Nicolas (Nic) Caviale-Delzescaux
Whangawehi Catchment Management Group
Nic holds a Master’s degree in Agronomy from the Ecole Nationale Superieure Agronomique in Toulouse, France, specialising in environmental management. As project manager for the Whangawehi Catchment Management Group, he helps communities realise their environmental goals. The Whangawehi model has been recognised internationally for achievements in river restoration, carrying out predator control, riparian planting and fencing, and monitoring water quality, fish and bird life. The group works with local farmers to reduce erosion and retire land bordering the catchment. Nic is also involved in the Red Meat Profit Partnership project, where farmers work together to develop a brand, currently “our story”.
“The Hill Country Futures project aims to future-proof our challenged hill country farming communities by answering specific questions or issues not previously addressed. My role is to ‘connect’ and take care of the logistics on the ground, so the research can take place with full support from our farmers. Farmers are showing strong interest in the project because its themes are relevant to the challenges on their farms. They relate and trust the data collected and know they can use it to future-proof their farming operations, with the hope of building more resilience into their systems.”