Criterion 7: Legal, institutional and economic framework for forest conservation and sustainable management
A framework for development of these criteria and indicators is described in the document, A Framework of Regional (Sub-National) Level Criteria and Indicators of Sustainable Forest Management in Australia, (Department of Primary Industries and Energy 1998)
MANAGING LANDS OF SIGNIFICANCE TO INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
New South Wales agrees to continue to manage CAR Reserve System lands with significance to Indigenous people according to the following principles:
It is recognised by both the Commonwealth and State Government that the sum of the cultural heritage of the Aboriginal people of New South Wales is not confined to archaeological sites and artefacts but may include natural values such as flora, fauna and landforms.
The Parties are aware of the aspirations Aboriginal people have in regards to ownership and/or management of traditional lands, and are committed to a working relationship with Aboriginal communities for co-operative management of Government managed lands as agreed which may include lands managed by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and State Forests of NSW.
An integral part of this commitment to co-operative management is the increase in opportunities for Aboriginal people to gain valuable land management training and subsequent employment, where possible, to ensure that Aboriginal people can continue to strategically manage their traditional country.
The New South Wales Government has provided for Aboriginal people to own lands reserved under the National Parks and Wildlife Act1974 (NSW) that are of cultural significance to them through the National Parks and Wildlife Amendment (Aboriginal Ownership) Act 1996 (NSW). Both Parties appreciate that there are National Parks and reserves within the Upper North East and Lower North East regions that may meet the terms of the Act, and actively advocate the assessment of the Upper North East and Lower North East regions for this purpose.
Both Parties support initiatives between Government agencies (both State and Local) and Aboriginal communities, that will both strategically manage and preserve New South Wales’ rich cultural heritage, and ensure that all development of CAR Reserve System appropriately considers Indigenous values.
Aboriginal parties will be invited to participate in any new partnership arrangement evolved out of this Agreement for the management of CAR Reserves.
The Parties recognise that Aboriginal people may have the opportunity to obtain or maintain access to Government managed lands for recreational, as well as traditional values and uses, and ceremonial purposes, and that opportunities may exist for the commercial development of areas of cultural/economic significance.
(clause 91 and Attachment 12)
EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES
BY THE NSW GOVERNMENT FOR
THE UPPER NORTH EAST AND LOWER NORTH EAST REGIONS
1. Plantation Expansion
Under this initiative an additional 10,000 hectares of eucalypt Plantations for long-term sawlog production on suitable available land will be established by SFNSW. Benefits, including providing a long-term resource for the timber industry, contribution to a reduction in Greenhouse emissions and provision of a possible additional resource in the form of tradeable carbon offsets are expected. This proposal would also contribute to meeting the National Plantations 2020 policy to significantly increase the area of plantation in New South Wales. The initiative involves purchase of suitable properties for plantation establishment and joint venture schemes as well as funding for plantation maintenance. Additional employment would be available in plantation establishment and maintenance, site preparation and land management.
Funding Commitment: $6 Million per annum until the year 2004 to establish about 10,000 hectares for long term sawlog production.
Predicted employment benefit: At least 25 new (mostly seasonal) jobs.
2. North Coast Thinnings Program
The NSW Government's Interim Forestry Assessment decision (23 September 1996) provided for tenders to be called for the purchase of quantities of Forest Products produced from silvicultural thinning operations in the hardwood Plantations and regrowth forests of the north coast of New South Wales.
The program’s objective is to maximise the recovery of timber suitable for solid wood uses, including the production of sawlogs, poles and other timber products, to ensure that the highest value is obtained from the timber resource.
These thinning operations will have the additional benefits of improving forest productivity, assisting regeneration, creating new employment opportunities in rural communities on the north coast and increasing the economic viability of the Forestry Operations.
The timing of the program’s implementation is subject to suitable market conditions prevailing.