A Pyrrhic victory?

The term ‘Pyrrhic victory’ was first used by the King of Epirus way back in 280 B.C. after winning a battle against the Romans but, at the cost of losing most of his soldiers.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald  the tied vote on Rob Oakeshot’s ” . . . move to giving forestry companies the green light to earn renewable energy certificates, which can be sold for profit, by burning native forest wood.” was opposed because ” . . . environment groups argued it would encourage more logging of native forest, throwing a financial lifeline to the woodchip industry, which is struggling amid slumping exports.”

Current native forest logging in NSW is allowed under the Regional Forest Agreements, however the RFAs require the State government to implement “Ecologically Sustainable Forest Management” (ESFM) across all tenures.

There is little doubt that the Federal Government are well aware of NSW government’s failure to work toward ESFM and this is why they are intending to drop their accreditation of the Australian Forestry Standard.

It could be argued that Oakeshot was simply reflecting the fact that the conservation movement are yet to challenge the notion that ESFM exists in NSW and especially in National Parks.

The other threats to forests were known of before the RFAs were signed but, like the logging industry, the conservation movement are yet to acknowledge these threats. In particular the negative impacts they have had on the so-called Comprehensive, Adequate and Representative reserve system (aka National Parks).

So the ‘victory’ against Oakeshot’s move will ensure that an unsustainable logging industry will doggedly fight on and conservationists leave themselves exposed to accusations that one cost of this ‘victory’, at least temporarily, is the ESFM koalas need to survive.



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