Native vegetation policies
The National framework for the management and monitoring of Australia's native vegetation (2001, the Native Vegetation Framework or NVF) outlines a coordinated national approach to native vegetation management. This Framework is a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments, and is designed to provide a mechanism through which the native vegetation management commitments agreed to by all Australian governments can be progressed.
Native Snowgum forest. Photo Joseph Lafferty
Desired outcomes of the Native Vegetation Framework
Native vegetation is usually managed within the broader context of natural resource management. As well as serving environmental objectives, sustainable management of native vegetation contributes substantially to economic and social objectives.
The native vegetation outcomes sought in the Native Vegetation Framework are:
- a reversal in the long-term decline in the extent and quality of Australia's native vegetation cover by:
- conserving native vegetation, and substantially reducing land clearing
- conserving Australia's biodiversity
- restoring, by means of substantially increased revegetation, the environmental values and productive capacity of Australia's degraded land and water.
- conservation and, where appropriate, restoration of native vegetation to maintain and enhance biodiversity, protect water quality and conserve soil resources, including on private land managed for agriculture, forestry and urban development
- retention and enhancement of biodiversity and native vegetation at both regional and national levels
- an improvement in the condition of existing native vegetation.
Review of the Native Vegetation Framework
In 2008 the Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council (NRMMC) confirmed the importance of the Native Vegetation Framework as the national policy document for achieving a reversal in the long-term decline of Australia’s native vegetation and an improvement in the condition of existing native vegetation and directed that the review of the Native Vegetation Framework be finalised.