Plantation forestry environmental standards reviewed

Wednesday 5 May 2021

The report on the Year One Review of the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry is now publicly available and can be found at: One-Review-of-the-National-Environmental-Standards-for-Plantation-Forestry

Plantation forests continue to play a key role in contributing to New Zealand’s climate change, environmental, cultural, social, and economic aspirations. Ongoing implementation for the NES-PF following Year One review includes:

Our transition to a low-emissions future will require plantation forests to play a substantial part, both in removing carbon from the atmosphere and providing fuel for low emissions technologies.

Overall, the Year One review found that the NES-PF is effective, but further implementation support for councils and the forestry sector would lift performance and compliance.

The key findings of the Year One Review will be considered within the Government’s response to the Climate Change Commission’s upcoming recommendations and wider resource management reforms, to support the right tree in the right place.

Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service is happy to receive comments and questions about the Year One review. Please direct enquires to

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