Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Native forests provide key to ETS success

Forest & Bird says the Government’s plan to use the Emissions Trading Scheme to encourage more native forests is a smart move and will help protect farms, towns and infrastructure from extreme weather events.

A new discussion document proposes changing the Emissions Trading Scheme to encourage the planting of large areas of native forests.

Forest & Bird is pleased the Government recognises the critical role New Zealand’s native ecosystems – and especially our forests – play in both preventing and protecting against climate change.

“Provided it's backed up with industrial, transport and farming emission reductions, encouraging more native forests to suck up carbon is bang-on,” said climate advocate Adelia Hallett.

“Forestry Minister Shane Jones is absolutely right when he says healthy forests are critical to New Zealand’s economy, society and environment, and that all landowners need to be encouraged to plant more.”

New Zealand’s native trees are slow-growing, but store massive amounts of carbon.

“Some 330 million tonnes of carbon are known to be locked up in our native forests now,” said Ms Hallett. “That’s more than 75 years worth of greenhouse gas emissions, and scientists are telling us that it might actually be much more than that.”

“These forests will also protect land, farms, and infrastructure from flooding and erosion. Permanent native forests are key to avoiding the kinds of damage seen earlier this year on the east coast of the North Island.”

Forest & Bird hopes the new forestry rules in the ETS will adequately recognise and reward the planting and restoration of forests and other native ecosystems, which are also good carbon stores.

“Native grasslands, mangroves, oceans, and shrublands are also important carbon stores and help make us more resilient to unavoidable climate change.”

“The natural world is our biggest asset, and our biggest hope for preventing and protecting against climate change, and we need to work with it, not against it. It’s a case of people helping nature, and nature helping people.

“We welcome the Government’s leadership on this, and look forward to talking to Shane Jones about the details.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Bridges’ ‘Meth Crooks’ Leadership Failure

Back in June, Bridges publicly accepted that Housing NZ had got it wrong, and that the National government had acted upon bad advice.

Now, you’d think this admission would create a broad bi-partisan basis for compensation to those families who had been unfairly evicted, at considerable cost and emotional distress. Some people had lost their possessions in trying to meet the expense of the upheaval.

Not everyone felt so compassionate. More>>

 

Multimedia & Transcript: Acting PM's Press Conference

Winston Peters, Acting Prime Minister while Jacinda Ardern is in New York for the UN Leaders' Week, held a short press conference Monday after chairing this week's cabinet meeting. More>>

General Assembly: Ardern Rejects Trump Call For War On Drugs

New Zealand will not be signing the United States' document calling for global action on the war on drugs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Ms Ardern is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week, along with about 140 other world leaders. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Cabinet Funds Deal For Oranga Tamariki Social Workers

The Minister said that an agreement in principle has been reached between Oranga Tamariki and the PSA on a settlement worth $114.6m over five years. More>>

ALSO:

Hunting v Pest Control: Tahr Control Needed To Protect Alpine Habitats

A cull of introduced Himalayan tahr browsing conservation land in Kā Tiritiri o Te Moana/ the Southern Alps is needed to protect special alpine plants and their habitats, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage said. More>>

ALSO:

Protest At Sea: Judge Discharges Greenpeace Activists

The judge today discharged Norman and Howell without conviction, saying the cumulative consequences of a conviction would be out of proportion to what was “low level” offending off the Wairarapa coast in April 2017. More>>

ALSO:

No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels