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Australia: Tasmania: forests deal divides green groups

Source:  Copyright 2011, Rainforest News
Date:  March 22, 2011
Original URL: Status ONLINE

A compromise has kept the Tasmanian forest peace process alive but it is still causing divisions among green groups, with state and federal Greens leaders among those seemingly at odds. An agreed moratorium on the logging of forests of high conservation value was due to be in place under a "principles agreement" between the timber industry and green groups.

However, aside from a ban on logging in 39 key forests, the broader moratorium never eventuated, with a reluctant state government initially refusing to direct the state-owned forestry company to implement it.

Green groups involved in the peace talks with industry had threatened to walk away from the historic process aimed at agreeing on a transition of the industry from native forests to plantations.
However, an eleventh hour compromise was brokered by federal government, which forced state Labor to accept a moratorium as a stepping stone to a deal, and persuaded green groups to lower their ...

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