SOUTHEM ONLINE Southern Hemisphere Forest Industry Journal Online news briefs SOUTHEM Online - Issue 254 – 7 November

2010 Hi and Hola - Welcome to this edition Southem Online. The U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited “down under” recently as a part of her tour through Asia. For this part of the world, it was quite a big deal actually, particularly New Zealand which has had a bit of an awkward relationship with its American ally since banning visits by nuclear warships. While in the New Zealand capital, Mrs Clinton and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key signed the “Wellington Declaration”. Commentators were quick to highlight it as a mostly “feel good” document, with the main focus being on participation in military activities. However, a key sentence in the declaration states “The partnership will also see us working together in critical areas like meeting the challenges of climate change, the pursuit of renewable energy initiatives, and disaster recovery initiatives within the region.” Although the two countries are at opposite ends of the Kyoto Protocol debate, behind the scenes a number of activities have been underway on climate change. Subscribers can download a transcript of Secretary Clinton and Prime Minister Key’s announcement. Fire authorities in key southern hemisphere countries look to be making every effort to be prepared for the looming summer season. Australia and Chile, in particular, have beefed up their forest fire fighting capacities, as noted in our headlines below. One area of uncertainty does remain – arson by disgruntled or disenfranchised members of the community remains a problem. Lower than usual new forest planting levels in Australia may have at least one positive spin-off - less publicity promoting the expansion of eucalypts near rural communities may lead to a reduction in the number of arson attacks. Cheers and Saludos from Down Under Mike Smith Editor and Director Email: info@southem.com URL: www.southem.com SOUTHEM COMMUNITY REGISTRATION You can register for this free e-news headlines service. Send an email to subscribe@southem.com LINKEDIN GROUP @ http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2218173 YAHOO GROUP @ http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/southemonline/?yguid=224336867

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. TIMBERLAND INVESTMENT CONFERENCE Center for Forest Business University of Georgia March 23-25, 2011 The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation Lake Oconee, Georgia, USA Save the Date! Forestry Climate, Investments and Opportunities are changing! Join us for our 2011 Timberland Investment Conference where we will provide you the latest Forestry topics, speakers and opportunities. See details of the conference below or go to the web site. www.ugatimberlandinvestment.com Seeing the Forest for Its Hedges Bob Izlar from the Center for Forest Business was one of the experts recently quoted by the New York Times on the long-term benefits of investment in forestry. http://dealbook.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/12/seeing-the-forest-for-itshedges/ (SEE BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE CONFERENCE) FOURTH FOREST ENGINEERING CONFERENCE – WHITE RIVER, SOUTH AFRICA, April 5-7, 2011 First Announcement “INNOVATION IN FOREST ENGINEERING ADAPTING TO STRUCTURAL CHANGE” The Department of Forest and Wood Science at Stellenbosch University, South Africa in conjunction with IUFRO, is proud to announce the presentation of the 4th Forest Engineering Conference in April 5-7, 2011 at the Protea Hotel, The Winkler, in White River, Mpumalanga, South Africa. For further information please contact Hannél Ham (hamh@sun.ac.za) or Pierre Ackerman (packer@sun.ac.za). (SEE BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS) ARGENTINA AND AUSTRALIA COUNTRY REPORTS Updates are now available of Southem Argentina and Australia Country Reports. For more information, email info@southem.com ****************************************

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. ************************************************ AUSTRALIAN SCIENTISTS IN GIANT NASA BUSHFIRE STUDY Scientists in the Australian island state of Tasmania will take part in a NASA study of giant bushfires across three continents, ABC has reported. Professor David Bowman, from the School of Plant Science at the University of Tasmania, will lead Australia's involvement in the research, which will study fire behaviour in south-eastern Australia, the Amazon in Brazil, and in western United States. The news comes as southern hemisphere countries prepare for the summer fire season. http://www.southem.com/index.php? option=com_content&task=view&id=1237&Itemid=5 FIRE AUTHORITIES PREPARING FOR SUMMER Meanwhile, authorities in Australia have been gearing up for the coming fire season. More than 100 members of brigades in the state of Victoria recently participated in a joint group exercise during which a number of fire scenarios were held. http://www.southem.com/index.php? option=com_content&task=view&id=1236&Itemid=5 ************************************************ CHILE STEPS UP TECH TOOLS TO FIGHT FOREST FIRES Meanwhile, in Chile, government agency Conaf and forestry companies have taken initiatives to better combat summer fires. Six new generation helicopters thermal sensor thermal cameras able to penetrate smoke or fog are part of the new technologies with which Conaf and the forests companies will combat forest fires which last year cost US$50 million. http://www.southem.com/index.php? option=com_content&task=view&id=1235&Itemid=5 ************************************************ ARGENTINE WOOD AGENCIES WORK FOR A COMBINED FUTURE Argentine wood industry agencies have signed an agreement to work close together for the benefit of the whole value chain. http://www.southem.com/index.php? option=com_content&task=view&id=1234&Itemid=5

************************************************ URUGUAY LATIN AMERICA’S MOST PROSPEROUS COUNTRY Uruguay has been positioned as Latin America’s most prosperous country in the 2010 list of 110 of the world’s nations by the London analytical centre Legatum Institute and its Legatum Prosperity Index. http://www.southem.com/index.php? option=com_content&task=view&id=1233&Itemid=5 ************************************************ ARAUCO PANELES RECEIVES GO AHEAD FOR $110M PLANT The board of the Chile’s Paneles Arauco S.A. has approved plans to build a US$110 million medium density panel (MDP) plant. The “Teno MDP Panel Mill” project will be located in the Teno commune, in the Curicó Province of Chile’s Maule Region. http://www.southem.com/index.php? option=com_content&task=view&id=1232&Itemid=5 ************************************************ COURT CLEARS FOR ARAUCO PIPELINE PROJECT An overwhelming majority of judges in a Chilean Supreme Court decision have determined that forestry group Arauco carried out sufficient consultation to meet standards as laid down by the country’s environmental law in a contentious project. The decisions involves Arauco’s building a pipeline from a pulp mill at Valdivia to the coast and out into the sea to discharge treated effluent. http://www.southem.com/index.php? option=com_content&task=view&id=1231&Itemid=5 ************************************************ STRUGGLING TASSIE CONTRACTORS FACE WAIT FOR RESCUE AID Struggling contractors in the Australian state of Tasmania could have to wait several weeks before the Federal Government delivers a A$20 million forestry rescue package, it’s been reported. http://www.southem.com/index.php? option=com_content&task=view&id=1230&Itemid=5 ************************************************ NZ PLANNING NEW APPROACH FOR FOREST CARBON MEASURE Consultation has opened in New Zealand on a proposed new approach for owners of post-1989 forest to more accurately assess the carbon absorbed by their trees. Under proposed regulations open for consultation today, everyone with 100 hectares or more of post-1989, or “Kyoto” forest, in the Emissions Trading Scheme or Permanent Forest Sink Initiative will be required to use

the measurement-based approach for determining the carbon stored in their forests, and hence the carbon credits they can claim. http://www.southem.com/index.php? option=com_content&task=view&id=1229&Itemid=5 ************************************************ SAPPI LAUNCHES ‘ECO-FRIENDLY’ GROCERY BAG South Africa’s global paper group, Sappi, has joined with a leading grocery retailer to launch what they are calling an eco-friendly alternative to plastic shopping bags and spearheading a new direction in food packaging. Launched initially as paper bags for delivery to online customers, the Pick n Pay chain in South Africa has introduced the bags at a new flagship store along with paper packaging throughout the store. http://www.southem.com/index.php? option=com_content&task=view&id=1228&Itemid=5 ************************************************ REMSOFT COLLABORATIVE ANALYTICS ADOPTED IN FOUR COUNTRIES Less than a year after its release, Remsoft Collaborative Analytics is being put through its paces by a diverse range of clients for a myriad of analyses in five countries, including South Africa and Australia. http://www.southem.com/index.php? option=com_content&task=view&id=1227&Itemid=5 ************************************************ SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE VIDEOS CFA VICTORIA FIRE SEASON VIDEO The Country Fire Authority in the fire-ravaged Australian state of Victoria has released a video as part of its Pre-Season Update. http://www.cfaconnect.net.au/news/2010-11-pre-season-update.html ************************************************ ARTICLES OF INTEREST: FINANCIAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR LATAM CARBON Wright, J.A., Dinicola, A., Gaitan, E. (2000). Latin American forest plantations: Opportunities for carbon sequestration, economic development and financial results. Journal of Forestry 98(9):20—23. http://saf.publisher.ingentaconnect.com/content/saf/jof/2000/00000098/00000 009/art00003 RADIATA PINE GENETIC IMPROVEMENT AND WOOD PROPERTIES Wood Properties and Genetic Improvement of Radiata Pine. Rowland D. Burdon. NZ Journal of Forestry Pages: 22–27.

http://www.nzjf.org/abstract.php?volume_issue=j55_2&first_page=22 ************************************************ SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE OPPORTUNITIES CO-ORDINATOR FOR CLIMATE CHANGE PROGRAMME A co-ordinator is being sought for the Environmental Defence League (LIDEMA) in La Paz, Bolivia. The co-ordinator will be tasked to run programmes involving reducing the impact of climate change. For more info: http://www.lidema.org.bo/ **************************************** MEETINGS TIMBERLAND INVESTMENT CONFERENCE Center for Forest Business University of Georgia March 23-25, 2011 The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation Lake Oconee, Georgia, USA Save the Date! Forestry Climate, Investments and Opportunities are changing! Join us for our 2011 Timberland Investment Conference where we will provide you the latest Forestry topics, speakers and opportunities. See details of the conference below or go to the web site. www.ugatimberlandinvestment.com For decades, some university endowments, pension funds and other big investors have put part of their money to work in the woods. They’ve bought large tracts of timberland, viewing them as an asset class separate from stocks, bonds and other forms of real estate, The New York Times’s Tim Gray writes UGA’s Center for Forest Business professionals and invited speakers will provide you insight in the resilience of forest resources and how timberland values have been impacted by the financial markets. The conference should meet your timberland questions as well as provide you the information necessary to make the most prudent timberland investment decisions involving the process of purchasing, management and divesting a tract of timberland. The Center for Forest Business integrates the latest academic research and sound financial methods to provide education and service to forest industry, investors and landowners throughout the world. For more information, contact: Bob Izlar - bizlar@warnell.uga.edu

Director, Center for Forest Business Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources University of Georgia, Athens Phone (706) 542-6819 FAX (706) 542-5073 Rich Molpus - rmolpus@warnell.uga.edu Center for Forest Business Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources University of Georgia, Athens Phone (706) 542-5079 Cell (601) 421-1721 FOURTH FOREST ENGINEERING CONFERENCE – WHITE RIVER, SOUTH AFRICA, April 5-7, 2011 First Announcement “INNOVATION IN FOREST ENGINEERING ADAPTING TO STRUCTURAL CHANGE” The Department of Forest and Wood Science at Stellenbosch University, South Africa in conjunction with IUFRO, is proud to announce the presentation of the 4th Forest Engineering Conference in April 5-7, 2011 at the Protea Hotel, The Winkler, in White River, Mpumalanga, South Africa. The Forest Engineering Conference (FEC) is an international event held every four years and is a forum for forest engineers from around the world to share their knowledge, experience, and emerging ideas. This meeting follows previous successful FEC events held, in Mont-Tremblant, Canada (2007); Växjö, Sweden (2003); and the inaugural event in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1999. The three-day conference, will include both oral and poster presentations. A full-day field excursion is being arranged for the 6th of April in and around the Nelspruit and White River industrial forestry plantation of Komatiland Forests and York Timbers. A call for papers and posters related to the conference theme and other important information will follow this first announcement. FEC sponsors’ logos will be added to the website, other official correspondence and future announcements. Important Dates: Early Registration Deadline December 31, 2010 Late Registration Deadline January 31, 2011 Abstract Submission August 15, 2010 Contact Information:

For further information please contact Hannél Ham (hamh@sun.ac.za) or Pierre Ackerman (packer@sun.ac.za). FINANCIING ARGENTINE FORESTRY 16 November 2010. Argentina Investment and Financing of the Forest Sector. Palacio San Miguel, Buenos Aries, Argentina. http://www.fao.org/forestry/trade/65882/es/ BIOENERGY ARGENTINA 17 November 2010. Bioenergy Seminar. Palacio San Miguel, Buenos Aries, Argentina. Sandra.Rivero@fao.org MUNICIPAL CONSERVATION BOLIVIA 22 November 2010. Public Consultation on Environmental Matters by the Federation of Municipal Associations in Bolivia together with Conservation International. http://www.fam.bo/ FORESTRY EDUCATION AND RESEARCH FOR THE ASIA-PACIFIC Call for Abstracts: Forestry Education and Research for the Asia-Pacific. ICRAF, Manila, The Philippines, 23–25 November 2010. For more information, go to: http://www.mailprosx.com/mp/link.php?M=115574&N=1182&L=4540&F=H AUSTRALASIAN FOREST GENETICS CONFERENCE 8-10 February 2011. Australasian Forest Genetics Conference: integrating quantitative and molecular tools. Christchurch, New Zealand. Contact: Luis A. Apiolaza, Email: Luis.Apiolaza(at)canterbury.ac.nz. http://isebindia.com/icpep-4/icpep-4.html AFRICAN ECONOMIC FORUM 7-9 March 2011. 5 th Africa Economic Forum “the world’s premiere Conference on Africa’s economic fugure’. Cape Town, South Africa. http://www.petro21.com/events/?id=578 INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF WILLOW IN ARGENTINA 16-18 March 2011. III International Congress of Willows in Argentina (IIIº Congreso Internacional de Salicáceas en Argentina). In Neuquén, Argentina. Open to representatives from the public and private sector, the scientific community, producers, industries, technicians, students and all people interested in this species. Go to: www.jornadasalicaceas.com IX INTERNATIONAL RANGELAND CONGRESS – IRC2011 2-8 April 2011. IX International Rangeland Congress “Diverse Rangelands for a Sustainable Society”. Rosario, Argentina. See: www.irc2011.com.ar

IUFRO TREE BIOTECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE 26 June-2 July 2011. IUFRO Tree Biotechnology Conference 2011 - From genomes to integration and delivery. Arraial D’ajuda, Porto Seguro, Bahia, Brazil. Contact: Dario Grattapaglia, Email: dario(at)cenargen.embrapa.br. http://www.treebiotech2011.com/ BREEDING AND GENETIC RESOURCES OF FIVE-NEEDLE PINES 15-25 Aug 2011. 4th Conference on the Breeding and Genetic Resources of Five-Needle Pines. Tomsk, Russia. IUFRO 2.02.15, Contact: John King, Email: John.King(at)gov.bc.ca. http://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-2/20000/20200/20215/. 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 info@southem.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 info@southem.com ************************************************** REMOVE If you would prefer not to receive further issues of this newsletter, please reply to me at email info@southem.com with the word ‘Remove’ in the subject.

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