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Thursday, 18 June 2009
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Senator Bob Brown asked the Minister for Climate Change and Water, upon notice, on 12 May 2009:

Can all figures be provided of greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation (defined for this question as the deliberate, human-induced conversion of native forest to any land use, including reafforestation or plantation) for each of the past 10 years, including on a state or enterprise basis.


Senator Wong (Minister for Climate Change and Water) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

Australia reports detailed national deforestation accounts under provisions of the Kyoto Protocol and, similarly, under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Deforestation is described as the deliberate human-induced conversion of forest to an alternative land use.

Greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation for the 10 years from 1998 to 2007 inclusive, as reported in Australia’s 2007 National Greenhouse Gas Inventory, are provided in total and for each state and territory in the following table.

Deforestation does not include the conversion of native forest to another forest type. The Government reports emissions from forest land remaining forest land, including native forests converted to plantations, in its annual National Inventory Report, prepared in accordance with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The 2007 National Inventory Report is available at http://www.climatechange.gov.au/inventory/2007/national-report.html.

Attachment A

Land use change (Deforestation) emissions (Mt C02-e) for 1998 to 2007 from the Australian Government submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - Australia’s National Inventory Report 2007

 

AUSTRALIA

 

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL

Inventory Year

NSW & ACT

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Total

1998

13.1312

0.7076

53.2471

0.4345

2.1994

2.298

4.4867

76.5044

1999

11.8582

0.5474

47.288

0.1802

2.2223

2.0378

3.5762

67.7101

2000

11.5721

0.4993

55.5256

-1.2795

1.8664

2.245

2.3993

72.8271

2001

8.2264

0.5002

52.3853

-1.5622

2.0626

2.0342

7.2571

70.9036

2002

14.3617

0.453

51.2167

1.7999

1.8162

2.6933

7.1124

79.453

2003

8.6161

0.7196

41.0332

0.5265

2.3854

2.5745

2.5262

58.3813

2004

9.2531

0.7898

43.3482

-1.5504

2.4502

4.0293

6.0449

64.3652

2005

13.5896

1.7544

58.4234

-1.8845

2.6444

4.5016

3.5273

82.5562

2006

15.4095

4.3379

47.4132

2.719

2.1187

6.1443

6.3205

84.463

2007

12.7508

2.294

49.7283

-0.2387

2.4044

4.8917

5.2976

77.1281