I would like to thank the vice president for filling in for me whilst I took my family on a desperately needed holiday.We spent a number of days in Singapore and I was reminded how clean and green this major city is.It made me wonder why we are not doing more with our urban environments.The need for green spaces is well known, but what Singapore does is soften the harsh concrete overhead flyers and plant the sides and median strips of almost all roads.The effect; people seem to drive in a calmer state, they are more forgiving of other motorists mistakes and the streets seem cleaner.
The funding model for Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ) is overly complicated for fire services and the model’s application is not fully reflective of the services being provided by FENZ. Nonfire incidents now account for a large and growing part of fire service activities in New Zealand.
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Carbon forestry and New Zealand’s use of the ETS to meet its international climate change obligations is the theme of the May issue, with three papers and the “Last Word” on the subject. Another paper reviews international forest products markets while two further papers describe the fast-developing use of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). There is an obituary for John Groome.
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NZIF and IFA are pleased to announce a new award, the Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry all NZIF members.
The purpose of the award is to recognize the achievements of two outstanding young forest professionals in Australia and New Zealand. This award is to encourage engagement in and dedication to, the principles of sustainable forest management including policy, planning and practice, sound science based land stewardship. Awardees must be committed to public outreach and knowledge exchange focusing on the wise use and conservation of forests and the ecosystems that they encompass.