Social forestry project
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has issued a license for the cultivation of 12.700 million hectares of land as a social forestry program aimed at improving the welfare of people living around the forests. According to the President, about 10.2 million villagers living in forestry areas are still poor. He said the spirit of the social forestry program was to create social justice for the people living around the forest areas while preserving the existence of forestry resources; the way to achieve these goals is to cultivate forest areas through smallholders forestry, peoples forest, customary forestry and partnership forestry schemes.
Million dollar forestry boost
A new state-run program backed by nearly $1 million in federal funding will enlist southern Indiana landowners to plant 3,000 acres of new forests. The state Department of Natural Resources says its
Division of Forestry will oversee the five-year Southern Indiana Young Forest Initiative. The program will provide about $960,000 in costshare funding to eligible landowners in 43 southern counties to plant new forests. DNR foresters will help landowners apply for the funding and develop forest management plans for their properties. State Forester John Seifert says land use changes during the past century had left Indiana lacking in young forest habitat.
It’s enough to make you green with envy!
Ireland boasts some of the best forest growing conditions in Europe and farmers can take advantage of that fact. A recent report from COFORD estimates that over the period to 2035, the roundwood supply from Ireland’s forests will double to 7.9m cubic metres. Almost all of this increased supply will be harvested from privately-owned forests. Irish forestry expertise has been recently enhanced through inclusion and participation in the SIMWOOD EU Seventh Framework Program (FP7) which researches methods of maximising the revenue for forest owners while protecting the environment and the productive potential of their forests. The SIMWOOD project has two pilot projects underway in Ireland. The pilot project aims to increase knowledge of this harvesting method through demonstrations and a decision support tool. This is to lead to increased adoption of this method and consequently increased profits for Irish forest owners and more wood mobilisation.
The annual Government forestry budget is 112m which covers all grant aid in planting new forests, forest road construction grants, forest premia payments to forest owners and other supports to the sector.