Climate change will force major rural land use change, Simon Upton says

Climate change will force major rural land use change, Simon Upton says
Parliamentary commissioner for the environment Simon Upton. (Image: PCE)
Greg Hurrell
Climate change is going to drive rural land use change whether we want it or not, says parliamentary commissioner for the environment Simon Upton.In a new report he said it was time New Zealand confronted some hard questions, weighed the trade-offs needed and took action.His June 22 report “Going with the grain: changing land uses to fit a changing landscape” calls for land use to be managed on a river catchment basis, with the focus on the most vulnerable areas first. Last year’s Auckland floods and Cyclone Gabrielle bro...

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