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Carbon Farming News
Issue 17, February 2013

Hello <<First Name>>

Welcome to the latest CFG Newsletter, the second in a month!  In this issue we will let you know the details of a series of workshops for rural professionals on land mangement and climate change issues which start soon and give you some information a government ETS consultation process.

 


Below is from the AgFirst Team:

Workshop for Rural Professionals by Rural Professionals

AgFirst is leading a MPI-funded project involving twelve free workshops throughout New Zealand in 2013 for rural professionals on climate change issues and land management practices. 

Why should I attend?

Increased climate variability is being experienced and this is creating opportunities for landowners to grow and review their businesses.
• How can rural professionals prepare for new demands on their skills? 
• What tools are at your disposal to help you help your clients deal with the risk increased climate variability presents? 
• How big is that risk? 
 
What will we cover?

• Putting projected climate changes for your region in perspective
• Assessing farm business resilience
• Resources – new information on practical strategies to manage risk on-farm
• Case Studies – hear from farmers who have made changes to their systems in response to expected changes
• Professionalism – lifting the bar of rural professionals
• A summary of the latest research on livestock emissions
• A demonstration of online tools to help you deliver better information to clients
We will provide a “take-home” resource kit that will act as a valuable source of reference.

Who should be there?

Rural professionals including technical sales representatives, bankers, extension personnel, regional council staff, farm consultants, stock agents and accountants are encouraged to attend these free workshops as they will provide an informed forum for discussion of this important topic. The workshop will carry credits for Continuing Professional Education for NZIPIM members.

When:

Workshops are 3 hrs and will run between 9 am and 12.10 pm with morning tea provided

Dates and times are as follows:
Tue 19th March Invercargill
Wed 20th March Dunedin
Thur 21th March Timaru
Wed  10th April Nelson
Thur 11th April Greymouth
Fri 12th April Christchurch
Wed  17th April Whangarei
Thur 18th April Hamilton
Fri 19th April New Plymouth
Tues 7th May Gisborne
Wed 8th May Napier
Thurs 9th May Palmerston North


Venue details will be emailed following registration.
Registration is essential but the cost for attending the workshops is free. To register online CTRL+click on:
http://www.certain.com/system/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x1467143a552

Please feel free to pass this invite on to your colleagues.

For more background information on the workshops go to http://www.agfirst.co.nz/agriculture/projects/climate-change/
You could also contact Nicola Waugh on 07-929 4178 or email nicola.waugh@agfirst.co.nz or John-Paul Praat on 0274 994 493


 
Government climate change consultation on "Carry Over" ETS carbon credits.
 
The Government is seeking feedback on the application of the international carry-over rules within the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). These rules place a restriction on the number of certain types of units which can be carried over from the first Kyoto Protocol commitment period (CP1, 2008–2012) and be valid for use subsequently. However, this does not impact on NZUs.

International carry-over rules require units which are not carried over to be cancelled. We anticipate the carry-over of units will occur after the 31 May 2015 ETS surrender deadline. However the Government is consulting on this issue now to provide greater certainty to ETS participants and to allow them to plan their compliance purchasing and surrendering appropriately.

The Government must decide to what extent, if any, New Zealand’s 2.5 per cent international carry-over entitlement for Certified Emissions Reductions (CERs) and Emission Reduction Units (ERUs) is extended to individual account holders.

For more information on the consultation process click here.

The consultation will be close on 5 pm Friday 29 March.

 


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