Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Deforestation-on-South-Island-in-New-Zealand-27MZIFVHM5IA.htmlConceptually similarDeforestation for Dairy in New ZealandGP04NEUCompleted★★★★Deforestation for Dairy in New ZealandGP04NEVCompleted★★★★Deforestation for Dairy in New ZealandGP04NETCompleted★★★★Deforestation on South Island in New ZealandGP04NI6Completed★★★★Deforestation on South Island in New ZealandGP04NIDCompleted★★★★Deforestation on South Island in New ZealandGP04NI7Completed★★★★Deforestation on South Island in New ZealandGP04NIACompleted★★★★Deforestation on South Island in New ZealandGP04NICCompleted★★★★Deforestation for Dairy in New ZealandGP04NESCompleted★★★★View AllGP04NIBDeforestation on South Island in New ZealandEyrewell forest situated 60 km north of Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand. 7,000 ha pine forest currently being cut down and converted to dairy.Agriculture accounts for 49 per cent of New Zealand's total greenhouse gas emissions. Since 1990 emissions have increased by 15 per cent and the dairy sector is responsible for this entire increase.These emissions are set to climb, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) estimate that 455,000 hectares of forestry land is at risk of being deforested and converted into pastoral use the majority for dairying.Greenpeace is calling on the NZ Government and all political parties to bring the agricultural industry into the Emissions Trading Scheme within the next two years, take regulatory action to halt the dairy expansion, and adopt a 30 per cent by 2020 emissions reduction target.Locations:Aotearoa-Oceania-South Island (NZ)Date:6 Feb, 2008Credit:© Greenpeace / Suzette JacksonMaximum size:2048px X 1536pxKeywords:Clearcutting-Climate (campaign title)-Climate change-Dairy farming-Day-Deforestation-Forests (campaign title)-Forests (topography)-Global warming-KWCI (GPI)-Landscapes-Outdoors-TreesShoot:Deforestation on South Island in New ZealandGreenpeace documents production forestry land being converted into pasture for dairy farming southwest of Christchurch, near the Rakaia River, New Zealand. Tens of thousands of hectares of forests have already been felled in New Zealand and another half million hectares are at risk; over seven times the size of Lake Taupo and a quarter of the nation’s total plantation. Dairy conversion of forestry land functions as a ‘double whammy’ on the climate; it destroys forests (carbon sinks) and replaces them with intensive dairying, which is one of the most greenhouse gas intensive forms of land use.