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Correction to earlier notice
MPI would like to correct the notice in our last newsletter because of misconceptions around MPI's involvement in a Permanent Forest Interest Group. This group will not be MPI led, nor will it be a reference group. The MPI proposal is that NZFFA form an interest group, run by NZFFA for participants of the Permanent Forest Sink Initiative and other interested parties. The purpose of the group is to share information between group members and be a forum for MPI staff to share information.
Consultation on Safetree Contractor Certification Standards
The Forest Industry Safety Council has requested that all NZFFA members, as FISC stakeholders, are invited to support the final consultation of the Safetree Contractor Certification Standards; see the
document here >>
Sustainable Farming Fund open for applications
Applications to the Ministry for Primary Industries' Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) opened 1 August, with $7 million available for applied research projects led by the primary sector that help boost rural communities, our economy and the sustainability of our environment. More >>
Net Zero New Zealand
The conclusions and recommendations include forestry as a key component.
For more information on these events, they are posted on the NZFFA website >>
Branch secretaries, please make sure you notify head office of any branch or action group events.
- Taranaki branch field day Carbon, bees, production forestry and conservation When: Sunday 27th August Where: Okahutiria Road, Whenuakura/Waverley HOSTS: Tuku Bush investors –Wellington NZFFA member Paul Stephenson will present to us. Michelle Bird,…
- NZIF Conference NZ Institute of Forestry Conference Rotorua Where: Novotel Rotorua Lakeside, Tutanekai St, Rotorua When: 3rd to 6th September 2017 https://nzif.org.nz/events/conference/
- Forest Growers Research Conference 2017 When: Tuesday, 17 October - Thursday 19 October 2017. Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport, 550 Memorial Ave, Christchurch. Outline: Tuesday, 17th October 2017 Conference Day 1 (Start time…
- ForestWood 2018 Conference When: Wednesday 21 March 2018 Where: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington Website: www.forestwood.org.nz ForestWood 2018 is the 5th in the conference series, jointly hosted by Forest Owners…
NZFFA members can set up their own blogs on the NZFFA website. Email Dean.
- Including Forestry in an Emissions Trading Scheme: Lessons from New ZealandAugust, 2017. New Zealand is the first, and still the only, country to include forest landowners as full and, in some cases, mandatory participants in a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions trading scheme…
- Quality Assurance of NZ Wood Products Moves to New Level August, 2017. New Zealand wood products already undergo strict and independent, third-party scrutiny to ensure that they comply with the NZ Building Code. All NZ wood products are made to standards and…
- New national standard for plantation forestry August, 2017. A new nationwide set of environmental rules for managing New Zealand’s 1.7 million hectares of plantation forestry will better protect the environment and deliver significant savings in compliance costs, Minister…
- National Environmental Standard a step up and forward for plantation forestryAugust, 2017. Forest Owners say the introduction of a National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry is vitally needed for better environmental outcomes. The government has just released the NES, to bring in…
- Emission Trading Scheme Imbalance Will Cost New Zealanders. August, 2017. Recent updates to the Government’s Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) are a mixed bag according to sources in the New Zealand Forestry industry. Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett announced a raft…
- Biosecurity: Obtaining social licence to operate case study – gypsy moth eradication programme, British Columbia, Canada July, 2017. Executive summary The purpose of this report is to present findings from a biosecurity visit to British Columbia, Canada in May 2017 by a delegation consisting of industry, government, and…
ETS Review: The recently released Government review of the Emissions Trading Scheme has received a distinctly negative reception from forestry interests (see below). There are four significant recommendations:
- Plans for the Government to auction units (i.e. carbon credits) to align ETS with climate change targets.
- The NZETS will be reopened to international units at some stage but with unspecified limits on participants.
- A different price ceiling scheme will be developed to replace the current $25 ceiling.
- Co-ordinate decisions on supply settings for NZETS over rolling 5 year average
Emission intensive Trade Exposed Industries, (TEIs), i.e. energy intensive exporters will continue to get free carbon credit allocations.
They are waiting for a Productivity Commission inquiry before making further decisions and a package of options for forestry will be developed next year with input from the Climate Change Forestry Reference Group. Some might say that most key decisions have just been kicked down the road.
The response from forestry has focused on the ongoing uncertainties and consequent lack of confidence for new planting.
At about the same time a report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (see below) recommended that Parliament makes climate change policy a bipartisan policy and also suggested they look at the British approach which has a Climate Change Act and a Climate Change Commission. The Government’s response seems to have been negative.
As a result of stage two of the NZ ETS review, the Government has made in-principle decisions on a package of four proposals to improve the operation of the NZ ETS in the 2020s. More >>
Follows are some forest industry responses:
Climate change target solutions but not for forestry
Lack of motivation on forest plantings creates emission trading imbalance
Short sighted ETS review sending wrong message
The presentations are availabe at the NZDFI website for the workshop held in April this year, which was supported by the Neil Bar Farm Forestry Foundation.
The NZ Poplar and Willow trust are now putting out regular newsletters which we will be linking to. Here is their August 2017 newsletter >>
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, has issued a rallying call to MPs of all parties: it’s time to come together to tackle climate change.
In 2008 the United Kingdom House of Commons voted overwhelmingly in support of a new climate change law. It is a law that sets up a process for reducing greenhouse gas emissions into the future – a process that endures through changing Governments.
Some have suggested that New Zealand should follow the UK and enact similar legislation. In this report, the Commissioner examines the merits of this proposal, and makes recommendations accordingly.
|Disclaimer: Personal views expressed in this newsletter are those of the writers and do not necessarily represent those of the NZ Farm Forestry Association.