The Search for Legal Remedies
Edited by Randall S. Abate and Elizabeth Ann Kronk
Chapter 23: Negotiating climate change: M_ori, the Crown and New Zealand’s Emission Trading Scheme
Māori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand, have been engaging with the Crown on issues relating to climate change for many years. While many Māori advocate for a holistic response to climate change, the Crown’s primary focus has been on its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). The ETS is the legal regime established by the government in 2008 to reduce carbon emissions and meet its international climate change obligations. The ETS poses both challenges and opportunities for Māori,. Interactions between the Crown and Māori, on the ETS and wider climate change issues have been primarily conducted through consultations, direct dialogue and high-level discussions. This chapter describes some of these interactions and shows how, in some instances, this approach has won important concessions for Māori,. However, in some cases, such as Māori, landowners and the difficulties they face negotiating the forestry components of the ETS, no adequate solution has yet been reached.
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