National 3D mapping plan to benefit forestry

Posted on Thursday 15th November 2018

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing in an expansion of 3D mapping to support major development projects and improve land use management in the regions and forestry will be among the beneficiaries.

 

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced up to $19 million in co-funding to increase the national coverage of LiDAR data – precise measurements of the earth’s surface done from the air and used for creating 3D maps to manage land use.

 

“The funding will expand LiDAR coverage, so that councils facing cost pressures can take part in the government’s programme to collect and make this valuable data available nationwide,” says Mr Jones.

 

“LiDAR enables smarter planning and investment in forestry planting operations, greater agricultural productivity and more efficient infrastructure development.

 

“This data is also essential for better flood risk mapping, understanding the impacts of climate change, and improved environmental management.”

 

Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage adds that the funding will ensure that LiDAR mapping is available to regional sectors, such as forestry, farming, and infrastructure development.

 

She says: “The LiDAR dataset and the Digital Elevation Model are an invaluable resource. They help councils and different sectors of the economy better understand the impacts of natural hazards such as flooding and sea level rise. Geospatial information helps inform good land use decisions which protect communities and assets.”

 

Of particular interest to small forest owners is that open data access will provide enhanced data previously reserved to larger growers.

Investment in a national 3D mapping programme will help forestry in New Zealand.

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