Focus on future of our forests

EXPRESSIONS of Interest are now open to participate in the Forest Economics Congress to be hosted by the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), from November 28 to 30 this year.

The congress will bring together 120 delegates to try to answer a question from Mona’s Kirsha Kaechele: What is the value of Tasmania’s forests?

With expertise from economists, scientists, First Nations leaders, ecologists, industry representatives, community luminaries, conservationists, policy think tanks, artisans and boatbuilders, attendees will explore how to bring about outcomes that benefit the whole state.

The congress is seeking a diverse range of people to participate and share their perspectives, including communities from all walks of life.

“We want to hear from many different people with many different perspectives, because we know that diverse views make for better outcomes—the congress needs your unique take on things,’’ Kirsha Kaechele said.

“This is an invitation to anyone who is passionate about communities and forests.

“All you need to give is your time and your thoughts. There are no preconceived ideas.

“This is a truly open space to come together in and create a blueprint for a uniquely Tasmanian approach to the future of forests—and, if we succeed, we will create something with global significance.

“The whole world is working on these issues and we have an opportunity to set the model.’’

Over three days, the delegates will consider the significant and specific value of forests, as well as establish new economic, conservation and social models for Tasmania and the wider world.

A limited number of places will be available through the Expressions of Interest process, which closes Monday October 2.

Prospective attendees must first check their eligibility and craft a response of no more than 250 words.

Applicants must be able to attend the full three days of the congress in person at Mona in November.

Submissions are encouraged from community members with an understanding of the existing and potential value forests bring to communities, and a record of community engagement.

For full details and to submit an Expression of Interest go to