National forest biosecurity stakeholder group formed


The National Forest Biosecurity Surveillance Group (NFBSG) met for the first time in Sydney on 1 August. The group is made up key stakeholders in Australia’s forests including representatives from federal and state government agencies, Plant Health Australia and the environment and community sectors.

The group has been formed to support and guide the activities outlined in the National Forest Biosecurity Surveillance Strategy and Implementation Plan with the aim of establishing a forest biosecurity surveillance program nationally.

Working with the National Forest Biosecurity Surveillance Coordinator stakeholder representatives discussed:

  • the scope of forest biosecurity surveillance
  • the challenges of identifying and engaging with all forest stakeholders
  • possible governance and funding agreements
  • possible in-kind stakeholder collaborations

For more information, please email the Forest Biosecurity Coordinator, Paco Tovar.