Central Plains Water Scheme HIA

The Central Plains Water Scheme (CPWS) is a proposed project designed to provide irrigation for 60,000 hectares of land in Canterbury.

The Central Plains Water Scheme (CPWS) is a proposed project designed to provide irrigation for 60,000 hectares of land in Canterbury. The scheme would encourage intensification of farming in order to meet increasing world demand for agricultural products. Community and Public Health, of the Canterbury District Health Board, has undertaken this Health Impact Assessment (HIA) to contribute to the consideration of the proposed scheme within the statutory resource consent process.

This HIA has considered the evidence for the benefits and risks of the CPWS with respect to population health and wellbeing. The assessment is based on evidence drawn from four workshops with key stakeholders and experts, literature reviews and interviews with experts. In particular, the HIA has considered the potential health implications in terms of water quality and socio-economic issues.

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