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In December 2006, the Government released the discussion document Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change: Options for a Plan of Action. Its aim was to establish an ongoing, constructive relationship with all relevant stakeholders, including industry sectors, local Government and Māori.
Consultation included 43 meetings with farmers, foresters, local government and Māori and resulted in 1 233 written submissions. Key themes from the feedback indicated that people wanted to see all sectors of the economy working together and playing their part in addressing climate change.
Foresters, in particular, wanted the opportunity to benefit from the positive contribution they make to climate change, while many submissions said maintaining land use flexibility and fairness were also vital.
Comments were brought together in a consultation document presented to Cabinet in June 2007, after which the Government agreed to pursue an economy-wide Emissions Trading Scheme.
Discussion document - Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change
Supplementary discussion document - Design Options for a Tradeable Deforestation Permit Regime
The following Cabinet papers are related to forestry in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme and to the Plan of Action for Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change.
MAF held seven regional forestry meetings in October 2007 following the Government's announcement on climate change and the Emissions Trading Scheme earlier in September 2007. These meetings focused specifically on forestry, including details of how forestry was included in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme, and its place in the Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change Plan of Action.
They were attended by foresters, business advisers and farmers with an interest in forestry.
Industry sectors, local government, Māori and other stakeholders were also able to comment on the Government's Emissions Trading Scheme proposals during a series of workshops, regional meetings and hui held across the country in September and October 2007.
The report assesses these options against evaluation criteria and looks at short term options and longer term strategy. The report was produced by former Reserve Bank economist Bruce White.