Australian Forests and Timber

Aussie mills prepared for tough times

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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.

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