Carbon offset programme
The INTECOL International Wetlands Conference aims to minimise its impact on the environment by implementing responsible actions in all aspects of the event. With this in mind, we have included a fee of $50 that will go towards our carbon offset programme to compensate the emissions from your travel to this conference, as well as field trip transportation and energy used to run such a large event.
The fee is included in all full and day registration fees. Students may opt to include this in their registration fee.
During the registration process you will be asked to select from one of the below projects for your contribution to go towards. Each project has been selected for their role in active carbon capture.
Option A: New Zealand Peat wetland carbon lockup
We all know that planting trees is a great way to temporarily store carbon, but rebuilding active peatlands is even better. Bogs, fens and swamps store 500 billion metric tons of carbon- twice as much as all the trees in all the world's forests. Healthy bogs in New Zealand sequester on average 2.4 tonnes of C per hectare per year. The National Wetland Trust is re-constructing a peatland at Lake Rotopiko, site of the planned National Wetland Centre near Hamilton. Bogs are being reinstated on sites that were drained and converted to farmland over a century ago. Your carbon offset contribution will go directly into site preparation and planting of restiad and other bog-forming plants, including the threatened endemic giant cane rush Sporadanthus ferrugineus. Your contribution will lock up carbon indefinitely as it becomes captured and bound up in the peat substrate, plus you will be helping to save threatened species and create a wetland education asset.
Option B: A Canterbury based project
We are currently working with Christchurch City Council on a local project that will be beneficial to Canterbury wetlands. More information will be provided soon.