SOUTHEM ONLINE Southern Hemisphere Forest Industry Journal Online news briefs SOUTHEM Online - Issue 231 – 4 November

2009 Hi and Hola - Welcome to Southem Online Issue 231. We have started a new Linked in Group for Forestry in the Southern Hemisphere where you can share discussions, news and jobs. Feel free to go to the group web page and join in: Cheers and Saludas from Down Under Mike Smith Editor and Director Email: URL:

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For more information please click to or PODCAST: CHILEAN FORESTRY SECTOR ADAPTS TO DEMAND FOR BIOENERGY PLANTATIONS In this podcast interview, Aldo Cerda outlines how the Chilean forestry sector is adapting to the new demand for bioenergy plantations; as reported in the Southern Hemisphere Forest Industry Journal. **************************************** 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. ************************************************ WORLD FORESTRY CONGRESS URGES SECTOR TO BE ‘MORE INCLUSIVE’ The forestry sector has been urged to be more inclusive when addressing the challenges ahead, according to the Final Declaration of the XIII World Forestry Congress 2009, Buenos Aires, Argentina. The declaration - under the title Forest Development: A Vital Balance, Findings and Strategic Actions – for too long discussion of forest issues had been limited to people within the sector. Although the sector had substantially improved its performance, a more inclusive was needed to address challenges such as global climate change, economic conditions, and population. **************************************** MINISTERS FOCUS ON FORESTRY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE STATE Meanwhile, Argentina’s Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Minister Julian Dominguez, and the Secretary for Environment and Sustainable Development, Homero Bibiloni, chaired a meeting with Ministers for Environment and Agriculture at the World Congress. A statement said issues discussed included the likely comparative advantage developing countries may incur as a result of the high importance of including the forest issue within the climate change debate **************************************** HISTORIC DEAL AS LATAM COUNTRIES SIGN UP TO SAVE ATLANTIC FOREST History was made at the World Forestry Congress with Argentina and Paraguay pledging to save one of the world’s most threatened forests Brazil announcing a zero deforestation target. At a special ceremony the neighbouring governments of Argentina and Paraguay agreed to work towards zero net deforestation in the Atlantic Forest, and to implement a package of measures that include national legislation to enforce those commitments, Mercopress reported. The Atlantic Forest initially spanned 500,000 square kilometres, shared between Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. However, only 7.4% of the forest is left today – or about 35,000 square kilometres, making it one of the most threatened and fragment subtropical forests in the world. In Brazil, the government already has established a zero deforestation target by 2010 for the Atlantic Forest. Brazil also has pledged to establish protected areas covering at least 10% of the forest. ************************************************ STORA ENSO AND ARAUCO TELL URUGUAY PULP PLANT ALL GO The Scandinavian group Stora-Enso and Chile’s Arauco have confirmed to the Uruguayan

Government plans to build a pulp mill in the tiny Latin American country at a cost of US$2 billion, Ultimas Noticias reported. The two forest products companies from the northern and southern hemispheres have jointly acquired a majority stake in Ence, the Spanish group, which includes 136,000 hectares of plantation eucalypt forests and the Punta Pereira pulp plant project on the River Plate. ************************************************ GUNNS PULP MILL ‘ON THE HOME STRETCH’, GREENS DAMN ‘SHOCKING’ MOVE Timber Communities Australia says the Gunns pulp mill project in Tasmania is now on the home stretch with the state Government's new legislation extending a permit deadline for the project. Barry Chipman said the permit extension will avoid more litigation by special interest groups. The Pulp Mill Clarification Bill gives Gunns until August 2011 to "substantially commence" work, the ABC has reported. It reported that the Tasmanian Resources Minister David Llewellyn said the bill is in response to legal advice that the original Pulp Mill Approval Permit may be considered to have expired. The Greens expressed shock at the legislation, saying it gave the project a huge boost. ************************************************ NEW PORTLAND WOODCHP PLANT A BOOST FOR STRUGGLING MIS SECTOR Meanwhile, it’s reported a move by Gunns to build a second woodchip export facility at the Port of Portland in Victoria is a sign the hard hit industry is strengthening. ABC reported Dr John Kellas from the Plantations Timber Group as saying the facility will need to handle massive volumes of woodchips. The blue gum timber harvest in the key “Green Triangle” region has been delayed due the collapse of managed investment scheme (MIS) companies, Great Southern and Timbercorp. The harvest in the next year alone is expected to be worth A$3M. ************************************************ BLUE MOUNTAIN CLOSURE BLOW FOR DOUGLAS FIR PRODUCTION, JOBS Blue Mountain Lumber, once the biggest South Island producer of Douglas fir timber and the biggest employer in the New Zealand southern region of West Otago, has shut down, putting 45 staff out of work and fears dozens of other jobs linked to the plant could also go, the Otago Daily Times has reported. The mill has endured several restructurings but mill management blamed the soaring value of the New Zealand dollar and a dramatic fall-off in domestic timber orders for the eventual closure. The sawmill, , recently refocused its energies into its new Blue Mountain Oregon brand. ************************************************ ‘RUGGED PETERSON’ WINS SOLOMON ISLANDS PORTABLE SAWMILL DEAL New Zealand company, Peterson Portable Sawmills, is believed to have won a tender to supply 20 portable sawmills valued at US$300,000 to the Ministry of Forestry, the Solomon Star has reported. The tender was issued by the Ministry in about July this year. It closed on 17th August. Peterson Portable Sawmills, based in Rotorua, New Zealand, and was awarded the tender shortly thereafter. It is understood Stihl was the only other contender. It is understood the Ministry has opted for the Peterson Portable Sawmills because its product was designed for use in some of the roughest of terrains. ************************************************ 600 JOBS ON THE LINE AS SAPPI PLANS USUTU PULP MILL CLOSING Engineering News has reported that about 600 people in the Southern African Kingdom of Swaziland stand to lose their jobs as paper and pulp producer Sappi plans to close down its 190,000-tons per year Usutu pulp mill and to restructure the forestry business in the Southern African country. Sappi, which has been substantially restructuring assets due to the economic downturn, recently announced it would start a consultation process with staff and other relevant stakeholders regarding the closure of the mill by the end of January 2010.

Adverse market conditions and the “accumulative severe” impact of fire damage at its timber crops, of which 40% was destroyed in August 2008 alone, over the past few years, had led to Sappi’s decision to close the mill. ************************************************ ’SHODDY’ SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT HOUSING PROJECT WASTES MILLIONS South Africa’s Department of Human Settlements stated that shoddy construction work, and inferior workmanship on the part of contracted construction companies meant that “money has been wasted”, as these houses had to be destroyed, Engineering News reported. Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale noted that after a recent government meeting in North West province, the department was informed that some 1,500 houses in the North West would have to be destroyed, and a similar number in the Eastern Cape, at Sweet Water, would also have to be destroyed. The Minister further explained that some rand300 million was being spent on rectifying houses in the North West, and about R500 million was spent rectifying improperly built homes in KwaZulu-Natal, it was reported. ************************************************ LOCAL MARKET RECOVER, EFFICIENCES LIFT MASISA EARNINGS Chile’s Masisa, the leading Latin American board maker, has announced a 22.4% increase in pre-tax earnings in the third quarter 2009 compared to the previous quarter The earnings figure of US$49.7 million was actually about US$3 million higher than in the same period of 2008. Sales in the period were US$222.4 million up 6% on the second quarter 2009 but were down 22.3% on the September 2008 quarter. Nevertheless, the company said in a statement boost in sales was due mainly to recoveries in local markets and improvements in operational efficiencies. **************************************** SMALL VARIATION ONLY IN CERTIFIED WOOD PRODUCT PRICES Analysis in the Brazilian city of São Paulo has shown a difference of only 8.5% between the average price for certified and non-certified wood products, according to a report from Mercado Florestal Certificado – WWF / Global Forest & Trade e Fundação Florestal via SBS. The report also said the list of certified wood also include many less known species, while the non-certified wood products comprised mainly tradition and some threatened species. There was only a 47.98% variation between high and low prices for certified product but a 371.13% variation for non-certified product. ************************************************ A3P GIVES NOD TO FORESTRY INVESTMENT TAX CHANGE The Australian Plantation Products and Paper Industry Council (A3P) has welcomed the Assistant Treasurer’s announcement that the Government will amend the tax law to protect investors in forestry managed investment schemes from unintended and adverse tax outcomes. A3P CEO, Richard Stanton, congratulated Senator Sherry for acting promptly to ensure that investors in the forestry projects of the collapsed agribusiness companies Timbercorp and Great Southern would not lose their initial tax deductions because of events outside the investors’ control. “The tax law amendment will restore the Tax Commissioner’s discretion to allow prior tax deductions to be retained in the event of unexpected circumstances, such as hardship, death, divorce, compulsory acquisition, manager insolvency or destruction by natural disaster,” Richard Stanton said. ************************************************ AUSTRALIAN 'GET-OUT' CLAUSE ON BUSHFIRES DRAWS FIRE The Australian Government is under fire over what has been labelled as a ''get-out clause'' on climate change that would grant it unlimited carbon credits from new forestry plantations while pretending that enormous greenhouse gas emissions from bushfire did not exist, The Age has reported. It’s reported the government wants a Copenhagen climate deal to allow countries to

opt to include forestry and crop lands that draw carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in their national greenhouse accounts. Most land and forestry emissions, including "natural disturbances" such as bushfire and drought, would be excluded. However, climate campaigner Paul Winn is quoted as saying that "emissions are emissions", having the same impact whether from bushfire or coal-fired power. ************************************************ MÁXIMO PACHECO REACHES NEW HEIGHTS IN INTERNATIONAL PAPER A Chilean forest industry executive has been appointed to a key position with International Paper, the US-based forest products giant. Máximo Pacheco, who is currently senior vice president and president of IP Brazil and Latin America, will become senior vice president and president, IP Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia, IP said in a statement. Pacheco has been with the company since 1994 and also has held executive leadership roles in Carter Holt Harvey Chile as well as IP Latin America. The Máximo Pacheco news was part of a reshuffle announced by the giant company following retirements and new assignments. ************************************************ RAYONIER APPOINTS NEW HEAD OF FOREST RESOURCES, REAL ESTATE Meanwhile, US company Rayonier has announced Paul G. Boynton has been promoted to executive vice president, Forest Resources and Real Estate. In this newly created position Boynton will be responsible for Rayonier’s Forest Resources business which manages nearly 2.5 million acres of timberland in nine U.S. states and New Zealand. He will also assume responsibility for Rayonier’s Real Estate business and the thousands of acres that have greater economic potential for residential and commercial development, recreation, conservation, or public infrastructure. Boynton joined the company in 1999 and most recently served as senior vice president, Performance Fibers & Wood Products. ************************************************ CANCER SUPPORT CENTRE WINS "PEOPLE'S CHOICE" TIMBER DESIGN AWARD Architectural firm Boon Goldsmith Bhaskar Brebner of New Plymouth have scooped the popular People's Choice Award at New Zealand’s 2009 Timber Design Awards in Auckland. Architect Mularli Bhaskar's brief for the new TSB Cancer Centre was to design a "happy building" to help alleviate some of the trauma experienced by its users. "The use of colour, vinyl, innovative graphics/signage and carefully chosen materials has enabled us to achieve a environmentally sustainable design solution which the clients and community have embraced with open arms," he said in a statement. The centre's purpose and design tugged the heartstrings, netting more votes than any other entry in the lead up to the awards. Overall, the People's Choice Award attracted over 700 online votes. Announcing the award, Geoff Henley of sponsor NZ Wood said: "A particular design sometimes attracts a strong emotional response from people; this is one of those times." ************************************************ SPANISH WIN CHILE CONTEST FOR SUSTAINABLE SOCIAL HOUSING IN WOOD Architects José Becerra and Andrés Anguita, from Barcelona, Spain, won the Contest for Sustainable Social Housing in Wood (VISUMAD, in Spanish), organised by Chile’s Arauco and the and architecture, construction and design Faculty of Universidad del Bío Bío. The contest’s purpose was to generate a housing project emphasising sustainability, efficient energy use and recyclable materials. The winners were chosen among 41 different projects from Europe and Latin America, which were evaluated by a jury of eight members, including renowned architect Fernando Castillo representing UTPCH foundation; Enrique Mc Manus, Head of Arauco’s Construction in Wood Development area; and Nibaldo Contreras, housing committee representative for the Arauco province. **************************************** ARTICLES OF INTEREST

DARWIN FOREST IN SOUTH AMERICA Brea, Mariana; Artabe, Analía E.; Spalletti, Luis A. Darwin forest at agua de la zorra: the first in situ forest discovered in South America by Darwin in 1835. Rev. Asoc. Geol. Argent. vol.64 no.1 Buenos Aires Jan./Mar. 2009. LIGHT CAPTURE AND CARBON GAIN Yoshiyuki Miyazawa, Kyoichi Otsuki. Comparison of sapling-level daily light capture and carbon gain between a temperate deciduous and a co-occurring evergreen tree species in the growing season and in winter. Functional Plant Biology. Abstract FP09168 Accepted 14 October 2009. nid=103&ver=3&pip=FP09168 TEMPORAL VARIATION David M. Drew, E. Detlef Schulze and Geoffrey M. Downes. Temporal variation in [Stable carbon isotope ratios], wood density and microfibril angle in variously irrigated Eucalyptus nitens. Functional Plant Biology Volume 36 Number 1 2009 pp. 1-10. INVASIVE FORESTRY ALIENS David M. Richardson (South Africa). Forestry Trees as Invasive Aliens. Conservation Biology, Vol. 12, No. 1 (Feb., 1998), pp. 18-26 (article consists of 9 pages). Published by: Blackwell Publishing for Society for Conservation Biology. BIRD COMMUNITIES AND EXOTIC PINE PLANTATIONS F. Estades, Stanley A. Temple (1999). Deciduous-Forest Bird Communities in a Fragmented Landscape Dominated by Exotic Pine Plantations. Ecological Applications: Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 573-585. %5D2.0.CO%3B2 ROLE OF PRESS IN PLANNING & COMMUNICATION OF A NATIONAL PARK Andrés M. Dimitriu / Valeria Belmonte. Planificación, comunicación y participación en el Parque Nacional Lanín: El rol de la prensa escrita y de los documentos institucionales [Planning, communication and participation in the National Park Lanín: The roll of the press and institutional documents] Theomai [en línea] 2008, (primer semestre) : [fecha de consulta: 4 de noviembre de 2009] Disponible en: **************************************** SOUTHEM EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AUSTRALIAN TIMBER BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER A company described as the market Leader of high quality timber products to all sectors, due to new focus on growing their market share, is looking to recruit a Business Development Manager to specialise in sales to the building industry. For more info, call BTA Melbourne or Sydney, Australia: SAWMILL GENERAL MANAGER An exciting opportunity has arisen for the position of General Manager at the long established Mamaku Sawmilling Company Ltd based in Rotorua. Applications close 20th November 2009. For more details, email: REGIONAL FINANCE MANAGER New Zealand machinery supplier Gough, Gough & Hamer Ltd want to hire a competent sales person with a strong financial background, a sound understanding of the local industries, exceptional relationship building capability and a hunger for results to take control of the Central North Island in the role of Regional Finance Manager. For more details, email: **************************************** MEETINGS BOLIVIAN FOREST INDUSTRY MEETING 6 November 2009 – The fourth meeting of the Bolivian Forest Industry. Salón Magno del Hotel Buganvillas de Santa Cruz. Email: WORKSHOPS ON THE PRE-1990 FORESTRY ALLOCATION PLAN 9 & 13 November 2009 - NZIF, NZFOA, the Farm Forestry Association and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry are running two technical workshops on the pre-1990 Forestry Allocation Plan. MAF is looking for technical input from forestry practitioners on the forestry allocation plan application process. In addition to the formal consultation on the Forestry Allocation Plan MAF would like to take the opportunity to discuss with practitioners its latest thinking on mapping standards for pre-1990 forest land. Venues will be confirmed nearer to the time. There will be no cost to attend (but you will be responsible for travel to and from the venue): 9 November 2009, Christchurch, 1 pm - 4 pm 13 November 2009, Rotorua, 10 am - 1 pm Email: CARTOGRAPHY CONFERENCE 15-21 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: BIOGAS TOOLS 16-18 November 2009 – Tools for the Development of Biogas and Anaerobic Fermentation Projects. A course provided by Cámara Chileno-Alemana de Comercio e Industria, Av. El Bosque Norte 0440, Oficina 601 - Las Condes, Santiago. 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: 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: 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. 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: ************************************************* NEWS ONLINE Do you have news items you wish to make available to others on SOUTHEM Online? If so, please send them to ************************************************ 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 with subscribe in the subject box providing details about yourself. Or you can register at the web site at: ************************************************** REMOVE If you would prefer not to receive further issues of this newsletter, please reply to me at email with the word ‘Remove’ in the subject.

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