Dialogue and open data
The Commission and the NSW Forest Monitoring Steering Committee will engage with the community, environment and industry stakeholders on the program design, implementation, annual reviews and major reviews.
The program seeks to work with a wide range of partners, including community organisations, Indigenous groups, and universities to draw in monitoring, research, data, and evaluation skills, and convening and consolidating experience from across the state at local and regional levels.
Public reporting of the program results and progress will be made available, including any recommendations of the Commission and the NSW Forest Monitoring Steering Committee for any suggested changes to the Coastal IFOA, RFAs or the NSW Forest Management Framework.
- Stakeholder and Community Engagement Plan 2019-2021 (October 2019)
Aboriginal stakeholder engagement plan
The Commission and the NSW Forest Monitoring Steering Committee will engage and work with the Aboriginal people during program design, implementation and reviews.
Aboriginal people are important stakeholders in their role as forest owners and managers in NSW. Forests provide economic opportunities and connection to Country for Aboriginal people. Around 15 percent of forests in NSW are owned or managed by Aboriginal people.
The Commission worked closely with Aboriginal Affairs NSW, NSW Aboriginal Land Council and Aboriginal Executive Network in the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to develop an Aboriginal stakeholder engagement plan for the program. The plan aims to establish ongoing, meaningful and respectful engagement with Aboriginal stakeholders and communities.
- Aboriginal stakeholder engagement plan (February 2020)
2020 Annual forums
The program has committed to host annual stakeholder forums. This is an opportunity for people to learn more about the program, ask questions and provide feedback.
Webinar 2 - Coastal IFOA monitoring program
The Commission hosted a webinar in November 2020 with a panel of members from the NSW Forest Monitoring Steering Committee to update the community on the coastal IFOA monitoring program. The program now has detailed monitoring plans in place for forest health, biodiversity, water quality and wood supply. A research and evaluation program is also in place.
The webinar video is available above.
More detail about the Coastal IFOA Monitoring Program is available here.
Webinar 1 - Data driven forest management
The Commission hosted a webinar in October 2020 with a panel of members from the NSW Forest Monitoring Steering Committee. The program has now invested over $2.5 million with 20 project partners. The webinar provided an overview of the projects and other elements of the program. The panel also answered stakeholder questions.
The webinar video, and the questions and answers are available above.
In-line with the NSW Government Open Data Policy, the program will release commissioned data and information for use by the community, research, business and industry. All program data will be made available on NSW’s Sharing and Enabling Environmental Data (SEED) portal or the Spatial Collaborative Portal.
Project: Data services
Spatial Vision will analyse data management practice and management standards, support developing appropriate data architecture and infrastructure for the program, and source and integrate data. The work will build on, and link to existing data infrastructure such as the NSW SEED data portal. Dr Zaffar Mohamed-Ghouse, a former Director at FrontierSI (previously CRC for Spatial Information), will lead the work. This work will support the program to address all state-wide evaluation questions.