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Debate has erupted over a development plan for Panama’s Coiba National Park — a World Heritage Site .  Critics are worried it could unleash harmful development and be a bellwether for plans to degrade and damage other protected areas around the world. Coiba is an island chain and vast marine area in Panama’s Pacific coast.  It contains massive reefs and among the highest fish diversity documented anywhere. The United Nations has declared Coiba a World Heritage Site in Danger due to the aggressive...
Many drivers of deforestation lie outside the forest sector and are rooted in wider social and economic issues. With collective action now, we can address the global challenge of deforestation, achieve our targets, and ensure that the world today, and in the future, continues to enjoy all of the goods and services that forests provide.
UN Women released its flagship report, which examines progress and challenges in implementing the SDGs from a gender perspective. Recommendations focus on prioritizing gender-responsive investments, and policies and programmes to deliver on the 2030 Agenda.
Over 75% of suppliers identified some climate change risks to their business and more than 50% have integrated climate change into their business strategies. The number of companies taking the lead on addressing emissions in their supply chains doubled within a year, with emission reductions totaling 551 million metric tonnes of CO2. Reducing emissions can lead to significant cost savings for both purchasing organizations and their suppliers.
Canadian take on forestry safety timberbiz - News - 7 days ago
On 18 October, 2017, a logger was killed in a tragic incident near Mackenzie in northern British Columbia, Canada. The operator was using a feller buncher to cut timber on a slope when the machine tipped over backwards, cutting off his escape route when the machine caught fire. Source: OHS Canada The logger’s death was devastating for his family, his community and his co-workers. While the cause of the incident is still under investigation by WorkSafeBC, the question arises: What can we do now to...
IKEA buys its first US forest timberbiz - News - 7 days ago
IKEA Group acquired its first US forest property, covering approximately 25,000 acres in Lowndes County, Alabama. Source: Clean Technica The investment in forestry is part of a broader strategy to invest in the sustainable production of resources that IKEA Group consumes directly, such as energy, or indirectly through its products (wood raw material, recycled materials, etc.). IKEA Group also owns more than 250,000 acres of forest land in Europe, located in Romania and the Baltic States. “As a responsible...
Stumped on how to remove stumps, not anymore timberbiz - News - 7 days ago
An Australian and an American hope they are about to solve a problem that has had others stumped. Source: The Weekly Times Naracoorte’s Brad Dickenson knew he was looking at something special when he saw a video clip on social media of a machine in the US wrenching old stumps out of the ground. Brad is a mechanic and he saw it as the perfect solution for removing unwanted blue gum stumps from the so-called green triangle of southeast South Australia and western Victoria. “I always keep my eye out...
Gisborne focus for NZ government timberbiz - News - 7 days ago
The New Zealand Government’s Tuawhenua Provincial Growth Fund will be launched in Gisborne on February 23, catapulting Gisborne to the centre of the Government’s regional development strategy. Source: The Gisborne Herald Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP and Cabinet minister Meka Whaitiri will also hold a Taste of Te Tairawhiti hui in Wellington on February 27 and has invited Gisborne “movers and shakers” and Cabinet ministers to attend. Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones, Ms Whaitiri and other...
Coalmining clearing forests timberbiz - News - 7 days ago
Coalmining companies were given approval to clear nearly 10% of what is now a critically endangered forest in the New South Wales Hunter Valley over the past decade, according to evidence before a government commission. Source: The Guardian It has prompted calls for politicians and bureaucrats to place greater weight on cumulative damage before giving developments the green light. Central Hunter Valley eucalypt forest and woodland was listed as critically endangered in 2015 after it was found 70%...
Crown Forestry plants a deal with farmers timberbiz - News - 7 days ago
Crown Forestry is chasing unproductive farmland suitable for commercial planting of pinus radiata to help it meet the government’s one billion trees program. Source: Radio New Zealand The 10-year target will require new planting to cover 500,000 hectares. Farmers and other landowners with at least 200ha to spare are being asked by Crown Forestry, a business unit of the Ministry for Primary Industries, to consider the offer. Land owners are being offered a lease or joint-venture option with Crown...

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