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Publications archive - Ecologically Sustainable Development


Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development

Prepared by the Ecologically Sustainable Development Steering Committee
Endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments
December, 1992
ISBN 0 644 27253 8

Forest Resource Use and Management
Part 2 Sectoral Issues - Chapter 3


To ensure Australia continues to refine and improve mechanisms for the ecologically sustainable management and use of its forests, by bringing together the commercial and non-commercial values of forests in such a way as to improve the material and non-material welfare of all Australians, and to ensure all forest values can be utilised on a sustainable basis.

Strategic Approach

One important way in which governments will pursue this will be by implementing the National Forests Policy Statement with its focus on achieving the best mix of conservation and commercial uses of native and plantation forests, in an integrated planning and management framework. Key approaches to forest management will include: setting a sustainable management framework for the use of native forests in order to achieve social and environmental objectives; recognising that commercial uses of forests which are based on ecologically sustainable practices are legitimate activities; and seeking complementary management of forests for all uses through integrated, strategic planning and operational management.

Objective 3.1

Governments will:

Objective 3.2

Governments will:

Objective 3.3

Governments will: