International forestry experts descend on Rotorua

Posted on Thursday 15th November 2018

Experts from all over the world gathered in Rotorua at the beginning of the month to assist the local industry find pathways forward for several major opportunities and challenges facing forestry in New Zealand.

 

The ‘Tree Plantations in the Landscape’ (TPL) event uses a format developed by neutral international platform, the Forests Dialogue, who provide international leaders in the forest sector with an ongoing, multi-stakeholder platform for dialogue. Their process focusses on developing mutual trust, a shared understanding, and collaborative solutions to challenges in achieving sustainable forest management and forest conservation around the world. It is a joint event with the New Generation Plantations Platform.

 

The discussions focused on the role of tree plantations in the New Zealand economy and the resulting social and environmental impacts, building on issues raised from earlier TPL events in Brazil and Chile.

 

They talked about new pathways to advance Mãori forestry, sustainably increase forest production and use of planted forests as a means to mitigate climate change. They also touched on the billion tree planting initiative and optimising land use to maximise production and environmental benefits.

 

Event organiser, Scion Principal Scientist and Chair of Sustainable Forestry at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Dr Tim Payn says: “Forestry has a bright future in New Zealand, but there are challenges and opportunities that we must face, so the industry can reach its full potential in New Zealand.”

 

And he described the event as a great opportunity to learn from international planted forest experts and share knowledge with them.

 

The conference attendees spent two days visiting planted forests in the central North Island, followed by the two days of dialogue. A summary report from the co-chairs is due to be published online, which is expected to provide learnings to inform the design and implementation of best practices for tree plantations globally.

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