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Forest head’s carbon hopes are still high

Forest head’s carbon hopes are still high

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Ian Proudfoot

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[14 February, Richard Rennie, Farmers Weekly]

NZ Carbon Farming has committed to planting 100,000 hectares to help New Zealand meet its Paris Accord promises. The private family-owned company already owns 73,000 hectares of forest and has announced it will plant 120 million trees. As a result, they will meet 20 percent of the country’s Paris commitments. Managing Director Matt Walsh reports that they only plant on marginal land that has no other productive purpose and that is erosion prone, so it will not affect the availability of productive farmland. Mr Walsh has reported that by planting on less than 0.5 percent of marginal land, the country can achieve 20 percent of its emissions targets. The Forest Owners Association has supported the proposal.

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