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report shows impact of demands on land in New Zealand – Media release

15 April 2021

A new environmental report released today
by the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ, presents new data on
New Zealand’s land cover, soil quality, and land fragmentation.

The land cover data in the report, Our
land 2021
, provides the most up-to-date estimates of New Zealand’s
land cover and associated land use and changes.

Overseas markets are a significant driver
of land use, and with global populations projected to reach 10.9 billion
by 2100, market-based pressures on land are set to increase. Most of our
agriculture and forestry products are exported, and these activities currently
cover about half our land area, the report says.

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