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Investment in research, development, extension and use of new and improved technologies.

Description: 

'This indicator provides a national view of investment in

research and development in forestry, wood and paper

product manufacturing and environmental management

in forests using information collected nationally by the

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). It is valuable in

establishing broad trends, although limitations exist in

the capture of investment in activities dispersed across

and within jurisdictions, particularly environment-related

research, which is broad-based and not easily partitioned

into forest and non-forest research.'

(Australia's State of the Forests Report 2008)

 

Rationale: 

'This indicator monitors the investment in, and adoption of, new or improved technologies in forest

management and forest-based industries. It also quantifi es the level of research and development.

Signifi cant investment in research, development and new technologies results in continual

improvements to forest management practices.'

(Australia's State of the Forests Report 2008)

Use: 

Australia's State of the Forests Report 2008 

Forest and Wood Products Australia

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

Uncertainties/Research Needs: 

'Reported expenditure (in Australia) on national forest-related

research and development was $198.9 million in

2004–05, a decrease of $17.2 million from 2000–01.'

(Australia's State of the Forests Report 2008)

The Australian federal government's release of the 2007-2008 Budget revealed a $63 million cut in federal funding to the CSIRO, Australia's premier research agency, which will result in the integration of The Forest Biosciences Division into other research divisions, adversely impacting on the CSIRO's ability to continue to provide valuable contributions to informing policy and industry development.  (With The Daily Telegraph 23/5/08)