Banks Peninsula – a carbon sink for Christchurch?

The Trust has been building knowledge on the Emissions Trading Scheme this year, and made submissions stressing the opportunity the Peninsula offers for large scale carbon sequestration using natural regeneration on marginal land to both the ETS consultation and Christchurch City Council.

“Peninsula landowners are hungry for information on how to earn carbon credits from regenerating forests,” says Suky Thompson, “but registering naturally regenerating areas is not straightforward with the current rules aimed at planted forests.” The Trust has pulled together another multiagency group and invited Ministry for Primary Industries staff to visit the Peninsula and appreciate the contribution that the area could make to reduce net emissions if some systemic issues around registration are addressed.

Staff from MPI visited Banks Peninsula in late August to meet representatives from Rod Donald Trust, Council, DOC, ECAN, Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust, QEII National Trust, Hinewai Reserve and local landowners.