Environmental Services

Environmental Services

Forest growing is a long-term venture that is exposed to environmental risks (e.g. pests, fire, climate change). There is ongoing research into pine drought mortality and the economics of managing new and existing biosecurity threats to Australia’s plantation industry.

In addition to wood products, commercial forest crops can produce a wide range of environmental and societal values that may not be currently captured or valued by the forest owner or the community. This includes carbon storage, recreation, water catchment and biodiversity values. FWPA is working with the Australian Bureau of Statistics to undertake a pilot investigation into the Green Triangle forestry region to determine the value of these environmental services through natural capital accounting methodologies.

There is also an opportunity to look at alternative funding mechanisms for these environmental values using mechanisms such as social impact bonds. A scoping study will be commissioned to explore the new mechanisms for funding sustainable forest management.

FWPA Newsletters

FWPA publishes the industry newsletters, R&DWorks and ForWood. In addition, we have the WoodSolutions newsletter addressing design and build specifiers – architects, building designers, engineers and others involved in specifying the choice of building materials, as well as the Wood.Naturally Better. ™ Partner Update. ForestLearning is FWPA’s quarterly newsletter that provides information on Australian forests and forest-based products to teachers and educators, school children and the public.

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