Thursday, 17 August 2017
Institute of Foresters of Australia 2017 Conference
On behalf of FSC Australia, Advocacy and Policy Manager Julia Mylne attended The Institute of Foresters 2017 conference held in Cairns.
Pictured is the Opening ceremony, that included a traditional welcome to country and Noel Pearson's speech about the challenges faced by Indigenous people regarding forestry and environmental conservation.
The IFA conference focused on ‘Tropical Forestry: Innovation and Change in the Asia Pacific Region’. The conference themes were centred on forestry issues in northern Australia and the tropics and included:
- regional interconnections in managing tropical forests and commercial tropical forestry as well as the diversity of tropical and sub-tropical plantation species including southern pines, Araucaria, African mahogany, sandalwood, eucalypts and acacias;
- Indigenous forestry opportunities and Northern Australian development;
- Early Savanah burning regimes and carbon and climate change initiatives;
- Conservation management in the tropics;
- Mining and forestry potential synergies;
- Biomass energy production in remote (off grid) locations;
- Processing and industry development activities.
FSCA attending a number of sessions including the Indigenous forestry opportunities and Northern Australian development as well as forest management in a variable and challenging climate. The conference provided a valuable insight into a number of different forestry issues both around Australia and globally. Additionally, the conference brought together presenters from a wide variety of fields and facilitated generous discussion and debate on a number of topics.
FSC Australia is encouraged to see Indigenous forestry opportunities high on the agenda. Read more about our commitments to reconciliation in our recently launched RAP.