This is a submission on behalf of the NZ Institute of Forestry (NZIF).
Thank you for the opportunity to respond via the prescribed form (attached) to matters raised in the Discussion Document (DD).
The DD is the latest in a 20+ year series of opportunities to comment on Government’s climate change policy. NZIF has commented on many of the interactions between climate change policy and forestry in past submissions. We have consistently raised the depressive effect on afforestation rates arising from selective and favourable regulation of the GHG emissions from agriculture. We are concerned at suggestions that agricultural methane be managed on some basis other than its internationally agreed CO2e warming potential, the approach applied to all other GHG’s including methane from sources other than ruminate agriculture.
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