On Wednesday this week, the National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) launched a new report entitled Regional Forest Agreements in NSW. Have they achieved their aims? In short, the answer is no — far from it, writes Dr Oisín Sweeney.
Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) that have been the framework for public forest management in NSW for 20 years have failed to achieve any of their top-line aims, a new study has found.
The Agreements, which were the centrepiece of the peace deal that ended the “Forest Wars” of the 1980s and 1990s, were supposed to lead to:
- Creation of a comprehensive, adequate and representative system of forest reserves;
- Implementation and enforcement of ecologically sustainable forest management practices;
- Development of a viable, ecologically sustainable timber industry;
- Ongoing research into ecological, economic, and social aspect of forest management.