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The Carbon Forest - A New Zealand guide to forest carbon sinks for investors, farmers, foresters and conservationists

The Carbon Forest - A New Zealand guide to forest carbon sinks for investors, farmers, foresters and conservationists (2010).

By Paul Kennett, Jonathan Kennett, Simon Johnson and Tom Bennion
ISBN 978-0-9582673-9-7
Published November 2010
Distributed by Kennett Brothers

Retail Price NZ $29.90

The Carbon Forest is the ideal book for those wanting to know:

  • What are carbon sinks?
  • How do they work?
  • How do I go about setting one up?

Carbon sinks are the most effective way for New Zealanders to extract carbon from the atmosphere. They allow you to have the benefit, use and control of your initiative without relying solely on the government to save us. But beware: there are traps for the unwary.

This helpful and informative guide brings together all the information you need to know about how carbons sinks work, their benefits and disadvantages. Written in plain English and aimed at the layperson, it includes up-to-date advice on land selection, forest types and government schemes. It is particularly useful for those interested in small carbon sinks, under 100 hectares.

The book explains why trees are the primary tool New Zealanders have for mitigating climate change and clearly outlines the step-by-step process of creating a carbon sink, either for financial or environmental reasons. It presents the choices given by different government schemes, including the Permanent Forest Sink Initiative (PFSI), EBEX21? (Landcare Research) and the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). Estimations for the financial returns of these schemes are tabled. The reasons for creating a carbon sink outside of these three schemes are also detailed, including alternative funding sources.

This book is useful for landowners of all types: forestry owners, farmers, individual lifestyle blocks, Maori landowners, general businesses and carbon co-ops. It explains the different carbon dioxide absorption rates that can be expected from various regions, land types and vegetation types in New Zealand.

This book is also an essential guide for anyone seriously considering his or her personal role in climate change. By comparing everyday emissions with the very few options available to us for absorbing greenhouse gas emissions, it becomes clear that forest carbon sinks provide the most effective option available.

Authors

Paul Kennett is an author and publisher with an interest in climate change.

Jonathan Kennett has a degree in botany and established a carbon sink in the South Island in 2008.

Simon Johnson is a resource management consultant and retired chartered accountant.

Tom Bennion is an environment lawyer who lectures at Victoria University.

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