Protecting and growing our forests cleans the air and lowers greenhouse gas emissions, creates jobs and economic value, sustains the soil and clean water, and helps support our native animals.
Indigenous forests should be increased
- Land-owners should be incentivised to convert to permanent and plantation forestry.
- Government should expand its ownership of state forests, except where they are returned to Maori under Treaty of Waitangi settlements.
Forestry can support Aotearoa New Zealand’s contribution to stopping climate change
- Economic tools such as carbon prices should incentivise sustainable forestry.
- Farmers who plant trees to offset emissions should be recognised and rewarded.
- New Zealand should work internationally to reduce deforestation.
Forestry creates many sustainable economic opportunities
- Government should encourage the use of locally grown, sustainable-certified timber products, including in its own buildings.
- Local industry should be protected by placing a ban on the import and sale of illegally harvested wood products. Imported products should have clear country of origin labelling.
- Forestry and energy policy should align to promote clean burning biomass and biofuel opportunities, especially to replace coal use.
Wood-based export industries should be supported to add value
- Government and industry should fund research and development focusing on energy, building materials, and replacing non-renewable resources with wood-based products.
- Government should assist industry to grow local manufacturing capability.
- Non-timber opportunities such as honey and sphagnum moss should be encouraged.
Protecting forests is good for the environment and the economy
- Strong biosecurity standards need to be actively enforced to protect our forests. Pest control and biosecurity funding should be increased.
- Genetic engineering should not occur outside of a controlled laboratory environment.
- Government should actively support growing a diverse range of species for harvest, including macrocarpa, cedar, totara, and eucalyptus.
- Strong national standards for indigenous and plantation forests should all timber and wood products are sourced from sustainably managed forests.