The role of land-use change

The role of land-use change presentation (808 KB)

Published: 2017

Author: Suzi Kerr

Event: NZAGRC meeting, Palmerston North, March 2017

Even if livestock agriculture could technically be achieved with extremely low emissions, and currently it cannot, other land uses may be more profitable for New Zealand farmers once the costs of greenhouse gases and excessive nutrient run-off are fully accounted for. These could be extension of widely used existing land uses - forestry, native regeneration or existing fruit or arable crops - or currently untried or experimental uses.

marius sebastian 42828This talk briefly reviews some evidence on the potential for more forests - including in response to the Freshwater Reforms - and then discusses why we might want to go beyond existing alternatives and what would be needed to facilitate more diverse land use.