Carbon Farming Seminars in Canterbury
Carbon Farming – just a green initiative to plant trees on your property, right?
How about, “Carbon Farming”, farming to maximise production across all your land classes, increase revenue streams and on-farm profitability, establish conservation, biodiversity, environmental and recreational on farm values, all with the co-benefit of reducing your industry, country and global green-house gas emissions?
The AgriBusiness Development Group welcomes Canterbury farmers to attend one of 3 Carbon Farming seminars to understand the science, policy, and market opportunities that exist to farmers in Canterbury. The seminars are an initiative through the Canterbury Regional Economic Development Strategy managed by the Canterbury Mayoral Forum.
The Strategy is in place to explore and inform different ways of increasing the productivity and economic development of the greater Canterbury region. We have teamed up with respected guest speakers who will present their wealth of knowledge on the topic and provide answers to all the questions on the how/where/what/why of carbon farming. The workshops will also include presentations from local farmers who will share their experiences of being involved in carbon farming. Whether you’re farming dairy, arable, sheep or beef, these seminars will provide useful information to all farm systems.
Please register your attendance by clicking your preferred location below:
Key Contacts: Sarah O’Connell or Sam Mander
Key Guest Speakers
Anita Wreford, Associate Professor, Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit, Lincoln University
Anita Wreford currently works at the AERU at Lincoln University. Anita has experience across many areas of climate change, including economic evaluations of adaptation, and applying robust methods to deal with climate uncertainty; identifying and evaluating the effectiveness of adaptation options across sectors; mitigation options and costs in agriculture; community resilience to extreme weather events; and adaptation decision-making among various stakeholders.
Anita will address the science-based facts of climate change and the impact this will have on New Zealand, the carbon farming practices and opportunities available to farmers, and talk about the integral nature carbon farming will play in the future of farming in New Zealand.
Mark Belton, Managing Director, Permanent Forests NZ Ltd
Mark has been a forester for over 30 years and his company was a pioneer in NZ carbon forestry providing services to international and domestic clients. The company specialises in growing forests for carbon sequestration and conservation purposes, as well as trading forest carbon units.
Mark will use his wealth of knowledge and experience in the forestry and agro-forestry industry to present on the developmental procedures and processes involved in tree carbon credit trading and the market opportunities involved for Canterbury farmers in this space.