Australia’s forests and woodlands are some of the most biodiverse ecosystems
on the planet. They have unique intrinsic value but also make vital contributions
to human health.
It is abundantly clear that over the years they have been in operation, Regional
Forest Agreements (RFAs) have failed to provide our forests and the species that
inhabit them with the protections they need. Simultaneously, they have failed to
meet the needs of the forestry industry.
DEA is strongly opposed to this Bill before the Senate Committee on the grounds
it does nothing to address the fundamental failures of RFAs to deliver
ecologically sustainable forest management. It also ignores the main messages
and key recommendations from the 2019-2020 Independent Review of the
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (Samuel Report) as
they pertain to RFAs.
Click here to read our recommendations and full submission.