West Victoria Regional Forest Agreement

They support active, adaptive and responsible forest management and provide a number of forest uses and benefits. They recognize the pressure our forests are under today, including climate change and bushfires, which means that forest management requires a different approach to the past. 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. Victorian Regional Forest Agreements are agreements between the state and Commonwealth governments that provide for the sustainable management and exploitation of Victoria`s forests. The modernized RFAs provide a framework for modern forest management. The forest management system itself is where things will change in consultation with local communities and in partnership with traditional landowners. In Tasmania, a logging operation managed in accordance with an FRG is not subject to environmental approvals, otherwise required by the Environmental protection and biodiversity law, or to the protection of rare or threatened species listed in the CAR reserve system. The agreement was supplemented in 2007 by a conclusive presumption that “the parties agree that the CAR reserve system established under this agreement and the application of management strategies and management rules developed within Tasmania`s forest management systems protect rare and threatened animal and plant species and forest communities.” In other words, threatened species have been declared protected regardless of actual circumstances. [2] As FRGs are intergovernmental agreements, the modernization process, which began in 2018, involved detailed negotiations between the Victorian and Australian governments. The scientific committee established by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) was made up of independent scientific experts who provided advice and recommendations to the Victorian government to improve Victoria`s regional forest agreements and forest management system.

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. Modernized FRGs are an important step in transforming forest management and use. The Victorian community will have the opportunity to contribute to the development of strategies and plans that will make this transformation a reality. The framework of the declaration for the management of indigenous forests. They strive to strike a reasonable balance between preserving Australia`s forest heritage and managing for sustainable economic production and recovery. Their implementation has led to the establishment of a first-class Forest Protection System (CAR) for the protection of biodiversity. This year and through 2022, Victoriaville residents 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 care for and manage our forests. The Major Event Review (MER) provides a strong framework in which Victorian and Australian authorities can assess and respond to the impact of major events on our forests, such as the devastating bushfires of 2019/2020. Authorities in the state of the Former Czech Republic and Australia have set up an independent impact assessment and the identification of corrective measures.

MER is overseen by an independent body and is informed by science, traditional owners` knowledge and public consultation.