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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2009) 54(1): 29–33
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Feature article
Land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) - a decision support tool for hill country farmers and forestry investors

Ian Cairns 1

1 Senior Adviser Ministry for the Environment

1. Introduction New Zealand has significant climate change mitigation potential through afforestation. Carbon pricing will create a business opportunity for land owners and forestry investors. On the basis of a case study, we developed a decision support tool (DST) that can be used to assist: • land purchase and land allocation decisions • forest composition and management choices • choice of carbon programme Our work has also led to a number of more general conclusions concerning directions for land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) in New Zealand. Fieldwork for our study took place over the period January-July 2008. We interacted with 3 regional councils: Greater Wellington; Horizons (Manawatu-Wanganui) and Hawke’s Bay. We had meetings with land owners and developed the DST with reference to a particular hill farm property, East of Dannevirke.
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