Sure this sounds like a good idea, but as usual indicates the "big brother", condescending attitude which our government takes on all matters, including its dealing with the states.
"However, a common element of any incentives is that they will be provided only on the achievement of pre-agreed forest sustainability milestones (e.g. agreed reductions in national deforestation rates). Measurement of achievement of these milestones will be underpinned by the investment in the technology and systems to robustly monitor forest resources."
In other words: Do what we tell you, or you get nothing from us. And you better believe we'll be watching...
The idea is a very late implementation of an approach apparently discussed 2 years ago at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
As Wayne Swan says:
"it’s a strategy for the election. It’s not a strategy to combat climate change. That’s what it is. He only ever gets on board when there’s an election around the corner... He doesn’t believe in the science and he doesn’t understand the required policy responses. He’s just playing politics. It’s John Howard being a clever politician."
Speaking for myself, I want leadership not politics.