Francisco (Paco) Tovar

National Forest Biosecurity Coordinator

Mr Francisco (Paco) Tovar is the National Forest Biosecurity Coordinator tasked with promoting and implementing biosecurity capacity building activities set out under the National Forest Biosecurity Surveillance Strategy that are aimed at protecting Australia’s native forests, plantations and urban amenity trees.

In his previous role with the Industry Plantation Management Group (IPMG), Paco worked with the West Australian hardwood plantation industry to promote a collaborative approach to industry R,D&E activities aimed at removing regional productivity constraints such as water and nutrient deficiencies and pest and disease impacts.

A forest health generalist, Paco has over 14 years experience working alongside stakeholders to implement strategic R,D&E in the fields of silviculture, tree health, surveillance and biosecurity.