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During the month of November, a number of large development projects with climate resilience benefits were approved by MDBs. Support was also confirmed to support disaster risk resilience and recovery in small island states. The UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn served as a launchpad for a number of new funding and project launch announcements.
The Long-Range Energy Alternatives Planning tool was updated with several new functions, including an Integrated Benefits Calculator to assess impacts of emissions reductions for the climate, health and crops. Launched during the 3rd session of the UN Environment Assembly, the tool can now also account for the effects of land use change, including deforestation, reforestation and agricultural expansion. The enhanced tool enables users to estimate impacts of mitigation strategies without expert support,...
Some college students in Maine are stepping outside their classrooms and back into the woods. Following the footsteps of the forest workers before them, they’re among a new wave of loggers, who are trading in axes for high tech machines. Source: CBS News In East Millinocket, Maine, industry leaders hope these graduates can return the logging industry to its glory days. “We are in beautiful downtown TA-R7,” says Donald Burr, the head coordinator of the Mechanized Logging Operators Programs. TA-R7...
Sizeable jump in harvested timber stats timberbiz - News - 6 days ago
Finland’s harvested timber volume was 16% up over the 10-year October average, according to the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) in its monthly statistics report. Source: IHB Out of the total harvested Finnish roundwood volume, sawlogs accounted for 2.9 million m³ and pulpwood for 3.1 million m³ of the industrial roundwood logging volumes. Industrial roundwood logging volumes from forests in non-industrial private ownership were 4.9 million m³. Finnish forest industry companies and the...
Innovation House 2.0 for Townsville timberbiz - News - 6 days ago
Innovation House 2.0 in Townsville is a smart home in the making. It sets out to challenge the ‘how it’s always been done’ mindset by presenting future home owners with better solutions. Source: Timberbiz They relate to smart technology, design, health, products, energy, water management, and in particular, ongoing cost efficiencies in an environmentally responsible way. This empowers independent, informed choices on the design, build and ongoing lifecycle costs of new homes. Innovation House 1.0...
Super union merger timberbiz - News - 6 days ago
The Fair Work Commission will conduct a hearing in early February to decide if the national construction and maritime unions can merge, giving the federal government little time to block the new super union. Source: The Sydney Morning Herald Fair Work Commission deputy president Val Gostencnik has released correspondene that says he proposes to schedule the matter for hearing on 2 February just days before the Senate resumes next year. Members of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union...
OneFortyOne to acquire Nelson Forests timberbiz - News - 6 days ago
Australian forestry company, OneFortyOne Plantations (OFO) has confirmed that it has signed an agreement to acquire one of New Zealand’s leading forestry businesses, Nelson Forests. Source: Timberbiz Commenting on the proposed acquisition, OneFortyOne Plantation’s Chief Executive Officer, Linda Sewell said; “Nelson Forests is recognised as being one of New Zealand’s best run forestry businesses and an established leader in safe and sustainable forest management. “This acquisition reflects OFO’s...
Mitsui buys Kangaroo Island woodchips timberbiz - News - 6 days ago
Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers (KIPT) has signed a woodchip sale and purchase agreement with international commodities trader Mitsui. Source: Timberbiz This five-year agreement establishes key terms under which the bluegum timber resource on Kangaroo Island will be monetised. An automatic extension is built into the agreement, to give certainty to Mitsui in marketing the woodchips to its pulp mill customers in Asia. Mitsui will buy up to 500,000 green tonnes a year of woodchip from KIPT, with...
Skills Impact has advised of a project that will review units of competency from the PPM Pulp and Paper Manufacturing Training Package with regard to occupational health and safety, so they reflect current industry skills standards and practices and all job functions are accurately described. Source: Timberbiz There are many and varied health and safety risks and hazards pertaining to pulp and paper manufacturing sites, including hazardous chemical use, extreme heat and steam, and use of large machinery....
The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations’ (ICFPA) has launched its 2017 sustainablity Progress Report. It is the sixth biennial Report highlighting ICFPA members’ progress on the sustainability commitments agreed upon in the 2006 CEO Leadership Statement on Sustainability. Source: Timberbiz “We are proud to announce our global industry’s continuous progress, which represents our commitment to social and environmental aspects associated with forest management and the manufacture...

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