Sustainability Charter for Victoria’s State Forests
The Sustainable Forests (Timber) Act 2004 provides for the development of a Sustainability Charter. The Act states that the Sustainability Charter must set out objectives, consistent with the National Principles of Ecologically Sustainable Development, for both the sustainability of forests and the sustainability of the timber harvesting industry.
The Charter sets the direction for sustainable forest management in Victoria. It commits the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and VicForests, a State-owned business responsible for the commercial harvesting and sale of timber from State forests, to support the objectives set out in the Charter.
VicForests will be required to respond to the Government's sustainability agenda by developing initiatives and targets to progress the objectives of the Charter. It will include these in its statement of corporate intent and report on the outcomes of these initiatives as part of its normal business reporting. In this way, both DSE and VicForests are working towards achieving the Government's vision for sustainable forest management.
Victoria's performance on progressing these objectives will be monitored through Framework of Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management in Victoria and publicly reported through the five-yearly release of Victoria's State of the Forests Report.
To obtain a free hard copy of the Charter please contact Information Victoria on 1300 366 356.
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