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NZIF Newsletter 25 March 2019 (President's Column)

I would like to extend my sympathies to all members affected by the tragedy in Christchurch last Friday. The perpetration of a mass murder on our shores is something few of us would have anticipated, It leads us all to personally reflect on the attitudes and behaviours that have brought us to this place, and what we might seek to change in the future. It has also rightly led the government to consider some significant changes to policies and regulations. The many different expressions of support for those most affected have been heartening and uplifting.

11:02 AM, 25 Mar 2019

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In the News 25 March 2019

Forestry News from around the world and New Zealand, including:

  • International Day of the Forest
  • Launch of joint The Restoration Initiative (TRI) Global Programme (15th March 2019)
  • Manila Declaration on Forest and Landscape Restoration
  • When more women make decisions, the environment wins: Gender quotas lead to greater forest conservation, study shows
  • Alpine tundra releases long-frozen CO2 to the atmosphere, exacerbating climate warming
  • Predicted deforestation in Brazil could lead to local temperature increase up to 1.45°C
  • Uncertain projections help to reveal the truth about future climate change
  • Palm oil’s complex land conflicts: Getting to the bottom of illegal plantations on Indonesia’s state owned forests
  • Giant kauri unearthed from nine metres underground
  • East Coast forestry companies plead not guilty to slash damage
  • Kahurangi National Park gets 64,000ha more land
  • Gisborne Local among first to win new forestry scholarship

3:41 PM, 25 Mar 2019

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Institute News 25 March 2019

The latest news from the NZIF includes:

  • Youth Perception Survey for Asia-Pacific Forestry Outlook
  • 2019 ANZIF Conference
  • EVENT: Wellington NZIF Local Section & NZFFA
  • EVENT: CNI ( Rotorua)  Local Section & NZFFA
  • EVENT: NZ Farm Forestry Assn Conference 2019 – Fast Forward
  • EVENT: Asia-Pacific forests: the bigger picture
  • Yale Online Course: Restoration Boot Camp for Tropical Asian Forests
  • Changed Address?

6:11 PM, 25 Mar 2019

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NZIF Newsletter 11 March 2019 (Perley Pick)

Thinking about the Ends before we focus on the Means

Some bright spark once wrote, “Remember children: Whenever you employ Instrumental Rationality, somewhere in the world an Gulag comes into existence.”

First, some sociology.  ‘Instrumental rationality’ was defined by Max Weber as a focus on ‘means’ – what will work.  Great for factories.  Great when the goals are set, now let the engineers and the agronomists loose.  

But what of that purpose, that strategic vision?  That’s where ‘Value Rationality’ comes in, a focus on what is the good ‘end’.  And that is far far more than simply positivist numbers.  It requires a breadth, a ken of cause and effect, consequences and feedbacks within a complex system.  More especially because we are looking out decades, not months or quarters.

Focusing only on means alone – the instruments – can take us down a dark path.  You can rationalise all sorts of madness because – for instance – the discounted cashflow based on precisely enumerated, but subjective, assumptions might indicate a particular path.  For example, the supreme and uncertain logic of producing a price-taking commodity in a discerning future market – or one that might not be there in 30 years time – which country will be the next building boom Japan, Korea, China?? – or passing costs on to the land, the stream, to future generations or a local community who … are human.  Consequences.  

12:57 AM, 11 Mar 2019

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