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Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
July 15, 2004

United States - New Zealand Bilateral Climate Change Partnership Meeting

Dr. Harlan Watson, U.S. Senior Climate Negotiator and Special Representative, and Judy Lawrence of the New Zealand Climate Change Office announced six new projects under the U.S. - New Zealand Bilateral Climate Change Partnership. The partnership, initiated in October 2002, provides means of enhancing and accelerating collaboration and practical cooperation on climate change issues. The new projects include: 

  • A study of global methane emissions
  • The recovery and digitization of historic climate data
  • Analysis of carbon dioxide sequestration in coal seams
  • Development of new materials for the hydrogen economy
  • Analysis of nitrous oxide emissions from grazed pastures, and
  • A joint event that includes Australia at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties meeting in Buenos Aires in December 2004. The event will focus on work with developing countries in the Pacific on climate observation.

The New Zealand delegation met with senior U.S. officials from the Departments of State and Energy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Consortium for Agricultural Soils Mitigation of Greenhouse Gases (CASMGS), and the Environmental Protection Agency to discuss the new initiatives and to review progress on ongoing projects. The New Zealand delegation was led by Ms. Judy Lawrence, Director of the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment’s Climate Change Office, and included representatives from the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Industrial Research Limited (IRL), CRL Energy Limited, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

There are 32 projects currently under the Climate Change Partnership in nine priority areas, including climate change science, technology development, greenhouse gas accounting in forestry and agriculture, engagement with business, emissions registries, cooperation with developing countries, climate change research in Antarctica, public education initiatives and product and process standards.

For more information, contact Susan Povenmire, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Office of Public Affairs at povenmiresl@state.gov or www.state.gov/g/oes or Christian Judge, Press Secretary, New Zealand Climate Change Office at Christian.judge@parliament.govt.nz or www.climatechange.govt.nz.


Released on July 15, 2004

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