Forests more valuable for carbon: former Treasury official?

ABC Radio National

RN Breakfast, Friday 21 February 2014 8:17AM

A former senior Treasury officer has waded into the heated debate about the future of Australia’s native forests.

Dr. Frances Perkins worked as an economist in Canberra for 30 years for Treasury, the Department of Foreign Affairs and at the ANU.

Dr. Perkins has launched a stinging critique of the economics of native forest logging, saying that the forests are more valuable for carbon credits than logged timber.

Guests

Dr Frances Perkins
Economist for Treasury and the Department of Foreign Affairs
Ross Hampton
CEO, Australian Forest Products Association
Senator Richard Colbeck
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture
Dr Heather Keith
Researcher, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University

Credits

Reporter
Gregg Borschmann, Environment Editor

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