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New Zealand's effective target recalculated based on new forestry data

15th December 2009

Data newly submitted to UNFCCC (November 2009) on forest management from New Zealand allows a first calculation of its preferred 'forward-looking baseline' option for forestry credits, which was previously not feasible. With the new data we estimate that New Zealand's preferred 'forestry' (or more technically LULUCF - Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry) accounting leads to a large credit of uncertain magnitude by 2020, which effectively increases New Zealand's allowed emission limit for the 2020 period. Consequently, its reduction proposal of 10% below 1990 is less stringent after accounting for these credits and is rated Inadequate.