Australian Forests and Timber
Aussie mills prepared for tough times
SILVICULTURE in New Zealand got a boost with a support subsidy package from the Ministry of Social Development which will assist this sector to secure a workforce to meet the 2020 planting season labour requirements.
Border closures as part of the NZ CoViD-19 elimination strategy have meant the sector couldn’t rely on seasonal workers from the Pacific Islands, as it has done in in the past. It means there are now jobs in the Silviculture/forestry sector for New Zealanders that need jobs. The subsidy will assist contractors to employ “Kiwi Locals” and support sustainability in the sector.
SWIRE Bulk, the bulk division of The China Navigation Company, has taken delivery of its new, log-fitted bulk carrier into service. MV Singan is traded worldwide with a strong focus on the log trade in the Pacific and South Atlantic. MV Singan embarked on her maiden voyage at the end of April for Busan. Log carriage requires a high level of structural stability, which MV Singan offers.
To give a voice to Indigenous Peoples on the continued management and preservation of the world’s forests, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has established the FSC Indigenous Foundation.
The Foundation is an extension of FSC’s commitment to working with Indigenous Peoples to find solutions for the sustainable management of forests. It is a strategic and operative unit established to develop creative and innovative solutions to support Indigenous communities and enable them to build and guide the sustainable management of their land.