To meet international reporting requirements, New Zealand reporting must be consistent with the Good Practice Guidance (GPG) for Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) brought out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
For the New Zealand Government to be able to claim, trade, or offset its emissions on the global market using forestry sink credits, the LUCAS measurements and their analyses are subject to international expert review.
Carbon accounting and reporting must be:
Refer to the International Review of New Zealand's Carbon Monitoring project (MfE, 1999) for the initial concepts.
An implementation of the Good Practice Guide within the LUCAS team is shown in the diagram below.
The figure gives an overview of the various means of data management, analysis and reporting by LUCAS as in 2009.
Not all components are held internally, but the Ministry for the Environment carries overall responsibility.
Last updated: 3 August 2009