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Restricting forest planting ‘at odds with NZ’s climate change goals’

By Eric Frykberg
Radio New Zealand
June 23, 2020
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

New Zealand runs a serious risk of failing to meet legally mandated goals on climate change, according to the Forest Owners Association.  That would happen if the government went ahead with halting forest conversions of farmland if they occurred too often.  The possibility of state intervention against afforestation was mentioned – but not promised – by Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor, speaking at a parliamentary select committee last week.  The conversion of farmland into forestry has repeatedly been accused of undermining thriving rural communities and replacing them with a “green desert”.   This would be even worse with trees grown for carbon credits, not timber, since rural communities – stripped of farm workers – would not get an economic boost from visiting pruning contractors or tree felling gangs either.

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