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Globally, around 14% of all greenhouse gas emissions come from agricultural activities; in New Zealand, the figure is nearly 50% (see inventory). Our emissions profile and our well-established scientific research programmes to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from temperate pastoral livestock systems have made New Zealand a key contributor to the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA).

New Zealand’s involvement with the GRA also provides opportunities for our scientists to collaborate with renowned institutes and researchers from around the world, and to share knowledge and expertise with the global science community.


New Zealand’s contributions to the GRA

New Zealand is a founding member and contributes to the GRA by:

  • hosting the GRA Secretariat, including the Special Representative
  • accelerating global research;
  • building international capability;
  • co-chairing the Livestock Research Group, alongside Ireland and UK;
  • participating in the Integrative Research Group and Croplands Research Group;
  • formerly chairing the GRA Council from June 2011 to June 2012.

In 2020, the New Zealand Government provided additional funding of $34 million over 4 years contributing to New Zealand’s continued leadership, participation and investment in the GRA, including working with other countries to build capability or researchers, policy makers and farmers.

New Zealand is represented in the GRA by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), working closely with the environment and climate change groups from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and the Ministry for the Environment (MfE). MPI contracts the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre to manage New Zealand’s involvement in the Livestock Research Group and New Zealand’s GRA science research activities.

On this page, you will find New Zealand’s Research Group contacts and information on our research collaborations and capability building activities to support the GRA.

New Zealand GRA Contacts

Dr Harry Clark

New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre

Livestock Research Group Co-Chair


Professor Louis Schipper

University of Waikato

Croplands Research Group


Dr Mike Beare

Plant and Food Research

Croplands Research Group


Hazelle Tomlin

Ministry for Primary Industries

Integrative Research Group


Mitigation Research Collaboration Projects

New Zealand supports research collaborations through international research projects. Research is divided into methane, soil carbon, and nitrous oxide projects, as well as whole farm systems projects. Click on the appropriate heading below to view each detailed list.

1. Methane Research Projects
2. Soil Carbon Research Projects
3. Nitrous Oxide Research Projects
4. Whole Farm Systems Projects

Capability Building

These projects aim to help developing countries improve their ability to understand, measure and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from pastoral livestock agriculture, drawing on New Zealand’s extensive experience and expertise in this area. New Zealand supports regional capability projects, technical training and regional workshops as well as fellowships and awards.

Participants in New Zealand during the February 2019 GRA-WFO study tour


Regional Capability Projects, Regional Workshops and Technical Training
LEARN and GRASS Awards