Auditing timber harvest in Victoria

This is an interesting case associated with environmental auditing. A few months ago, the Victoria government lodged a court case against VicForests for alleged illegal logging of rainforest and forest buffers. One interesting aspect is that VicForests is a stated-owned commerical agency; this is almost a case of the government prosecuting itself.

Well, the case has been resolved, for now with an out-of-court settlement. The Victorian government has adjourned the case for year. VicForests has agreed to improve its procedures, work with the Victorian government to better define what constitutes rainforest, and initiate revegetation of 22 ha of rainforest.

I’d be interested to know how the definitions of rainforest are changing.


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