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– Welcome to this edition of Southem Online. Cheers and Saludos from Down Under Mike Smith Editor and Director Email: email@example.com URL: www.southem.com SOUTHEM COMMUNITY REGISTRATION Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org LINKEDIN GROUP @ http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2218173 FACEBOOK @ http://www.facebook.com/pages/southem/33458700993?ref=ts SPONSORS’ MESSAGES Help keep this publication free – please visit our sponsors today! Contact email@example.com for sponsorship details. PODCAST: BOB IZLAR ON CHANGES IN THE FOREST INVESTMENT CLIMATE, LEGAL ISSUES AND OWNERSHIP Topics for discussion at the Timber Investment Conference 2013 In this podcast, Bob Izlar, the director of the Center for Forest Business at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, talks about key topics for discussion at the Timber Investment Conference the Center is holding in March 2013 in Florida. Go to: http://wp.me/p2ypvs-zD Or http://www.southem.com/2013/01/podcast-bob-izlar-on-changes-in-the-forestinvestment-climate-legal-issues-and-owners-at-timber-investment-conference/ The conference will be held at the Ritz-Carlton located on Amelia Island, Florida and will take place from February 27th – March 1st, 2013. For more information or questions, see the event index to your right or contact Bob Izlar directly at (706) 5426819 or email firstname.lastname@example.org REMSOFT, INFLOR PROVIDING QUALITY SOLUTIONS TO SOUTH AMERICA Canadian company Remsoft, a leading provider of advanced analytics, modeling and spatial optimization solutions, and Brazilian company Inflor Consultoria e Sistemas,
also a market leader of forest management systems, have joined forces to serve the business planning needs of the natural resource industry in South America. For more information: http://remsoft.com/press.php?id=141 LASER TECHNOLOGY - MAKING MEASURING TREES AND MONITORING SLOPE GRADES SIMPLE Laser Technology means timber cruisers can now make tree heights and monitoring slope grades a simple task. Surveying jobs such as sale boundaries and stem mapping can now become effortless. If you are involved with mill operations and need to measure chip or log volumes, nothing could be easier than when using our laser rangefinders and software solutions. Imagine not having to wade through creeks or fight through foliage just to get a usable field measurement. http://www.lasertech.com/Forestry.aspx **************************************** COPYRIGHT NOTICE 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 line with the practice of fair reporting. Items originally published in Spanish are translated by TMS Ltd. Every effort is made to ensure use of paid wire service material is avoided at all times. Should users wish to utilise SOUTHEM Online on their own web sites, we request that this is done to accurately reflect the current layout to ensure attribution is appropriate. URUGUAY STANDS OUT IN CRITICAL WORLD BANK REPORT Uruguay stands out as a “good example” of the World Bank’s investment helping forestry development in an audit report critical of the way the bank’s forest strategy is implemented globally. A draft copy of the report warns that expectations for poverty reduction as envisioned in the bank’s 2002 Forest Strategy “have not yet been met”. The report says “the World Bank Group, through its policy advice, investments and guarantee, contributed to the development of the forestry sector in general, and to Uruguay‘s economic development in particular.” ARGENTINA CORRUPTION SCANDALS Two corruption scandals - one home grown and the other originating in Spain - are again highlighting the connections in Argentina between irregular investments, the misuse of environmental remediation projects for private gain, and plans that contribute to the degradation of natural resources. ARAUCO’S ALTO PARANA APPEALING ARGENTINE TAX RULING Alto Paraná S.A., the Argentine subsidiary of Chile’s Arauco, says it will appeal against a court ruling regarding income tax during period between 2001 and 2004. A company statement said it had informed Argentina´s National Securities Commission that is was notified of the sentence passed by the National Court of Appeals regarding the lawsuit originating from an adjustment made by the Argentinean National Treasury on the Sworn Declarations on Income Tax presented by Alto Paraná within 2001 and 2004.
TASMANIA’S EVER-CHANGING FOREST LAWS FRUSTRATE FARMERS Farmers in the Australian state of Tasmanian have told an inquiry into a peace planned to settle a dispute over internationally important forest use have said the legislation is getting worse with every change being made. The Farmers and Graziers Association says the bill failed to provide any certainty for private forest owners due to the changes. PRODUCT PRICES SLIP IN Q1, SAPPI SEES 2013 AS ‘TRANSITIONAL’ South Africa’s Sappi Ltd has reported operating profit of US$73 million in the first quarter of the financial year ended December 2013, down 27 per cent on the same period of 2012. CEO Ralph Boettger said in a statement the group’s performance was impacted by generally lower selling prices of pulp and paper. He described 2012 as “an important transitional year” as specialised pulp capacity expanded. NZ BIOENERGY GROUP WELCOMES GREENPEACE’S CLEAN ECONOMY PLAN The Bioenergy Association of New Zealand has welcomed a report by Greenpeace into the country’s ability to move to a new clean economy. In particular BANZ notes the report's emphasis on bioenergy as a means to achieving a clean energy future, noting such a move will both improve New Zealand's energy security and help improve our international economic competitiveness. SPAIN’S INAER HELICOPTERS IN CHILE FOREST FIREFIGHTING CAMPAIGN Spain’s INAER Helicopter Chile has this year reinforced its fleet of aircraft for the 2012-2013 firefighting campaign with helicopters from the 2012 summer campaign in Spain and Portugal. During the southern hemisphere summer, INAER maintained six operative bases throughout the country for fire prevention and fighting, with a fixed fleet composed of two Bell 407s, one Bell 412, a Eurocopter AS 350 B3 and two Kamov Ka-32s, and a team of qualified professionals with considerable firefighting experience. NZ OWNERS LIKELY TO FACE LEVY FOR FOREST HEALTH ACTION New Zealand forest plantations will be brought into a nationwide forest health surveillance scheme if a referendum of forest growers next month is successful, the Forest Owners Association said in a statement. "A yes vote in the referendum will see a small compulsory levy applied to harvested logs. Broadening the reach of the surveillance scheme will be one of the big benefits," Paul Nicholls, a Forest Growers Levy Trust board member, said in the statement. GUNNS ‘GOES ROGUE’ AS TASMANIA PEACE DEAL GOES DOWN, REPORT Tasmania's forest peace deal inquiry has heard Australian timber company Gunns was 'going rogue' in the early days of the process, the ABC reported. The story reported industry agency representatives saying they had taken what one described as threatening phone calls to industry participants in peace talks around the Tasmanian Forests Agreement Bill. The agreement is designed to end the state's forest wars by protecting half a million hectares of trees from logging, a very damaging prospect for the big Australian timber group. SOUTH AFRICA LAUNCHES GREEN R&D INITIATIVE
South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs and the Development Bank of Southern Africa have called for research and policy-development project proposals within its R34-million ‘green’ research and development initiative, Engineering News reported. The parties, through the newly formed Green Fund, aimed to advance green economy research and policy development to support South Africa’s transition to a greener economy, the report said. ANTS ON THE RUN AS FORESTS HIT BY BIG DRY A Curtin University Professor, Jonathan Majer, says decreased rainfall in the forests of south west Australia may be responsible for disappearing ant species, the Australian has reported. "We think the forest has become a more hostile environment for cryptic ants that like moist leaf litter and shady shrub layers. The litter and shade are starting to disappear. There's nowhere for the ants to go because land is drying out around them,” the report quoted his as saying. HOLLYWOOD AWARDS LINKS TO PLANT FOREST IN CHILEAN PATAGONIA The US-based Screen Actors Guild Awards says it is expanding efforts to further reduce its carbon footprint thanks to a unique reforestation partnership with Chile’s Patagonia Sur, a for-profit conservation company founded by American entrepreneur. “Though Hollywood and Chilean Patagonia are thousands of miles apart, these two unique regions are being linked in an exclusive effort to battle climate change,” the statement said. ************************************************ SOUTHEM VIDEOS ROTORUA FOREST ZIPLINE CANOPY TOURS, ROTORUA, NZ Promotional video for a ‘zip lining adventure for some great views from high above!’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8N0sswemLY SOUTHEM REFERENCES Neuenschwander, A. 2010. El Cambio Climatico en el Sector Silvoagropecuario de Chile. Fundacion para la Innovacion Agraria, FIA. Ministerio de Agricultura, Gobierno de Chile, Santiago, Chile. 123p. Michael Aros and Victor Lagos. La clave para enfrentar secuelas del incendio en Torres del Paine. Chile Foresta. Revista 361, August 2012. Grove S. The answer to Tasmania’s wicked forestry problems isn’t simple. http://www.onlineopinion.com.au
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BUSINESS ANALYST (Market Intelligence Opportunity to Sao Paulo, Brazil. Organise and analyse information and costs, productivity, timber prices, service, process, software, among others, comparing them to other companies in the industry. Map, monitor major customers, current and potential competitors in the wood market. Prepare presentations, and seminars and internal communications. Track, state interventions and opportunities for expense management. Report to Forestry Director. For more info, email: email@example.com LOGISTICS Logistics Coordinator and Supervisor of Materials. Experience in pulp and paper sector. The position is located in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org SOUTHEM KORERO BIOLOGICAL CONTROL OF ARTHROPODS 4-8 Mar 2013 4th International Symposium on the Biological Control of Arthropods (ISBCA). Pucón, Chile http://www.isbca.org BRAZIL’S FIMMA 2013 18 to 22 March 2013. Brasil. FIMMA 2013. International Fair of Machines, Raw Materials and Accessories for the Furniture Industry (Fimma Brazil) expect about 675 exhibitors, including national and international companies, and about 40,000 professional visitors. The 11th edition will be held in the Exhibition of Bento Gonçalves, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. www.fimma.com.br PROTECTED AREAS AND PLACE MAKING 21-26 Apr 2013. Protected Areas and Place Making: How do we provide conservation, landscape management, tourism, human health and regional development? Fóz Do Iguaçu (Pr), Brazil/ http://canjerana.esalq.usp.br/PAPM2013/doku.php FOREST SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - EURO LEGAL ASPECTS 14-17 May 2013. 15th International Symposium on Legal Aspects of European Forest Sustainable Development. Tirana, Republic of Albania. First Announcement and Call for Papers. http:///www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-9/90000/90600/activities/ THIRD IUFRO LATIN AMERICAN CONGRESS IUFRO and CATIE are organizing IUFROLAT 2013: the Third IUFRO Latin American Congress; San José, Costa Rica; 12-15 June 2013. Details tba. THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE UNIVERSITY’S 26TH SSP 2013 IN BRAZIL The 26th annual Space Studies Program (SSP) will be held at the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE) campus in São José dos Campos, Brazil in 2013.
The dates of the session are 17 June through 16 August 2013. Official Website: http://www.isunet.edu/programs/space-studies-program Call for Applications: http://www.isunet.edu/how-to-apply-ssp Call for Fellowships: http://www.isunet.edu/funding-and-scholarships ARGENTINAE AND LATAM FORESTRY CONGRESS 23-28 September 2013. The fourth Argentina and Latin American Forestry Congress (Congreso Forestal Argentino y Latinamericano). Theme: Sustainable Forestry/Future Possible. City of Iguazú (Provincia de Misiones). http://www.congresoforestal.org.ar/ BRAZIL TO HOST 2015 WORLD STATS CONGRESS The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics will host in the second half of 2015, the 60th World Congress of Statistics, organised by the International Statistical Institute. Go to: http://www.isi-web.org/ ************************************************* NEWS ONLINE Do you have news items you wish to make available to others on SOUTHEM Online? If so, please send them to email@example.com ************************************************ MISSING? Did we miss you off the list, or do you have an associate who may want to receive SOUTHEM Online. If so, please feel free to register by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org ************************************************** REMOVE If you would prefer not to receive further issues of this newsletter, please reply to me at email email@example.com with the word ‘Remove’ in the subject.
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