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Biodiversity workshop to be held in Gisborne

Beef and Lamb NZ intends to stage a workshop in Gisborne late next month aimed at giving farmers a better understanding of the Draft National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity.

The implications of the Government's proposed new National Policy Statement will be spelt out. The workshops will be run throughout February in collaboration with Federated Farmers.

“Advice will also be available at the workshops on how to make a submission to the draft policy statement,” a spokesman said.

The consultation period closes on March 14.

National Policy Statements are a tool the Government uses to set regulatory requirements across the country. The NPS for biodiversity is of particular relevance to sheep and beef farmers given the significant stands of native vegetation on our farms — some 2.8 million hectares according to research by the University of Canterbury.

Federated Farmers and B+LNZ have also produced a joint factsheet about the NPS for Indigenous Biodiversity, which summarises the key changes and their likely impacts for farmers.