The Canadian ‘Model Forest’ approach : a way forward for Tasmania?

Gray, Matthew & Wolfenden, John A.J. (2004) The Canadian ‘Model Forest’ approach : a way forward for Tasmania? Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 11(1), pp. 55-64.

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Forest policy and forestry management in Tasmania have undergone a number of changes in the last thirty years, many explicitly aimed at improving industry sustainability, job security, and forest biodiversity conservation. Yet forestry remains a contentious issue in Tasmania, due to a number of interacting factors, most significant of which is the prevalence of a ‘command and control’ governance approach by policymakers and managers. New approaches such as multiple-stakeholder decision-making, adaptive management, and direct public participation in policymaking are needed. Such an approach has been attempted in Canada in the last decade, through the Canadian Model Forest Program, and may be suitable for Tasmania. This paper seeks to describe what the Canadian Model Forest approach is, how it may be implemented in Tasmania, and what role it may play in the shift to a new forestry paradigm. Until such a paradigm shift occurs contentions and confrontations are likely to continue.

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ID Code: 41586
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Forest policy, forestry management, Tasmania, forest biodiversity conservation
ISSN: 1448-6563
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Management (050205)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES (070000) > FORESTRY SCIENCES (070500) > Forestry Management and Environment (070504)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Environmental Politics (160605)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 The Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand
Deposited On: 05 May 2011 22:35
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2011 14:35

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