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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2019) 64(1): 3–10
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Feature article
One billion trees - thoughts on gaining and maintaining a social licence to operate

Peter Edwards *,1, Karen Bayne 2 and Barbara King 3

1 Senior Social/Political Science Researcher, Manaaki Whenua
2 Senior Scientist, Scion, Christchurch
3 Research Fellow, University of Melbourne
*Corresponding author.

Abstract: The 1 Billion Trees Programme (1BT Programme) has the potential to significantly transform New Zealandís landscape for decades to come by introducing one billion trees to the land. This is not without risks, particularly where landowners and communities may harbour concerns with potentially long-lasting, large-scale changes through afforestation. This paper raises a number of questions in order to start a discussion between government proponents of the 1BT Programme, foresters, landowners, and interested and affected communities. We hope that by opening up an opportunity for dialogue it will result in a broad acceptance of these changes by all involved.
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