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Framework for assessing Sustainable Forest Management

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Ministerial Council on Forestry, Fisheries & Aquaculture (MCFFA)

Australia & N ew Zealand Environment & Conservation Council (ANZECC)



DPIE98/99AJ 7 August 1998

Australia has taken a significant step forward on advancing sustainable forest management and how to monitor it with regional criteria and indicators.

The Frameivork of regional (sub-national) level criteria and indicators of sustainable forest management in Australia was released in Hobart today.

Federal Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, John Anderson, and Tasmania's Minister for Environment, Peter Hodgman, Chairs of the Ministerial Councils responsible for forests and the environment, said they were pleased to be able to release this document to the public.

Mr Anderson said the framework is a result of a joint effort by the Commonwealth, States and stakeholders.

"I am sure by implementing it there will be a further demonstration of Australia's high standard of forest management to the world and bring benefits to our forest industries and communities in regions dependent upon the timber industry," he said.

"The framework outlines the important values of all Australian forests and provides a means of ensuring how well we are maintaining those values," said Mr Hodgman.

The values(or criteria), include: biodiversity, productive capacity, ecosystem health, soil and water resources, contribution to carbon cycles and socio-economic benefits gained from forests.

The regional framework includes forest sustainability criteria and indicators agreed by twelve countries that contain over 60 per cent of the world's forests.

"The framework highlights work we can do now, as well as areas requiring research and development," Mr Anderson said. "The focus of our efforts is on practical and cost- effective measures that are scientifically sound as well providing meaningful information for managers, forest owners and the community."

Further inquiries: Mr Anderson's office Robert Haynes 0262777520/0419493511 Mr Hodgman's office Peter Pepper 0362332371

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