As part of the wider Tasmanian forest industry, Sustainable Timber Tasmania was involved in the development of, and maintains its commitment to, two industry-wide charters - the Good Neighbour Protocol and the Tourism and Forestry Protocol. Sustainable Timber Tasmania has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Tasmanian apiary industry.
The commitments made in these documents are integrated into Sustainable Timber Tasmania's standard operating procedures.
Good Neighbour Protocol
The Good Neighbour Protocol was launched in May 2019 by Tasmanian forest managers. As forest managers, we are the custodians of Tasmanian forests and manage them as a sustainable, renewable resource. The Good Neighbour Protocol is an industry initiative to guarantee neighbours of forest growers will be treated with dignity and respect.
Tourism and Forestry Protocol 2017
The initial Tourism-Forestry Protocol Agreement was implemented in September 2003.
The 2017 Agreement brings together the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania, Forest Industries Association of Tasmania, Sustainable Timber Tasmania and the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association in what is a key tool for building on Tasmania’s natural forestry and tourism opportunities and the shared responsibility for the tourism, forestry and agriculture sectors in making it work.
The Agreement seeks to put in place measures for the forestry industry to work with the tourism industry to develop and implement mutually beneficial outcomes that support both ongoing wood production and tourism growth.
Memorandum of Understanding
The Memorandum of Understanding between the Tasmanian forest and apiary industries was signed in November 2019 by Sustainable Timber Tasmania, the Tasmanian Beekeepers Association and the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council.
The Memorandum of Understanding recognises that both industries are crucial for the Tasmanian economy and both can and do benefit from the resources and opportunities created by Tasmania's forests.