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Climate change on workshop agenda

Posted at 10:28am Monday 20 May, 2019

Farmers' role in meeting New Zealand's one billion trees target by 2028 will be explained at a workshop in Wellsford next month.

B+LNZ is running a one-day event to introduce participants to key climate science and policy issues, and explain how to apply for grant funding.

Initial estimates by Forestry NZ suggest that at least 500 million trees will be delivered through current planting rates. The additional trees are expected to come from both permanent trees and plantation forests, with a mix of natives and exotics.

In order to achieve this, the Government recognises that it needs to make it easier for landowners to plant trees and there needs to be incentives to support the right trees, in the right place and for the right purpose.

Forestry NZ says the benefits will be indigenous regeneration, planting for water quality and erosion control, sustainable employment, and a more resilient landscape.

The B+LNZ workshop will be held at the Wellsford Community Centre on Wednesday, July 3, from 10am to 1pm.

Participants are asked to take along a farm map/aerial photo if they have one. Region coordinator Rachel Jukes says climate change affects everybody and farmers are some of the first to be affected.

“The earlier farmers understand the drivers of climate change and what is contributing to it, the sooner they can adapt and make changes to their farm systems,” she says.

Numbers are strictly limited so registration is essential. To register, email Rachel at Rachel.Jukes@beeflambnz.com

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