What is He Waka Eke Noa?
In late 2019, the agricultural sector and government agreed to work together to establish a regulatory framework to measure, manage and reduce on-farm agriculture greenhouse gas emissions and enable farmers to adapt to climate change.
This new and innovative Joint Action Plan on Primary Sector Emissions is called He Waka Eke Noa.
The partnership approach gives farmers input into the process and means they’ll be better enabled to take action on climate change on-farm. By 2025 He Waka Eke Noa aims to ensure all farmers are:
- including climate change mitigation and adaptation in their farm business and environment plans
- calculating their net greenhouse gas emissions and being incentivised to take action on climate change through an appropriate pricing mechanism for emissions.
Find more information about the key milestones and workstreams on the He Waka Eke Noa website.
- View the He Waka Eke Noa programme structure.
- View the He Waka Eke Noa five-year programme overview.
B+LNZ is one of 13 partners involved in He Waka Eke Noa. B+LNZ is represented on the steering group, which was appointed by Government and the Food and Fibre Leaders Forum, by Jeremy Baker, our Chief Insights Officer. Jeremy is charged with:
- analysing the risks and opportunities facing the sheep and beef sector,
- identifying what the sector needs to know, and
- helping people decide what action to take in response to those issues.
Learn more about the partners and steering group members on the He Waka Eke Noa website.
How B+LNZ tools relate to He Waka Eke Noa guidance
The He Waka Eke Noa programme has released farm planning guidance and B+LNZ’s new farm planning approach incorporates this guidance. Our farm plans are a user-friendly way for farmers to develop a plan for managing their emissions and meeting the sector’s climate change commitments.
The He Waka Eke Noa programme has also released a list of tools that have been assessed as meeting the requirements for calculating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (and, for some tools, sequestration). B+LNZ is developing a free GHG calculator and this tool will be included in the next round of GHG measurement tool assessments. B+LNZ’s GHG calculator will also be incorporated in our farm planning approach.
Our advice is that you can wait until the B+LNZ calculator is available – it’ll be free and online, and is designed to be relatively straightforward – but if you’re keen to get started on ‘knowing your numbers’ there are a range of tools already available.
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Contact B+LNZ's Jeremy Baker with questions about He Waka Eke Noa.
We will provide farmers with more information about He Waka Eke Noa as the programme progresses.