ICF Members’ Hour – The Role of Foresters in Building Resilience in Australia’s Forests with Rob de Fégely
Join us on 06 August for the latest in our #MembersHour series with Rob de Fégely AM MSc FAICD, MIFA, Director of Margules Groome Consulting.
Australia has 134 million hectares of forests, it is the seventh most forested country in the world and on a per capita basis has more forests per person than most other developed countries except for Canada and maybe Russia but it has an annual trade deficit in wood products of 2 billion dollars (approx. 1.1 billion pounds sterling).
This is despite 2 million hectares of planted forests and an annual harvest of nearly 33 million cubic metres but an apparent consumption of only 20 million cubic metres. Within its forest estate, Australia has approximately 46 million hectares of national parks and conservation reserves which is double the United Nations target for terrestrial reserves, yet it has approximately 2 thousand threatened species and a poor record of extinctions.
During the Black Summer of 2019-20, Australia experienced the worst bushfires in living memory burning 8.34 million hectares of natural and planted forests. Join Rob to discuss how a country the size of Australia, with its high standards of living, skills and education, are getting it wrong, touching on its history and the role of government, the encouragement of industry, complacency around space combined with some short-term questionable policies and generally poor communication.
“We cannot meet our own wood demand. We are losing species and our forests are burning far too frequently! Today COVID-19 has challenged our views on globalisation and supply chains, climate change is creating problems for protecting forests and changing species distribution and the community is demanding more accountability and assurances around natural production systems.”
Rob’s session will focus on how Australian foresters can build resilience in our forests and the species and communities that rely on them to protect and conserve them, with interesting lessons and advice that can be used here in the UK.
Taking place on Zoom, this presentation will be followed by an interactive Q&A session.
This #MembersHour will take place on Thursday 06 August between 11am and 12pm. You can also join in the chat on Twitter using #MembersHour.
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