Solving the Land Use Change Funding Problem 

For Māori, looking after our whenua and the surrounding environment is an intrinsic part of what we do, regardless of whether it is farming, forestry or aquaculture.  

But sometimes this is easier said than done, especially when the alternative land uses that are required to achieve better environmental outcomes come with financing obstacles. 

A recent report by Perrin Ag and GHA not only explores ways to enhance land use, both in terms of changing how the land is used and managing it differently. But just as importantly, the report identifies different financing options, which can be an obstacle to making progress.  

Called Novel Financing Solutions for Land Use Change, the report has been developed for the Land and Water National Science Challenge. It envisions future diverse land uses that are more robust, healthy, prosperous, and deliver better outcomes for everyone. 

But achieving this vision will require changes in land use and land management, and the report acknowledges these may not offer the same level of traditional financial returns, while they also require upfront investment and generally don’t have the same access to traditional funding sources.  

There is no “one-size-fits-all” solution to the financing challenge, so the report has been designed to help farmers (and others) identify and pursue innovative financing options that support better environmental, economic, social and cultural outcomes.   

The below graphic starts outlining the different financing options that have been identified, their ranking and the kind of land use change they might support. You can check out the full graphic here 

This will be important information for all of our various iwi entities so please share amongst your own networks. 

The land use and financing challenge is just one reason why Te Arawa Fisheries is developing its own innovative programmes, like Aka Rākau, to help solve this problem. 

Aka Rākau -provides a mechanism for companies and/or organisations to offset their operating emissions. While this has an obvious positive carbon impact, just as importantly, it also maximises the potential of marginal land, creates jobs, and helps improve our local taiao, including water quality in and around our Te Arawa lakes. 

Getting innovative around land use change, carbon emissions and funding will be increasingly important as we collectively navigate our changing environment. 

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