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Greater Wellington carbon neutrality underway with new native forest planting system

A new native forest planting system is helping Greater Wellington Regional Council achieve its biodiversity and climate change goals.

Native Forest Systems, designed by Paekākāriki consultancy Groundtruth Ltd, is a leading-edge approach to landscape-scale forest and wetland restoration. Queen Elizabeth Park and Battle Hill Farm Forest Park have collectively had tens of thousands of natives planted in them in 2019 using this new approach.

Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GHGs)

What costs might pastoral farmers be up for and how can they manage their risk? An information brochure summaries four years of work on modelling GHG and cash flows for a range of dairy and sheep and beef farms. The work has been done in conjunction with a number of research partners through a number of projects, including for the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC). It also discusses forestry as a carbon sink.

Reducing contaminants from dairy-farm laneways

Dairy farm laneways adjacent to drains pose a risk as a potential source of contaminants to water. Laneways represent locations with large amounts of effluent loading. Furthermore, cow movement across a laneway of compacted gravels is likely to mobilise fine sediment, increasing the possibility of transport into waterways via runoff during rainfall events. Despite the risk of contaminant losses from laneways to nearby waterways, few studies have quantified the effects of good riparian practices to reduce loading of nutrients, sediment and faecal material from surface runoff.

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