Interim Reserve Boundaries
The Australian and Tasmanian governments signed the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement on 7 August 2011. Clause 25 of that Agreement requires the State to place 430,000 hectares of native forest into Informal Reserves, from the 572,000 hectares nominated by environment non government organisations through the Statement of Principles process.
The boundaries of that 430,000 hectares were verified through an independent verification process. The advice tabled in the Senate outlines the independent verification process undertaken by Professor Jonathan West.
Download the advice
- Tasmanian Forest agreement verification: advice to the Prime Minister and Premier of Tasmania (PDF - 467 KB) | (Word - 1.4 MB)
Terms of Reference for the independent verification of guaranteed wood supply and high conservation value forests under the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement
On Friday 19 August the Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings released the Terms of Reference for the independent verification of guaranteed wood supply and high conservation value forests under the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement.
The Terms of Reference, which were endorsed by all Signatories to the Tasmanian Forests Statement of Principles process, are a key next step in progressing the joint objectives of environmental protection and support for a strong and viable forest industry.
Professor Jonathan West has been appointed to lead the Independent Verification Group, in recognition of his extensive knowledge and understanding of Tasmanian industry as the head of the Australian Innovation Research Centre.
Independent Verification Group Reports
Reports listed below provide updates on the progress of the independent verification process and the draft work plans for the Independent Verification Group.
- Report on the work of the Independent Verification Group for the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement - 1 December 2011
- Report on the work of the Independent Verification Group for the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement - 31 December 2011
The final work plans of the Independent Verification Group are provided with the Independent Verification Group Report