Forestry Australia releases new Position Statements

by | Nov 20, 2023

Forestry Australia has released three new and highly topical Position Statements to share its evidence-based positions on important issues relating to the management of forests across Australia.

The Statements cover Conservation of Threatened Species, Forest Carbon Markets, and the Thinning of Native Forests. Each of which are designed to be accessible to all.

Forestry Australia President Dr Michelle Freeman said evidence was critical to inform decision-making and to provide balance to debates around the management of Australia’s forests.

“Now more than ever we need to ensure that there is evidence-based and balanced information readily available, given we live in an era of information overload, misinformation, and disinformation,” Dr Freeman said.

“Forestry Australia’s Position Statements are designed to do just that – to cut to the chase and provide clear information based on science, the world’s best practice and evidence-based research.”

“We want to ensure that when policymakers, the media, and the wider community discuss, debate, and decide on issues that affect future forest management, they have these easy-to-read Statements at hand,” she said.

On the Gold Coast, 475 delegates gathered at the recent highly successful ANZIF conference, where Forestry Australia released the three new Position Statements, which takes their total released to date to eight.

“Each two-page Position Statement explains the context for the specific topic and presents Forestry Australia’s position, with supporting information. I want to acknowledge the significant amount of work that has been done by groups of volunteer experts to develop these Statements,” Dr Freeman said.

 

Conservation of Threatened Species

There is an ongoing biodiversity decline occurring across Australia, including in forests. This Statement addresses threats of extinction, the gross underfunding of conservation, and the need for active and adaptive management.

 

Forest Carbon Markets

Across Australia, and globally, forests are crucial carbon sinks. When protected and managed sustainably, they absorb more carbon than emitted from forest management. This Statement addresses the importance of well-managed forests for climate and carbon benefits, and the role and requirements for carbon markets to help realise these.

 

Thinning of Native Forests

Forest thinning is a practice of selectively removing trees to reduce competition for water and nutrients across a site. This Statement addresses the benefits of thinning for forest health and resilience, managing fire risk, wildlife habitat, water yields, and achieving cultural objectives.

 

The Position Statements can be found on the Forestry Australia website at www.forestry.org.au.