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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.

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