Greens $4 billion ‘Protect Nature’ policy can reverse environmental degradation and benefit regional communities

The National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) has warmly welcomed the renewed focus on environment issues announced today in The Greens’ ‘Protect Nature’ policy.

The policy incorporates initiatives from ‘A Cleaner, Greener NSW’ – the joint policy platform for NSW’s environment groups – including creating the Great Koala National Park, ending native forest logging on public land, protecting national parks, creating new parks and helping farmers to restore landscapes and reverse the impacts of land clearing.

Labor policy will increase security of Crown Land

Labor’s commitment to ‘dedicate’ Crown Land will increase security and lower the risk of sell-offs and inappropriate use

The National Parks Association of NSW Inc (NPA) is welcoming Shadow Primary Industries Minister Mick Veitch’s announcement to ‘dedicate’ Crown Land, and calls on the Coalition to match the commitment.

New report details loss of social license for native forest woodchip industry

An alliance of environment groups has today released a report entitled ‘Social License Chipped Away: why support for woodchipping has collapsed in south-east NSW’.

State of Forests report contains dubious climate claims

The National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) has questioned the use of industry research and the exclusion of independent science in the 2018 State of Forests Report, and is concerned that the report appears to be an effort to lay the ground for the burning of forests for electricity.

Case study 5.2 ‘carbon dynamics of managed native forests in Australia’ concludes that removing logging does not reduce carbon emissions from forests, and that replacing fossil fuels with wood for electricity generation can help tackle climate change. Both claims are highly contested domestically and internationally.

Environmental announcements must herald policy shifts

Government environment announcements welcome but must herald policy shifts to be meaningful

The National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) has cautiously welcomed today’s announcements by the Berejiklian government, but warns that policy settings must change in order to reverse recent wind-backs in environmental protection.