Portfolios - Lands

 
Principles
The Greens (WA) believe
  • rural land use, including the production of food and fibre, should contribute to biodiverse native landscapes, clean water and clean air and be sensitive to Aboriginal heritage and cultural land use
  • as the most arid inhabited continent with fragile ancient soils, Australia's productive agricultural land and water supplies are vital national assets which must be protected from competing and unsustainable uses
  • sustainable agriculture cannot be delivered without a skilled workforce and an Australian population that understands and values our food systems and ecosystems
  • animals are an integral part of farming systems and managers must ensure the physical and psychological wellbeing of animals in their care
  • ongoing innovation, research, development and education are essential to maintain and improve the sustainability and prosperity of Australian agriculture and ecosystems
  • the spread of invasive pests, diseases and weeds is a significant threat to ecological integrity, and agricultural productivity and must be proactively managed
  • genetic diversity both within ecosystems and agricultural systems is essential for the health and resilience of these systems and should be protected
  • the Precautionary Principle, as defined in the Convention on Biological Diversity, must be applied to all new agricultural technologies and the use of their products in the environment
  • the distance between where food is grown, processed and consumed should be minimised

See also greens (NSW) policy on Rural Land Use 

Measures
The Greens (WA) will initiate and supportlegislation and other actions that will:
  • ensure appropriate land management practices are adopted, and degraded lands and habitats are restored
  • integrate Pest Management that minimises chemical use is supported and encouraged
  • protect land that is unsuitable for farming or of significant ecological or cultural and land-holders are adequately compensated
  • ensure the extent and impact of soil degradation is reduced and strategies are implemented to improve the management of our soil resource
  • introduce an effective, well-resourced and tenure-free biosecurity system that protects agriculture and the environment from pests, weeds and diseases
  • encourage diversity of land use and provide support to small-scale and diversified farming operations
  • support land managers in the implementation of low-carbon-intensive farming techniques and the sequestration of carbon in soils and vegetation
    • Double the funding for Indigenous Rangers by providing an extra $313 million between 2016-17 to 2019-20
    • Extend funding commitments to 15 year contracts, and
    • Work towards a high-level target of 5,000 rangers (see Greens (WA) policy on Indigenous Rangers)
  • protect travelling Stock Routes (TSRs)
  • guarantee bushfire risk management is well resourced and species sensitive
  • make sure native vegetation/forest corridors exist across all land tenures to link reserves and maintain biodiversity
  • secure the quality of our water resources  and riparian ecosystems and improve the efficiency of water use in our agricultural systems
  • develop and implement an effective framework, including financial incentives, pricing mechanisms, education services and regulation to ensure that farmers and land managers are rewarded for the repair and maintenance of ecosystem services
  • provide funding to organisations and programs involved in the restoration, maintenance and protection of high conservation value lands is adequate
  • introduce initiatives that increase local production, value-adding, distribution and fair prices for farmers are supported
  • ban broad-scale native vegetation clearing and protect/restore native vegetation and biodiversity, including in agricultural systems
  • maintain the genetic diversity of production species and ensure they remain unrestricted through privatisation of genetic material
  • implement measures to minimise waste in the entire food production system, including production, transport, packaging and consumption
  • provide drought assistance and other incentives for land managers encourage long-term risk-reduction strategies including adaptation to likely climate change impacts
  • engage in research, development and education of sustainable agricultural systems and healthy landscapes whilst resourcing resilient rural and regional communities
  • adopt enforceable Model Codes of Practice in Animal Welfare by all sectors of livestock production, and make sure there is adequate funding of the authorities responsible for education and ensuring compliance (please see Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines (Model Codes of Practice))
  • remove inappropriate barriers to the consumption of natural foods, including for hemp products. 
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