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Forests and Carbon key topic at Regional Forest Conference

Media Release October 17, 2011

 The North Coast Environment Council (NCEC) is pleased to announce that Professor Brendan Mackey1 will be the keynote speaker at a Regional Forest Conference2 to be held on October 22nd starting at 10.30am in the Cavanbah Centre, Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour.

Professor Mackey is the lead author of “Green Carbon: The role of natural forests in carbon storage”.

Professor Mackey’s report injected some crucial science into the carbon and forests debate. The report concludes that carbon stored in forests is under-estimated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol and that stopping the degradation of natural forests, including industrial logging, contributes to their resilience and carbon storage. These are important lessons for NSW.

“International Year of Forests is an appropriate time to put some of our regional forest issues under the spotlight. Controversy continues about the impact of intensive logging on waterways, forest health and the animals and plants that depend on forests,” said Susie Russell who was last week elected as the President of the NCEC.

Local perspectives will be given prominence with Dailan Pugh outlining the issues in this region; Jim Morrison discussing the problems with Private Native Forestry; Mark Graham will focus on the ecological impacts of intensive logging and John Hunter will give an introduction to Bell Miner Associated Dieback and its impact across the landscape.

Other speakers at the Conference include Pepe Clarke form the Nature Conservation Council, Senator Lee Rhiannon, the Greens spokesperson on forest issues, and Warrick Jordan, the national campaign co-ordinator for The Wilderness Society.

“With Regional Forest Agreements nationally discredited and a new almost $1 billion fund that opens the door to protecting forests for their carbon and biodiversity, it’s time to get it all out in the open. We are encouraging all players in the debate to attend and already have registrations from several in the industry,” Ms Russell said.

1 Brendan Mackey is a professor of environmental science at the Fenner School of Environment & Society, The Australian National University. His research and teaching is in the fields of ecosystems, biodiversity conservation and climate change, and he leads a research programme which is investigating the role of natural ecosystems in carbon storage. Brendan is a member of a number of government committees including: the science advisory group to the Climate Commission; the Tasmanian Forest Carbon Steering Committee; the Independent Verification Group to the Tasmanian Forest Agreement; and the expert working group for the National Wildlife Corridor Programme. Brendan is a member of the IUCN Council and the Earth Charter International Council.

2 For conference program visit the website https://ncec.wordpress.com/forest-conference-oct-2011/

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