Costs and benefits of forest biosecurity

Costs and benefits of forest biosecurity

Wednesday 6 September, Presented by Dr Angus Carnegie, NSW Department of Primary Industries

This talk is one of a series arising from a recent FWPA funded study that has attempted to quantify the costs and benefits of forest biosecurity using case-studies (PNC362-1415). 

Australia’s forest and wood products industry faces a significant challenge in mitigating biosecurity threats to plantation forest productivity. 

This project seeks to clarify the nature of established and new biosecurity threats and the costs and benefits of mitigating their impact under a range of scenarios using a series of cost-benefit analysis case studies.  

This presentation will focus on the first two chapters of this report:

  1.  The risk of exotic pests to the Australian forest industry  and;
  2.  Benchmarking forest health surveillance and biosecurity activities for managing Australia’s exotic forest pest and pathogen risks. 

In the broader project the nature of established and new biosecurity threats are clarified in this report and the costs and benefits of their management evaluated under a range of scenarios and three case studies (Japanese Pine sawyer beetle, Sirex wood wasp and Chrysomelid beetles). 

Dr Angus Carnegie is  a Senior Research Scientist in DPI’s Science & Research Division. He leads the Forest Health Survey Unit within Forest Health Management, Forest Resources Research. The FHSU conducts annual surveys of pine and eucalypt plantations managed by Forestry Corporation and provides recommendations on pest, disease and general forest health management. 

View the PowerPoint presentation here

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