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Globally, around 14% of all greenhouse gas (GHG) 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 GHG 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
To support the GRA, New Zealand:
- is a founding member
- is host of the GRA Secretariat
- is one of the Co-Chairs of the Livestock Research Group
- was GRA Council Chair from June 2011- June 2012
The New Zealand Government recently announced its annual budget, with 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; hosting of the GRA Secretariat and Special Representative; leadership of GRA’s Livestock Research Group and coordination of relevant GRA networks.
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 (NZAGRC) 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 information on New Zealand’s research collaborations, and our capability building and engagement activities, to support the GRA.