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July, 2011

International Year of the Forest Seminar on forestry organizational reform

More than half a million hectares, which was afforested in New Zealand during the planting boom of the 1990s, and owned by 15,000 small scale forest proprietors, will be ready for harvest in the 2020s. Can these owners be encouraged to cooperate to convert their projected spike of production into sustainable regional wood supplies? Will the government need to regulate to ensure it happens? 

Seminar on reorganising New Zealand forestry to be held in the Legislative Chamber of Parliament Buildings, Wellington
from 9.30am to 4.30pm on 30 September 2011.

A seminar to discuss this will be held in Wellington and will be opened by the Minister of Revenue.  The President of Europe’s Forest Owners’ Union, Mr de Arano, will give a keynote address on how forest cooperatives work in his part of the world. A contingent of French forest owners will also be participating. 

Achieving a sustainable cut is particularly important to buy time and reduce green house gas emissions. Geoff Thompson, who is a member of the team that produced the yet-to-be-released ETS Review Report for the government will speak about this and how the review will affect forestry in other ways.  Woodco and MAF representatives will discuss how this initiative will fit into work which is to follow on from the recently-released 2011 forest industry study.  There will be a number of other influential speakers.

This seminar could be of pivotal importance. If you are interested in taking part contact Vince Kerr,  or phone 04 232 7155. If you want to find out more details go to or contact Hamish Levack phone 04 476 6787.
There will be a $55 registration fee for NZFFA members ($95 for non-members) to cover lunch and coffee. Register early as space may be limited.

The seminar programme can be downloaded here.

The registration form can be downloaded here.

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