Tasmanian forests statement of principles

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Tasmanian forests Statement of Principles to lead to an Agreement.

To resolve the conflict over forests in Tasmania, protect native forests, and develop a strong sustainable timber industry.

The parties to these Principles:

  • Timber Communities Australia Ltd (TCA)
  • The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU)
  • The National Association of Forest Industries (NAFI)
  • The Forest Industries Association of Tasmania (FIAT)
  • The Australian Forest Contractor's Association (AFCA)
  • The Tasmanian Forest Contractor's Association (TFCA )
  • Environment Tasmania Inc (ET)
  • The Wilderness Society (TWS)
  • Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF)
  • Tasmanian Country Sawmiller's Federation (TCSF)

The parties to the Principles seek from State and Federal governments:

  • Support for and delivery of all principles in full;
  • Interim support for the development of a plan to deliver the Principles, including verification[1] of resource constraints and HCV boundaries;
  • Implementation of the Principles through an agreed, fully-funded package and timeline that maximises benefits and reduces negative impacts;
  • Immediate interim assistance for Tasmanian harvest, haulage and silvicultural contractors;
  • To determine with industry, a guaranteed sustainable quantity and quality of wood supply within 3 months that is outside of the identified high conservation value forests, for the period of the negotiations, in order to provide certainty for the industry, workers and communities;
  • A progressive implementation of a moratorium on the logging of high conservation value forests commencing within 30 days – ensuring that priority, (ie those in the most advanced stages of planning for harvesting) HCV coupes identified by ENGOs[2] are the first to be addressed. The full moratorium is to be completed within 3 months. Any necessity for any proposed variation to this due to unavoidable planning constraints has to be independently verified;
  • To provide exit assistance for industry where required;
  • Not to accept new entrants into the Tasmanian industry, nor enter into new contractual relationships beyond parties who are currently in contractual relationships with the state while the negotiations are underway unless by the mutual agreement of all parties;
  • Note that no party (including Forestry Tasmania) shall be required to accept a Principle which would otherwise apply to it where to do so would cause a breach of an existing contract or statutory obligation;
  • Accept that delivery of these Principles will require joint agreement of the parties to timelines and funding and;
  • To develop an agreed stakeholder-led implementation process with a finalised full agreement within 12 months.

Contents

[edit] Principles

The parties agree to the following:

[edit] General Wood Supply

Provide a sustainable resource supply profile to industry based on an agreed minimum quantity and quality requirement for industry. This will be underpinned by legislation.

[edit] Native Forest Wood Supply

Subject to the provisions of the transition, as legislated Native Forest entitlements are handed back, ensure these entitlements will not be allocated nor licensed to new players.

[edit] HCV Forests

Immediately protect, maintain and enhance High Conservation Value Forests identified by ENGO’s on public land.

[edit] Transition

Transition the commodity (non specialty) forest industry out of public native forests into suitable plantations through a negotiated plan and timeline.

[edit] Industry

Create a strong sustainable timber industry including the development of a range of plantation based timber processing facilities including a pulp mill.There will need to be stakeholder consultation and engagement with the proponent, ENGO’s and the community.

[edit] Specialty Timbers

Provide for ongoing specialty timber supply including eucalypt for our Tasmanian high value furniture and craft industries through a negotiated plan and timeline.

[edit] Plantations

Support sustainable and socially acceptable plantations including agreed reforms and new agro-forestry outcomes, including pursuing certification.

[edit] Private Forests

Encourage and support, but not mandate, private forest owners to: seek assistance for certification; and protect, maintain and enhance high conservation value forests on their properties.

[edit] Communities Impacted

Support impacted rural and regional communities, workers, contractors and businesses, through a range of economic development, financial assistance, compensation and retraining measures.

[edit] Community Engagement

Engage and involve the broad Tasmanian community in the development and implementation of a durable solution to the Tasmanian forest conflict.

[edit] Tourism

Develop Tasmania's nature-based tourism industry in line with these Principles.

[edit] Planning

Develop a fully-funded, independent, scientifically-led landscape conservation, restoration and integrated-catchment management program, and associated governance and regulatory improvements.

[edit] Government

Reform and support government agencies, policies and legislation as neccessary for the implementation of an agreement associated with these Principles.

[edit] Climate Change

Seek funding for improving carbon outcomes as a result of delivering these Principles.

[edit] Biomass

In Tasmania, only permit plantation forest processing and plantation harvesting residues to be used as biomass for RECs.

[edit] Certification

Encourage Forestry Tasmania to firstly obtain Controlled Wood accreditation on delivery of the moratorium, secondly, obtain full FSC certification on resolution of an FSC National Standard and once an agreement based on these Principles has been finalised.

[edit] Durability

Undertake to ensure all elements of this agreement are fulfilled on a durable basis.

[edit] Legislation

Require State and Federal legislation to implement agreed outcomes arising from these Principles including appropriate review mechanisms, milestones and sanctions.

[edit] Signed by the following parties: Dated 14th October 2010

  • Trevor Richardson for Timber Communities Australia Ltd (TCA)
  • Michael O’Connor, National Secretary Forestry and Furnishing Products Division, Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU).
For the CFMEU subject to authorisation by ballot from Tasmanian members of the CFMEU Forestry and Furnishing Products Division.
  • Allan Hansard for the National Association of Forest Industries (NAFI)
  • Terry Edwards for the Forest Industries Association Tasmania
  • Ken Padgett for the Australian Forest Contractor's Association (AFCA)
  • Edmond Vincent for the Tasmanian Forest Contractor's Association (TFCA)
  • Phill Pullinger for Environment Tasmania Inc (ET)
  • David Mackenzie for The Wilderness Society Inc (TWS)
  • Don Henry, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Conservation Foundation
  • Fred Ralph for Tasmanian Country Sawmiller's Federation (TCSF)

[edit] References

  1. Draft verification process document under construction
  2. ENGO's in this document means those environmental non-government organisation's who are parties to this document

End of Document


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