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Southem Online 276 - Forest industry's manufacturing challenge

Southem Online 276 - Forest industry's manufacturing challenge

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Hi and Hola - Welcome to this edition of Southem Online. This edition is pretty much all about whether the forest industry will reach its manufacturing potential in the southern hemisphere. A report from climate change talks in Durban, South Africa, argues for sustainable forestry developments.
Hi and Hola - Welcome to this edition of Southem Online. This edition is pretty much all about whether the forest industry will reach its manufacturing potential in the southern hemisphere. A report from climate change talks in Durban, South Africa, argues for sustainable forestry developments.

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SOUTHEM ONLINE
Southern Hemisphere Forest Industry Journal Online news briefsSOUTHEM Online - Issue 276 – 8 December 2011Hi and Hola - Welcome to this edition of Southem Online. This edition is pretty muchall about whether the forest industry will reach its manufacturing potential in thesouthern hemisphere. A report from climate change talks in Durban, South Africa,argues for sustainable forestry developments..Cheers and Saludos from Down Under Mike SmithEditor and Director Email: info@southem.comURL: www.southem.com
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Warnell Outreach Workshops & Conferences presents the Eighth Southern Forestryand Natural Resource Management GIS Conference. The 8th SOFOR GISConference will encompass topics related to the use of GIS and other geospatialtechnologies in forestry and natural resource management.Southern Forestry and Natural Resource Management GIS Conference. December 11-13, 2011, Athens, Georgia.http://www.soforgis.net/2011/****************************************
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ARGENTINA HAS CAPACITY TO ABSORB $4B IN FOREST INVESTMENTS
Argentina has the capacity to absorb $4,000 million in forest investments in comingyears, according to the country’s forest owners. The AFOA says the sector requiresa law for the promotion of industrial uses of its growing plantation forest resources.The statement says after an annual private-public sector meeting analysingprospects for 2012. The president of Afoa, Jorge Acne, says there was a need for policy to be developed to help the forest sector achieve its potential to add value.Industry growth would have a great impact on regional economies, generatingemployment and sustainable development.
MINISTER CLAIMS ARGENTINA STRONGER IN FACE OF INTERNATIONALCRISIS
Meanwhile, in Argentina, the Minister of Production, Débora Giorgi, has highlightedthe international impact from the public and private debt crisis in contrast toArgentina, where industrial investment secures a productive model and increasescompetitiveness, FAIMA reported. Giorgi said Argentina was very well placed inregards to the international crisis that "here we are with new ideas for new problems,well-placed for what we are going to make." She was speaking at the opening of anew cigarette-making outfit.
MANUFACTURING RESULTS CONFIRM NEW ZEALAND WOOD INDUSTRY’SPROBLEM
Raw logs will continue to be shipped overseas unprocessed unless there is seriousattention paid by the government to the wood processing industry, a union for workers in the sector says. The Economic Survey of Manufacturing reports a 0.7 per cent decline in the volume of wood and paper product manufacturing sales in theSeptember 2011 quarter. The sector has declined five out of the past eight quarters.FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid said that exporters of raw logs weremaking money, but many value-added wood processors were downsizing or beingput out of business. “We face the real risk that New Zealand will be unable to fullycapitalise on the processing side of one of our largest industries – forestry.”
NEW SAWMILL CLOSURE ADDS TO GROWING LIST OF NZ WOOD SECTORFAILURES
Meanwhile, the union for wood processing workers is asking how many more millswill close before the New Zealand Government admits there is a crisis. EurocellTimber in Upper Hutt has announced it is shutting down its mill, with the loss of up to40 jobs, saying that a lack of pick up from the Christchurch rebuild, trouble sourcingaffordable logs, a weak housing sector and competition from exporters of raw logswere factors in its closure. “For a number of years now, wood production has beendeclining, sawmills closing and workers have been losing their jobs,” said RobertReid, General Secretary of FIRST Union. “We estimate 1,200 jobs had been lostsince 2008 in the wood processing industry, but that figure could be well under half the real amount when attrition and unreported job losses are taken into account.”
 
AUSTRALIAN PM’s TASKFORCE RENEWS FOCUS ON MANUFACTURING
In Australia, the Prime Minister's Taskforce on Manufacturing held its first meeting inCanberra, releasing a communiqué acknowledging that manufacturing employsnearly one million Australians and generates over 34 per cent of Australia'smerchandise export income. The communiqué sets-out areas requiring attentionsuch as regulatory barriers, investment in innovation and maximising opportunities inAsia, the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) reports.
AFPA HIGHLIGHTS CHALLENGES FACING FOREST INDUSTRY
Meanwhile, separately to the Prime Minister's process, AFPA says it has lodged asubmission to the Federal Opposition's manufacturing review outlining the challengesfacing the forest industry, including: the high dollar, high input costs and theinadequate recent investment in resources due to the long-term nature of forestry.The submission discusses productivity improvements, upgrading skills, minimisingsovereign risk and reducing red tape. AFPA also intends to contribute to the PrimeMinister's Taskforce on Manufacturing once the process for consultation is further clarified.
PLEA FOR SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT
Bob Scholes, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa, hashighlighted the scientific case for sustainable forest management. Citing a recentstudy (Yude et al, “A Large and Persistent Carbon Sink in the World’s Forests”Science, August 2011), he noted that forests could potentially absorb nearly one-quarter of total carbon emissions from human activity, currently estimated at ninepetagrams per year, exceeding the targets of the Kyoto Protocol. His keynoteaddress was made at the fifth Forest Day, which took place in Durban, South Africa,in parallel with the UN Durban Climate Change Conference.
GREEN LIGHT FOR DIVISIVE BRAZILIAN FORESTRY BILL
Brazil’s new divisive Forest Code threatens the country’s ability to meet targets oncurbing greenhouse emissions, the BBC has reported. Quoting former environmentminister Marina Silva, talking on the sidelines of the UN climate talks in South Africa,the report notes the new Forest Code passed by the Senate will reduce the size of bugger zones around rivers, and weaken the amount of land that owners must leaveforested. Past breaches will not be punished if perpetrators agree to a plan of ecological restoration. "The approved law will make it difficult - and by a lot - for Brazil to keep their emission targets," Ms Silva is quoted as saying.
SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE VIDEOSISSUES FACING GOVERNMENTS AT COP17, DURBAN
Press briefing from COP 17 in Durban, South Africa, on issues facing governments.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8dQEMDffwE&feature=player_embedded************************************************
ARTICLES OF INTEREST:
Gabriela S. Lucero; Pablo H. Pizzuolo y Huberto Lucero.
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