Capitalizing on Water and Climate Policies in the New Zealand Agricultural and Forestry Sectors

By Suzie Greenhalgh, Adam Daigneault, Oshadhi Samarasinghe and Robyn Sinclair.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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Agricultural and forestry greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are a key feature of New Zealand’s emissions profile, and New Zealand is the only country, to date, to have indicated that agricultural and forestry emissions will be covered under their domestic climate policy–the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZETS). Forestry entered the NZETS in 2008, while agricultural emissions are expected to enter in 2015.
Coupled with climate policy development is the increasing scrutiny of agricultural impacts on water in New Zealand. Given the multiple forms of environmental regulation facing the agricultural and forestry industries we explore, at the catchment level, the impacts of climate and water policy on the agricultural and forestry industries, including those on farm returns, water quality, GHG emissions, carbon sequestration and induced land use change. This enables us to understand the interaction between climate and water policy and the extent to which water policy can be used to meet climate obligations, and vice versa.

Keywords: Land-use Sector Modeling, Partial Equilibrium, Agricultural Policy, Environmental Policy, Economics

The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.15-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.121MB).

Dr. Suzie Greenhalgh

Research Leader, Sustainability and Society, Landcare Research NZ Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand

Suzie Greenhalgh’s current research involves the analysis and implementation of environmental and agricultural policy, and the development of market-based instruments for ecosystem services, particularly water quality and greenhouse gases. Suzie’s research also includes greenhouse gas accounting at both the regional level and also for products. Previously, her work covered project accounting for GHG reduction projects, the implementation of nutrient trading programmes and reverse auctions; economic valuation of coral reefs in the Caribbean; US agricultural policy as it relates to water quality, biofuels and climate change.

Dr. Adam Daigneault

Senior Economist, Sustainability and Society, Landcare Research NZ Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand

Oshadhi Samarasinghe

Senior Economist, Sustainability and Society, Landcare Research NZ Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand

Robyn Sinclair

Research Analyst, Society and Sustainability, Landcare Research NZ Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand


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