Carbon Farming Indigenous Plants

Hikurangi Group

The future of East Coast carbon farming has received a boost with a three-year research project beginning this year to identify the opportunities and barriers for reforesting Maori land.

Ruatoria charitable company Hikurangi Enterprises, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust and Victoria University of Wellington will work together on the project, which received a $375,000 grant from the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change Research Programme.

Hikurangi Enterprises managing director Panapa Ehau said the 2016 international Paris Agreement on climate change, which had caused carbon prices to increase, and the burgeoning manuka honey industry, provided opportunities to earn an income off native trees.

“Converting Maori land to native forest and carbon farming is a serious business opportunity worthy of study.”

The company had already been working with Maori landowners on the East Coast to identify alternative land use options to the status quo of…

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