Senator RICE:I want to ask about Regional Forest Agreements, starting with the review processes for them. I just want an update of the details for the progress of the five-year review cycles for the Tasmanian and Victorian RFAs.
Confidential report shows need for Great Forest National Park
The revelation that putting an end to logging in Victoria’s central highlands would save 3.2 million tonnes of CO2 emissions every year highlights the need for the Great Forest National Park, according to the Greens.
“This confidential brief to Minister Hunt shows why we need the Great Forest National Park,” said the Australian Greens spokesperson for forests Senator Janet Rice.
Australia must speak up on illegal logging of PNG rainforests
The Greens have called on the Abbott government to acknowledge the destruction of rainforests in Papua New Guinea ahead of the Asia Pacific Rainforest Conference in Sydney.
“As a major beneficiary of the proceeds of illegal logging in Papua New Guinea, Australia has a responsibility to assist the PNG government to clean up this trade,” said the Greens spokesperson for Forests Senator Janet Rice.
Victoria’s animal emblem Leadbeater’s Possum likely to be listed as ‘critically endangered’ by December
It is expected that the status of the Leadbeater’s Possum will be revised to ‘critically endangered’ in December this year, when the federal Threatened Species Scientific Committee completes its reassessment of the species.
The Greens recognise the essential role played by mature forest ecosystems in providing a home for wildlife, protecting water resources and storing carbon.
We are campaigning to end to the destruction of native forests and the export of woodchips and whole logs from native forests. The Greens are also working to ensure native forests are not used for the generation of electricity and other forms of industrial energy, such as wood pellets.
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