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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2009) 54(1): 9–19
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Feature article
Towards green markets for New Zealand plantations

Barbara Hock* 1, Tim Payn 1, Peter Clinton 2 and James Turner 1

1 Scion, Rotorua
2 Scion, Christchurch
3 Corresponding author: DDI: 07 343 5434
*Corresponding author.

Abstract: There is increasing interest in planting trees for benefits other than wood production: for carbon sequestration (Emissions Trading Scheme), for erosion control (East Coast Forestry Project), for water flow regulation (e.g. farm plans in the Manawatu), for reducing nutrient leaching (e.g. into the North Island lakes), and for biofuel production (reduction of fossil fuel reliance). Planted trees also contribute to biodiversity on productive lands (e.g. for Convention on Biodiversity reporting; for forest certification requirements) and provide options of multiple use (tourism and recreation activities). This paper draws together knowledge on the achievable environmental benefits and services of New Zealand plantations, covers the lessons from this research, where the knowledge gaps are, and discusses some of the trends and future issues of markets for these services.
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