9-10 August 2022, Rotorua, New Zealand + Virtual Online
Carbon Forestry is an industry-led event discussing the future of forestry and carbon markets. It covers new opportunities and policies in carbon planting, investment and the growing carbon offset markets

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The Carbon Forestry 2022 event is being designed to suit a wide range of local and international managers and investor delegates. New Zealand’s ETS changes have delivered positive interest and investment. Strategically motivated corporate emitters are acquiring land for carbon planting as are niche international investors.

Recent rises in carbon prices have seen local emitters with emission obligations become motivated to form collectives to purchase marginal land suited to afforestation to establish forest portfolios.

Their objectives are closely aligned to key Government policy directions. Conference sessions will provide expert opinions across the debate. In close cooperation with Government, pre-and post-conference workshops and seminars make this conference a key focus for professional attention.

  • Session 1: Setting the Scene and “the mechanics”
  • Session 2: Who’s Involved – Demand-side and What’s Happening
  • Session 3: Who’s Involved – Supply-side and Case Studies
  • Session 4: What’s Next and What Might Prove Challenging?
  • Panel Session: Future Carbon Landscape – How May Carbon Forestry Play Out Longer Term?
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Who Attends

Forest Managers | Forest Investors | Farm, Iwi and Land Managers | Consulting Foresters | Iwi Groups and Organisations | Accountants and Investment Managers | Legal and Financial Professionals | Landowners and Farm Foresters | Large Carbon Emitters | Policymakers | University / Education and R&D Institutions
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We continue to work closely with a wide range of industry experts, technology suppliers, researchers and government bodies to develop a strong and innovative programme. If you have any questions about the programme, please contact John Stulen at or (+64) 7 921 1382.

Carbon Forestry 2022 Programme

9 - 10 August 2022, Rotorua, New Zealand


Tuesday, 9th August 2022

Timezone: NZDT


Registration and exhibits open


Welcome and introduction by conference hosts – Innovatek

Chair: John Stulen, Innovatek


KEYNOTE PRESENTATION - "How Carbon Markets Will Affect International Forestry Investment"

David Brand, CEO, New Forests, Australia


The Climate Change Commission’s Advice on the ETS and the Role of Forestry 

The Climate Change Commission made several recommendations on forests in its first advice to the Government, Ināia tonu nei: a low emissions future for Aotearoa. This session will look the advice the Commission is required to provide annually on the ETS and the role forestry plays in preparing that advice.

Stephen Walter, General Manager, Emissions Budgets, Adaptation, and Markets, Climate Change Commission


Forestry ETS Update

Changes to the ETS for forestry and how they are progressing – what participants need to know and what they need to be thinking about. The presentation will include a brief update on related Government initiatives.

Oliver Hendrickson, Director, Forestry & Land Management, Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)


Supporting Farmers to Meet their Future Emission Targets: A Banking Perspective

Dana Muir, Head of Natural Capital, BNZ


PANEL SESSION: The Future Carbon Landscape

How carbon forestry may play out longer term


Coffee break & networking


Session Chair: Sean Weaver


Carbon Forestry Perspectives from a Commercial Operator

  • A considered land use approach to rotational and carbon forestry
  • Key examples of identifying appropriate land for Forestry and agricultural outcomes

Colin Jacobs, General Manager, Lewis Tucker


Carbon Forestry and Farming - land use issues and challenges on a small island

  • Simple solutions for complex problems are usually wrong
  • Carbon and farming can be highly complementary
  • The context and specifics are all important.

Keith Woodford, Land Use Consultant, Lincoln University


The Emissions Reduction Plan: Friend or Foe of the NZ ETS?

  • What does the ERP say about the role and purpose of the ETS?
  • How might the proposals in the ERP affect the NZ ETS and the future NZU price?
  • What impact might the ERP have for carbon foresters?

Matthew Cowie, Director – Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY


Networking session with drinks and canapes

Wednesday, 10th August 2022

Timezone: NZDT

Session 3: Key Carbon Forestry Business Factors – Rules, Regulations, Legal Matters


Carbon Markets 101, 102 & Beyond

What drives the Carbon Price?

Susan Kilsby, Agriculture Economist, ANZ


Carbon - NZ's Market System from an International Perspective

  • Why a price on carbon is important?
  • ETS or a Tax?
  • ETS is the global model
  • Compliance vs Voluntary markets
  • What about international markets and prices?

Nigel Brunel, Head of Commodities, Jarden


Carbon Forestry Projects – Key Legal Considerations

  • Structuring of carbon forestry projects and allocation of risk
  • Potential implications of future legislation amendments.

Dan Williams, Partner, Anderson Lloyd


Lending to investors perspective

  • BNZ's policies, appetite and framework for lending

Aaron Tuohy, Client Director, Institutional Banking, BNZ


Panel Session + Q&A


Coffee break and networking
Session 4: Investment Perspectives, Government Policy Change and Taxing Issues

Session Chair: John Stulen


Technology to Support Carbon Forestry – How far have we come?

Local technology leaders in forest mensuration, Interpine are working closely with Planet Labs to bring the latest technologies into practice for carbon forestry

Tara O’Shea, Business Development Director, Forest & Land Use Programmes, Planet Labs and

David Herries, General Manager, Interpine Group


Farming Industry Perspective – He Waka Eke Noa processes and progress

Kelly Forster, Programme Director, He Waka Eke Noa


Carbon Financed Indigenous Reforestation for Climate Resilience

Sean Weaver CEO, Ekos Kāmahi


Maximising Domestic Reductions

  • Addressing the climate emergency onshore
  • Actively managing exotic forests and transition to permanent indigenous gorests
  • Partnering with farmers and landowners to create value
  • Māori participation in the carbon economy
  • Avoiding billions of taxpayer dollars used to buy offshore credits
  • Growing rural communities
  • Delivering a positive legacy for New Zealand

Matt Walsh, Managing Director, NZ Carbon Farming


Conference concludes with lunch and networking


Early Bird   |   $795 + GST (SAVE $100)

Early Bird ends 1 July 2022. Access to on-demand event video post-event. Rates are per person.

Standard Rate   |   $685 + GST

Starts 2 July 2022. Access to on-demand event video post-event. Rates are per person.

Group Rate (3+)   |   $795 + GST (SAVE $100)

A minimum of 3 attendees is required for this special rate. Access to on-demand event video post-event. Rates are per person.

Virtual Online (Internationals Only)   |   $595

Restricted to attendees from outside of New Zealand only. Virtual online registrations from outside New Zealand are not charged GST. Access to live and on-demand event videos post-event. Rate is per person.

Registration Details

General Notes:

  • The Conference Rate refers to your attendance in person at the Rotorua conference and exhibitions
  • Virtual Event registrations can only be booked by attendees outside of New Zealand.
  • All prices exclude GST (15%).
  • For virtual online registrations from outside New Zealand, GST does not apply.
  • A credit card processing fee of 2.9% will be charged for all transactions.
  • To be eligible for the Super Early Bird or Early Bird Rates, registrations and payment must be received on or before the listed dates above.
  • For those attending the Rotorua event, the event registration payment covers morning and afternoon teas, lunches, refreshments, a conference handbook, post-event access to presentation PPT’s (electronic download of PDF’s for those presentations where presenter approval has been given) and recorded presentations, for a limited time and where speaker approval has been given.
  • For Virtual Event registrations, your registration payment covers live access to all conference presentations, post-event access to presentation PPT’s (electronic download of PDF’s for those presentations where presenter approval has been given) and recorded presentations, for a limited time and where speaker approval has been given.

COVID-19 related information:

  • The event organiser will work diligently to ensure that all instructions provided by the New Zealand Government and Health Authorities, relating to travel and the running of events because of COVID-19 are strictly adhered to.
  • It is the responsibility of the sponsor, exhibitor or delegate, if intending to travel to attend the conference, to check on all updated health and Government guidelines for any specific entry requirements.
  • If for any reason the venue is unable to be used because of COVID-19 restrictions that have been imposed by the Government, the event organiser may need to either reschedule the event or move the event online. Your registration will automatically transfer to the new dates and/or format. In this situation, no refunds will be given. If the Event is not moved online or able to be rescheduled within 12 months of the original date, you will be entitled to a credit or a full refund.

Cancellation policy:

For cancellations on or before Friday 1 July 2022, a 10% administration fee applies. Cancellations received after this date are non-refundable but are transferrable. Please allow 30 days for refunds to be processed. If you wish to transfer your registration to another individual from within your company, please provide us with at least 24 hours advance notice.

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