Conservationists will gather in Sydney next month to explore the role of our native forests in combating climate change.
“Pristine Australian forests offer stronger than previously recognised protection against climate change,” Don White, chairman of the Nature Conservation Council said today.
“New research from the Australian National University shows that unlogged forests can store up to three times as much carbon as plantation forests.
“Native forests are more resilient to climate change due to their biodiversity, and they act as natural filters cleaning our air and water. Our forests continue to be destroyed for short-term gain despite their significant contribution to fighting climate change.
“Speakers will discuss the role of natural forests in carbon storage, the relationship between forests and carbon markets, and the state of play with government and NGO responses.
“We urge Australian governments to acknowledge the importance of our remaining native forests and take steps to ensure they are sustainably managed,” Dr White said.
What: Carbon Forest Forum
When: 3.00-6.00pm, Friday 17 October
Where: Sydney Mechanic School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney.
Who: Heather Keith (Green Carbon Report author), Paul Winn (Greenpeace), Rick Humphries (Greening Australia), Margaret Blakers (Green Institute) and Sean Cadman (The Wilderness Society).