Māori expertise comes first in shaping ETS for permanent forestry – and policies must be made to work for tangata whenua

Buzz  from the Beehive

The interests of Māoridom are being given special mention in government proposals for forest management through the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF).

According to the announcement from the Beehive, a  group of “Māori and other technical forestry experts” will help redesign the settings of the Emissions Trading Scheme permanent forestry category, so it better supports long-term indigenous carbon sinks.

The ethnicities of the “other” experts are not specified.

Moreover, the Government says it aims to make sure New Zealand is genuinely reducing emissions, while enabling restoration and replanting of native forests in which indigenous wildlife can thrive

“… and that we are doing so in a way that works for tangata whenua.”

The proposed changes are intended to come into effect from 1 January 2025. Continue reading “Māori expertise comes first in shaping ETS for permanent forestry – and policies must be made to work for tangata whenua”