Forest owners recognise climate emergency declaration

Wednesday 9 Dec 2020

“It is clear, with last week’s declaration by New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, that the Government now recognises the importance of this issue for New Zealand and each of us, as New Zealand citizens,” says NZ Forest Owners President, Phil Taylor.
In doing so, it’s important for everyone to recognise the key role that trees, and forests play in mitigating climate change in the short term, while we unite to take action to deal with the carbon emissions at source, he added. “Unless New Zealand takes the opportunity to take action on both fronts, we will have trouble meeting our international obligations for emissions reduction.”

Taylor said the alternatives are neither desirable or palatable to either Government leaders or us, as citizens. New Zealand is not in a position to renege on or modify our emissions reduction targets. The only other option would be to purchase carbon credits on international markets using capital which can then not be invested within New Zealand, and nobody wants that possibility.

“Our key message for all New Zealanders is that forestry has a critical role to play in mitigating the effects of climate change. We urge the Ministers responsible for setting policy to also recognise the opportunities that forests can bring to this problem.”

“There is a lot of misinformation regarding the role of trees on farms and in the right places in the rural landscape. We urge everyone involved in rural land use to take the opportunity to enhance our environment by planting trees.”

The challenges and opportunities for a wide range of stakeholders will be covered in the FIEA Carbon Forestry 2021 Conference running on 15-16th June 2021 in Rotorua, New Zealand. The keynote speaker for this event will be announced shortly.

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