WARO: Carbon Farming in Te Tairawhiti

WARO (noun) : coal, charcoal, carbon

The WARO project aims to:

  1. Investigate and present the effective mix of arrangements and benefits to achieve afforestation of [permanent] native forest on Maori land [? Are we only looking at permanent forests or sustainable harvested as well?]
  2. Clarify the decision-making pathway/s for and with Maori landowners in carbon farming
  3. Understand the perspective of emitters and their preferences for meeting their emissions liabilities

With the mānuka honey industry taking off and the Paris Agreement causing carbon prices to increase, earning an income from planting native trees may become lucrative. Māori land owners interested in sustainable development options are looking at native forest carbon farming to compliment other economic, environmental and cultural benefits flowing from letting indigenous plants grow on the whenua again.

This three-year research project aims to identify the opportunities and barriers for Māori land that could be used for native plant reforestation and carbon farming.

East Coast hapū members and landowners are joining with Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust, Hikurangi Enterprises, and post-graduate students from Victoria University of Wellington to work together on an action research project supported by the Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change Research Programme (SLMACC) funded by the Ministry of Primary Industries.

This site includes information about the project, but more importantly, resources to provide accurate, user-friendly information to landowners.