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Govt calls for further dialogue on climate change

Government calls for further dialogue on climate change forestry policy

Ministers Jim Anderton and David Parker said today that the position taken by a number of forest industry associations over climate change policy dialogue was unfortunate.

“It is a shame that the forest industry has chosen to break-off dialogue with the government; we certainly are keen to keep discussing climate change matters with the industry" the Ministers said today.

On 21st December 2005, Jim Anderton acknowledged there were a number of challenges with existing policy as it relates to climate change. These include an inequitable treatment of forestry compared with other sectors of the economy, such as agriculture, and a lack of strong signals to encourage landowners to keep their land in forests and establish new forests.

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