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Greens Alternative Budget 2016: Funding to Provide for Skills and Employment in Forest Restoration

Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Tags: Native Forest Logging, Forests, Carbon Sequestration, Alternative Budget, Forestry Plantations, Landscape Restoration, Environment, Biodiversity

That the House:—

(1)           Notes:—

(a)           in 2012, the Labor Green Government delivered the Tasmanian Forest Carbon Study which assessed the amount and potential economic value of carbon sequestered across the entire Tasmanian forest estate;

(b)           this work has been recently updated through the report, ‘Climate Opportunities in Tasmania’s Forests’ by TreeMod Consulting;

(c)           the recent report projects potential income for the State of up to $742M by 2050 to be earned on global carbon markets;

(d)           the first step in securing this benefit to the State is the development of an accepted methodology for deriving carbon credits from public native forests where logging has been avoided;

(e)           the Greens Alternative Budget tabled on 31 May 2016 will allocate $200,000 towards work with the Commonwealth on the development of a native forest carbon credit methodology to secure a sustainable income from forest protection in the future;

(f)            Tasmania’s degraded forest lands and former plantations provide an excellent opportunity for skills development and jobs in landscape restoration techniques; and

(g)           the ongoing restoration of a former plantation at Skyline Tier near St Helens is an example of environmental works with social and economic benefits.

(2)           Recognises:—

(a)           the State has a responsibility to contribute towards repairing past damage to ecosystems, biodiversity and communities caused by industrial logging; and

(b)           the Greens’ Alternative Budget allocates $20M to a dedicated land restoration fund.

(3)           Calls on the Hodgman Liberal Government to take a leaf out of the Greens’ Alternative Budget and recognise the opportunity in forest carbon and the responsibility in forest restoration.