An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a voluntary and very flexible management tool. In recent years, EMS has become a popular tool for a wide range of sectors, including agriculture. An EMS is based on a continual feedback system.
Plan Assess farm activities and decide which areas need improvement and how these improvements are going to be achieved.
Do implement these changes
Check Review these changes to make sure you have achieved the desired outcome
It is important to note that the development of the EMS is based on the knowledge of producers in terms of knowing what works and what doesn't on their farm.
One of the key strengths of an EMS is that it builds from systems already in place. Producers will already have plans for managing effluent and the associated environmental effects for example. This EMS will provide a tool to organize these efforts and ensure that producers have a plan for addressing environmental concerns.
This EMS has been designed to be adopted in stages
This EMS has been developed in conjunction with ‘EnviroPork ™ : pork industry guide to managing environmental effects' - see www.pork.co.nz