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The 2017 SDTF will build on the 2016 SDTF outcomes and insights and help create a bridge between the 2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and the 2018 HLPF. The event will also consider the sub-set of Goals that will be reviewed at HLPF 2018: SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), SDG 12 (Responsible Production and Consumption), and SDG 15 (Life on Land). The 2017 SDTF will include sessions...
Fiji has issued the first emerging market sovereign green bond. A multi-stakeholder partnership has announced a reforestation project aiming to restore 30,000 hectares of degraded Amazonian forest land by 2023. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has announced several sustainable energy projects in Egypt, Morocco, and Serbia. The European Investment Bank and the International Solar Alliance have announced a Joint Declaration to mobilize finance to develop and deploy affordable solar...
The #LoveLand4Climate campaign highlights the close linkages between sustainable land management (SLM) and achieving climate targets. World Soil Day 2017 will address the theme, “Caring for the planet starts from the ground," and will include the launch the first-ever Global Soil Organic Carbon map (GSOCmap).
Along with taking lives and causing millions of dollars in property damage, the wildfires in California are scorching the land in another way: Millions of trees are being destroyed. Source: CBS News The blazes have charred more than 770,000 acres in the state alone, as fires around the country seemingly grow more destructive by the year. Yet even that eye-opening number is a fraction of the devastation happening globally. The planet loses billions of trees every year due to a range of factors, including...
Logging without consent in Solomon Islands timberbiz - News - 2 days ago
A landowner group in Temotu province of Solomon islands says logging is underway on their land without consent. Source: Radio New Zealand According to locals on Temotu’s largest island Nende there are three logging camps in operation there without the required permits. The logging company, Malaysia-based Xiang Lin, earlier claimed to have permission from a former Temotu Provincial executive to operate on Nende. However, no environmental impact assessments were reported to have been submitted, nor...
Smartphone app to predict log drying timberbiz - News - 2 days ago
A new smartphone app has been developed to predict the moisture content of log piles undergoing infield drying. Inputs in the preliminary version of the app include log type, tree species, location and season. Source: Timberbiz Future development will include more specific weather information. The app was developed as part of a project funded by Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) to maximise cost-savings. Infield log drying has the potential to significantly reduce transport costs by reducing...
Trainee of the Year for Northland NZ timberbiz - News - 2 days ago
Michelle Harrison takes health and safety in the forestry industry very seriously. The 35-year-old, who won Trainee of the Year at this year’s Northland Forestry Awards, also looks out for kiwi during log harvesting. Sources: The Northern Advocate, New Zealand Herald She lives in rural Okaihau with her family. She has always worked with her husband, Nigel, in forestry, and two years ago the couple started their own logging crew, Wise on Wood Ltd. Husband Nigel said it’s a balancing act for Michelle....
Computer calculated forestry yields timberbiz - News - 2 days ago
What if forestry yield estimates could be calculated sitting in front of a computer using Virtual Reality (VR) technology, rather than going out into the field? Source: Timberbiz A FWPA funded project looking into exactly that has recently been profiled in the Brazilian forestry publication Referência Florestal Magazine. Researchers from the University of Tasmania and others are collaborating in two current FWPA projects, conducting a study that links forest inventory data, dense point cloud data...
Protecting the timber industry and Koalas timberbiz - News - 2 days ago
As senior manager at the Forestry Corporation, Mr Kearney manages logging and timber harvesting for native forests and eucalyptus plantations across New South Wales. Source: ABC News The organisation has come under criticism from former Labor environment minister Bob Debus and environmental groups who say it’s destroying koala habitats and leaving forests “smashed to the ground.” “Koala populations have plummeted by 50% on the north coast in the past 20 years due to under-regulated logging,” Susie...
Northern Iwi want more investment in timber timberbiz - News - 2 days ago
New Zealand’s northern iwi welcome a call to re-establish a Forestry Service, saying more investment should be put into processing the wood. Source: Radio New Zealand Winston Peters has revealed one of New Zealand First’s priorities for coalition talks is the future of forestry, saying a new government must safeguard wood supply by creating a Forest Service, a long-term plan, new state forests and possibly a local quota system like Canada’s. The policy to ensure the supply of raw logs for both the domestic...

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