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Southem Online 274: Fire, disaster, education and afforestation

Southem Online 274: Fire, disaster, education and afforestation

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Welcome to this edition of Southem Online. Following the success of the new “turning page” online version of our Southern Hemisphere Forest Industry Journal, we are opening up space for articles from contributors.
Welcome to this edition of Southem Online. Following the success of the new “turning page” online version of our Southern Hemisphere Forest Industry Journal, we are opening up space for articles from contributors.

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SOUTHEM ONLINE
Southern Hemisphere Forest Industry Journal Online news briefsSOUTHEM Online - Issue 274 – 3 November 2011Hi and Hola - Welcome to this edition of Southem Online. Following thesuccess of the new “turning page” online version of our Southern HemisphereForest Industry Journal, we are opening up space for articles fromcontributors. As such, contributions are invited on the topics listed below for the upcoming December 2011 and January 2012 edition of the Journal.Feature themes:1 - Fire management/Disaster planning2 – Education3 – Afforestation/new tree plantingPlease feel free to check out the Journal at the link below. Your feedback iswelcome.http://www.southem.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1386&Itemid=31http://tinyurl.com/shfijvol17no3Cheers and Saludos from Down Under Mike SmithEditor and Director Email:info@southem.comURL:www.southernhemisphereforestry.co.nzandwww.southem.com
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WARNELL FORESTRY RESEARCHERS: HARVESTING REGIONALBIOMASS
Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources researchers recentlypublished a paper on “Regional approaches for harvesting forest biomass”The paper details a report on field studies to the Wood Supply ResearchInstitute. The UGA team’s final conclusions formed a component of theInstitute’s recently concluded “Forest Biomass Supply Chain Project”. For more information, go to:http://www.ugacfb.com/taxonomy/term/6Or email:sbaldwin@warnell.uga.edu****************************************
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Items headlined in SOUTHEM Online are drawn from a number of sources.The source of the item is quoted, either by publication or organisations in linewith the practice of fair reporting. Items originally published in Spanish aretranslated by TMS Ltd. Every effort is made to ensure use of paid wireservice material is avoided at all times. Should users wish to utiliseSOUTHEM Online on their own web sites, we request that this is done toaccurately reflect the current layout to ensure attribution is appropriate.
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FAILURE OF BILL TO CLEAR DEFORESTATION CULPRITS COULDCOST BRAZIL US$100B IN AG OUTPUT – SENATOR CLAIMS
Brazil stands to lose as much as US$100 billion in agricultural output shouldits senate reject legislation clearing farmers who illegally cleared protectedrainforest, a senator has claimed. The senator, Katia Abreu, quoted by theBloomberg news agency, is president of the Brazilian Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock. She is reported to have said there would be a“brutal reduction” in the country’s food production.************************************************
AUSTRALIAN FORESTRY HOPES FOR ‘COMMON SENSE OVER NATIVEWOOD BIOFUEL
That forestry really is for the optimistic is illustrated in a recent statement fromthe Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) and NSW Forest ProductsAssociation (FPA). The two groups say they are hopeful common sense willprevail over the use of native forest woody biomass for green energy and itseligibility for renewable energy certificates under the national renewableenergy target scheme. They say it is estimated there is enough woodybiomass from forest industry activities in Australia to supply 3000 gigawatthours of renewable energy per year from existing waste streams withoutharvesting a single extra tree. However, the recent proposal by the Australian
 
Government to amend the existing regulations to exclude biomass from nativeforest as an eligible renewable energy resource will “significantly jeopardiseplanned investments and innovation in green energy projects across thecountry,” the statement said.************************************************
NEW ZEALAND FORESTRY URGES INDUSTRIES TO UTILISE WOODRESIDUES FOR ENERGY
Meanwhile, New Zealand forest owners are urging major industries, hotels,hospitals and large schools in the central North Island to seriously consider forest residues as an energy source. The call comes in the wake of therupture of the northern pipeline from the Maui gas field, which left businessesstruggling for energy supplies. The government and Fonterra, the NZ-basedworld-leading dairy producer, are carrying out post-mortems on the security of energy supplies. Fonterra says it will be looking at all its options after 15 of itsnorthern milk processing plants had to shut down because of the gas outage.NZ Forest Owners Association senior policy analyst Glen Mackie said in astatement that vast quantities of forest residue, including branches, reject logsand stumps are available – a by-product of the normal forest harvesting cycle.************************************************
CHILE SPENDING US$2B ON SMALL & MEDIUM ENTERPRISES IN 2012
Chile’s Production Development Corporation (Corfo in Spanish) has increasedits budget by 10% to more than US$2 billion in order to focus on financial helpfor “micro”, small and medium sized companies. La Nacion reported Corfoexecutive vice-president Hernán Cheyre as saying it was hoped to boost thenumber of small and medium enterprises by as much as 10,000 to lift totalnumbers in Chile to 120,000.************************************************
EXIT GRANTS FOR TASMANIAN FOREST CONTRACTORS NOW OPEN
Meanwhile, guidelines for the Australian Government-funded A$45 millionTasmanian Forest Contractors Voluntary Exit Grants are now available online.Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, said in astatement the package, developed in consultation with the TasmanianGovernment and forest contractor associations, offers grants to assistTasmania’s public native forest sector to adjust to the industry downturn andthe reduced scale of native forest harvesting.************************************************
SA’S ZUMPA PUSHES FOR CURRENCY HELP
Currency issues continue to plague many countries in the southernhemisphere. South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma is pushing for improvedmeasures to curb currency volatility when he attends the Group of 20 summitin France, Business Day reported. This follows an earlier move by Argentinato force some kind of stability in trading.

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