28 March, 2014
The latest Australia's State of the Forests Report shows forest and forest product industries have a key role in managing and storing carbon.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, launched the Australia's State of the Forests Report 2013 at forest industry event in Brisbane today.
He said the report shows that managing forests for production is an effective way to store carbon and create ongoing greenhouse gas benefits.
"The most recent figures show 103 million tonnes of carbon derived from forests was present in wood and wood products in 2010." Senator Colbeck said.
"This is 7 million tonnes more than in 2005 and 14 million tonnes more than in 2000."
Senator Colbeck said the total amount of greenhouse gases emitted by forestry operations in producing logs represented only 3-7% of the amount of carbon that is stored in those logs.
"You will actually store more carbon by managing forests and recognising that carbon is stored in timber products that come from our forests," he said.
"Over 200 years a managed forest can store or offset emissions of up to twice as much carbon as a forest that is untouched for the same period."
"The Coalition is committed to creating a sustainable long-term footing for forestry, with benefits for the environment, the community and the industry."
The Australia's State of the Forests Report 2013 adopts a 'multiple lines of evidence' approach for measuring Australia's forest area, giving greater certainty of reporting for areas of forest and non-forest areas.
The report found Australia has 125 million hectares of forest, making it the seventh-largest reported forest area of any country worldwide.
"The new approach for measuring Australia's forested area will make it easier to monitor any changes in Australia's forest area over future periods," Senator Colbeck said.
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