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to this edition of Southem Online. Find out in this edition about a new push by the Chinese Government to investment in New Zealand forestry and forest products sectors. Cheers and Saludos from Down Under Mike Smith Editor and Director Email: firstname.lastname@example.org URL: www.southem.com SOUTHEM COMMUNITY REGISTRATION Send an email to email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for sponsorship details. PODCAST: BOB IZLAR ON THE UGA 2013 TIMBER INVESTMENT CONFERENCE The University of Georgia’s Center for Forest Business recently held another successful Timberland Investment Conference. Bob Izlar, the director of the Center, talked about who attended and where they came from, along with discussions around the conference theme: The Timberland Asset: The Long Term Investment for the Bright Green Future. http://www.southem.com/2013/04/podcast-bob-izlar-on-the-uga-2013-timberinvestment-conference/ 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. CHINESE GOVERNMENT THROWS WEIGHT BEHIND NZ FORESTRY INVESTMENT THRUST The Chinese Government has put its might behind the push by its country’s enterprises to expand their growing presence in the New Zealand forestry sector. A message in Chinese on the China Forestry Group Corporation regarding a visit Prime Minister John Key made to China in April notes the growth of investments in forestry and forest products in New Zealand. (The pic above shows China Forestry Group Corporation general manager Lin Chin with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key after their discussions in China on 11 April.) http://wp.me/p2ypvs-Ff NZ APPROVES FOREST SALE TO CHINESE GOVERNMENT AGENCY Meanwhile, the New Zealand Government has approved the sale of 11 forestry blocks in the country’s North Island to the China Forestry Group Corporation, a government log importer and forest products group. The sale was made by the NZ Superannuation Fund, which invests money, on behalf of the New Zealand Government, and was approved by the Overseas Investment Office. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-Fb MUTED CELEBRATION AS TASMANIA FOREST DEAL GOES THROUGH PARLIAMENT The Parliament in the Australian state of Tasmania may have passed a historic forest peace deal but the celebrations appear to be muted. The forest industry agreed with the historic nature of the deal but warned the real issue will be putting it into effect. However, forest activists are split after Greens MPs voted for a peace deal which was 30 years in the making and aims to balance conservation and industry interests in a A$400 million deal. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-Eo YORK TIMBERS TO EXPAND AS SOUTHERN AFRICA MARKETS GROW South Africa’s York Timbers is on the mergers and acquisitions path in an effort to boost access to wood resources and grow with the expanding southern African market. York CEO Piet van Zyl is reported as telling Business Day consolidation of small local plantations would help to create critical mass. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-EW STEADY PROGRESS MADE ON GIANT URUGUAY PULP PLANT - ARAUCO Construction work of Montes del Plata pulp mill in Uruguay is moving at a steady
pace, the Chilean group Arauco has reported in a statement. “This project is part of the joint venture in equal shares between Swedish-Finnish Stora Enso and ARAUCO, to produce and export woodpulp to the world’s most important markets,” the statement says. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-EM CARBON TRADING SPECIALISTS FROM CHILE, NZ & USA MEET Specialists from Chile, New Zealand and the United States gathered recently at a workshop organized by the Center for Global Change at the Universidad Católica de Chile for a discussion around the theme: "role of forestry in a system of tradable emission permits carbon in Chile". http://wp.me/p2ypvs-EJ CMPC BRAZIL OFFSHOOT LAUNCHES PLAN TO TRAIN 6,000 WORKERS Celulose Riograndense – a subsidiary of the Chilean CMPC Group, has launched a project aimed at training opportunities for 6,000 workers. The project was announced by the CEO of Celulose Riograndense, Walter Lidio Nunes, who was joined by the State Secretary for Social Development, Luis Augusto Lara, and Cabinet Secretary for Mayors and Federative Relations, Afonso Motta, and 23 more mayors of metropolitan regions and Carboniferous. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-EA CORRIENTES POLICIES ADDING VALUE TO WOOD The government in the Argentine province of Corrientes is working with the industry to develop and implement projects to add value to timber. FAIMA, the wood industry agency, has reported the Corrientes Strategic Industrial Forestry Plan aims to create a large group of wood-based industries under the Secretariat of Industry in coordination with other areas of the Production Ministry and other ministries with the aim of generating genuine employment and economic development. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-Eh FOREST WORKER DEATHS SPARKS CALL FOR SAFETY INQUIRY A labour union in the New Zealand wood sector is warning that little is being learned from the spate of deaths in the country’s industrial forests. A 23 year old forestry worker died recently near Waitara in Taranaki, the fourth worker to die this year. Rawiri Daniels, Wood Secretary for FIRST Union, said in a statement the union was deeply concerned about the recent deaths in forestry, and supported the Council of Trade Unions’ call for a full inquiry into forest safety. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-ES http://www.southem.com/2013/05/nz-forest-worker-deaths-sparks-call-for-safetyinquiry/ HEAT ON SOUTH AFRICAN LABOUR LAW CONCERNS South African business is raising the heat on the government’s planned new labour laws. iAfrica.com has quoted Linda Madayi, Managing Partner of Khatala Staffing — a 100 per cent black female owned human capital company as saying the changes will in all likelihood lead to a “drastic reduction in overall employment within South Africa.
TRIBE FILES LEGAL PROCEEDINGS TO MOVE KAINGAROA FOREST DEAL Radio New Zealand News reported a Bay of Plenty Maori tribal group has singled out three iwi, accusing them of failing to comply with a law to divide up one of the world’s largest plantation forests. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-Eq SOUTHEM ARTICLES LAND TENURE RIGHTS LINKED TO GOOD FOREST MANAGEMENT, REPORT Tenure of indigenous peoples’ territories and REDD+ as a forestry management incentive: the case of Mesoamerican countries . Tracy Zussman, Editor. Publisher: UN-REDD Programme and Forest Carbon Partnership Facility. http://www.eldis.org/go/display&type=Document&id=65056? goback=.gde_125462_member_234906172#.UX88RcrvtVZ ************************************************ SOUTHEM KORERO 8-10 May 2013. Appita Annual Conference and Exhibition. Melbourne Park Function Centre, Melbourne, Australia. http://www.appita.com.au/what-we-do/events/2013-appita-conference 8TH BOLIVIAN WOOD INDUSTRY SOCIAL ENCOUNTER 10 May 2013. Designed as a social business gathering for those from indigenous communities, sawmillers, builders, industries, financial institutions and machinery suppliers. Concepción, Santa Cruz, on May 10 Concepción, Santa Cruz. Go to www.cfb.org.bo 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 ARGENTINA 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
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