In April 2011, the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) was formed through the merger of the Australian Plantation Products and Paper Industry Council (A3P) and the National Association of Forest Industries (NAFI).
AFPA has been established to represent a variety of businesses that make-up the forest products sector such as tree growers, harvest and haulage contractors, sawmillers, forest product exporters, and pulp and paper processors.
While previous information produced by A3P and NAFI remains online, AFPA's transitional website contains the latest information produced under the AFPA banner: www.ausfpa.com.au
While celebrated every year on 21 March, World Forestry Day is particularly important this year given the United Nations General Assembly has declared 2011 the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.
In conjunction with the Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA), NAFI hosted a dinner at Parliament House in Canberra to mark World Forestry Day on Monday, 21 March. Almost 300 industry, parliamentary, ambassadorial and government guests attended.
Senator the Hon Joe Ludwig, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, as keynote speaker raised the profile of the event among industry attendees and the media. The MC for the evening was commentator Glenn Milne.
A Flickr Photo gallery has been setup: http://flickr.com/gp/australianforestproductsassociation/2P5T26/
An informative booklet celebrating the United Nations International Year of Forests 2011 was officially released on the night of the UN International Year of Forests gala dinner.
The document covers a wide variety of forestry topics such as tourism, recreation, bioenergy, climate change and industry innovation. The booklet also covers industry specific topics such as sustainable forest management, biodiversity and fire management.
Download: Celebrating forests and People
For information on the Australian activities to celebrate International Year of Forests, visit:
The 16th meeting of the UN convention on climate change commenced in Cancun, Mexico on 29 November 2010. NAFI has participated at multiple levels to maintain its reputation as a national industry leader in climate policy and to ensure progress on meaningful outcomes for forestry activities and future investment opportunities.
NAFI Deputy CEO, Mick Stephens, presented at a side event on Australian climate change policy. Download his presentation.
This pocket-sized publication provides easy-to-read information on the key features of the Australian forest industry including size, location, contribution to the economy, export standing and major markets.
Download: Forestry at a Glance 2010
Forest certification has been an important development for Australia’s forest industry in demonstrating world class sustainability. With widespread adoption by large companies and state forestry agencies the challenge now exists for small scale growers to achieve certification of their forests....