Coastal IFOA monitoring program

Forest health
Water quality
Research and evaluation
Wood supply
Reporting and adaptive management

The monitoring program

The Commission is independently overseeing a monitoring program with the NSW Forest Steering Committee to ensure the ongoing effectiveness of the Coastal Integrated Forestry Operations Approval (Coastal IFOA) in achieving its objectives and outcomes.

The Environment Protection Authority and the Department of Primary Industries jointly approved the Coastal IFOA Monitoring Program in March 2020.

How was the program developed?

The Commission led the design and direction of the monitoring program in collaboration with a technical working group of agency representatives including the Forestry Corporation for NSW, NSW Environment Protection Authority, NSW Department of Primary Industries and NSW Department of Energy and Environment. Independent scientific experts from the Forest Monitoring Steering Committee reviewed the program and plans.

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation led a risk-based approach to ensure the monitoring program focused on priority areas to monitor in a cost-effective approach.

The monitoring program centres on eight monitoring strategies to evaluate the effectiveness of priority conditions in meeting the Coastal IFOA objectives and outcomes as well as monitoring landscape-scale trends.

The Commission, on behalf of the Steering Committee, will produce annual progress reports. Advice can also be provided to the NSW Government, NSW Environment Protection Authority and NSW Department of Primary Industries on changes to the Coastal IFOA along with the results of any program reviews.

Nine regional workshops were held with environmental and industry representatives in Grafton, Port Macquarie, Eden, Batemans Bay and Sydney to inform the design of the monitoring program. The draft program was exhibited for public comment between 18 October and 8 November 2019.

The Commission received 14 written submissions on the draft monitoring program from a range of community, environment, industry and government agency stakeholders. The Commission considered all community feedback in further developing the monitoring program.

Submissions received on the draft monitoring program

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