Election 2011 - Party Policies - Economy - Forestry

Election 2011 - Party Policies - Economy - Forestry

Forestry

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  • Ensure that wood products are from sustainably managed forests: ban the sale and import of all illegally harvested timber; encourage national standard setting process for the Forest Stewardship Council; protect, maintain and increase our indigenous forests; and encourage research and development of benefit to the forestry industry.
  • Work with industry to have at least 30% of plantation forestry in superior high value species in 10 years.
  • Support the use of State pension funds to invest in NZ forestry as opportunity arises including buy back of forests. (more here)

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  • Assist the forest sector to move up the value-added chain through research and development and industry partnerships, so that value-added products derived from our forests, rather than unprocessed chips or logs, are exported to the greatest extent possible.
  • Work closely with the industry and other interested parties, such as recreational users, to maintain a strategic overview of issues affecting or impacting on the sector such as sambar deer and public access.
  • Ensure that NZ producers of sustainably-harvested timber products are not undercut via the “dumping” of imported timber and products that have been harvested without regard to sustainability criteria.
  • Establish legal guidelines for drug-testing in the workplace, and encourage comprehensive employee assistance programmes in return for reduced ACC levies, to ensure there are no barriers to implementing testing. (more here)

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