Study to look at permanent carbon farming

Friday 29 Apr 2022

A Tairāwhiti research group has secured funding of NZ$250,000 to educate and work with Māori who are most likely to be impacted by permanent carbon farming in the region. The group is funded through the Deep South Challenge which is one of the New Zealand Government’s national science challenges that aim to tackle the country’s biggest science-based issues and provide job opportunities.

The Tairawhiti group is one of 14 research projects which has found support from the Deep South Challenge to investigate climate impacts and shine a light on indigenous leadership in response to the serious and urgent challenges of the climate crisis. The Tairawhiti group’s main focus is on how the prevalence of permanent carbon forestry along with higher carbon prices is affecting whanau involved in farming and forestry in the region.

One of the researchers, Manu Caddie, said while millions of dollars were spent researching exotic forestry, only a fraction was being spent on learning about the utility of indigenous forests. “For example, Scion Research which is the Crown Research Institute for forest research and established in 1992 has spent roughly a billion dollars researching exotics but the comparison pales when it comes to spending on researching natives,” he said.

The group’s project co-lead Hunaara Waerehu said as more land was converted from dry stock farming and harvested pine plantations to permanent forests the workforce required would change and Māori would be significantly affected.

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Source: Gisborne Herald

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