Victorian Regional Forest Agreement

The government announced these measures in November 2019, before the bushfire crisis. The circumstances in our forests today are radically different from those that marked the political announcements. The continued supply of native forest wood to 2030 is untenable due to the loss of wood and habitat (much of the immediate protected areas and the old growth forest8 have been burned). To protect Australia`s unique forests and wildlife from more frequent and intense bushfires, governments must lay out FFA and stop the exploitation of native forests. RSFs have been updated to recognize the effects of climate change and, in particular, that climate change is fuelling more extreme weather events and disturbances that will affect a large number of forest values. They recognize that climate change is an ongoing and threatening process for some animals and vegetation listed in Victorian legislation. The fires caused 776 rare and endangered plants and animals in Victoria, including wildlife such as the Grand Glider. Of these 776 species, 185 were burned in more than half of their habitat6. The remaining populations of forest-dependent species throughout the state are now larger than ever. Formal and informal reserves have not been verified in light of new information on threatened species and the effects of severe forest fires since the introduction of RSOs. Both urgently require extension in light of recent work that identifies important habitats and conservation values in the state forest. B, such as the VEAC Conservation Values1 report. The letter explains what the Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) is and how they have not provided protection to Victoria`s forests and habitats or industrial safety, particularly after the devastating 2019/20 bushfires.

We have made some important recommendations to address this issue. Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) are agreements between the state and Commonwealth governments. There are five in Victoria for different regions. They are expected to resolve the conflict over local forest logging, but they have not done so this year, and by 2022, Victorians will continue to have the opportunity to contribute to the current forest management reform agenda, which includes the development of a national forest management strategy and regional forest management plans to improve the way we grow and manage our forests. THE RFAs have allowed for non-economic activities that are not profitable. VicForests` business and business plan indicates that logging in eastern Gippsland FRG has been operating for many years with significant financial losses. In addition, the economic value of forests for resources such as water production is more than 25 times greater than that of native forest wood ($310 million versus $12 million). Regional Forest Agreements (FRGs) are 20-year plans for the conservation and sustainable management of Australia`s native forests and aim to ensure the safety of commercial logging operations while protecting environmental values.

[1] The 10 FRGs were signed gradually between 1997 and 2001. The FRG process was born out of the 1992 National Forest Policy Declaration. The agreements are based on a mix of consultations between the Community and industry in the context of scientific research. While the agreements are supported by forestry, they are widely criticized by environmental groups.

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