Tiwi Islands – Northern Territory

Logging Tiwi forests a $110 million mistake: professor

Posted by tiwiccbb on March 30, 2009

Posted March 26, 2009 10:45:00
Tiwi Islanders have missed out on potentially millions of dollars from carbon trading, an expert from Charles Darwin University says.

The director of the university’s School for Environmental Research, Professor Stephen Garnett, has written a paper on carbon trading opportunities on the Tiwis.

Professor Garnett says the Tiwi forests that have been logged by Great Southern Plantations may have earned up to $110 million if they had been bought by a company wanting to offset their carbon emissions.

“They had just over 4,000 hectares of forest land for which they had permits to clear,” he said.

“And they could have kept those uncleared if they had sold the carbon in those forests on the carbon market.

“But instead they did go ahead and clear the land and turned it into plantations.”

A Senate committee is currently holding an inquiry into forestry operations on the Tiwi Islands.


One Response to “Logging Tiwi forests a $110 million mistake: professor”

  1. Anonymous said

    ITS A WEED!!!! This Project Will Prove to be a Complete Failure… So Sad 😦

    ABC Online Tuesday May 5
    Potential weed grown in NT plantations

    The Northern Territory Government has confirmed it is investigating a plant being grown on plantations on the Tiwi Islands as a high risk weed.

    The forestry company Great Southern is growing the plant, Acacia Mangium, on 29,000 hectares of land on Melville Island to export as woodchips to countries in the Asia Pacific region.

    The Environment Department’s Diana Leader says acacia is being examined as a potential weed because of its prolific seed production, rapid growth and strong competitive ability against other plants.

    “It’s become a potential weed in the tropical environment because of its rapid and extremely vigorous growth in the right places,” Ms Leader said.

    “It has prolific seed production and it can tolerate very acidic soils and low nutrient status soils and has a strong competitive ability and relative freedom from natural pests and diseases.”

    But she says it will be another 12 months before a weed status on acacia is finalised.

    “We do firstly an assessment of its weediness and then a look at the feasibility of controlling it and when we get the results from that, as to whether they come out having a high risk, then we look at cost-benefit analysis to see whether or not it would be able to be managed.”

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