farm for Christchurch
Chair: Murray Griffin, Community Employment Group, Christchurch
Background of E-Workshop
In August 2000 the Christchurch City Council adopted recommendations in
a report, "Lets Dream a Little - Building a Sustainable Christchurch" to
take Christchurch towards being one of the world's leading sustainable
cities. Within about 15mins drive of the central city is a large area of
undeveloped land (over 100 ha). Some of the area is currently used by
the Agricultural and Pastoral Association. Stock saleyards are presently
sited on a small part of the land. Each year, Christchurch anniversary
day is celebrated on this site. The development of this reserve property
is a unique opportunity to realize the dream. A group of Christchurch
residents are preparing a proposal for the integrated development of
this land. It is a proposal that is in full support of the theme of
Christchurch as a leading sustainable city.
The Distinguishing Characteristics of our Proposal are as follows:
Integrative - externally and internally:
* External integration - to integrate with the surrounding natural and
built environment. The natural environment would include such features
as the Port Hills, the upper Heathcote catchment. The built environment
would include existing neighbourhoods and proposed (Wigram and
Aidenfield), existing and proposed roads and motorway and other
* Internal integration - to integrate various activities. For example;
cemetery, sports fields, community centre, riding school for the
disabled, car parking area - with our core activity - the "heart and
The heart and soul of the project:
* Organic food and fibre production and possibly some processing.
* Built around these activities will be research, education and
community participation and ownership and hopefully partnership with
Permaculture design to integrate the whole area.
Appropriate technologies - every effort is to be made to use and
encourage the use of appropriate technologies; such as water, waste,
energy technologies and building materials.
Ecologically engineered services and infrastructure - these may include
water and wastewater services, stormwater, solid waste management,
energy supply, communication and transport.
++Key qualities of the eco-farm
** A farm-park forging and facilitating practical links between urban
and rural peoples, as an outdoor "class-room" and leisure area for all
people (residents and visitors) and for the purposes of supporting
ecologically sustainable land-based, small-scale, diverse and integrated
economic initiatives for the Canterbury region.
**Ensuring full stakeholder participation in the initial and on-going
design and management of the farm-park.
**Incubator for local/indigenous small scale landscape services and
products - niche food and fibre with appropriate processing. Incubator
means - supporting innovation by appropriate level of research,
community education, on-site demonstrations, resources and innovation
networking centre (national and international).
**A farm-park welcoming community participation, ownership and
international visitors ("woofers").
**A centre that encourages and supports innovative land-based (and if
appropriate marine based) products in the neighbouring rural areas, and
provides an outlet and market facilities for their products for the
people of Christchurch city.
Further Workshop Aims and Objectives and Workshop Questions will be
provided later via http://events.lincoln.ac.nz/iees/farm.htm