Australian Forest Products Assn. welcomes government’s 'Agriculture, land and emissions' discussion paper, says it recognizes ‘farm forestry and plantation forestry for wood production’ as a scalable technology for carbon sequestration and storage

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DEAKIN WEST, Australia , November 7, 2023 (press release) –

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) welcomes the Albanese Government’s Agriculture, land and emissions Discussion paper which highlights the important role that sustainable forestry can and is already playing in helping Australia meet its net zero emissions targets, Acting Chief Executive Officer of AFPA, Natasa Sikman said today.

“The Discussion paper released today highlights farm forestry and agroforestry as ‘examples of how carbon, agriculture and timber production can work together’. This is a great acknowledgment for our renewable and sustainable forest products sector and builds on AFPA’s advocacy both in Australia and at COP27 when we partnered with the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) to showcase Mark Wootton, and the significant role his production trees played in achieving carbon neutrality for Jigsaw Farms,” Natasa Sikman said.

The paper recognises ‘Farm forestry and plantation forestry for wood production’ as an established and scalable technology for carbon sequestration and storage.

“It is great to see today’s discussion paper listing farm forestry co-benefits for landowners including shade and shelter for livestock, reduced soil erosion and improved water quality. It also highlights the importance of proximity to processing infrastructure for commercial viability – right tree, right place, right purpose,” Natasa Sikman said.

AFPA’s 18 by 2030 industrywide commitment was also noted in the discussion paper, as what could be done, if the right policies are implemented.

“Whilst AFPA welcomes today discussion paper as a positive step in the right direction, policy and decision makers still need to better recognise the sector and its potential to address the current challenges Australia faces in meeting its net zero by 2050 targets. With the right policies the sector’s full potential can be recognised while also delivering multiple benefits for the country, our farmers, the environment, and broader society,” Natasa Sikman said.

“AFPA looks forward to engaging with the Government on this discussion paper and will develop a submission as to how the broader forests products sector can work with Government to deliver real and tangible solutions to meet Australia’s net zero targets,” Natasa Sikman concluded.

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