Cluster Chair: The position of cluster chair is currently vacant.
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The Operations Cluster works in partnership with other enforcement agencies such as the Australian Federal Police, INTERPOL and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. As well as general information sharing, the cluster also undertakes specific projects as requested by the AELERT Steering Committee. These projects may relate to waste, water, flora and fauna, pollution and other areas of concern for environmental regulatory agencies.
This cluster contains one working group with a specific operational focus:
Chair: Tim O’Connell, NSW Environment Protection Authority
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The Australasian Forestry Compliance and Enforcement Working Group was formed as a timely opportunity to create a network of forestry regulators; collaborating, strengthening law enforcement effort, exchanging expertise and identifying emerging trends and threats.
This network can improve the efficiency of forest regulators in the delivery of government priorities through already enacted legislation. Multiple forestry regulation jurisdictions throughout Australia and New Zealand have expressed their strong desire in this timely initiative.
The Working Group also aims to share intelligence and undertake joint operations as required.
Illegal forestry practices and forest crime present a significant problem in many jurisdictions regionally, national and internationally. It degrades forest environments, reduces biodiversity, undermines government regimes and revenues, contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and deprives local communities of opportunities to improve their quality of life. There are linkages of forest crime and serious crime, including organised crime, corruption, violence and extortion which can undermine local, regional and state stability.
It is envisaged that a summary report will be finalised by the end of 2015 providing an overview of Australasian forestry, forestry regulation and forestry enforcement. It will also highlight jurisdictional synergies and differences, operational best practice, case studies and lessons learnt. Emerging trends, threats, risks and opportunities will also be explored amongst the Working Group. Forestry regulators then aim to actively implement practices that result from the working group.
Tim O’Connell, NSW Environment Protection Authority Forestry Section is steering the working group and invites comments, questions and feedback around the working group.
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Active Participant Members:
Australian Commonwealth Department of Agriculture
NSW Environment Protection Authority
NSW Department of Primary Industries
New Zealand - Ministry for Primary Industries
New Zealand- Department of Conservation
Victoria - Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning
Victoria Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (Agriculture, Energy and Resources)
Western Australia Department of Parks and Wildlife
Forest and Ecosystem Management Division
Affiliate Members (informed as working group progresses):
South Australia Department of Primary Industries
Tasmania Forest Practices Authority
Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
NSW Office of Environment and Heritage