This blog looks past partisan politics to find solutions and provide insights into public policy. It is the companion blog to the author's on-line training course in democracy and civic action: www.3ptraining.com.au
It covers a wide spectrum of issues from local to international concerns.
It was previously the support blog for the author's biography "Finding Home, An Autobiographical Account of a Child Migrant Growing on the Edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness” available from Amazon.
Erik is a public policy professional and owner of the online training course in democracy and civic action: www.3ptraining.com.au
…explores ways to create a sustainable and just community. Explores how that community can be best protected at all levels including social policy/economics/ military.
Erik’s autobiography is a humorous read about serious things. It concerns living in the bush, wilderness, home education, spirituality, and activism. Finding Home is available from Amazon, Barnes&Noble and all good e-book sellers.
For those with long memories, the last time industry and
conservationists sat around a table and ‘talked turkey’ was in 1989 at the
‘Salamanca Talks’. They failed, in part because conservationists would not
accept or legitimise the ‘clearfell and burn’ method of forestry. Both sides
were overconfident. Conservationists were on a roll and imagined that they
could still get Fed intervention for large scale protection of wild places. For
their part the industry figured they could keep gaming the system at State
level. A quarter of a century of conflict later and no one is confident. The
conservationists have endured a quarter century of clearfelling in HCV forest.
As predicted 20 years ago the industry is now on its knees. Without FSC
certification they have limited options. One of these is to burn HCV (high conservation value) forests
for electricity. See here: http://findinghomebookspace.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/burning-forests-for-electricity.html
The biggest and perhaps most dangerous compromise the ENGOs
have made is to do what they didn’t do in 1989 – legitimise ‘clearfell and
burn’ forestry. Their willingness to do so now is perhaps the most significant
shift in the history of this conflict.
If ENGOs accept these practices as sustainable then it will
be very difficult to argue against future roll-back of reserves. Essentially
ENGOs have said ‘we will legitimise what you do as long as you give us the bits
we want’. This is a pragmatic approach but it may open a Pandora’s box. No wonder the green movement is split.
As a participant and observer of this conflict for the last
30 years I can say that this was a compromise forged on realism. For that
reason it is likely to work. Let’s hope the political dinosaurs and naysayers of
this world will end up on the wrong side of history.
Tag line: Tasmania Forest Peace Agreement, High Conservation Value Forests, forest stuardship certification, forest practices code, sustainable forestry, world heritage area, TWS, FIAT.