Drivers and Barriers to Land Use Change

Agriculture, Dairy, Featured, Sheep & Beef, Stonefruit

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Land use change has been a significant feature of the New Zealand landscape since European
settlement, largely driven by economic factors, and has been a strength of our primary land
systems.

Over the last 25 years, the most significant land use change has been a switch out of
sheep and beef farming, with an increase in dairying and forestry.

The report below discusses the drivers and barriers to land use change as they currently exist, as well as potential drivers/barriers starting to emerge. Within the report, “land use change” is defined as a change from one specific use to another, rather than intensification within a similar system.

Published in 2017, the report remains relevant in the current climate.

Read the full report here & contact our consultants if you require further information.

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