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SOUTHEM ONLINE Forestry Southern Hemisphere News SOUTHEM Online - Issue 299 – 29 May 2013 – Hi, Hola and Oi – Welcome

to this edition of Southem Online. Cheers and Saludos from Down Under Mike Smith Editor and Director Email: info@southem.com URL: www.southem.com SOUTHEM COMMUNITY REGISTRATION Send an email to subscribe@southem.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 info@southem.com for sponsorship details. REMSOFT ANNOUNCES THE DATES OF ITS 10TH INTERNATIONAL MODELING CONFERENCE AND USEER GRIUP Remsoft, the leading provider of advanced analytics, modeling and spatial optimization technology, has announced the dates of their annual International Modeling Conference and User Group whereby clients and users from the four corners of the globe will congregate to share best practices in natural resource management. The User Group will be held September 11-12, 2013. Set to take place at Remsoft’s Head Office in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada along the scenic Saint John River, this year marks the 10th consecutive User Group. In the past five years alone, more than 250 people from across Canada and the United States as well as Brazil, New Zealand, Australia, Latvia, Ireland and Finland have travelled the distance to attend. For more information, go to: http://remsoft.com/events.php?id=189 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/ http://remsoft.com/events.php?id=189 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. CHILE NATIVE FOREST ENGINEERS URGED TO MEET SOCIAL CHALLENGES Pilar Cárcamo, the new president of Chile’s Institute of Native Forest Engineers says the agency must rethink its strategies and structure to take into account social changes, such as indigenous Mapuche issues. The institute recently celebrated 20 years since its inauguration and Pilar said in a statement she was certain that the new team, consisting of valuable people, would enthusiastically assume the future challenges of the institution, both in the internal and external. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-H9 LOUISIANA-PACIFIC’S LATAM RETURNS DOUBLE IN BEST Q1 SINCE 2006 The US group Louisiana-Pacific Corp. reports its South American operating income in Q1 2013 increased to US$6 million, compared to operating income of $3 million in Q1 2012. Overall, the group reported Q1 2013 was its best quarter since 2006. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-H7 LACK OF BUDGET INDUSTRY FOCUS CONCERNS AUSTRALIAN FORESTRY The Chief Executive of the Australian Forest Products Association, Ross Hampton has expressed disappointment in this year’s Budget speech by Treasurer Wayne Swan while noting that there were some good initiatives. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-GY

PROBLEMS IDENTIFIED WITH CHILE FOREST ECOSYSTEMS AND WATER A soon to be launched study has identified a general problem around the reduction in surface water and groundwater supplies and its relation to forest ecosystems in Chile. The Chilean Forest Research Institute (Infor) launched the study in late 2012 due to the important roles played by forest plantations and water in the country’s economic, social and environmental development, an Infor statement said. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-GC BRAZIL CHIEF MINISTER MOVES ON MAPPING OVER INDIGENOUS LAND ISSUE In Brazil, Minister and Chief of Staff Gleisi Hoffmann (pictured) has asked representatives of the productive sector of Mato Grosso do Sul, to map farms invaded by indigenous people in the state and the productive areas threatened with occupation by these groups. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-H9 LOUISIANA-PACIFIC’S LATAM RETURNS DOUBLE IN BEST Q1 SINCE 2006 The US group Louisiana-Pacific Corp. reports its South American operating income in Q1 2013 increased to US$6 million compared to Q1 2012. Overall, the group reported Q1 2013 was its best quarter since 2006, said company executives during a conference call on Q1 2013 financial results. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-H7 BRAZIL IN US$900M DEBT DEAL WITH AFRICAN NATIONS Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff has announced a US$900 million forgiveness or debt renegotiation that 12 African countries have with Brazil. The total debt is forgiven or renegotiated nearly US$900 million. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-Gy PACIFIC ALLIANCE – PRESIDENTS CONFIRM TRADE AND INVESTMENT INTERESTS The presidents of Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru have reaffirmed the bonds of friendship, solidarity and cooperation between their countries. The presidents met on 23 May, 2013, in Cali, Colombia at the VII Summit of the Pacific Alliance. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-Gw MAPUCHE LAND ISSUES RAISED IN CHILE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION The Christian Democrat presidential candidate in Chile’s elections, Claudio Orrego, presented in Temuco the party’s policy proposal to encourage the development of indigenous Mapuche communities. Orrego said Chile had to assume the outstanding debt it had with indigenous peoples, but particularly the Mapuche, who, as he said they have been given land but have been repressed. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-Gu

FOREST FIRE SEASON STATISTICS DROP IN KEY CHILE REGION Statistics released by the Chilean Wood Corporation, CORMA, have revealed that forest fires in the 2012-2013 season have dropped 86 per cent compared to the same period a year ago. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-Gs LANDHOLDERS RECOVER FROM ‘HORRID’ BUSHFIRE START TO YEAR ABC News has recounted the recovery from the ‘horrid start to the beginning of 2013 for landholders in the Bundaleer Forest in the mid north of South Australia. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-Gq FOREST FIRE BOOK SET TO IMPACT ON LAND MANAGEMENT Meanwhile, a new book best-selling book is set to help shape policy on land management in Australia. Professor Bill Gammage, emeritus Professor of History at the Australian National University in Canberra, published his scholarly work "The Biggest Estate on Earth- How Aborigines Made Australia." http://wp.me/p2ypvs-Go ARGENTINA PROPOSES NEW NATIVE FOREST PROTECTION LEGISLATION The Argentine Government has launched a new version of legislation covering the minimum environmental protections required for native forests. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-Gm EXPERIENCE FOR YOSEMITE RANGERS IN CHILE SISTER PARK Two rangers from the Yosemite National Park in the USA recently worked with counterparts in Chile at one of the most unspoiled places on Earth, the Torres del Paine National Park. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-Gk FRED PHASWANA TAKES JOINT CHAIR ROLE AT MONDI South Africa’s Mondi Group has announced the appointment of Tshamano Mohau Frederik (Fred) Phaswana as joint chairman with effect from 1 June 2013. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-G8 FOREST TASMANIA JOINS FOREST INDUSTRY PUSH FOR WINTER FIREWOOD TOP UP Australian state agency, Forestry Tasmania, has joined a major forestry industry push to provide some winter warmth for victims of the Forcett/Dunalley bushfires over summer, a statement said. SOUTHEM VIDEOS

SOUTH AFRICAN FILM-MAKER WINS UN FORESTS FOR PEOPLE AWARD 2013 This film by Rowan Pybus of South Africa received the United Nations Forests for People Film Award in 2013. http://wp.me/p2ypvs-HB 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 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. WATER AND PLANTATION FORESTRY 12 June 2013. Utilisation of Water and Plantation Forestry, Posadas, Misiones, Argentina. Email: seminario@agentinaforestal.com 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 THIRD NATIONAL CONGRESS - AGROFORESTALES SYSTEMS IN BOLIVIA – Agroforestry: integration between nature, man and economy . Registrations at: www.ecosaf.org 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 The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics will host in the second half of

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