Carbon Farming (Forestry) Surveys

By: Surveying The Bay Ltd  12-Apr-2010
Keywords: Resource Management Planning, Surveying and Mapping

 NZ has signed the Kyoto Protocol which sets target levels for reducing greenhouse gases.

The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) has been established to help achieve the Kyoto emissions target. The Forestry sector is the first to enter the ETS – effective 1 January 2008.

As trees grow they convert atmospheric CO2 into carbon and thus are a significant store of carbon. Because of this the Government has developed policies which encourage landowners to establish and maintain permanent forests.

Existing forests have been divided into two categories, depending on whether they were established pre-1990 or post-1989. The effect of the ETS is considerably different for each category.

In addition, there are schemes available to encourage land owners to plant forests, such as the Permanent Forest Sink Initiative (PFSI) and the Afforestation Grant Scheme (AGS).

The following link provides information about the type of land that may qualify under the PFSI -

Information about the AGS can be obtained at this MAF website -

The National government are currently undertaking a review of the ETS legislation. However, there are several upcoming deadlines. These are particularly important if you have a pre-1990 forest between 2 - 50ha and want an exemption from the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Farm foresters should make themselves aware of their liabilities and obligations under the ETS, and should consult professional advisers experienced in this area. Also, please refer to the downloadable information below.

Keywords: Resource Management Planning, Surveying and Mapping