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Carbon and conifers - The love hate relationship or another carboniferous period for the coniferous?

Authors: David Rhodes
Publication: New Zealand Journal of Forestry, Volume N.Z.J.For. 2012, Issue N.Z.J.For. 57(1) 2012, pp 7-12, May 2012
Publisher: New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Abstract: When Piers invited me to contribute an article on where the carbon market stands post- Durban it reminded me of someone at the Blue Greens Conference asking Tim Groser “How are the international negotiations going Minister?” He replied “Quite well” and moved on. Tempting, but I will try to elaborate a little more. That said I will also, inevitably, leave questions unanswered. I agree with Tim Groser’s summation, particularly for the forest sector. Durban provided a satisfactory conclusion to several issues NZ had been prosecuting for years. The industry’s involvement in international climate change negotiations, and as part of the official New Zealand delegation, goes back some distance. Originally the Forest Industries Council (FIC) took the lead on this and involved people like Bruce Chapman from Carter Holt Harvey. Over the last few years the FOA has taken up the cudgels. FOA participation has been assisted by some government funding with the endorsement of other parts of the industry. FOA has taken the lead more recently largely because the half dozen key issues all impact the growing sector.