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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2017) 62(1): 3–4
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Feature article
Forests and climate change agreements

Andrea Brandon *,1 and Nigel Searles 2

1 Senior Analyst, Land Use and Carbon Analysis System, Ministry for the Environment, Wellington. Email: andrea.brandon@mfe.govt.nz
2 Senior Analyst, Land Use and Carbon Analysis System, Ministry for the Environment, Wellington.
*Corresponding author.

Abstract: All forests play a key role in the global carbon cycle, which is why they are included in international climate change agreements. In this paper, we present a brief explanation of the key differences between reporting and accounting obligations for forests under these agreements and provide a summary of the carbon stock and change that has occurred in New Zealandís forests since 1990. We explain how New Zealand met its first legally binding emissions reduction target for the period 2008 to 2012, and present carbon budgets and forestry projections where available for the periods 2013-2020 and 2021-2030.
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