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SOUTHEM Online - Issue 230 – 21 October 2009

Hi and Hola - Welcome to Southem Online Issue 230. Will the World Forestry Congress in
Buenos Aires, Argentina, this week prove to be yet another talkfest? Or can the sector’s
global leaders really galvanise themselves and their agencies into taking a lead role in placing
forestry at the forefront of issues such as climate change, social equity and economic
development?

As reported in the June 2009 edition of our Southern Hemisphere Forest Industry Journal,
countries from Brazil to Chile and Australia and New Zealand are mobilising programmes
aimed at promoting the benefits of wood products. But even as the New Zealand
Government frames its new emissions trading scheme to combat climate change, forest
owners are taking fright at the potential impact on new investment and have raised doubts as
to whether the expected levels of new planting can be achieved. It is a reminder for those at
the congress that political will can batter the best intentions of our sector.

Cheers and Saludas from Downunder


Mike Smith
Editor and Director
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GIS/REMOTE SENSING SPECIALIST


Pöyry Forest Industry are seeking to recruit an additional GIS specialist within the remote
sensing/GIS team located in our office in Auckland, New Zealand. The position involves
processing, mapping and analyzing GIS and remotely sensed data to support the forest
valuation resource assessment and remote sensing activities of the company. Preferred skills
are: experience with ArcGIS, good analytical and written communication skills, ability to travel
periodically. Familiarity with image processing (optical, radar and LiDAR), remote sensing
packages (ENVI and IDL) and forestry experience would be an advantage. Applications close
12 November 2009. For further information please contact Pete Watt on +64 9 918 1090 or
email your application to pete.watt@poyry.com

CONTINUING EDUCATION IN FOREST FINANCE AND ECONOMICS COURSE


The Department of Forest and Wood Science, Stellenbosch University, South Africa is
presenting a Precision Forestry Symposium in Stellenbosch from 1 to 3 March 2010. For
detail refer to www.sun.ac.za/forestry or contact Pierre Ackerman at packer@sun.ac.za

FOREST BUSINESS MASTERS DEGREE ASSISTANTSHIP


The University of Georgia Center for Forest Business announces the availability of a Master
of Forest Resources Graduate Assistantship in Forest Business beginning January 2010. For
details please contact:
Bob Izlar, + 1.706.542.6819, bizlar@warnell.uga.edu
For more information about MFR, MS or PhD degree programs in Forest Business see:
http://www.forestry.uga.edu/h/centers/cfb

For University of Georgia Graduate School admission requirements, please see:


http://www.gradsch.uga.edu

HELI HARVEST LTD PROVIDING AERIAL HEAVY LIFTING SERVICES


Heli Harvest is New Zealand’s leading heavy helicopter operator. The company has vast
experience in heavy lifting tasks, including timber harvesting, firefighting, disaster relief,
construction, vineyard frost protection and cellphone tower installation. Heli Harvest operates
two Mi-8 helicopters. For more information, go to:
http://www.heliharvest.co.nz/index.cfm/

PODCAST: VICTORIA PREPARES FOR BUSHFIRE IMPACTS ON CHILDREN


Psychiatrist Professor Raphael of the Australian National University and the University of
Western Sydney highlights work being done to alleviate the psychological impact on children
of the disastrous bushfires in Victoria in February 2009 and prepare for the fire season.
http://www.southem.com/index.php?
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CANADA AND ARGENTINA TEAM UP ON MODEL FOREST NETWORKS


Canadian and Argentinean forestry experts will combine at the XIIIth World Forestry
Congress in Buenos Aires this week to highlight work they are doing on model forest
networks. The teams will be showcasing a collaborative project on community engagement in
sustainable forest management, a congress statement said. For the past two years, the
Canadian Model Forest Network, the Model Forest of Newfoundland and Labrador and
Natural Resources Canada-Canadian Forest Service have been working with the Argentinean
Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development and the Argentina Model Forest
Network to help develop local level indicators for sustainable forest management that could
be applied to Argentinean circumstances. Through annual workshops involving the six Model
Forests, a suite of local level indicators has been developed and is now being tested “on the
ground” by the Model Forests. Discussions are underway with the Ibero-American Model
Forest Network to explore expanding the project to other countries in Latin America.

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HANCOCK AND MASISA FORGE ‘GREENFIELD’ FORESTRY AGREEMENT


Chilean forest products company, Masisa has forged an agreement with the North American
timber management organisation, Hancock Natural Resources Group to work together on
expanding potential opportunities for investment in “Greenfield” forests planting projects,
Diario Fianciero reported. The venture would start in Brazil, where the first project was
considering the acquisition of about 40,000 hectares of land for planting. "The agreement
signed between Masisa and Hancock helps to ensure our supply of long-term fibre supplies in
Brazil, which will allow us to continue projecting the future growth of our operations," Masisa
general manager Roberto Salas said in a statement. Masisa and Hancock agreed to an
exclusive arrangement to mutually develop “Greenfield” forestry projects in previously agreed
territorial zones.

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BUSHFIRES ADD TO ECONOMIC MELTDOWN IMPACT FOR VICFORESTS


The devastating February 2009 bushfires in Victoria, Australia, and the economic downturn
have led to state-owned VicForests posting a A$5 million net loss for the 2008-09 financial
year. VicForests CEO David Pollard said in the annual report that the February wildfires saw
the loss of the best harvestable areas along with a sizeable store of logs ready for delivery.
The third set of catastrophic fires in six years had severely affected the year-end results and
VicForests was currently attempting to resolve a pricing dispute with a major customer, which
was also having a significant impact on the year’s performance.

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RUSSIAN WATERBOMBERS REJECTED AS BUSHFIRES RAZED VICTORIA


Meanwhile, a Russian Government offer to send two of the world’s biggest and most
advanced waterbombers into action against February’s bushfires consuming lives, forests,
homes and townships in Victoria, Australia, was knocked back, The Age newspaper has
reported. Each of the giant Ilyushin-76 jets could drop in a single pass 42,000 litres of water
or retardant on a fire - almost five times the maximum capacity of the ''Elvis'' skycrane
helicopters. However, the offer, which came from the highest levels of the Government of the
Russian Federation, was rejected, according to the Russian embassy in Canberra, The Age
reported.

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AMAZONIAN PROTECTED AREAS


In Brazil, the Ministry of the Environment (MMA) has extended 26 October, the date of
recommendations on the Amazonian Program Protected Areas (ARPA in Portuguese) that
foresees the expansion of the National System Conservation Areas (Snuc) in the Amazonian
states, SBS reported. Considered the biggest biodiversity programme on the planet, the
ARPA contributes aims to reduce carbon emissions into the atmosphere triggered by
deforestation. The public consultation is being undertaken by a committee consisting of
representatives of governments and civil society.

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ARAUCO AND STORA ENSO CONCLUDE US$355M DEAL IN URUGUAY


Chilean forest products group Arauco and the Scandinavian Stora Enso have completed a
business deal involving the Uruguayan assets of the Spanish company, Ence. The value of
the deal was US$335 million and a statement from Arauco said it would include the future
construction of a pulp mill which would consolidate Arauco’s leadership in the production of
pulp. Erwin Kaufmann, ARAUCO executive, will be the Chief Executive Officer in this new
venture. “The joint assets in Uruguay have secured the strategic foundation for a world class
pulp mill, operating with state of the art technology, which will allow us to strengthen our
position among the main pulp producers around the world, though Arauco and Stora Enso
have not made a decision regarding the construction of this mill”, Arauco CEO Matías
Domeyko said in a statement.

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ILLEGALLY SOURCED TIMBER DRAFT IMPACT STATEMENT RELEASE


An Australian Government draft Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) on illegally logged timber
has been released for stakeholder consultation by 30 November 2009, industry agency A3P
has reported. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) engaged a
consultant, the Centre for International Economics (CIE), to prepare the draft RIS and consult
with stakeholders. The draft RIS does not recommend a preferred policy option, rather it
explores a raft of potential policy options. The RIS then asks that stakeholders make
suggestions or express detailed views about the possible regulatory and non-regulatory policy
options.

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REVISED TIMBER APPLICATION STANDARDS NEAR


A3P has reported that revisions of Australia’s AS1720.1 (timber structures) and AS1684
(timber framing) standards are nearing completion with publication by Standards Australia
expected in the New Year. A mong other things AS1720.1 will present amended MGP grade
properties and, accordingly, AS1684 will have amended span tables for MGP grades. Current
advice from the Australian Building Codes Board is that these new documents will not be
called up in the forthcoming 2010 Amendment of the Building Code so, unfortunately, there
will be a period where both old and new standards will have to co-exist. A3P will be
formulating a plan over the coming weeks to ensure this issue is handled in the most
appropriate way to minimise the inevitable confusion both in the industry and the market.

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‘PROTESTORS ON SHAKY GROUND’ - EDITOR


An editorial in Tasmanian newspaper, The Examiner, has attached the credibility of some
groups protesting over for the Gunns pulp mill in the Australian island state. Examiner Editor
Fiona Reynolds noted that few community-based anti-pulp mill protestors seemed to grasp
the concept that the high moral ground is indeed a shaky place to stand. She was
commenting on critics of a new group, Pulp The Mill, which seemed well-organised with one
plan – peaceful protest. Fiona Reynolds has been fighting something of a running battle with
a more activist group of protestors.

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FIRST SCIENCE REPORT FROM FUTURE FORESTS RESEARCH


Research on increasing the value and quality of plantation grown trees, reducing costs and
maximising the environmental benefits of forestry feature in the first science report from
Future Forests Research, a statement said. Future Forests Research (FFR) was established
by the forest industry in 2007 to strengthen forestry and increase returns to New Zealand and
forest owners through partnerships between growers, scientists and government. The 2009
Annual Science Report sets out a broad range of research under way in each theme. Chief
Executive Russell Dale said in releasing the first Annual Science Report that FFR had
secured significant long-term funding support from the government and from industry to
strengthen the partnership between growers, scientists and government to drive and
implement research that will benefit both the industry and New Zealand.

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AFRICA URGED TO BE MORE PROACTIVE ON BRIC


Africa's links with Bric countries - Brazil, Russia, India and China - could help end the
continent's era of marginalisation, Business Report said in a report on a presentation entitled
“Bric in Africa”. The article quoted Simon Freemantle, a Standard Bank economist, as
advising African governments to make the most of their relationships with these emerging
economies. And he said that the benefits of the relationships were not one-sided, but were
rooted in "mutual advantage". At a presentation on "Bric in Africa", he said much of the
impetus - trade partnerships and diplomatic initiatives - so far had come from the Bric
countries, which had increased their ties with Africa at a "staggering" speed. Freemantle was
reported as saying: "There needs to be more proactivity from the African side."

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UGANDAN FORESTRY OFFICIALS HELD OVER BRAZIL SEEDS THEFT


In Urganda, police are holding three staff of the National Forestry Authority over the theft of
seeds worth sh300m, The New Vision website reported recently. The seeds were imported
from Brazil to support the national tree planting campaign. The authority’s public relations
manager, Moses Watasa, was reported as saying that the seeds were stolen on October 8
from the national tree centre at Namanve in Wakiso district.

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INVESTORS FLOCK TO URUGUAY


Mercopress has reported that investors from Argentina, Brazil, Spain’s Basque province and
China are looking for opportunities in Uruguayan assets given the excellent political stability
record of the country and proven reliability of its judiciary. It’s reported that Argentine
government decisions had virtually “expelled” some of the most advanced farmers who had
settled in Uruguay helping to promote a truly technological “revolutionary” transformation of
Uruguay’s agriculture, which historically had been more traditional and adverse to risk.

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INVESTORS URGED TO ADAPT LOCAL KNOWLEDGE


Not forestry but maybe a warning to potential foreign investors: New Zealand Farming
Systems Uruguay has announced consecutive losses since floating in 2006 and does not
expect to even break even until 2011. The company had said it had been hit by the economic
impact on the price of dairy products and a one-in-30-year drought. However, the Dominion
Post has quoted Daniel Conforte, a Uruguayan senior lecturer of Agribusiness at New
Zealand’s Massey University, as saying he was surprised NZSFU had imposed the New
Zealand pasture-based model on the country when there was pre-existing knowledge about
what worked.

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NZ CITIES TO BENEFIT FROM WAIKATO UNIVERSITY PROJECT


A major project at New Zealand’s Waikato University which rebuilds native ecosystems in
urban areas will now be spread to three New Zealand cities. A statement said the university’s
urban restoration project has had four years of funding from the government’s Foundation for
Research, Science and Technology, and has just been granted another three years of funding
at nearly NZ$300,000 a year. The initial funding saw Hamilton used as a template to discover
the best way to restore natural ecosystems in city areas where development has depleted
their biodiversity. This further funding will enable Waikato University researchers to decide on
two or three mid-sized New Zealand cities that will benefit from the work. The university’s
Professor Bruce Clarkson, who heads the project, says those cities should be selected by the
end of the year. Work will begin early next year on scoping the cities and determining the size
of the problem. “We’ll be having a close discussion with FRST about the cities that could
benefit most from this,” Prof Clarkson said.

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OUR WORLD ON VIDEO


PRINCE CHARLES SENDS MESSAGE TO THE XIII WORLD FORESTRY CONGRESS
Prince Charles encourages the 5,300 participants and the forestry community at large to act
decisively and to act soon in order to save forests.
http://www.southem.com/index.php?
option=com_seyret&Itemid=47&task=videodirectlink&id=75

JAN HEINO, FAO: THE WORLD FORESTRY CONGRESS FOUNDS COOPERATION ON


RESPONSIBILITY
FAO Assistant Director General Jan Heino talks about what distinguishes the World Forestry
Congress from other international meetings on forestry.
http://www.southem.com/index.php?
option=com_seyret&Itemid=47&task=videodirectlink&id=76

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ARTICLES OF INTEREST

COMPARATIVE WOOD ANATOMY


Moglia, Juana Graciela; Bravo, Sandra; Gerez, Roxana. Comparative wood anatomy of
two select origins of Eucalyptus camaldulensis (Myrtaceae), implanted in Santiago del
Estero, Argentine Chaco Region. Boletín de la Sociedad Argentina de Botánica. vol.43
no.3-4 Córdoba Aug./Dec. 2008.
http://www.scielo.org.ar/scielo.php?script=sci_abstract&pid=S1851-
23722008000200008&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en

STEAM BOILER EFFICIENCY


Golato, Marcos A. et al. Methodology to calculate thermal efficiency of steam boilers.
Rev. Ind. Agríc. Tucumán vol.85 no.2 Las Talitas July/Dec. 2008.
http://www.scielo.org.ar/scielo.php?script=sci_abstract&pid=S1851-
30182008000200003&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en

INVASIVE EUCALYPTS
G.G. Forsyth et al. - A rapid assessment of the invasive status of Eucalyptus species in two
South African provinces.
http://researchspace.csir.co.za/dspace/handle/10204/2173

RAT CONTROL AND FOREST INVERTEBRATES


S.R. Rate. Does rat control benefit forest invertebrates at Moehau, Coromandel
Peninsula? 2009. DOC Research & Development Series 316. 29p. DOC Marine
Conservaion Sevices Series
http://www.doc.govt.nz/upload/documents/science-and-technical/drds316entire.pdf

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MEETINGS

CARBON EXPO AUSTRALASIA


26-28 October 2009 – Carbon Expo Australasia. Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition
Centre, Queensland, Australia. The 2009 event will feature a high level conference hosting
leading international and Australian practitioners of the emerging carbon market, a major
trade fair and in-depth technical workshops that draw on the skills and knowledge of experts
actively participating in global carbon markets. For more info, go to
www.carbonexpo.com.au

APPLYING NATIVE FORESTRY TO LAND RESTORATION


28 October 2009 – Brazil’s Institute of Forest Research and Studies (IPEF) is to holding a
technical meeting on applying native forestry to restoration. The meeting will be held at the
Department of Forest Sciences of ESALQ/USP, in Piracicaba - SP.
www.ipef.br/eventos/2009/silviculturanativas.asp.

CARBON FOOTPRINT MISTAKES AND LOST OPPORTUNITIES


2-3 November 2009 - Carbon Foot print mistakes and lost opportunities – getting it right.
Carbon Accounting Systems and Strategies - 2 day course Perth 19-20 October (closing
soon) Brisbane. Email training@globalemissionsolutions.com.au

BOLIVIAN FOREST INDUSTRY MEETING


6 November 2009 – The fourth meeting of the Bolivian Forest Industry. Salón Magno del
Hotel Buganvillas de Santa Cruz. Email:
rueda.negocios@cfb.org.bo.

CARTOGRAPHY CONFERENCE
November 2009 - Santiago will host Latin America’s first International Cartography
Conference in 2009 Santiago is hosting the 24th International Cartography Conference (ICC)
in November 2009. Organised by the International Cartography Association (ICA), the ICC is
an important event for the cartography community. For more info, go to:
www.icc2009.cl

SHORT ROTATION CROPS AND BIOENERGY


2-4 December 2009 – Short Rotation Crops: Linking Technology and Biomass. Taupo, New
Zealand. Organised by the International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Task 30, supported
by Scion and Pure Power Global. For more info, go to:
www.shortrotationcrops.org/events.htm

FOREST DAY 3
13 December 2009 - Copenhagen, Denmark. So far, this year’s event will see over 100
official negotiators that will be directly involved in shaping the historic Climate Agreement.
They will be joined by more than 100 forest and climate experts from Africa, 150 from Asia
and more than 50 from Latin America. For more information, please contact:
cifor-forestday@cgiar.org
www.forestday3.org

DUBAI WOOD AND WOOD PRODUCTS SHOW


. 13-15 April 2010. Dubai International Wood & Wood Products Show. Dubai Airport Expo.
The WoodShow is the leading specialized show in the Middle East covering the entire wood
industry supply chain including top manufacturers, suppliers, contractors and traders involved
in the wood industry.
http://www.dubaiwoodshow.com/home.php

PARANÁ UNIVERSITY TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF FORESTRY COURSE


30 May 2010 – The Forest Engineering Course at Universidad Federal do Paraná in Brazil
will celebrate 50 years in existence. For more info, go to:
www.fupef.ufpr.br.

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