SERCA Inc is an alliance of conservation groups from the south coast of New South Wales. It is focussed on forests: natural native forests which provide essential solutions in climate change, water and bio-diversity.
Conservation, environment and concerned citizens groups on the South Coast formed the South East Region Conservation Alliance Inc.(SERCA) in September 2005. It was incorporated on 2nd June 2008 (INC9889501).
This action was taken to maximise efforts and resources and has been triggered initially by four major environmental issues affecting the region. These were the (then) new Batemans Shelf Marine Park; continued woodchipping of native forests; the release of the NSW Governments South Coast Regional Planning Strategy; and a range of national park management issues.
SERCA campaigns for new native forest management to protect Australia's unique forest environmental values. It considers that over-logging has severely damaged forests, their tree, plant and animal species, their soils and micro-organisms, and their capacity to contribute to clean water supplies; and that this damage has contributed significantly to regional climate change and global warming. Trees in logged areas are not regrowing as expected. Many forest species are endangered or threatened, their numbers severely reduced.
Australia now has plantation wood that has already substituted for most of our domestic and export wood needs, and could substitute for the rest.
Our forest policies need urgent change, for the sake of future generations as well as our own. Instead both Commonwealth and State governments, at industry's urging, threaten to add another damaging use for native forests - logging and burning native forest biomass for large scale electricity generation and biofuels and advanced plastics.
SERCA co-operates with conservation and indigenous organisations in this and other regions and States in campaigning for new management of Australia's native forests. It is a member of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW and the Australian Forests and Climate Alliance.
What we do
SERCA's operational area of interest encompasses the shires of Eurobodalla, Bega Valley and Bombala (plus parts of Cooma-Monaro and Snowy River), and meetings of SERCA are held every two to three months at locations rotated around this area.
SERCA brings environment and community groups together to ensure their voice is heard by government decision-makers. The real environmental and community concerns of residents who live in the region are only being given lip service by local and state government.
SERCA believes that community groups on the coast have attempted to constructively participate in formal environmental processes, but are not succeeding in protecting the coast from damaging development, nor from inappropriate land and forest management practices.
SERCA groups are working, both individually and collectively, to achieve eight major objectives:
- Protection and restoration of native ecosystems, regardless of tenure;
- Maintaining and improving biodiversity for all native species;
- Promotion of ecologically sustainable land management across all land tenures;
- Protection of catchment values;
- Ending of woodchipping of native forests;
- Forging of strong and positive partnerships with indigenous groups;
- Protection and restoration of wilderness; and
- Promotion of an understanding and an appreciation of nature