Erosion Control Funding Programme
MPI provides funding through the Erosion Control Funding Programme (ECFP) to Gisborne district landholders and community groups to help reduce wide-scale erosion problems in the Gisborne district.
Gisborne district prone to severe erosion
The Gisborne district has a severe erosion problem – 26% of Gisborne district's land is susceptible to severe erosion, compared with only 8% of all land in New Zealand.
Severe erosion causes long-term damage to the productivity of rural land. It threatens communities and rural businesses, including farms and orchards, roads and bridges. It lowers water quality by contributing large amounts of sediment to river systems, and it harms the natural and cultural values of the land and the coastal environment.
This results in a negative economic impact to the district's hill country farms, infrastructure, and high-quality land that is on floodplains.
Gisborne district is susceptible to regular high-intensity weather events that cause soil erosion and downstream flooding. These weather events are likely to be more extreme and/or more frequent. For a mid-range global greenhouse gas emission scenario, a 1-in-100 year event now could become a 1-in-50 year event by the end of the century.
Severe erosion includes large-scale gully erosion, earthflow erosion and deep-seated slumps.
The ECFP was established in 1992 because the Government considered it important to address the wide-scale erosion problems in the Gisborne district.
MPI provides 2 types of ECFP grants – land treatment grants and funding for community projects.
If you aren't sure which type of grant to apply for or would like more information, contact us by:
- email – firstname.lastname@example.org
- phone – 0800 00 83 33 (and ask for the Erosion Control Funding Programme team)
MPI provides ECFP grants to landowners to fund treatments that control erosion on the worst eroding or erosion-prone land in the district. Landholders can use the grants to pay for planting trees or encouraging natural reversion to native bush.
Erosion treatments eligible for funding are the establishment of:
- exotic forestry
- indigenous forestry (including mānuka)
- retired grazing land to allow regrowth of indigenous vegetation (reversion)
- space-planted poplars and willows.
Applicants for an ECFP land treatment grant must own or have an interest in the land they are planning to treat.
Eligible land classes
Since late 2016, eligible land classes have been expanded and now include:
- Overlay 3A land
- land use capability classes VIe, VIIe and VIIIe.
You no longer have to include a minimum portion of Overlay 3A land. Land with more severe erosion will be prioritised.
- Target land and land use capability classes [PDF, 756 KB]
2018 funding round open until 13 July
MPI is accepting applications for ECFP land treatment funding until 5pm on Friday, 13 July 2018.
Apply any time for Overlay 3A funding
Note, if your land is classed under the Gisborne District Council Regional Plan as 'Overlay 3A', you can apply for ECFP land treatment funding at any time throughout the year.
How to apply for a grant
Read the ECFP land treatment guidelines and the application form. The form includes an application checklist. Follow the guidance carefully to have the best chance of success.
Your application must include all required information and supporting documentation.
- Erosion Control Funding Programme (East Coast) guidelines [PDF, 1.3 MB]
- Application form (including checklist) [PDF, 458 KB]
The Gisborne District Council is familiar with the ECFP and helping applicants through the process. You may find it useful to talk with them, particularly if you are applying for the first time.
- phone 06 867 2049 (Gisborne District Council)
You can also ask MPI for help:
- email email@example.com
- phone 0800 00 83 33
Send in your application
Email or post your completed application and supporting documentation to MPI by 5pm on 29 June 2018.
Erosion Control Funding Programme – Land Treatment
Sustainable Growth Programmes Team
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Once MPI receives your application, we will:
- check that it is complete and meets the criteria
- assess eligibility and suitability of the land
- review the other information you have provided.
What happens next
Successful applicants will be offered a grant agreement – a contract between MPI and the applicant. This provides the terms and conditions of the grant, and includes a map of the approved area. This may be different from the area that you applied for if your application included ineligible or unsuitable land.
- ECFP grant agreement template [PDF, 683 KB]
Planting must happen in the winter following the funding round – so if you apply in 2018, and your application is successful, you'll plant in winter 2019.
Claim your grant
Up to 50% of the grant value can be paid on signing your grant agreement, before planting or fencing is complete.
To make a claim for payment, complete an ECFP claim for payment form/tax invoice.
- ECFP claim for payment form/tax invoice [PDF, 230 KB]
You can submit your claim by email or post to the address on the form.
Trees for erosion control
Poplars and willows are hardy fast-growing trees. They're ideally suited to reducing erosion and providing stream bank protection due to their extensive and deep root network. The NZ Poplar and Willow Research Trust develops poplar and willow plants and provides support to help landowners reduce erosion.
ECFP community projects address issues or opportunities that will improve erosion outcomes for the Gisborne region. These may involve any part of the erosion and forestry value chain, including:
- understanding erosion in the Gisborne region
- supply of seedlings and materials
- skills and labour
- governance for erodible land blocks
- optimal land use of erodible land
- trials of new or alternative erosion treatments
- riparian and other river treatments for erosion control outcomes
- post-harvest options on erodible land.
Funding will be available to help community groups, iwi, local organisations, and businesses with innovative ideas to help reduce erosion in the Gisborne region.
Community projects may be at a single property, involve a community, or be on a regional scale. These projects may also have other environmental, social, and economic benefits for the region.
More details about eligible projects, including guidelines and an application form, will be available from June 2017.
Find out more and apply
Applications for community projects will be accepted year-round. To apply for an ECFP community project grant, complete the application form.
- A guide to Erosion Control Funding Programme (East Coast) Community Projects [PDF, 3.4 MB]
- ECFP Community Projects application form [DOCX, 128 KB]
Find out more
- Tairawhiti economic action plan 2017
- Waiapu River Catchment study final report [PDF, 5 MB] [PDF, 5 MB] (November 2012)
- Summary of the Waiapu River Catchment study final report [PDF, 164 KB] [PDF, 164 KB](November 2012)
- Afforestation Scheme review report [PDF, 400 KB] [PDF, 400 KB] (August 2011)
- Workshop Report: Poplar and willow planting for land overlay 3A, Gisborne, East Coast region [PDF, 386 KB] (June 2008)
- East Coast forestry project review 2005 [PDF, 911 KB]
- State of the environment report 2007, Ministry for the Environment
- Climate change projections for New Zealand, NIWA website
- LCR final report on manuka trials on erodible hill country [PDF, 1.8 MB]
Who to contact
If you have questions about the ECFP:
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
- phone 0800 00 83 33 (and ask for the Erosion Control Funding Programme team).
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