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IUFRO -1 hour ago

Spotlight #61 – Digging into soil and what it means to earth’s survival

PDF for download   Most people think of soil simply as something that grass, trees and other plants grow in and on. But nothing could be further from the truth, says Dr. Augusto Zanella. Below in quotes, some key concepts gathered during an IUFRO Spotlight interview. “Soils – in the forest and elsewhere – involve […]...

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CIFOR -5 hours ago

Landscape Heroes: Tell their story to the world!

The post Landscape Heroes: Tell their story to the world! appeared first on Center for International Forestry Research....

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CIFOR -7 hours ago

Expansion of oil palm plantations into forests may be having negative effects on nutritious food supply in Indonesia

New video highlights comparative study of local nutrition and diet...

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CIFOR -7 hours ago

Expansion of oil palm plantations into forests appears to be changing local diets in Indonesia

New video highlights comparative study of local nutrition and diet...

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timberbiz -8 hours ago

Ministers visit Timberlink Tasmania

On Friday 5 October Timberlink welcomed the Hon David Littleproud MP and Kevin Hogan MP to its Bell Bay mill to see first hand how further investments could help generate jobs and growth in Northern Tasmania. Source: Timberbiz Timberlink recently announced a generational $100m investment program at its Australian mills in Bell Bay, Northern Tasmania and Tarpeena in South Australia that will se...

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timberbiz -8 hours ago

Gross felling in Sweden up slightly

According to a recent forecast from the Swedish Forestry Agency the gross felling in 2018 is estimated to be 92.1 million cubic metre. It is slightly more than 2017 when the gross felling was 90.9 million cubic metre. Source: TTF The forecast is based on several different sources, as statistics on production, stocks and foreign trade for the whole of 2018 are not yet available. One is the prod...

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timberbiz -8 hours ago

European Commission reports on EUTR progress

The European Commission has released the second report on the implementation of the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR), covering the period March 2015 to February 2017. Source: Timberbiz The report reveals steady progress after four years of EUTR application. It is based on the reports from the 28 EU Member States and Norway. The report details how the EUTR is being implemented acros...

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timberbiz -8 hours ago

Russia feeds Chinese demand for wood

Investments in the forest industry in Eastern Russia, driven by forest products demand in China, have resulted in higher timber harvests in the past few years, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Source: Timberbiz Increased exports of softwood lumber from Russia to China the past decade have resulted in higher timber harvests in Eastern Russia. In 2017, Russia’s total harvest reached an est...

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timberbiz -8 hours ago

WA to develop new markets and jobs

A Forest Products Commission initiative focused on increasing utilisation of Western Australia’s timber resources is poised to develop new markets and create regional jobs. Source: Timberlink Logs will be released into the marketplace to stimulate innovation and see some resources that do not currently have any commercial value used for the production of veneers and engineered wood...

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timberbiz -8 hours ago

NZ’s future should rely on more than logs

A symposium to start a discussion on the future of work in forestry and wood processing has shown New Zealand is sitting on a mountain of untapped opportunity. The problem is, New Zealand is missing out on an incalculable amount of wealth due to exporting commodities as raw materials, instead of producing a wider range of products before exporting, and this is especially true for the forestry a...

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timberbiz -8 hours ago

NZ’s future should be more than logs

A symposium to start a discussion on the future of work in forestry and wood processing has shown New Zealand is sitting on a mountain of untapped opportunity. The problem is, New Zealand is missing out on an incalculable amount of wealth due to exporting commodities as raw materials, instead of producing a wider range of products before exporting, and this is especially true for the forestry a...

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timberbiz -8 hours ago

Hyne announces expansion of GLT production

Hyne Timber has announced a significant expansion to its Glue Laminated Timber (GLT) manufacturing capability in Maryborough, Queensland. Source: Timberbiz Already a significant manufacturer of GLT in addition to softwood timber products, this expansion investment with the support of a Queensland Government Jobs and Regional Growth Fund will launch the company into a globally competitive product o...

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timberbiz -8 hours ago

New GM and CEO at XLam

In light of the major project and partnership opportunities emerging in the sector and the increasing multinational demand for products and services, the XLam board has undertaken an extensive review of its current operations and structure. Source: Timberbiz Gary Caulfield’s expertise and industry relationships make him the point person to specialise in the rapidly expanding project part of the ...

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timberbiz -8 hours ago

Australia’s pulp production stable as imports lift 4.8%

Australia’s production of pulp – all made from local timber – was stable over the last financial year. Meantime, pulp imports rose 4.8%. Source: IndustryEdge for Timberbiz With pulp production rising, the uses are more varied than many would expect as the latest industry Strategic Review demonstrates. The main users of imported pulp are Australia’s tissue manufacturers. The big three – A...

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timberbiz -8 hours ago

Government’s one billion trees plan inadequately supported

The Federal Government’s $20 million forestry plan to plant one billion trees is a big policy step, but is inadequate as it amounts to only two cents per tree. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz That was a key point made by the chairman of the Australian Forest Products Association, Greg McCormack, to the DANA forestry conference in Launceston last week. “This is a good start, but clearly th...

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ICRAF -23 hours ago

Wealthy women and a healthy nation through high-quality coffee

Women in Uganda’s Mt. Elgon region are producing some of the best quality coffee in the country and are rising to an export challenge.   By May Muthuri and Joan Kimaiyo “Women are nurturing, clean, careful and detailed,”......

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ScienceDaily -23 hours ago

Why tropical forests are so ecologically diverse

The population of a tropical tree increases mostly in places where it is rare, a new study found....

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Mongabay -24 hours ago

Landless movement leader assassinated in Brazilian Amazon

Interviewed by Mongabay in 2016, Aluisio Samper is the most recent victim in a growing wave of Amazon violence against socio-environmental activists....

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PEFC -24 hours ago

Discover the finalists for the Best Use of Certified Timber Prize IV

We proudly present the last two shortlisted projects for the World Architecture Festival’s Best Use of Certified Timber Prize supported by PEFC: a hotel that revived a historic mountain village in Italy, and a visitor centre in China, that takes its guests back in time. Zallinger Chalets – noa*...-- Delivered by Feed43 service...

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CIFOR -yesterday

Global warming and indigenous rights – win-win solution

The post Global warming and indigenous rights – win-win solution appeared first on Center for International Forestry Research....

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Mongabay -yesterday

$25m in funding to help African gov’ts prosecute poachers, traffickers

A prominent African wildlife conservation NGO has committed $25 million to help protect iconic fauna from poaching and habitat loss across the continent by investing in African institutions and people. “We are seeing recovery and stabilization of some critical wildlife populations,” Kaddu Sebunya, president of the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), said in a statement. “We […]...

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Paper Advance -yesterday

Hydrophobic Deep Eutectic Solvents promise to play key role in making paper industry more sustainable

PhD research carried out as part of the PROVIDES project has recently resulted in promising new sustainable hydrophobic Deep Eutectic Solvents (DESs). These hydrophobic DESs could successfully replace chemical solvents in the paper recycling process in order to remove transition metal ions such as iron and manganese from paper pulp. Coordinated by ISPT, the industry-driven PROVIDES project focuses...

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Mongabay -yesterday

Can we buy our way out of the sixth extinction?

Money, it’s said, makes the world go round. The old adage appears to be true in conservation, too: A paper in Nature tracked $14.4 billion spent on conservation programs over a 12-year period around the world, and found that it was money well spent. “All the money we have been spending on conservation has actually […]...

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Tree Aid -yesterday

Food really does grow on trees

16th October is World Food Day and the theme for 2018 is ‘Our actions are our future’. At TREE AID, we help people change their futures through growing trees that provide reliable food sources. In Britain, the tree foods we eat might include an apple, or perhaps a handful of nuts. But for many people The post Food really does grow on trees appeared first on TREE AID....

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Mongabay -yesterday

123 baby giant tortoises stolen from Galápagos breeding center

On the night of Sept. 24, 123 giant tortoise hatchlings were stolen from the Arnaldo Tupiza breeding center on Isabela, the largest island in the Galápagos. The hatchlings belonged to two species, the Cerro Azul (Chelonoidis vicina) and Sierra Negra (Chelonoidis guntheri) giant tortoises, the Ministry of Environment of Ecuador said in a statement. Both species are […]...

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Mongabay -yesterday

Land rights, forests, food systems central to limiting global warming: report

Land-based options offer the best solutions to help nations meet their Paris carbon reduction goals and limit warming to 1.5 degrees C, says study in response to new IPCC climate report....

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ICRAF -yesterday

For the Love of Restoration

The challenge of balancing quantity and quality in FLR efforts By Aida Bargués Tobella, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) FLR is on everyone’s lips. Governments all over the world have committed to......

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Mongabay -yesterday

For an Amazon tribe, phone cameras shine a light on their wildlife

Chief Antonio Manquid Jiménez, an elder and shaman of the Matsés tribe of northeastern Peru, hasn’t always used a smartphone to document what he finds during his hunting and gathering forays. When Jiménez was young, the Matsés still lived in voluntary isolation from modern civilization. It’s 2018, though, and the phone has become a critical […]...

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Forest2Market -yesterday

New Developments Affecting North American Softwood Lumber Prices

A number of important lumber-related developments have come out of North America over the last week: ...

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Mongabay -yesterday

Watching the wildlife return: Q&A with a rural Senegalese river monitor

This is the second story in Mongabay’s three-part profile of the Kawawana ICCA. Other stories will appear here once they are published. Senegal: After reviving fish and forests, Jola villages tackle new threats   MANGAGOULACK, Senegal — Bassirou Sambou heads the biodiversity monitoring section of the Kawawana ICCA, a group of 12,000 residents of eight […]...

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CBD -yesterday

Africa: Diverse Wild Species Vital for Healthy Agricultural Production

World Food Day on 16 October reminds us that 821 million people in the world are undernourished and that sustainable agriculture requires mainstreaming of biodiversity....

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CBD -yesterday

South Africa: Access to Seed Is Access to Food

Seed as a primary input to agriculture plays a pivotal role in linking agriculture and biodiversity to food sovereignty. Civil society must contest the credibility of corporate consolidation in the South African seed system on the basis that it is inappropriate, given the country's challenges around biodiversity loss, climate change adaptation and food insecurity....

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CBD -yesterday

One man's quest to restore native Canadian trees to Toronto

Tree planting is one of those quintessentially Canadian jobs that evokes visions of bug-ridden summers in lonely mountain valleys battling dehydration and madness. But here it is in mid-October, on a day for woolly socks and pumpkin spice, and Eric Davies takes an occasional sip of craft beer as he and two volunteers sow around 1,500 acorns in the front yard of his Toronto apartment. It's an activ...

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CBD -yesterday

Malta needs to prepare for climate change, experts

Malta must take ambitious measures to stave off the effects of climate change, a local climatologist has urged, in the wake of a landmark UN report calling for rapid, unprecedented efforts to prevent disaster....

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CBD -yesterday

Time to 'put politicians feet to the fire' on climate change, says SFU environmental prof

The world's leading climate scientists are urging action on climate change at an international panel this week and calling on governments to do more, leading some to ask how this might play out at the local level....

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CBD -yesterday

Banks will not be forced to reveal climate change risks they face

The Bank of England has stopped short of forcing financial companies to disclose the potential risks they face from climate change, despite growing calls from campaigners for such action....

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CBD -yesterday

Deforestation down 57% in the winter habitat of Mexican monarch butterflies

Deforestation in the core zone of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico decreased by 57.6 per cent, from 15.8 hectares lost during the 2016-2017 period to to 6.7....

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CBD -yesterday

Story of unsung gardener revealed after appeal on BBC

The story first came to light in a box of archives held by the Royal Horticultural Society. The mysterious Miss Harrisson had come top in exams on the principles of horticulture - but wasn't allowed to claim her prize of a scholarship at the RHS because she was a woman....

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CBD -yesterday

International Day of Rural Women observed globally

The International Day of Rural Women was observed globally on October 15, 2018 with the theme, "Sustainable infrastructure, services and social protection for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls"....

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CBD -yesterday

New Zealand votes tipsy pigeon bird of the year

New Zealand has voted for its bird of the year 2018 and it's one known for being "drunk, clumsy and a bit of a clown", organisers say. The kereru has a liking for fermented fruits, which contain alcohol. And that means the birds can get quite tipsy at times, displaying clumsy antics and falling off trees....

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CBD -yesterday

This enormous fish collection is hidden in a concrete bunker on the West Bank

Justin Mann dreams about fish. In one particularly terrifying dream he sees row after row of metallic shelving, stacked with glass jars filled with fish specimens, topple over like mammoth dominoes. The nightmare strikes a little close to reality for Mann, who has for the past five years been in charge of organizing, cataloguing and upkeeping 7 million fish specimens....

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CBD -yesterday

Tourism boom threatens Chàm Island ecosystems

A large area of sea grass on the Chàm Islands, off the coast of H?i An, have been damaged due to the rapid increase in speed boats over the past several decades-another sign that mass tourism and unsustainable development threaten the rich ecosystem on the islands, said Director of the Chàm Islands-H?i An Marine Protected Area (MPA) Centre Tr?n Th? H?ng Thúy....

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CBD -yesterday

Indigenous Indians fight deforestation threat with gourmet coffee

Once forbidden by colonialists from cultivating coffee, indigenous people in southern India have won a prestigious award for their bean, which they farm while fighting deforestation....

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CBD -yesterday

Photo story: A journey down Myanmar's Chindwin River

Local communities in the remote region rely on the river and its biodiversity for their food, fuel and livelihoods, resources that are increasingly under threat...

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Lastuja -yesterday

EU:n uusi biotalousstrategia on tervetullut

Euroopan unionin komissio julkaisi uuden biotalousstrategian 11. lokakuuta. Uuden strategian avulla komissio tavoittelee entistä innovatiivisempaa, kilpailukykyisempää ja kestävämpää yhteiskuntaa. Strategiassa on paljon hyvää, mutta sijaa myös tarkennuksille. EU:n vuonna 2012 julkaistu ensimmäinen biotalousstrategia on nyt päivitetty vastaamaan viime vuosina voimaan tulleita poliittis...

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The Guardian -yesterday

Selfridges is selling Iceland own-brand mince pies – and proud of it

Unusual collaboration between upmarket department store and frozen food specialist is because both have committed to going palm-oil-freeBoxes of Iceland mince pies have made a low-key debut in Selfridges’ food halls this year, sharing the aisles with £1,450 tins of beluga caviar and £5,000 Christmas hampers.The unusual collaboration between the upmarket department store and the frozen food spe...

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CIFOR -yesterday

Publication: Historical charcoal additions alter water extractable, particulate and bulk soil C composition and stabilization

The post Publication: Historical charcoal additions alter water extractable, particulate and bulk soil C composition and stabilization appeared first on Center for International Forestry Research....

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CIFOR -yesterday

Publication: Historic charcoal additions and changes in soil organic matter

The post Publication: Historic charcoal additions and changes in soil organic matter appeared first on Center for International Forestry Research....

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NYT -2 days ago

Their Land Defiled, Forest People Swap Flower Worship for Quran and Concrete

Indigenous forest people of the Indonesian island of Sumatra have been pushed from their land and away from their gods by timber, rubber, paper and palm oil plantations. Many have converted to Islam....

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The Guardian -2 days ago

Chopping forest school is a mistake | Letters

The National Trust could do more to find a solution at Toys Hill, writes former Forestry Commission recreation manager Roger BrakeIn the same issue as your article “National Trust criticised for eviction of nursery from its woodland home” (13 October), an ad for the National Trust began: “Dear future leaf rustlers, conker collectors and woodland wanderers …” Um.In the 1990s, working for ...

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The Guardian -3 days ago

Country diary: an explosion of wildlife at an old nitroglycerine plant

Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd: Detoxified, cleared and planted, this is now native woodland and heath, with enviable views across the Dwyryd estuaryBetween downpours on an early October evening, I walked into the Gwaith Powdwr – “powder works” – nature reserve. Black powder in this context: this site was once home to Cooke’s Works, a subsidiary of Nobel and one of the world’s most advanced...

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Mongabay -4 days ago

Amazonia and the setbacks of Brazil’s political moment (commentary)

The imminent election this month of far right Jair Bolsonaro as Brazil’s new president poses threats to the environment, indigenous people, and the global climate....

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SNS -4 days ago

Join the SNS-NKJ network symposium about biocontrol

The NKJ-SNS network Dialogue Biocontrol wants to bring together researchers, commercial actors and end users with interest in biocontrol solutions for North European conditions and to strengthen the dialogue between these groups. Therefore they invite you to a one-day symposium with the titel “Biocontrol in Agriculture and Forestry – research, innovations… Read more...

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Mongabay -4 days ago

Fire fundamentally alters carbon dynamics in the Amazon

The fires closing in on Erika Berenguer’s research site in Brazil’s eastern Amazon were unlike anything she had seen in years working in the forest. Smoke hung heavy the air. “I couldn’t see 10 meters in front of me,” Berenguer, an ecologist at Lancaster University and the University of Oxford in the U.K., said in […]...

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IUCN -4 days ago

Communities hold the key to expanding conservation impact in Africa

Wildlife conservation that uses community partnerships is working for people and threatened species across Africa, write Fred Nelson and Rosie Cooney of IUCN's Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group Wildlife conservancies managed by local communities provide an opportunity for income generation and conservation to take pl...

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SMY -4 days ago

Timber stock continues to grow – overdue forestry operations are decreasing

According to the latest estimate, the annual growth of Finnish forests is 107 million cubic metres. The amount harvested is […]...

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forest.fi -4 days ago

Environmental anxiety could become an epidemic – but treatments exist, for both the concern and the environment

Anxiety caused by environmental problems is increasingly widespread. There are, however, remedies available for the anxiety, and the best of […]...

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Mongabay -4 days ago

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, October 12, 2018

Tropical forests Between 2012 and 2017, scientists discovered 21 new species of plants and animals in Mexico (Mexico News Daily). Research finds that schemes to avoid soy-related deforestation don’t always work (CIFOR Forests News). Different datasets paint diverging pictures of deforestation around the world (Yale e360). Mining and illegal logging in the Brazilian Amazon are […]...

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The Guardian -4 days ago

Country diary: where Scots pines stand tall

Allendale, Northumberland: Sunlight filters between the trees, flecking the woodland floor and turning it yellow-greenWith its feeling of openness and its regularly spaced trunks, this place makes me think of Winnie the Pooh’s “enchanted place on the top of the forest”. Scots pines, thinned out some years back, have furrowed boles that are bare and straight. They turn ruddy brown towards the...

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ScienceDaily -4 days ago

Tropical moths in the mountains are larger

Researchers have measured more than 19,000 tropical moths from 1,100 species to find out whether their size varies with elevation. The researchers found clear patterns: moths increase in size significantly at higher elevations....

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NYT -4 days ago

‘Lifeboats’ Amid the World’s Wildfires

Islands of greenery, called refugia, survive even the worst fires, sheltering species and renewing charred landscapes....

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CBD -4 days ago

Does climate vary more from century to century when it is warmer?

Century-scale climate variability was enhanced when the Earth was warmer during the Last Interglacial period (129-116 thousand years ago) compared to the current interglacial (the last 11,700 years), according to a new UCL-led study....

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CBD -4 days ago

Overfishing and modern-day slavery

You're about to make a sandwich with canned albacore tuna today, and thinking that it's all a good thing-nutritionists talk about the health benefits of eating more seafood, after all. One thing you probably didn't think about is where exactly that tuna come from....

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CBD -4 days ago

Legacy of Biosphere 2 lives on in singular research space

They lived for two years and 20 minutes under the glass of a miniature Earth, complete with an ocean, rain forest, desert, grasslands and mangroves. Their air and water were recycled, and they grew the sweet potatoes, rice and other food they needed to survive....

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CBD -4 days ago

More Eco-Tourism Delight In Ghana

It must excite you to know that Ghana is a nature lover's delight. Its sunny equatorial climate and fertile well-watered soils sustain an enchanting selection of wildlife, ranging from elephants to monkeys and marine turtles to crocodiles, as well as hundreds of colourful birds and butterfly species....

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CBD -4 days ago

2018 Young Champions of the Earth Award

The United Nation's Young Champions of the Earth Award seeks out environmental entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 30 who are leading the way with ambitious projects....

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CBD -4 days ago

Meet Europe's new Koala clan

Five southern koalas have been flown half way round the world as part of plans to create a back-up population of the species away from their native Australia....

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CBD -4 days ago

Ottawa, Dehcho First Nations sign deal for 1st Indigenous protected wildlife area

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has signed an agreement with Dehcho First Nations Grand Chief Gladys Norwegian to officially protect the ?Edehzhie area, creating the first Indigenous-protected national wildlife area in Canada....

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CBD -4 days ago

Researchers address urgent need to identify species most threatened by climate change

An international team of scientists, including researchers from the University of York, have published a set of guidelines for how to assess which species are most vulnerable....

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CBD -4 days ago

Watershed groups have a positive impact on local water quality, study finds

Economists have found that in the United States, watershed groups have had a positive impact on their local water quality.The study is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences....

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CBD -4 days ago

Did Ancient Climate Change Affect Human Evolution?

Climate change may be on everyone's lips since the recent UN report, but don't let that fool you. The shifts in climate we're beginning to see are nothing new, as far as Earth - or our ancestors - are concerned....

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CBD -4 days ago

The Fight To Save The Last Swimming Camels On Earth

Near small fishing hamlets along the coast of northwest India, the blue-green sea is speckled with islands of mangroves. It's as picturesque a setting as you'll find, but on some days, the tranquility is punctuated by a deafening sound: dozens of camels, like a fleet of furry ships, bleating and honking as they swim among the trees....

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CBD -4 days ago

EIB, AFD and KfW launch EUR 2 billion Clean Oceans Initiative to save oceans

Ahead of the IMF/World Bank Group meetings, KfW Group on behalf of the German Federal Government, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Agence Française de Developpement (AFD) launched the Clean Oceans Initiative to support the development and implementation of sustainable projects that will reduce pollution in the world's oceans over the next five years....

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CBD -4 days ago

Low-emission cows: farming responds to climate warning

From low-emission cows to robotic soil management, the farming industry will have to explore new approaches in the wake of a UN warning that the world needs to cut meat consumption or face worsening climate chaos....

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CBD -4 days ago

Rice 'safely conserved' in Philippines gene bank

Scientists say that more than 100 thousand varieties of rice have been safeguarded for the future. Samples in the world's largest rice gene bank in the Philippines are being used to help farmers develop rice crops that can survive drought and flooding....

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CBD -4 days ago

How Much Do Fortune 100 Companies Factor In Biodiversity Accountability?

Is biodiversity protection really a major goal of nearly 1/3 of the world's biggest companies? That's what they'd like their shareholders to believe. But is merely mentioning biodiversity accountability in a company's annual reports enough? A recent study indicates that only 5 Fortune 500 Global companies made biodiversity commitments that can be considered specific, measurable, and time-bound....

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CBD -4 days ago

Liza Mamaliga turns Moldovan honey into pots of gold

Moldovan entrepreneur Liza Mamaliga started her Dulce Plai honey company out of frustration.The daughter and granddaughter of beekeepers, she had other plans for her life, studying finance and banking at university. But Liza couldn't sit back and watch a tragedy unfold....

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CBD -4 days ago

Int'l alliance on biodiversity, health big data set up in Beijing

An international alliance to promote biodiversity and health big data sharing was established in Beijing, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Monday....

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Mongabay -4 days ago

Latam Eco Review: Millennial trees and Pacific coral larvae

Top recent stories from our Spanish-language service, Mongabay Latam, include a multi-country series on illegal logging, traveling coral larvae, and a treaty to protect environmental defenders. Peru’s millennial trees could disappear in 10 years Peru’s Shihuahuaco trees (Dipteryx micrantha) take hundreds of years to grow but could be lost in a decade. Listed as critically […]...

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PEFC -4 days ago

In the forest, I become part of nature

This October, we hear from Špela Kurnik, a runner up in our 2017 ‘Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ photo contest. Špela explains the mysterious power of nature in autumn and shares what she felt when taking his breath-taking photo ‘Panorama’. How do you feel about forests? I am a great fan...-- Delivered by Feed43 service...

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The Guardian -5 days ago

Legal bid to delay land-clearing over risk to Great Barrier Reef

Exclusive: Kingvale station’s proposed clearing of 2,000 hectares could be held up for monthsFederal approval to clear more than 2,000 hectares of Queensland native forest in the catchment for the Great Barrier Reef could potentially be held up for months after the Environmental Defender’s Office launched court action to prevent it.The federal court proceedings against the state environment mi...

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COFI -5 days ago

COFI Launches Third Annual Forestry Photo Contest

(Vancouver, BC) – The BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI), with media partner Canadian Forest Industries (CFI) Magazine, announced today the launch the Third Annual Forestry Photo Contest. The contest showcases the importance of forest products in our everyday lives. “The B.C. forest industry continues to be one of the most significant economic drivers, generating […] The post COFI La...

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INBAR -5 days ago

EVENT: Caribbean International Bamboo Symposium – 27-29 November 2018

November 2018 will see INBAR’s Caribbean International Bamboo Symposium, an exciting event packed for varied stakeholders and covering a wide range of topics related to bamboo in the region. INBAR will hold its annual Caribbean International Bamboo symposium on 27 and 28 November 2018 in Jamaica. The event promises to bring a wide variety of […] The post EVENT: Caribbean International ...

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Mongabay -5 days ago

Top Madagascar shrimp co. moved millions among tax-haven shell companies

An influential shrimp magnate in Madagascar moved millions of dollars among shell companies based in offshore tax havens, raising the possibility that one of the world’s poorest countries is missing out on important tax revenues. Aziz Ismail, 85, a French citizen born in Madagascar, bought into Madagascar’s shrimp business in 1973. His empire, known generally […]...

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IISD -5 days ago

GEF Increases Funding to Tackle Wildlife Trafficking and Trade

The GEF will increase its financial support its Global Wildlife Programme, which works to tackle wildlife crime in 19 countries in Africa and Asia. Illegal trade in wildlife generates between US$7 billion to 23 billion per year. At the same time, the GEF estimates that crimes affecting natural resources “cost societies more than US$70 billion a year”....

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IISD -5 days ago

SC70 Recommends Suspensions in Rosewood, African Grey Parrots and Pangolin Trade

The CITES Standing Committee suspended commercial trade in Siamese rosewood, including finished products, from Lao PDR and commercial trade in rosewood from Nigeria. The meeting also considered the introduction from the sea of the sei whale by Japan, finding that Japan is in “clear violation of the Convention”. The Committee produced draft decisions for consideration at CITES CoP18....

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IISD -5 days ago

World Bank Approves Financing for Bangladesh’s Sustainable Fisheries, Forests, Climate-Resilient Roads

The World Bank approved financing for three projects in Bangladesh: the Bangladesh Sustainable Coastal and Marine Fisheries Project; the Sustainable Forests and Livelihoods Project; and the Second Rural Transport Improvement Project. Each of the projects includes a component on poverty reduction and livelihoods....

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Mongabay -5 days ago

Tech prize finalists promote collaboration to fight extinction

The non-profit Conservation X Labs (CXL) recently announced twenty finalists for the Con X Tech Prize – subtitled “Hacking Extinction.” The finalists will receive $3,500 to continue developing their projects, which include embedded image-sorting for camera traps, marine-specific animal tags, and a “Fitbit for Orangutans.” Teams are building databases, devices, and algorithms. And more im...

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IISD -5 days ago

Institutional Finance Update: Green Financing, Investors Contribute to Low-carbon Transition, Reaching SDGs

The Global Green Bond Partnership launched at the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit, and California deepened its green bond partnership with the World Bank. World Bank launched a sustainable development bond to focus on sustainable cities. Banks shared experiences from low-carbon transition risk assessments in corporate loan portfolios....

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Mongabay -5 days ago

Second environmental expert sued over testimony against palm oil firm

JAKARTA — A prominent environmental expert in Indonesia faces a lawsuit by a palm oil company after testifying against its practices, in the second case of its kind this year. The move has stoked fear among activists, who say it’s part of an escalating campaign to silence environmental defenders. The lawsuit was filed by palm […]...

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Climate Home -5 days ago

Modern bioenergy is critical to meeting global climate change goals

It is controversial and often overlooked, but bioenergy is the only renewable energy today that can supply all sectors, say Kimmo Tiilikainen and Fatih Birol The post Modern bioenergy is critical to meeting global climate change goals appeared first on Climate Home News....

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IUCN -5 days ago

IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Chair Dr Kathy MacKinnon wins top conservation prize

Dr Kathy MacKinnon, a British zoologist, has won the Midori Prize for Biodiversity, a prestigious conservation award. Photo: IUCN ...

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Mongabay -5 days ago

It’s déjà vu for orangutans, devastated by climate change and hunting once before

Orangutans face a changing climate and are hemmed in by a growing human population using novel technologies to hunt them down. It’s a situation they have been in before — 20,000 years ago. A recent paper suggests that research about what happened in the past can inform conservation strategies today. In Orangutans venture out of […]...

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IUCN -5 days ago

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Mongabay -5 days ago

Fire and agroforestry revive California indigenous groups’ traditions

This article was published in partnership with Civil Eats, the daily news website focused on sustainable food and farming. ORLEANS, California — Frank Lake stoops beside a low-growing shrub, cups one hand beneath a cluster of cobalt berries and swiftly claps it to his mouth. The purple-lipped grin he flashes leaves no doubt. Huckleberries! Lake offers me […]...

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Forest2Market -5 days ago

Brazilian Lumber Exports Increase to Meet North American Demand

Brazilian lumber exports have followed a similar trend as exports from other countries over the last decade, which is to say they have slowly crept back up after tanking in the wake of 2008. The US housing market is the primary driver of global lumber flows, and the Great Recession of 2008 had a lingering, widespread effect on these flows, as well as the local markets where lumber is p...

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CBD -5 days ago

How climate change will affect your health

A new report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns of dire consequences if governments don't make "rapid, far-reaching, and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society" to stem global warming. But the planet isn't the only thing at risk as temperatures rise; your health might be in danger, too....

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CBD -5 days ago

Winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2018

The winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2018 were announced today. The MIDORI Prize is a prestigious biennial international prize organized by the AEON Environmental Foundation and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity to honour individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity at global, regional or local level...

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CBD -5 days ago

Tasmania's Newly Discovered Volcanic 'Lost World' Is A Haven For Marine Life

Australian scientists have discovered a previously unknown chain of volcanic seamounts near Tasmania. The area appears to be brimming with marine life, including a surprising number of whales who may be using the undersea volcanoes as a navigational tool....

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CBD -5 days ago

In autumn, Islamabad's green lands receive 'guests' from as far as Siberia & Africa

Every year in autumn, hundreds of migratory birds arrive in Islamabad to settle in the water bodies there - lakes, ponds, steams and dams....

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CBD -5 days ago

Marine ecosystem experts mull creation of 'One Davao Gulf Network'

To abate the threats on marine and coastal habitat degradation of Davao Gulf, a panel of experts in marine ecosystem is mulling to create a network of Marine Protected Areas in Davao region that could play a vital role in , sustaining the efforts on protection and conservation of the coastal and marine environment across the country....

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CBD -5 days ago

European forests cannot further curb global warming, French study warns

The Paris Agreement of 2015 mentions the importance of forests as carbon sinks because they are capable of removing CO2 from the atmosphere. Researchers have studied various forest management strategies in Europe, such as maximising CO2 storage or reflecting more light which is then directed back into space....

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CBD -5 days ago

Ghana and Ecuador to cooperate on forestry development

The Governments of Ghana and Ecuador signed an agreement to cooperate on environmental protection, with a focus on forestry development. The signing took place in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, during a South-South Knowledge Exchange which was facilitated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)....

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CBD -5 days ago

Indigenous fire practice protecting the Gibson Desert's biodiversity

Traditional Indigenous burning practices are protecting plant biodiversity in Australia's Gibson Desert, according to University of Queensland research....

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CBD -5 days ago

Earth Today | Montego Bay Marine Park To Get Seabin

JAMAICA ENERGY Partners (JEP) will this month continue in its efforts to help protect Jamaica's natural resources by embarking on a project that focuses primarily on the preservation of marine life. On Friday, October 19, JEP, in association with the energy company and one of their international partners Wartsila, will launch a seabin at the Montego Bay Marine Park....

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CBD -5 days ago

In a Colombian sanctuary, once-trafficked birds fly again

A 50-minute drive from Cartagena, the most important tourist city in Colombia, is a place that preserves the colors and sounds of biodiversity. A two-hour stroll through the 7 hectares (17 acres) of the National Aviary of Colombia takes visitors through a recreation of the remotest and most difficult-to-access wildernesses of this country....

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CBD -5 days ago

How a warming Arctic speeds up climate change - and spreads its damage

By now, scientists have made it as clear as they possibly can that climate change is real and greenhouse gas emissions are to blame. But what is perhaps less well known is the natural role the Arctic plays in both accelerating climate change and spreading its often disastrous consequences around the world....

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CBD -5 days ago

'Tipping point': the point of no return for global warming

Climatologists are warning of a series of 'tipping points' that could have catastrophic consequences for life on Earth. Their description is more apt than we may realise...

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CBD -5 days ago

The Hurricanes, and Climate-Change Questions, Keep Coming. Yes, They're Linked.

Scientists are increasingly confident of the links between global warming and hurricanes. In a warming world, they say, hurricanes will be stronger, for a simple reason: Warmer water provides more energy that feeds them....

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CBD -5 days ago

It's totally possible to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees

The world is already feeling the impacts of global warming. Since before the Industrial Revolution, the global thermostat has climbed by about 1 degree Celsius. As a result, hurricanes are becoming more fierce; the seas are rising as ice sheets melt; droughts and extreme precipitation events are becoming more common....

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CBD -5 days ago

College Boreal unveils revamped biodiversity centre

As trees lose their leaves outdoors, things are budding inside Collège Boréal's new and expanded greenhouses. The Sudbury college celebrated the opening of a new greenhouse on Tuesday as part of its revamped Biodiversity Centre....

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CBD -5 days ago

Meeting trees, forests and mountains and ourselves at Museum San

While art galleries and museums are usually associated with a refined atmosphere, Museum San distinguishes itself by fully embracing nature as a frame. Designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, the museum defines itself with three words: space, art and nature. It is located next to the Oak Valley, a resort complex of golf courses and ski slopes, less than two hours' drive from central Seoul....

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CBD -5 days ago

Conservationists in Tanzania use tech platform to protect endangered species

They seem as old as time itself but now they're getting help from new technology. And they need it. Between 2006 and 2015, one in five of Africa's elephants died amid a surge in ivory poaching....

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CBD -5 days ago

Genetic study provides new information about endangered whales

Hope for an alarmingly low number of gray whales in the western Pacific Ocean might rest with their cousins to the east, according to a Purdue University study of the animals' genetic resources....

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CBD -5 days ago

Nature can save us

It's a lucky day when herpers spot a Blanding's turtle basking in the sun. These birders for the reptile set are thrilled when they catch a glimpse of this turtle's yellow throat, high-domed shell and perpetual happy smile. Sadly, some populations in Canada are threatened and endangered, mainly because of the loss of their wetland habitat....

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CBD -5 days ago

Our food system is at risk of crossing 'environmental limits' - here's how to ease the pressure

The global food system has a lot to answer for. It is a major driver of climate change, thanks to everything from deforestation to cows burping. Food production also transforms biodiverse landscapes into fields inhabited by a single crop or animal. It depletes valuable freshwater resources, and even pollutes ecosystems when fertilisers and manure washed into streams and rivers....

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CBD -5 days ago

'Flexitarian' diets key to feeding people in a warming world

f the world wants to limit climate change, water scarcity and pollution, then we all need to embrace "flexitarian" diets, say scientists.This means eating mainly plant-based foods, and is one of three key steps towards a sustainable future for all in 2050, they say....

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CBD -5 days ago

Researcher discovers microplastics in Bay of Fundy clams

Krista Beardy spends her days digging in the mud along the Bay of Fundy shoreline, looking for clams and mussels that she will test for the presence of microplastics. The 43-year-old graduate student in biology at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John was inspired to start her research after more than a decade as a kayaking guide and instructor....

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Mongabay -5 days ago

Scientists, conservationists: Give Nobel Peace Prize to Jane Goodall

More than 30 scientists and leaders in environmental conservation are calling for the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award Jane Goodall with the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. Citing the 84-year-old primatologist’s groundbreaking discoveries in the 1960s that blurred the lines between animals and humans, such as tool use in chimpanzees, as well as her ongoing, decades-long […]...

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World Bank -6 days ago

Making Mining Forest-Smart Brief

Mining activities are increasingly taking place in forested landscapes, driven by the mineral needs of technological advancements and a growing population. While not a main driver of global deforestation, mining in forests poses an increasing challenge, resulting in losses of biodiversity and ecosystem services like regular rainfall, clean air, and erosion control. These and many other forest-base...

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Mongabay -6 days ago

Whales not enough sustenance for polar bears in fast-changing climate

Dead whales are a nutritional boon for polar bears, and they’ve likely helped bears survive lean periods during warm spells in the past when much of the Arctic was ice-free. In the future, however, most bears won’t be so lucky, writes a team of scientists in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment on […]...

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CIFOR -6 days ago

Securing rights of indigenous peoples and local communities may curb global warming

We cannot restore tropical forests without restoring the rights of their traditional owners...

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CIFOR -6 days ago

Securing rights of indigenous peoples, local communities may curb global warming: Reaction to IPCC Report

Restoration of tropical forests cannot occur without restoring the rights of inhabitants...

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timberbiz -6 days ago

Nokian Tyres new portfolio for on and offroad use

Nokian Tyres has been broadening its product portfolio of tyres for trucks with the latest addition the Nokian R-Truck product range for demanding on and off-road use such as earthmoving and forestry applications. Source: Timberbiz “On and off-road use puts special, even conflicting demands on a truck tyre,” Nokian Heavy Tyres Product Manager Teppo Siltanen said. “It’s like two different w...

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timberbiz -6 days ago

Is restoring forest enough to address climate change

Restoring forests has become a world-wide strategy for simultaneously addressing the challenges of climate change and biodiversity conservation. In a new study, scientists at Point Blue Conservation Science assessed how successful restoration efforts in California’s Central Valley were at these two goals. Sources: Phys Org, Journal of Applied Ecology Key among the findings was the conclu...

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timberbiz -6 days ago

Ponsse most reputable company in Finland

According to T-Media’s Reputation&Trust survey, Ponsse is the most reputable company in Finland in 2018. Ponsse received a higher score in the survey than any company ever before. Source: Timberbiz The survey and the results are based on the Reputation&Trust survey, carried out in June and July 2018 with the goal of investigating the reputation of companies operating in Finland among the...

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timberbiz -6 days ago

Forest Products Commission tenders for WA

The Forest Products Commission (FPC) is running a tender process for the sale of hardwood logs or billets from south west native forests, and the sale of bluegum timber. Source: Timberbiz FPC is seeking proposals to enter into a contract with financially sound, experienced and innovative buyer/s to purchase up to 150,000 cubic metres per annum of karri and jarrah hardwood logs or billets...

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timberbiz -6 days ago

Global warming an Australian warning but forestry can help

The release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, ‘Global Warming of 1.5°C’, should serve as a timely reminder that Australia’s forest industries are providing a major contribution in the fight against climate change, but they can do a lot more with the right government policy settings. Source: Timberbiz “Earlier this year, AFPA released ‘18 by 2030 – Forest ...

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timberbiz -6 days ago

Australian Federal Government procurement rules for timber

Suppliers must meet Australian Standards in order to supply timber and timber-based products to the Federal Government. Source: Timberbiz Referenced as part of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 government departments are obligated to meet specific Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs) when selecting suppliers for timber and timber based products. Among CPRs, governm...

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timberbiz -6 days ago

Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry

The New Zealand Institute of Forestry has announced that David Saathof has been awarded The Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry in 2018. Source: Timberbiz This award recognises engagement in the principles and practice of sustainable forest management including policy, planning, practice and sound science-based land stewardship. Awardees must be committed to public outreach and knowle...

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timberbiz -6 days ago

Healthy Homes to showcase CLT build

See a spectacular new Sydney CLT build on Network Ten’s Healthy Homes this Saturday. Source: Timberbiz Take a first look into Sydney architect James Fitzpatrick’s spectacular new home on Network Ten’s long running lifestyle series Healthy Homes Australia. The show will air on Saturday 13 October at 1.55pm on TEN and then Sunday 14 October at 3.30pm on ONE. The bold, striking design s...

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timberbiz -6 days ago

Home building beats expectations

According to HIA economist Diwa Hopkins Australia’s home building industry beat expectations in commencing construction of 228,480 homes in the 2017/18 financial year. Source: Timberbiz This represents a 3.3% increase on home starts in the previous financial year.  The ABS today released building activity data for the June quarter of 2018, rounding out the full financial year results.  “It t...

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SNS -6 days ago

IUFRO:s World Congress 2024 in Sweden

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and Sweden are the hosts of the IUFRO World Congress 2024, announces the Swedish delegation from Oregon in the United States.   – IUFRO has chosen Stockholm to host the IUFRO World Congress 2024, which is a winning slot for Europe, the Nordic region… Read more...

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IISD -6 days ago

Event: Seventh Session of the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-7)

The seventh session of the plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-7) will consider, inter alia: the report of the Executive Secretary on the implementation of the first work programme for the period 2014-2018; the global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services; review of the Platform at the conclusion of its first work programme; the Pla...

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The Guardian -6 days ago

Country diary: apples and mistletoe, yin and yang

Brockhampton, Herefordshire Orchards in autumn are places where magic finds a space to express itselfBright red apples look delicious and, as in fairytales, potentially dangerous. The “bush” of mistletoe growing from the apple bough, poisonous yet sacred to ancient druids, we were told, looks mysterious. Apples and mistletoe, the yin and yang of fruiting trees and their parasites, opposing for...

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The Guardian -6 days ago

A forestry boom is turning Ireland into an ecological dead zone | Mary Colwell

Susbsidised spruce plantations cover vast tracts of the Irish countryside. They don’t offset carbon emissions and are driving bird species to extinctionWe all love trees. We think of woods and forests as green lungs, peaceful spaces, brimming with wildlife. So when Europe’s least forested country, Ireland, sets a target to increase tree cover from 11% to 18% by 2046, we should all applaud, sho...

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The Guardian -6 days ago

Trees are wiping out Ireland’s biodiversity | Mary Colwell

The huge Sitka plantations covering the country don’t offset carbon emissions, and are driving rare birds to extinctionWe all love trees. We think of woods and forests as green lungs, peaceful spaces, brimming with wildlife. So when Europe’s least forested country, Ireland, sets a target to increase tree cover from 11% to 18% by 2046, we should all applaud, shouldn’t we? Unfortunately the ne...

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INBAR -6 days ago

Building Business, Building Eco-systems: Bamboo Charcoal Entreprise Promotion in Madagascar

INBAR works with local partners to deliver key training sessions on community enterprise development for bamboo charcoal, an eco-friendly, economically viable alternative to wood charcoal. Since 2014, INBAR has been implementing the project South-South Knowledge Transfer Strategies in three African countries: Ethiopia, Tanzania and Madagascar. Supported by the International Fund for Agricultural D...

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ScienceDaily -6 days ago

Reconstructing human history with the help of fecal sterols

The story of human presence on Earth can be told by studying the sediment and soil accumulation of these chemical compounds in human feces....

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Forestry Horizons -6 days ago

Course: Saxon Building Woodwork, or ‘Treewrighting’

Saxon Building Woodwork, or ‘Treewrighting’ 10am-4pm, Saturday 23rd March 2019 Led by Damian Goodburn BA PhD, a leading archaeological woodwork specialist, this workshop will be held in our new purpose-built Education Barn at the Sylva Wood Centre. Learn about Anglo-Saxon building woodwork, based mainly on the study of surviving wooden remains, including a review of […]...

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IISD -6 days ago

Event: Workshop on Reporting on Global Forest Goals and Targets of the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2030

The Secretariat of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene a three-day workshop on reporting on progress made towards the achievement of the Global Forests Goals (GFGs) and targets of the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2030 (UNSPF). The workshop will provide an opportunity to review and clarify terms used in the Global ...

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IISD -6 days ago

Event: 76th Session of the Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI)

The 76th session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) will review and guide activities in data collection and analysis, policy support, capacity building and communication. Convening under the title, ‘Building the Future with Forests,’ the meeting will focus on the transition towards a more sustainable society and a circular econ...

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Mongabay -6 days ago

Indonesian government puts off Sumatran rhino IVF program

JAKARTA — Hopes for a long-awaited collaboration between Indonesia and Malaysia to breed the near-extinct Sumatran rhino are fading fast, as the last of the species languish amid government inaction. Conservationists in both countries have long pushed for in vitro fertilization of the critically endangered Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis). Indonesia is home to an estimated […]...

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PEFC -6 days ago

Head Above Water: PEFC-certified timber helps to challenge mental health stigma

Visitors to London’s South Bank last month saw a dramatic change to the city’s skyline, all in support of the UK mental health and the anti-stigma campaign, Time to Change. As part of the annual London Design Festival, and designjunction, Head Above Water was a breath-taking, 9 metre high...-- Delivered by Feed43 service...

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SMY -6 days ago

Photos from the 13th European Forest Pedagogics Congress, 2 – 5 October 2018 Pudasjärvi, Finland

Photos are free to use in the communication concerning the European Forest Pedagogics Congress. Photographer Vilma Issakainen should be always […]...

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Mongabay -6 days ago

In a rhino stronghold, indigenous wood-carvers cut through stereotypes

Sitting on a wooden plank on the floor of his tiny workshop, Kushal Das meticulously uses his chisel and gouge to give the finishing touches to the rhinoceros he’s spent over an hour carving out of a 20-centimeter (8-inch) slab of wood. He pauses for a moment, inspecting his handwork with a critical eye, before […]...

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Forest2Market -6 days ago

Oregon Clears the Way for Taller Mass Timber Buildings

Per a recent addendum to Oregon’s building code, Portland continues to be a source for visionary timber innovation and construction projects. Oregon is now the first state in the country to allow timber buildings that are higher than six stories to be constructed without special allowances. However, new building classifications were introduced to alleviate any confusion....

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CBD -6 days ago

Why Investors Are Backing Zero Deforestation

Last week marked the 10th anniversary of the UN-REDD Programme, a bold attempt by the international community to reduce deforestation and its destructive impacts on climate change, biodiversity and the livelihoods of forest-dependent people....

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CBD -6 days ago

Environment ministry declares three new protected areas

The environment ministry announced Monday the protection of three biodiversity hotspots in the Maldives. The Rasdhoo-Madivaru area in the central Alif Alif atoll, which encompasses three sandbanks and four islands, is a popular dive-site notable for sightings of hammerhead sharks throughout the year....

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CBD -6 days ago

Wind holds key to climate change turnaround

Antarctica has a current that circles the landmass as part of the Southern Ocean. This current is called the Antarctic Circumpolar Current. When the westerly winds strengthen during the Southern Hemisphere's summer, waters south of the current acidify faster than can be accounted for in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere alone. The opposite pattern was observed north of the current....

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CBD -6 days ago

Uncovering the role of the ilio-sacral joint in frogs

A trio of researchers, two with the Royal Veterinary College, the other the University of Portsmouth, has found evidence that suggests that the ilio-sacral joint in frogs evolved after they started jumping. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, Christopher Richards, Enrico Eberhard and Amber Collings describe their study of the joint and what they found....

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CBD -6 days ago

Drones mimicking bees could be used to pollinate farms of the future

Flapping drones that mimic bees could soon be programmed to pollinate urban vertical farms of the future. The DelFly Nimble was inspired by fruit flies and features clear, thin wings that propel the device around its flight path. The remote-controlled drone was shown off yesterday by students at Delft University of Technology's Robo House....

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CBD -6 days ago

What the latest assessment on global warming means for southern Africa

The release this week of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) special report on global warming of 1.5? above pre-industrial levels marks a critical point in climate negotiations. Billed in the media as "life changing," the report illustrates how crossing the ever-nearer threshold of 1.5? warming will affect the planet, and how difficult it will be to avoid overshooting this targe...

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CBD -6 days ago

'We need to act now' on climate change: Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante hopes the recent chilling scientific report on climate change will help to persuade premier-designate François Legault that fighting global warming should be a top priority for his new provincial government....

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CBD -6 days ago

Biodiversity: Council adopts conclusions Share

Environment ministers today adopted conclusions on the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing. The conclusions set out the general political framework of the EU's negotiating position at the Fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Egypt in November 2...

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CBD -6 days ago

Pangolin survival: How 'following the money' could save lives

Around the world, the illegal wildlife trade is having a devastating effect on many species of animal. Targeting profits made by those involved could help protect them....

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CBD -6 days ago

France offers lessons on plastic bags

It is good to see that an appalling future awaiting the planet is being recognised (Huge risk if global warming exceeds 1.5C, warns landmark UN report, 8 October) and brought to light by the IPCC. Is there now any hope that the Convention on Biological Diversity can be jolted into comparable action that promotes the possibly more important and urgent demise facing biodiversity and ecosystems on ou...

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Mongabay -6 days ago

Senegal: After reviving fish and forests, Jola villages tackle new threats

This is the main story in Mongabay’s three-part profile of the Kawawana ICCA. Links to the other stories will appear here once they are published.   MANGAGOULACK, Senegal — To feed their families, the residents of Mangagoulack, in Senegal’s Casamance region, don’t need to look much further than the winding river channels and well-kept fields […]...

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IUFRO -6 days ago

Setting the Course for the IUFRO World Congress 2024 in Stockholm

(Vienna, 10 October 2018). In 2024, the venue for the 26th World Congress of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will be Stockholm, Sweden....

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NYT -7 days ago

Plants Can’t Talk. But Some Fruits Say ‘Eat Me’ to Animals.

Two national parks in Uganda and Madagascar presented researchers with a natural experiment to understand how plants have adapted to appeal to animals that spread their seeds....

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The Guardian -7 days ago

Shell boss says mass reforestation needed to limit temperature rises to 1.5C

Ben van Beurden says ‘another Brazil in terms of rainforest’ will help achieve UN targetThe boss of Shell has said a huge tree-planting project the size of the Amazon rainforest would be needed to meet a tougher global warming target, as he argued more renewable energy alone would not be enough.Ben van Beurden said it would be a major challenge to limit temperature rises to 1.5C (equivalent to...

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IISD -7 days ago

IPCC Special Report: Limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C Will Require “Unprecedented” Transitions

The report assesses the latest science on 1.5ºC of warming as opposed to 2ºC of warming, which is projected to lead to worse global and regional climate impacts, exposing 420 million more people to severe heatwaves, for example. The SR15 will be a key scientific input into the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland in December 2018,...

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IISD -7 days ago

Kew Report Showcases Potential of Fungi to Tackle Plastic Pollution

The first-ever ‘State of the World’s Fungi’ report describes the world’s fungi, and presents positive interactions and insights on fungi as well as challenges posed and faced by the world’s fungal kingdom. One study featured in the report suggests that plastic-eating fungi could be developed into “one of the tools desperately needed to address the growing environmental problem of plast...

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USFS -7 days ago

Smoke from wildfires has cooling effect on water temperatures

Smoke generated by wildfires can cool river and stream water temperatures by reducing solar radiation and cooling air temperatures, according to a new study in California's Klamath River Basin. A paper titled, Wildfire Smoke Cools Summer River and Stream Water Temperatures, in the journal "Water Resources Research" suggests that smoke-induced cooling has the potential to benefit aquatic species th...

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Mongabay -7 days ago

Hot pink swamp eel discovered in Indian rainforest

Scientists searching for snake-like amphibians discovered a new species of swamp eel living in the rainforest of northeastern India. According to a paper published in the journal of Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters, biologists from London’s Natural History Museum found the fish species while looking for legless amphibians known as caecilians among damp soils near a […]...

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Mongabay -7 days ago

Plastic trash from the ‘sachet economy’ chokes the Philippines’ seas

MANILA, Philippines — Freedom Island is drowning in garbage. The last coastal frontier in the Philippine capital provides refuge to migratory birds and a thick mangrove forest there serves as a natural typhoon barrier for millions of city dwellers. Yet empty plastic water and soda bottles protrude from the sand, tattered clothes and plastic sheets […]...

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IFSA -7 days ago

Reflection on UNFCC Bangkok Session 2018

Text by Arifah Hidayati (Indonesia)                                     Pic: Kiara Worth (Earth Negotiations Bulletin)        In the early September, I had the chance to attend the 48th Mid-intersessional Meeting of Subdisiary Bodies of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC SB 48.2) in Bangkok, Thailand. As a first-timer in a UN … C...

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CIFOR -7 days ago

Publication: A systematic review of the impacts of large-scale tree plantations

The post Publication: A systematic review of the impacts of large-scale tree plantations appeared first on Center for International Forestry Research....

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ICRAF -7 days ago

Refining honey production through investing in bee houses

  Farmers in Uganda are learning new ways of managing their bees, avoiding conflict and making more money thanks to the help of an ‘innovation platform’   “When we decided to build a bee house, fellow community members... The post Refining honey production through investing in bee houses appeared first on Agroforestry World....

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CIFOR -7 days ago

Governing forests for sustainability: What works?

Special issue explores efficacy of different interventions...

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ITTO -7 days ago

ITTO helps women create thriving charcoal business

In C?te d’Ivoire, an ITTO project has helped locally organized women develop new skills in sustainable forest management, charcoal production and marketing, earn income to support their families, and become leaders in promoting women in the country’s forest sector. They tell their stories in a series of new videos?watch the first one here....

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Forestry Horizons -7 days ago

Become a Patron of the House of Wessex

The House of Wessex is a unique reconstruction of an Anglo-Saxon house of significant importance in English history. The faithful reconstruction of the building, working with dozens of volunteers, and an associated programme of learning, is part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Sylva Foundation needs help to raise funds to realise the project’s full potential, and establish a legacy fund....

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IUFRO -7 days ago

Carbon Forestry Course // 19 December 2018

As in past years, the course will be conducted in close cooperation with renowned partner organisations and land-use experts. The course is designed for people that want to increase their competencies in the field of land use-based climate change mitigation activities and to gain expert knowledge about climate policy instruments at national and international levels. It is regularly offered to stud...

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The Guardian -7 days ago

Berlin startup offers €1m to save ancient Hambach forest from coal mining

Ecosia offers to buy remaining forest from energy firm RWE, which plans to fell most of the treesA non-profit Berlin tech startup has offered to buy the remaining 200 hectares of an ancient German forest to save it from being destroyed for coal surface mining.Ecosia, a search engine which donates the majority of its advertising revenue to conservation initiatives and funded the planting of almost ...

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timberbiz -7 days ago

TRADA’s Better Timber Buildings conference

The UK’s Timber Research and Develop Association (TRADA) and service provider Exova BM TRADA have joined forces to host a one-day timber conference levelled at uniting the industry in the pursuit of a common goal – building Better Timber Buildings. Source: Timberbiz On 15 November 2018, members of the timber industry will assemble at the Royal Geographical Society, London, for a day of tal...

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timberbiz -7 days ago

Indonesia’s first year of FLEGT licensing looks good

In October, Indonesia’s first year of Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) licensing came under scrutiny from an EU/ Indonesian Joint Expert Meeting (JEM). Source: Timberbiz The overall figures looked good. Since the launch of licensing last November, 35,897 licences were issued to timber and wood product shipments to the EU, valued at €1.1 billion. Under its FLEGT VPA, ...

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FOREST EUROPE -7 days ago

Press Release: Agroforestry Offers a Way to Stand Against Climate Change

For a more sustainable future, a joint FOREST EUROPE and FAO workshop promotes the compounding of agriculture and forestry in Budapest, Hungary. Budapest, Hungary – Using a negligible percent of arable... The post Press Release: Agroforestry Offers a Way to Stand Against Climate Change appeared first on Forest Europe....

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timberbiz -7 days ago

Head Above Water

This year’s London Design Festival was a head-line act featuring Steuart Padwick’s landmark sculpture ‘Head Above Water’. The award winning British furniture designer created the 9-metre high gender, ethnicity and age neutral installation in support of the Time to Change campaign to remove the stigma of mental illness. Source: Timberbiz The massive sculpture was made from CLT provided ...

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timberbiz -7 days ago

Onetrak new facility in Rocklea

Onetrak has opened a sales, service and rental facility in Rocklea, Queensland. The new premises will be officially opened on 18 October and will cater for construction, forestry, materials handling, and quarry and mining equipment. Source: Timberbiz The new premises is located at 28 Shettleston Street, Rocklea and you can call on 07 3274 6706 or visit www.onetrak.com.au or email onetrak.rocklea@o...

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timberbiz -7 days ago

Queensland Timber Industry Awards finalists

On 13 October TABMA Queensland will be hosting the Queensland Timber Industry Awards in Brisbane. This is the only industry event of its kind for the Queensland Timber Industry and is the one chance to showcase and recognise the industry’s finest. Source: Timberbiz Held in the Podium Room at Rydges Hotel in South Bank, the event is an opportunity to recognise excellence in the industry and s...

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timberbiz -7 days ago

NZ Forest Practice Guides launched

The Forest Owners Association launched a series of 28 Forest Practice Guides to help industry and councils by providing standard practice guidance to include in management plans as part of requirements under the NES-PF. Source: Timberbiz The Guides have been developed with support from MPI and will be owned by FOA, FFA and Forest Industry Contractors Association and were initiated as part of the...

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timberbiz -7 days ago

Dressed sawn softwood imports up 41%

Imports of dressed sawn softwood, most of it structural grades imported from Europe, rose more than 41% over the last year, according to market analysts IndustryEdge. Compared with a year earlier, imports were more than 210,000 m3 higher. Source: IndustryEdge for Timberbiz “Imports of dressed sawn softwood products have really spiked over the last year.” Tim Woods, managing director of Industr...

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timberbiz -7 days ago

Nominations for Regional Forestry Collaborative Leadership Program

The inaugural 2018 For Our Future, Regional Forestry Collaborative Leadership Program, was an outstanding success, delivering professional-level leadership development to industry participants. Your company is invited to become involved in the 2019. Source: Timberbiz FWPA members have exclusive access to the first round of participant nominations. It is expected that people undertaking the program...

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timberbiz -7 days ago

Glyphosate is still safe and essential for forestry

Following last night’s 4 Corners report titled ‘The Monsanto Papers’, it is important to reiterate the definitive science which highlights glyphosate as safe while being essential for Australia’s sustainable and renewable forest industries. Source: Timberbiz “The level of scrutiny glyphosate has been placed under is unprecedented and it has passed each time,” Chief Executive Officer of...

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timberbiz -7 days ago

VicForests Roadmap for FSC Controlled Wood

VicForests released the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) audit report (May 2018) and reaffirmed its commitment to pursuing certification of FSC Controlled Wood standard. In conjunction with the results, VicForests released its FSC 2020: VicForests Controlled Wood Roadmap outlining the steps for VicForests to achieve its goal and address non-conformities raised in the audit. Source: Timberbiz VicF...

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Forestry Horizons -7 days ago

Treewrighting and timber-framing course

During this unique five-day treewrighting course you will learn and develop skills and knowledge in the making of a timber-frame using traditional tools and techniques....

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CBD -7 days ago

We Feed the World: photo stories of farmers fighting climate change in five continents

Five photographers follow the challenges facing small-scale farmers, and their pioneering solutions for a farming system that does not cost the planet....

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CBD -7 days ago

How Will California's Climate Ambitions Reshape Food and Agriculture?

At the outset of last month's Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, California Governor Jerry Brown made a bold announcement, setting a target for the state-the world's fifth-largest economy-to achieve net zero emissions by 2045....

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CBD -7 days ago

Diversity is good

Situated in the lap of the Himalayas, Nepal is blessed with beauty and bountiful biological resources that support the economy and livelihoods. Being an agricultural country, nearly 66 percent of the people depend on agriculture to sustain themselves....

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CBD -7 days ago

Here's What Humanity Must Do Immediately to Prevent Catastrophic Climate Change, According to the New U.N. Report

A landmark United Nations report on Monday warned that sufficiently limiting man-made global warming will "require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society" in order to avoid dramatic global consequences, including rising sea levels, dying coral reefs and human casualties due to extreme heat....

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CBD -7 days ago

Final call to save the world from 'climate catastrophe'

It's the final call, say scientists, the most extensive warning yet on the risks of rising global temperatures. Their dramatic report on keeping that rise under 1.5 degrees C says the world is now completely off track, heading instead towards 3C....

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CBD -7 days ago

Overwhelmed by climate change? Here's what you can do

The challenge of avoiding catastrophic climate breakdown requires "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society", according to a new IPCC report....

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CBD -7 days ago

Combatting Global Warming Means Adopting Technology, Now

If you have not seen any discussion of the latest alarming report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in the media you read, you need to start reading other media. The executive summary for policymakers is only 33 pages long, and worth perusing....

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CBD -7 days ago

Oysters at risk from changing climate

Climate change's effect on coastal ecosystems is very likely to increase mortality risks of adult oyster populations in the next 20 years....

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CBD -7 days ago

IUCN and Newmont Partner on Biodiversity Conservation to Advance Knowledge Sharing and Best Practices

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, and Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) (Newmont or the Company) have established a three-year collaborative agreement to identify ways the Company can meet its global targets to achieve no net loss in biodiversity, and net gains where possible....

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CBD -7 days ago

Conflicting Data: How Fast Is the World Losing its Forests?

The latest UN report on climate says reducing deforestation is crucial to slowing global warming. But researchers must first reconcile two contradictory sets of statistics on tree loss in order to determine whether promises made by nations to protect and restore forests are on target....

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CBD -7 days ago

'Biodiversity-based ecological civilisation needed'

The International Biodiversity Congress (IBC 2018) IBC which has exhorted the civil society to initiate and encourage a dialogue among relevant stakeholders of biodiversity, including civil society organisations and farmers, to chart out programmes to facilitate a shift towards an ecological civilisation that value, cherish and conserve biodiversity to achieve sustainable development goals, both a...

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CBD -7 days ago

19 new gecko species discovered in Myanmar caves

American and Southeast Asian scientists have discovered 19 previously unknown gecko species in remote parts of Myanmar. The discoveries highlight the biodiversity of isolated limestone formations known as karsts, which are under threat of destruction by local cement companies....

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CBD -7 days ago

Museum of Biodiversity collects specimens for research

Unknown to many of the students who walk past every day, behind the glass doors of the Museum of Biodiversity lies one of the largest repositories of biological specimens in Indiana. The museum, located on the first floor of Jordan Hall of Science, maintains the Department of Biological Sciences' vast collection of insects, plants, fossils, mammals and other specimens. Collected over its 150-year ...

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The Guardian -7 days ago

Brazil's Bolsonaro would unleash a war on the environment | Fabiano Maisonnave

Threats to the Amazon and its people and an end to the Paris agreement are among the grim promises of the far-right presidential hopeful, reports Climate HomeNo more Paris agreement. No more ministry of environment. A paved highway cutting through the Amazon.Not only that. Indigenous territories opened to mining. Relaxed environmental law enforcement and licensing. International NGOs, such as Gree...

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The Guardian -7 days ago

Amazon at risk from Bolsonaro's grim attack on the environment | Fabiano Maisonnave

Threats to the rainforest and its people and an end to the Paris agreement are among the promises of Brazil’s presidential hopeful, reports Climate HomeNo more Paris agreement. No more ministry of environment. A paved highway cutting through the Amazon.Not only that. Indigenous territories opened to mining. Relaxed environmental law enforcement and licensing. International NGOs, such as Greenpea...

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CIFOR -7 days ago

Forest landscape restoration: What do they say about tenure?

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INBAR -7 days ago

Global Warming of 1.5 °C – How can Bamboo Help?

The United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a report on Monday outlining the global predictions for global warming, with implications for the world of bamboo and rattan. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a scientific and intergovernmental body founded by the United Nations, and set up to provide the world with an objective, […] The post Global Warm...

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Lastuja -1 week ago

Metsäteollisuudessa tehdään energiatehokkuustyötä joka viikko

Energiatehokkuus tuo minulle usein mieleen muutamien vuosien takaiset satasen kisat ja kuinka Usain Bolt dominoi kilpailuista toiseen. Tavalliselle harrasteurheilijalle olisi voinut asettaa tavoitteeksi parantaa satasen suoritusta kahdella sekunnilla, mutta Boltille tavoite olisi ollut viimeistään vuoden 2009 maailmanennätyksen jälkeen mahdoton. Tämä pätee myös energiatehokkuuden parantami...

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The Guardian -1 week ago

Destruction of threatened species habitat taking place on 'scandalously huge scale'

Environment groups tell Senate inquiry there’s ‘massive and pervasive non-compliance with legislation’Australia’s environment laws have been “white-anted with loopholes” and non-compliance takes place on a “scandalously huge scale”, a Senate inquiry into threatened species has heard.The inquiry into the rate of faunal extinctions was established after a Guardian Australia investiga...

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Forestry Horizons -1 week ago

Timber secured from Blenheim Estates

We had a fantastic day on Bladon Heath in the woodlands on Blenheim Estate, carefully selecting the timber for the training courses this weekend, plus marking out timber for the next year's reconstruction of the House of Wessex....

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What Wood -1 week ago

Russian Timber Journal №09-2018: new Strategy for the Development of the Forest Industry of the Russian Federation until 2030, investments in fixed assets of Russian timber industry companies increased by 55% in 1 H 2018

The government approved the Strategy for the Development of the Forest Industry of the Russian Federation until 2030 By the decree No. 1989-r dated September 20, 2018, the Government of the Russian Federation approved the Strategy for the Development of the Forest Industry of the Russian Federation until 2030 (hereinafter referred to as Strategy-2030). The […]...

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CIFOR -1 week ago

Blinding consumers to the true cost of soy?

Why soybean certification is not enough to reduce deforestation...

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Mongabay -1 week ago

Decoding the language of bats key to their conservation

South American bats speak dialects different from those of their North American counterparts. In response, a group of scientists has developed the first artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm for acoustic identification of bat species in Uruguay. It is available online, under a free license and in open-source code. Moreover, says team leader biologist Germán Botto of […]...

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Climate Home -1 week ago

Bolsonaro has made grim threats to the Amazon and its people

Presidential favourite would abolish Brazil's environment ministry, exposing world's largest rainforest and its indigenous owners to criminal gangs of loggers and miners The post Bolsonaro has made grim threats to the Amazon and its people appeared first on Climate Home News....

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ScienceDaily -1 week ago

Carbon emissions from Amazonian forest fires up to 4 times worse than feared

Carbon losses caused by El Niño forest fires of 2015 and 2016 could be up to four times greater than thought....

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SMY -1 week ago

Area of productive forest land under strict protection has grown fivefold since early 1980s in Finland – almost all structural features describing forest biodiversity have improved significantly

In particular, the area of protected old forest has clearly increased, as have the average volume of trees, the share […]...

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PEFC -1 week ago

For wealth to be sustainable, smallholders must be part of it, FAO & PEFC agree

“No economic growth is good for a country if it stays in the hands of the few. The same applies for forestry,” said Tiina Huvio, Chair of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) Steering Committee, and Programme Director for the Finnish Agri-agency for Food...-- Delivered by Feed43 service...

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Forest2Market -1 week ago

The Advantages of Genetic Improvements for Pine and Eucalyptus Plantations

Forest2Market's Jay Engle and ArborGen's Rafael De La Torre partnered to produce the content in this blog post with a single question in mind: Do modern genetic improvements in tree seedlings result in more profitable timber harvests and more valuable timberland and if so, can Forest2Market’s transactional timber price database prove it? For this project, we chose to analyze ArborGen...

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Mongabay -1 week ago

The bioethics of wildlife intervention (commentary)

A one-day-old springbok rises on his gangly legs — the shriveled umbilical cord still dangling from his ventrum — and begins to boing around his new surroundings. There is plenty to discover in the vast African bushveld, which he proceeds to do with reckless abandon. Suddenly, a group of jackals saunters from behind an acacia […]...

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Mongabay -1 week ago

Brazil scraps 11 new Amazon protected areas covering 2,316 square miles

The Legislative Assembly of Rondonia state has voted to abolish 11 newly created protected areas in the Brazilian Amazon; a vote forced by the ruralist agribusiness lobby....

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The Guardian -1 week ago

How a homophobic, misogynist, racist ‘thing’ could be Brazil’s next president | Eliane Brum

Jair Bolsonaro is the monstrous product of the country’s silence about the crimes committed by its former dictatorshipMany people in Brazil cannot bring themselves to utter the name of the rightwing extremist expected to win the first round of voting in the country’s presidential election on Sunday. On social networks, the former army officer Jair Bolsonaro is often referred to simply as “th...

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CIFOR -2 weeks ago

New Papua Atlas tracks impact of plantations, roads on forests

Interactive map provides tools for corporate accountability and local land-use planning...

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GFW -2 weeks ago

0 to 2 Million in Under 5 Years: GFW Celebrates a Growing Usership

By Jamie Gibson Global Forest Watch (GFW) has recently passed a major milestone: its 2 millionth user! In just four and a half years, 2 million people have come to this collection of maps, graphs and data. That means 2 million people planning patrols in protected areas, searching for information on tree cover loss, or […] The post 0 to 2 Million in Under 5 Years: GFW Celebrates a Growing Use...

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ICRAF -2 weeks ago

Planting trees on a stony hill: a story with pictures

Researchers in Indonesia have produced an illustrated book to help farmers better understand research results   The illustrated story book, Menanam pohon di bukit batu (Planting trees on a stony hill), was produced to help spread knowledge of... The post Planting trees on a stony hill: a story with pictures appeared first on Agroforestry World....

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CIFOR -2 weeks ago

Global bio-economic transformation: What does it mean for forests?

Opportunities and trade-offs of a sustainable bio-based transition on a global scale...

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GFW -2 weeks ago

By the Numbers: The Value of Tropical Forests in the Climate Change Equation

By David Gibbs, Nancy Harris and Frances Seymour Protecting tropical forests is essential for achieving the climate goals of the Paris Agreement. Global Forest Watch Climate recently released estimated carbon dioxide emissions associated with the 2017 tropical tree cover loss data, and the numbers demonstrate more of what we already knew. If tropical tree cover loss continues at the curr...

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PEFC -2 weeks ago

Unity in diversity in Japan’s new National Olympic Stadium

How can all of Japan’s 47 prefectures be united in a New National Olympic Stadium? Through timber from PEFC-certified forests! Japan’s new National Stadium will be completed in 2019 and will serve as the main venue for the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Inspired by the wooden...-- Delivered by Feed43 service...

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The Guardian -2 weeks ago

Crunch time for forests and plastic pollution (including crisp packets) | Letters

Noam Schimmel on the urgent need to reduce deforestation, Antonis Mavropoulos on escaping the multidimensional plastic matrix and Steven Bennett on food packagingScientists are right to stress that halting rampant deforestation is vital to mitigating climate change (Scientists say halting deforestation ‘just as urgent’ as reducing emissions, 4 October). But forests do much more than serve as c...

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CBD -2 weeks ago

Fast fashion is harming the planet, MPs say

young people's love of fast fashion is coming under the scrutiny of Britain's law-makers. MPs say the fashion industry is a major source of the greenhouse gases that are overheating the planet....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

Caution urged over use of 'carbon unicorns' to limit warming

Climate scientists meeting in Korea are being urged to avoid relying on untested technologies as a way of keeping global temperature rise under 1.5C....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

Climate change apathy, not denial, is the biggest threat to our planet

Three years after world leaders signed the Paris climate agreement, we're about to better understand what that deal means for how we live our lives. On Monday, a major report from the UN's climate science panel will set out what it will take to limit global warming to 1.5C, the key Paris target....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

Has climate change threat been underestimated?

Nearly every day, peer-reviewed studies on global warming warn that deadly impacts will come sooner and hit harder than once thought. Virtually none, however, suggest that previous predictions of future heatwaves, droughts, storms, floods or rising seas were overblown....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

Climate scientists are struggling to find the right words for very bad news

in Incheon, South Korea, this week, representatives of more than 130 countries and about 50 scientists have packed into a large conference center going over every line of an all-important report: What chance does the planet have of keeping climate change to a moderate, controllable level?...

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CBD -2 weeks ago

We need political leadership on climate change

Ireland faces a choice and Minister Denis Naughten TD will soon need to make a decision in the long-term interest of our country. Will we take up the challenge set down for us by the Taoiseach and the Citizens' Assembly to become a leader in the fight against climate change?...

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CBD -2 weeks ago

London under threat of 'sinking' as global warming makes sea levels rise, new report finds

London is among the cities identified as being at risk of major flooding, according to a new report. Sea levels are expected to rise by over 40cm unless global warming is limited to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, the more ambitious target set by the Paris...

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CBD -2 weeks ago

Korgalzhyn Nature Reserve plans to attract more tourists, launches biodiversity conservation school programme

More than 453 excursions and 2,500 tourists have visited the Korgalzhyn Nature Reserve in the first nine months of the year, said Akmola Region tourism department head Daniyar Idiyatov at the Oct. 3 regional communications service briefing....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

New gecko species added to the list

Beside for a torch, plastic and zip lock bags to transport amphibians and reptiles, snack and a bottle of water there is not much else in the herpetologists' backpacks on their night survey....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

Scientists call for doomsday vault for 'good' germs

As the world's microbial diversity is decimated by antibiotics, processed food, filtered water and other wonders of modern life, researchers are proposing the creation of a global microbiota vault to protect the long-term health of humanity....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

New strategy to tackle 'crisis' state of New Zealand's biodiversity

With New Zealand's indigenous biodiversity in a state of "crisis", a new national strategy is pertinent and timely, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage says....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

Natural Resources Kangaroo Island nursery helps locals grow biodiversity

Kangaroo Island is home to many vulnerable species of native Australian plants and Natural Resources Kangaroo Island has been working hard to increase the populations of some of these often overlooked beauties....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

How to conserve half the planet without going hungry

very day there are roughly 386,000 new mouths to feed, and in that same 24 hours, scientists estimate between one and 100 (PDF) species will go extinct. That's it. Lost forever. To deal with the biodiversity crisis, we need to find a way to give nature more space - habitat loss is a key factor driving these extinctions. But how would this affect our food supplies?...

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CBD -2 weeks ago

A new take on kangaroo evolution

A pair of researchers at Flinders University has found evidence that suggests modern kangaroos diversified due to grassland expansion, not drying during the Miocene, as previous studies have shown. In their paper published in the journal Science, Aidan Couzens and Gavin Prideaux describe their study of marsupial tooth specimens that date back 25 million years and what they found....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

New effort will analyze genes of endangered Northwest orcas

A new scientific effort will sequence the genomes of critically endangered Pacific Northwest orcas to better understand their genetics and potentially find ways to save them from extinction....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

New bio-inspired dynamic materials transform themselves

Scientists have been searching for ways to develop materials that are as dynamic as living things, with the ability to change shape, move and change properties reversibly....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

Life on Earth: Creating a Planet in Balance

Building upon 12 years of collaboration, Google and the National Geographic Society have announced the launch of a major new partnership that will address the myriad threats impacting the Earth at this critical juncture in ways only the two organizations can....

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GFW -2 weeks ago

Las Alertas GLAD están ahora disponsibles para todos los trópicos

Por Sarah Ruiz Available in English here. Extendiéndose 30 grados al norte y sur a partir de la línea ecuatorial y rodeando el globo, la banda de bosques tropicales —húmedos y secos— cuenta con más biodiversidad y endemismo de especies que casi cualquier otro lugar en el mundo. No obstante, estos bosques están amenazados por […] The post Las Alertas GLAD están ahora disponsibles pa...

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ScienceDaily -2 weeks ago

Amazon rainforest conservation victories spill losses to neighbors

New research suggests that protecting the Amazon rainforest from deforestation may just be shifting the damage to a less renowned neighbor. The unintended consequences are profound....

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ScienceDaily -2 weeks ago

Species-rich forests store twice as much carbon as monocultures

Species-rich subtropical forests can take up on average twice as much carbon as monocultures. An international research team has evaluated data from forests grown specifically for this purpose in China with a total of over 150,000 trees. The results speak in favor of using many different tree species during reforestation....

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ForestForum.ru -2 weeks ago

How many times over the past hundred years the main forest laws were changed in Russia

How many times over the past hundred years have the main forest laws of the country been adopted or amended in Russia (for 2018 - preliminary data, until September): https://image.ibb.co/cN3Znz/image.jpg...

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IISD -2 weeks ago

Symposium Urges Strengthened Legal Frameworks to Tackle Wildlife Crime

Five UN entities and participants representing criminal justice authorities and national wildlife management authorities from over 19 francophone and lusophone African countries discussed ways to strengthen legislation to address illegal trade in wildlife during the Symposium on Strengthening Legal Frameworks to Combat Wildlife Crime in Central and West Africa. The CITES Secretariat said that 15 o...

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IISD -2 weeks ago

Event Highlights Signing, Inspires Ratification of Escazú Agreement

An event convened on 27 September to celebrate the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters (Escazú Agreement), which opened for signature earlier that day. Panelists discussed the importance of the Agreement for the region and environmental defenders, and how to move from ratification to implementation. Concluding remarks called for o...

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IISD -2 weeks ago

Progress Assessment of New York Declaration on Forests Shows "Record High" Deforestation Rates

The international community is not on track to meet the goals of the New York Declaration on Forests, including halving natural forest loss globally by 2020. The 2018 Progress Assessment highlights major gaps and remaining challenges in implementation, including with regard to agricultural commodity markets and resource-based growth, although forest landscape restoration efforts provide some hope....

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IISD -2 weeks ago

Landesa, UNEP and Partners Unveil Initiatives to Protect Land, Environmental Rights

The objective of the RIPL Resource Platform is to provide tailored, flexible guidance that can be adapted to local contexts, giving all stakeholders a road map for navigating the investment process and avoiding harmful ripple effects of poor investment decisions. On 3 September 2018, UNEP, in partnership with Global Witness and with participation from The Guardian newspaper, launched the Environme...

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GFW -2 weeks ago

GLAD Alerts Now Available for Entire Pantropical Region

By Sarah Ruiz Stretching 30 degrees north and south from the equator and encircling the globe, the band of tropical forests —both wet and dry — boasts more biodiversity and species endemism than almost any other place on earth. Yet these forests suffer under threat of deforestation as logging, agriculture, grazing and development take a […] The post GLAD Alerts Now Available for Entire P...

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EFETAC -2 weeks ago

Elevation and Invasion

When humans wander the planet, they carry their plants along, often inadvertently. For example, Plantago major earned the common name ‘white man’s footprint,’ because it hitchhiked to the U.S. with European settlers and began growing along trails and roads. It is a very common species in the Southeast and has naturalized all over the globe. […]...

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The Guardian -2 weeks ago

Scientists say halting deforestation 'just as urgent' as reducing emissions

Protecting and restoring forests would reduce 18% of emissions by 2030 and help to avoid global temperature rise beyond 1.5CThe role of forests in combating climate change risks being overlooked by the world’s governments, according to a group of scientists that has warned halting deforestation is “just as urgent” as eliminating the use of fossil fuels.Razing the world’s forests would rele...

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CBD -2 weeks ago

Food in the time of climate change

Worldwide, food production is responsible for almost 24 percent (IPCC assessment report 2014) of the anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, surpassing the industrial and transport sector....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

The online seed-swapping communities bringing the internet back to nature

Kelly Lay has been gardening since she was three-years-old. Now a nursery specialist at a Lowes in central Illinois, Lay has turned her natural gift for gardening into a profession. And in her spare time Lay moderates r/seedswap, a small Reddit group dedicated to the swapping of seeds. Yes, honest to goodness seeds....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

To truly fight climate change, we need to set our sights higher

The catastrophic recent weather events in the United States, Asia and elsewhere have once again shown that the world is in the midst of a climate crisis of our own making. While countries like ours are on the front lines of the worst impacts to come, these events remind us that no country is immune....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

Climate change efforts should focus on ocean-based solutions

Ambitious and rapid action is needed to reduce climate change and its impacts -- and the first broad-scale assessment of ocean-based solutions shows the focus should be on the oceans. The study looks at the feasibility of 13 ocean-based measures to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), counteract ocean warming and/or reduce impacts like ocean acidification and sea-level rise....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

'This is a call to arms' - the musicians making drama out of a crisis

Brutal heatwaves and forest fires, species extinction and biodiversity loss, melting ice caps and rising sea levels. Every week it seems new and terrible environmental records are being set....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

All you need to know about India and China's expedition to save the Giant Panda

At a time when South Asia is fraught with cross-border tension, India and China recently announced a collaborative expedition-the first in history-towards ecosystem conservation....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

Voluntary carbon gets lift from Paris, planes and propriety

Voluntary carbon markets are heating up as companies and consumers are taking action on climate change, according to Voluntary Carbon Market Insights: 2018 Outlook and First-Quarter Trends, published recently by Forest Trends' Ecosystem Marketplace....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

Kinshasa et Brasilia harmonisent leurs positions sur la tripartite climatique RDC-Brésil-Indonésie

Le vice-Premier ministre, ministre des Affaires étrangères et intégration régionale, Leonard She Okitundu et le secrétaire d'Etat aux Affaires étrangères brésilien et négociateur en chef climat, l'ambassadeur José Antonio Marcondes de Carvalho, ont harmonisé leurs positions sur la tenue de la tripartite climatique RDC-Brésil-Indonésie à New York, en marge des travaux de la 73ème ses...

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CBD -2 weeks ago

Fungus provides powerful medicine in fighting honey bee viruses

A mushroom extract fed to honey bees greatly reduces virus levels, according to a new paper from Washington State University scientists, the USDA and colleagues at Fungi Perfecti, a business based in Olympia, Washington....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

Researchers report evidence that fruit plants evolved to offer seed dispersers an attractive scent

A team of researchers from Germany, Madagascar and the U.S. has found evidence that suggests fruit-bearing plants have evolved to produce fruit that communicates ripeness with a particular smell that attracts the animals that will disperse its seeds. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes their study of fruit eaten by lemurs in Madagascar....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

25 UK species' genomes sequenced for the first time

The 25 completed genome sequences, announced today (4 October) on the Sanger Institute's 25th anniversary, will lead to future studies to understand the biodiversity of the UK and aid the conservation and understanding of our species....

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Forest2Market -2 weeks ago

‘Waste to Wisdom' Wood Energy Project Publishes Report

An ambitious wood research project that began more than four years ago recently published its final report. The project aimed to expand on existing research focused on the conversion of forest residues into renewable fuel and other valuable biobased products, and was funded by a $5.88 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the Biomass Research and  Development...

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ICRAF -2 weeks ago

Refugees and the environment: the case of Arua

Saving lives happens in emergencies but also over the long term. Researchers are calling for sustainable environmental management to better support refugees and host communities alike   Although very often safety comes first in the choice of places... The post Refugees and the environment: the case of Arua appeared first on Agroforestry World....

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IISD -2 weeks ago

Guest Article: Forests: A Natural Solution to Climate Change, Crucial for a Sustainable Future

The UN-REDD Programme, a joint undertaking of FAO, UNDP and UN Environment to fight deforestation and forest degradation, was developed to advance the UNFCCC and to foster innovative and collaborative approaches to address the existential challenge of climate change. Founded ten years ago with the sustained and substantial support of Denmark, Japan, Luxembourg, Norway, Spain, Switzerland and the E...

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NGP -2 weeks ago

NGP 2018 Review

Plantations that follow NGP principles are part of the solution ? to restoring nature, to enabling sustainable development, and to combating climate change. This is a message we want to spread further, and we are excited this year to hold our annual Encounter alongside the 4th International Congress on Planted Forests in Beijing. This review takes a closer look at these topics, as we seek to ...

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ICRAF -2 weeks ago

Can Strengthening Women's Influence in Land Use Decisions Lead to a Greater Adoption of Cocoa Agroforests?

Over the last two decades in Latin America, cultural norms and laws have become more inclusive of gender equity; women have taken more prominent roles in society and women’s legal rights have been strengthened. The post Can Strengthening Women’s Influence in Land Use Decisions Lead to a Greater Adoption of Cocoa Agroforests? appeared first on Agroforestry World....

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ICRAF -2 weeks ago

Can strengthening women's influence in land-use decisions lead to a greater adoption of cocoa agroforests?

Over the last two decades in Latin America, cultural norms and laws have become more inclusive of gender equity; women have taken more prominent roles in society and women’s legal rights have been strengthened. The post Can strengthening women’s influence in land-use decisions lead to a greater adoption of cocoa agroforests? appeared first on Agroforestry World....

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The Guardian -2 weeks ago

Fighting the advance of the desert: the forest maker of the Sahel – podcast

The Australian agronomist Tony Rinaudo explains how he regenerates trees using seeds, roots or stumps, in a process that has brought about extraordinary results in dozens of countries, from Senegal to Ethiopia Tony Rinaudo spent 18 years managing an agricultural programme in Niger, growing trees in one of the most inhospitable environments on Earth. By convincing people to nurture the remains of t...

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USFS -2 weeks ago

Nationwide Emergency Alert Test Planned for Oct. 3; Test Messages Will be Sent to Cell Phones, TV and Radio

Asheville, NC--FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. The WEA portion of the test, which will be sent to consumer cell phones, will begin at 2:18 p.m. EDT. The EAS portion of the test, which will be sent to radio and television, will follow at 2:20 p.m. ...

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timberbiz -2 weeks ago

Metsa and Itochu join for innovative textile fibres research

Metsä Group’s innovation company Metsä Spring and Japanese Itochu Corporation have established a joint venture, which invests approximately EUR 40 million in building and operating a test plant, with the aim to demonstrate a new technology for converting paper-grade pulp into textile fibres. Source: Timberbiz Business Finland, a Finnish governmental funding agency, will participate in the fi...

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timberbiz -2 weeks ago

Teaching the teachers of architecture and engineering

Marking the beginning of a 5-year education plan for the East Anglia Timber Trade Association (EATTA), three key university lecturers from the Eastern region travelled to Sweden to update their knowledge of today’s timber production. Source: Timberbiz The visit was arranged by EATTA as part of its new ‘Who teaches the teachers?’ program and hosted by the Industrial Solutions ope...

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timberbiz -2 weeks ago

Timber Expo UK starts next week

Timber Expo is an annual trade show in the UK, covering a breadth of timber applications from timber frame, sawmills, merchants, glulam, SIPs, CLT, fixings and fastenings, timber cladding, doors/windows, mouldings, skirtings and flooring. Source: Timberbiz Timber Expo is supported by industry associations including TRADA, STTC, BMF, RIBA, CIAT and NaCSBA where trade visitors can gather under o...

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timberbiz -2 weeks ago

SA forestry invited to comment on road transport

South Australia’s forestry industry is invited to get involved in a new survey aimed at unlocking productivity and efficiency benefits by identifying road transport improvements. Source: Timberbiz The Improving Road Transport for Forestry Project aims to uncover the obstacles to road freight productivity along the forestry supply chain, including the movement of machinery, in all production area...

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timberbiz -2 weeks ago

NZ Iwi to harvest carbon credits from unproductive forests

Whanganui iwi have been offered an opportunity to harvest carbon credits off waste or unproductive land if it becomes permanent forest. Source: New Zealand Herald On September 28 the new Māori Carbon Foundation held a meeting at Cooks Gardens Function Centre to outline its proposal. About 40 people were there to hear it. On suitable land the foundation is offering to establish, maintain and insur...

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timberbiz -2 weeks ago

Vote Liberal to vote no to Great National Forest Park

The Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI) has welcomed reports of a commitment from the State Opposition to not establish the proposed Great Forest National Park (GFNP) if they win government in November. Source: Timberbiz Mr Tim Johnston, CEO of VAFI, said the confirmation on the proposed park made by the Opposition Leader Matthew Guy recently is a positive step for the timber and...

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timberbiz -2 weeks ago

HarvestTECH dates and call for papers

HarvestTECH sold out in 2017 with more than 450 harvesting and wood transport contractors, harvest planners, forest managers and equipment and tech providers together in Rotorua, New Zealand. Source: Timberbiz In addition to having most harvesting contractors from throughout the country attending, the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) event drew in a large contingent of contractor...

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timberbiz -2 weeks ago

Boral Timber to investigate 2nd Gen biofuels

The Mid North Coast of New South Wales could become home to the world’s first biorefinery turning sawmill residues into renewable diesel and renewable bitumen. Source: Timberbiz On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced up to $500,000 in funding to Boral Timber, a subsidiary of Boral Limited, to investigate the feasibility of building a ...

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timberbiz -2 weeks ago

Funding opens up the future of forestry in NSW

The NSW Government has opened round 1 of applications under the Forest Industries Innovation Fund loan scheme – a $34 million fund to assist industry in adopting new technology and innovative practices. Source: Timberbiz The scheme aims to attract projects that will better address the changing demands of the future forest industry in the state, providing long-term, low-interest loans up to $3 mi...

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ITTO -2 weeks ago

Keeping track of the forest

Forests are complex ecosystems, and they change over time. Contemporary sustainable forest management (SFM) requires the collection and analysis of timely, accurate, meaningful data to assist in understanding these systems, monitoring changes, and tracking their harvested products. This edition of the TFU takes a look at some of ITTO’s efforts to help forest managers address this information cha...

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ScienceDaily -2 weeks ago

Lilly Pilly fossils reveal snowless Snowy Mountains

Leaf fossils discovered high in Australia's Snowy Mountains have revealed a past history of warmer rainforest vegetation and a lack of snow, in contrast with the alpine vegetation and winter snow-covered slopes of today....

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REDD-Monitor -2 weeks ago

A glimpse at Brazil reveals the big REDD problems that California's Tropical Forest Standard fails to address

On 5 September 2018, the California Air Resources Board released a draft California Tropical Forest Standard. A 191-page Draft Environmental Analysis was released on 14 September 2018. A public meeting will take place on 15 November 2018, and the California Air Resources Board is inviting comments on the Environmental Analysis before 5 pm on 29 […]...

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ScienceDaily -2 weeks ago

City-dwelling blue tits may lay bigger eggs because of what they eat

Blue tit eggs that were laid in urban parkland were 5% larger than eggs laid in a nearby forest, which could be due to differences in the amount of calcium available to birds in urban and forest environments, a study finds....

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Forest2Market -2 weeks ago

Data Reinforces Value of a Consulting Forester on Timber Sales

In December of 2015, Greg Conner of WoodsRun Consulting Forestry and ACF member, and Forest2Market's Joe Clark collaborated on a blog post on the value of a consulting forester. Recently, Joe analyzed newer full-year data to see if the 2015 conclusions—that timber sales involving a consulting forester offer added value to landowners and that, in most cases, "consultant sales outperfo...

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CBD -2 weeks ago

Can we implement science-based targets for oceans and cities?

Over the past few years, the idea of science-based targets - simply put, goals that commit companies to address their fair share of climate pollution and align with the goals of the Paris Agreement - gradually has taken off....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

Why compostable plastics may be no better for the environment

As companies move to get rid of single-use plastic bags and bans on microbeads are coming into force, new biodegradable or compostable plastic products seem to offer an alternative. But they may be no better for the environment....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

Can Buddhism Help Fight Climate Change?

At an idyllic retreat in California, the architect of the Paris Agreement argues that it can.Amid the golden hills near Point Reyes, California, in the sunlit main hall of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Christiana Figueres, the architect of the Paris climate agreement, is explaining how Buddhism saved her life....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

Swiss cow feed causes fewer farts - and puts the squeeze on global warming

Cows burp and fart more than they need to, says a Swiss firm that has developed a feed that cuts methane emissions from livestock - helping to combat global warming into the bargain....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

'Reasons to be hopeful' on 1.5C global temperature target

Dutch scientist Dr Heleen de Coninck is one of the co-ordinating lead authors of the forthcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on 1.5C which will be released next Monday in South Korea....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

Primary tropical forests are best but regrowing forests are also vital to biodiversity

Even after 40 years of recovery, secondary forests remain species and carbon-poor compared to undisturbed primary forests, a new study reveals....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

Western forests could adapt to pine beetles, but people won't let them

Though sporadic pine beetle outbreaks are a natural part of western U.S. ecosystems, a combination of climate change and drought have made them epidemic. The outbreaks are unusually large and intense, raising fears that pine forests may collapse - yet it seems that some trees are genetically predisposed to withstand attack....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

New species of hummingbird found

'Only 300 birds exist, need protection' A team of ornithologists in Ecuador has identified a new species of hummingbird: a lovely blue-green creature that lives in a cold, barren highland area and is in danger of extinction....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

Veterans on a new mission to save the coral reef damaged by hurricanes

A group of military veterans have become eco-warriors on a new mission to save coral reef off the coast of Florida that's been damaged by hurricanes. The "Force Blue" dive team is a group of a dozen of some of America's very best. They're all former Marines, Navy SEALs and special ops on a mission to save the nation's largest reef track....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

Genome of sea lettuce that spawns massive 'green tides' decoded

Sea lettuce, a fast-growing seaweed that spawns massive "green tides," is a prolific thief, according to research that for the first time sequenced the genome of a green seaweed....

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CBD -2 weeks ago

Liquid crystals and the origin of life

he display screens of modern televisions, cell phones and computer monitors rely on liquid crystals-materials that flow like liquids but have molecules oriented in crystal-like structures. However, liquid crystals may have played a far more ancient role: helping to assemble Earth's first biomolecules. Researchers reporting in ACS Nano have found that short RNA molecules can form liquid crystals th...

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CBD -2 weeks ago

Global warming increases wildfire potential damages in Mediterranean Europe

A study published in Nature Communications, led by researchers at the University of Barcelona in collaboration with other research institutions, shows that anthropogenic warming will increase the burned areas due to fires in Mediterranean Europe, and that this increase could be reduced by limiting global warming to 1.5 ºC. The higher the warming level, the larger the increase of the burned area i...

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SNS -2 weeks ago

Improve your networking – join our Matchmaking Day in Ås

Date: November 8th, 2018 Time: 09.30–15.30 Place: Ås, Norway   Get inspired, expand your professional network and learn how to get your applications approved! We will repeat the success! Welcome to Matchmaking Day in Ås, Norway, November 8! You will meet representatives from SNS , NKJ, EFINORD and NordGen Forest and we will… Read more...

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IISD -2 weeks ago

UN Secretary-General Looks Forward to 2019 Climate Summit to Mobilize Climate Action, Finance

At the Informal Leaders Dialogue on Climate Change, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres confirmed that he will convene a Climate Summit to mobilize climate action and finance in September 2018. Guterres said France and Jamaica will co-chair an initiative to support a political process to ensure that governments mobilize US$100 billion a year by 2020 for climate action. Participants emphasized th...

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IISD -2 weeks ago

Economist Group Joins Partnership that Uses Advertising Funds to Support Conservation

The Economist Group announced it will contribute 0.5 percent of the amount it receives from advertisers featuring animals in the group’s publications to The Lion’s Share. The Lion’s Share will use the funding to support UNDP’s conservation initiatives, in line with SDG 14 and SDG 15....

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ScienceDaily -2 weeks ago

More mammals than expected live near people

It's a jungle out there in the suburbs, where many wild mammals are thriving near humans. That's the conclusion of a large-scale study using camera trap images from hundreds of citizen scientists in Washington, D.C., and Raleigh, North Carolina....

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ScienceDaily -2 weeks ago

Secondary forests have short lifespans

Secondary forests only last an average of 20 years. The finding presents a major problem for large-scale restoration policy, which often focuses on commitments to restore a certain number of hectares by a given year. But the benefits of restoration depend on those forests persisting. It takes much longer than 20 years for a secondary forest to absorb large amounts of carbon, or to provide habitat ...

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GFW -2 weeks ago

Technical Blog: Indonesia Tree Cover Loss and National Deforestation Data Explained

By Liz Goldman, Zuraidah Said and Hidayah Hamzah According to data from the University of Maryland (UMD), available on Global Forest Watch, tropical tree cover loss in 2017 was the second worst on record. Contrary to the global trend, both the UMD data and the official deforestation data provided by the Ministry of Environment and […] The post Technical Blog: Indonesia Tree Cover Loss and Na...

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timberbiz -2 weeks ago

October STTC Paris conference on tropical timber data

A line-up of speakers from across the international wood sector will gather in Paris for the 2018 European Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition (STTC) Conference to address the vital role of accurate trade information in growing tropical timber sales. Source: Timberbiz The free event, ‘Using data to drive market share’, takes place on October 25 in Paris at the Pavilion Indochine of the c...

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timberbiz -2 weeks ago

Showcasing and brainstorming flexible timber construction

A team of architects, engineers, fabricators and students gathered at Grymsdyke Farm, a Buckinghamshire-based UK research facility, fabrication workshop and living-working space for designers, at the request of Manja van de Worp, a tutor from the Royal College of Art’s School of Architecture. Source: Timberbiz They had one goal in mind: to investigate flexible construction systems...

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timberbiz -2 weeks ago

Landmark Oregon CLT project a warning to CLT industry

A massive accident and cost overrun at a landmark CLT project in Oregon in the US has been cited as a warning to the burgeoning CLT industry in Australia. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz Chris Lafferty, manager of research and development at Forest and Wood Products Australia, said the problems at a big $US79 million CLT project at Oregon State University – the glue failed, a heavy panel co...

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timberbiz -2 weeks ago

NZ to draw the line on raw log exports

Forestry Minister Shane Jones has a blunt message for foreign investors that they will no longer be given free rein to export raw logs. Mr Jones was in China and Japan last encouraging more investment in forestry once changes to the Overseas Investment Act come into force next month. But he says investors will not be able to just do what they like. Source: National Business Review NZ “I cle...

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timberbiz -2 weeks ago

Renewable diesel opportunity in New Zealand

Most people in New Zealand are not aware that technology has been commercialised in the United States for the production of fully drop-in renewable diesel made from cellulosic feedstocks. Source: Timberbiz This renewable diesel is a direct substitute for mineral diesel and meets all of the New Zealand specifications other than density (kilograms per litre). But it makes up for that by having a h...

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timberbiz -2 weeks ago

Koppers MicroPro receives global GreenTag

MicroPro Wood Treatment Technology has received a Global GreenTag GreenRate Level A award under Version 4.0 of the Global GreenTag International Product Certification Standard. Source: Timberbiz It is the highest-level achievement for a product under Global GreenTag’s GreenRate product rating system – declared by the certification body as ‘Fit-for-Purpose’ and confirmed for Green Building ...

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timberbiz -2 weeks ago

Independent director sought for Responsible Wood

As part of its mission to promote the sustainable management of Australia’s plantation and native forests, Responsible Wood is seeking one independent director to join its board. Source: Timberbiz Responsible Wood is a not-for-profit company established in 2002 to promote the sustainable management of Australia’s plantation and native forests. To accomplish this aim, responsible wood owns ...

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timberbiz -2 weeks ago

KIPT lodges Draft DIS for Kangaroo Island Seaport

Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers has lodged its Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Kangaroo Island Seaport with the State Government. Source: Timberbiz The Draft EIS has been prepared by Adelaide-based environmental consultants Environmental Projects, supported by a large study team of engineers, scientists and technical experts, in response to guidelines issued b...

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timberbiz -2 weeks ago

KIPT lodges DIS for Kangaroo Island Seaport

Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers has lodged its Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Kangaroo Island Seaport, with the State Government. Source: Timberbiz The Draft EIS has been prepared by Adelaide-based environmental consultants Environmental Projects, supported by a large study team of engineers, scientists and technical experts, in response to guidelines issued...

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timberbiz -2 weeks ago

Smaller softwood log export prices up 20% in July

Small sized softwood logs were exported at an average price of AUD144.70/m3 in July, the price having risen 20% on the prior month. Typically, the larger dimension logs are higher priced, reflecting the extra value in sawlogs and peeler logs. Source: IndustryEdge for Timberbiz That is still true, but the gap narrowed in July, reflecting the value that exists for all wood fibre in global markets ri...

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timberbiz -2 weeks ago

Fire season nears in Australia – we should take heed

Aborigines’ fire management skills should be integrated into Victoria’s fire-fighting planning to complement fuel reduction burning, according to the state’s forestry experts. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz “The traditional owners of the land have unique skills and expertise in the management of fire in the landscape,” said the Victorian division of the Institute of Foresters of Au...

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Forest2Market -2 weeks ago

Factions Come Together in new Wildfire Fight for Clean Air

The western wildfire season of 2018 has been a particularly destructive one, and perhaps no area has been as hard hit as California, where fires have scorched more than 1.3 million acres. The Mendocino Complex fire that burned for nearly two months is the largest ever recorded in the state at over 460,000 acres—an area more than twice the size of New York City. Three times the acreag...

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CBD -2 weeks ago

Moving the global mining industry towards biodiversity awareness

UN Environment and partners are working with businesses to highlight the benefits of biodiversity-sensitive best practices in the mining sector. Poorly managed mining operations can pollute the environment and damage the biodiversity that underpins economies, provides food, fuel, building materials and freshwater, and helps to mitigate the impacts of climate change and natural disasters....

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ICRAF -2 weeks ago

Free community labour: critical to Ethiopia's drive to restore land and improve livelihoods

  Farmers and pastoralists have contributed countless hours of labour across Ethiopia’s vast and varied landscapes through an under-recognized program   By Emily Sigman*   Farmers and pastoralists in Ethiopia have provided huge amounts of time and labour,... The post Free community labour: critical to Ethiopia’s drive to restore land and improve livelihoods appeare...

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GFW -2 weeks ago

How Scientists Used Lasers, Satellites and Planes to Map One of Indonesia's Biggest Sources of Emissions

By Katie Fletcher Twenty years ago, Dr. Florian Siegert, a German-trained biologist, was conducting ecology research in Borneo when a series of fires blazed across Indonesia. The Asian Forest Fires of 1997-1998 burned thousands of miles of rainforest, creating a haze and air quality disaster that caused $5-6 billion in economic losses and endangered the […] The post How Scientists Used Laser...

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Tree Aid -2 weeks ago

TV wildlife experts join us for The Night of a Thousand Trees

We are delighted to announce two TV wildlife experts as guest speakers for our gala dinner, The Night of a Thousand Trees. BBC wildlife presenter Gillian Burke is well known for her role on Springwatch and she is also a regular contributor to BBC Wildlife Magazine. Gillian was born in Kenya, where she spent her The post TV wildlife experts join us for The Night of a Thousand Trees appeared first o...

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ScienceDaily -2 weeks ago

Invasive plants can boost blue carbon storage

When invasive species enter the picture, things are rarely black and white. A new article has revealed that some plant invaders could help fight climate change by making it easier for ecosystems to store 'blue carbon' -- the carbon stored in coastal environments like salt marshes, mangroves and seagrasses. But other invaders, most notably animals, can do the exact opposite....

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CIFOR -2 weeks ago

Bioenergy: A solution to three problems?

Scientists take a comprehensive look into the potential of bioenergy crops, from seeds to sales...

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INBAR -2 weeks ago

INBAR's first United Nations General Assembly a resounding success

For many years INBAR has been closely engaging the United Nations, and has acted as an observer to the UN Economic and Social Council, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, and the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. In 2017, The International Organization for Bamboo and Rattan was made an […] The post INBAR’s first United Natio...

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UBC Forestry -2 weeks ago

Congratulations to Maja Krzic for being awarded the Award for Excellence in Open Education

Congratulations to Maja Krzic on being the 8th recipient of the Award for Excellence in Open Education. Dr. Maja Krzic’s leadership has been instrumental in transforming provincial, national, and international post-secondary soil science education by establishing the Virtual Soil Science Learning Resources (VSSLR) group with 30 Canadian soil scientists, media developers, students, and educator...

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INBAR -2 weeks ago

Brazilian Bamboo Industry Boosted

Brazil plans to incentivise bamboo production and processing, announcing $4 million worth of R&D investment and future tax cuts in seminar attended by INBAR. INBAR’s suggestion that the bamboo industry be expanded to represent at least 0.25% of the country’s GDP was adopted. By Clarissa Beretz Producers, researchers, architects and investors in the bamboo sector […] The post Brazilia...

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INBAR -2 weeks ago

INBAR thanks Meishan, Bamboo Town and Key Strategic Partner

As INBAR takes the time to reflect on its successful Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress, INBAR Director General Hans Friederich formally thanks Meishan in a video message.  The successes of this year’s Global Bamboo and Rattan Congrss, BARC2018, would certainly not have been possible without the support of three Chinese ‘bamboo towns’, Meishan, Yong’an and […] The pos...

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INBAR -2 weeks ago

INBAR gives thanks to Meishan, Bamboo Town and Key Strategic Partner

As INBAR takes the time to reflect on its successful Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress, INBAR Director General Hans Friederich formally thanks Meishan in a video message.  The successes of this year’s Global Bamboo and Rattan Congrss, BARC2018, would certainly not have been possible without the support of three Chinese ‘bamboo towns’, Meishan, Yong’an and […] The pos...

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INBAR -2 weeks ago

INBAR Thanks Yong'an, Bamboo Town and Key Strategic Partner

INBAR Director General Hans Friederich has given thanks to key strategic partner Yong’an in a video message. As INBAR reflects on the successes and failures of its 2018 Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress, BARC 2018, it is a good time to formally thank three key strategic partners, without whom the congress would never have been […] The post INBAR Thanks Yong’an, Bamboo Town and Ke...

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INBAR -2 weeks ago

INBAR gives thanks to Yong'an, Bamboo Town and Key Strategic Partner

INBAR Director General Hans Friederich has given thanks to key strategic partner Yong’an in a video message. As INBAR reflects on the successes and failures of its 2018 Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress, BARC 2018, it is a good time to formally thank three key strategic partners, without whom the congress would never have been […] The post INBAR gives thanks to Yong’an, Bamboo To...

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INBAR -2 weeks ago

INBAR gives thanks to Yibin, Bamboo Town and Strategic Partner

In a video message, INBAR Director General Hans Friederich thanks the town of Yibin, in Sichuan, China, one of INBAR’s key strategic partners, for their support over the last year. Yibin is a prefecture-level city in Sichuan Province, China, where the Min river flows into the great Yanzgte. Yibin is currently rapidly developing its bamboo […] The post INBAR gives thanks to Yibin, Bamboo To...

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The Guardian -2 weeks ago

Country diary: shadows reveal a road less travelled in recent times

Kingswood, Northumberland: This track, a sunken green line much older than the motor-era road, hugs the hillside at an angle more suitable for horse and cartThe single track road, its potholes patched and repatched like a threadbare jacket, plummets down to the burn and up again in a steep V. Along its unfenced verges, the wind tugs at thistledown and at sparse clumps of gorse, the occasional hawt...

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Lastuja -3 weeks ago

Kilpailukykyväittämät kannattaa purkaa osiin – näkökulmaksi investointia suunnitteleva yritys

Seuraavan hallituksen tehtävälistan kärkeen tulee nostaa investointien houkutteleminen. Tavoite edellyttää yritysten toimintaympäristön parantamista – Suomen kilpailukyvystä huolehtimista. Mutta mistä palasista kilpailukykyinen toimintaympäristö koostuu? Eikö Suomen työkustannuskehityksen käänne kohti parempaa riitä – joskaan Suomi ei vieläkään ole kuronut kilpailijamaiden ...

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Climate Home -3 weeks ago

Poland pushing forest agenda as climate host, leak shows

Global declaration draft calls for new research from the UN science panel and for forest carbon stocks to be maintained by 2050 The post Poland pushing forest agenda as climate host, leak shows appeared first on Climate Home News....

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ScienceDaily -3 weeks ago

Fewer biofuels, more green space: Climate action researcher calls for urgent shift

Growing and harvesting bioenergy crops -- corn for ethanol or trees to fuel power plants, for example -- is a poor use of land, which is a precious resource in the fight against climate change, says a researcher....

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The Guardian -3 weeks ago

Country diary: a shadow of ash dieback over Derbyshire's dales

Millers Dale, Derbyshire: Restoration work is under way on the north viaduct here; it may prove more difficult to repair the intricate web of life of which the area’s ash trees are partIt’s a common assumption that modern life invariably gets faster as the decades pass: not in Millers Dale. Had I been tramping down past Glebe Farm a hundred years ago, I would have seen an express train to Lond...

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ICRAF -3 weeks ago

Priorities for Green Climate Fund identified by the Philippines

  Almost 400 initiatives were consolidated from government agencies to create the focus areas that will compose the Green Climate Fund Country Program of the Philippines   The Green Climate Fund is a billion-dollar global platform that invests... The post Priorities for Green Climate Fund identified by the Philippines appeared first on Agroforestry World....

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INBAR -3 weeks ago

African bamboo industry's growing potential for carbon sequestration

A training session in Addis Ababa has helped to spread knowledge about bamboo’s carbon storage potential. Under its Dutch-Sino East Africa Bamboo Development Programme”, and Zhejiang A&F University (ZAFU) organised a well-attended training programme on “Carbon Estimation Methodology Development for bamboo forest management” from 17 – 25 August 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The trai...

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INBAR -3 weeks ago

Africa's bamboo industry's growing potential for carbon sequestration

A training session in Addis Ababa has helped to spread knowledge about bamboo’s carbon storage potential. Under its Dutch-Sino East Africa Bamboo Development Programme”, and Zhejiang A&F University (ZAFU) organised a well-attended training programme on “Carbon Estimation Methodology Development for bamboo forest management” from 17 – 25 August 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The trai...

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FAO -3 weeks ago

Workshop training focuses on reaching key audiences with forest-related messaging

Successful communication requires carefully developed messaging that ‘speaks’ clearly and directly to the most important target audiences, specialists in forest-related outreach explained during a training workshop for the Asia-Pacific Forest Communicators Network....

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IISD -3 weeks ago

Foundations Pledge US$459 Million through 2022 for Land-Based Climate Actions

The pledge was made as part of the 30x30 Forest, Food and Land Challenge, which calls for enhanced action to deliver up to 30% of the climate solutions needed by 2030. The 30x30 Challenge provides an umbrella for more than 100 NGOs, businesses, state and local governments, and indigenous and local communities aiming at raising the ambition of land-based climate action of all actors by 2020....

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ScienceDaily -3 weeks ago

Amazon mangroves store twice as much carbon per acre as region's famous rainforest

Scientists have determined for the first time that Amazon's waterlogged coastal mangrove forests, which are being clear cut for cattle pastures and shrimp ponds, store significantly more carbon per acre than the region's famous rainforest....

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UBC Forestry -3 weeks ago

World's city greening experts gather in Vancouver

Vancouver will host the largest international conference on urban forestry ever held, with more than 700 urban greening experts from across the world assembling in Vancouver next week. Trees and green spaces are crucial components of our cities and towns. However, most cities are still losing trees and green spaces due to climate change, invasive […]...

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IISD -3 weeks ago

Experts, Stakeholders Discuss Added Value of Global Pact for the Environment

A conference to exchange views on a Global Pact for the Environment convened on the sidelines of the 73rd UNGA's high-level General Debate. ‘The Global Pact for the Environment: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on the Future of International Environmental Governance’ was organized by the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment in partnership with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network ...

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COFI -3 weeks ago

COFI Announces Scholarship Recipients in Celebration of National Forest Week

(Prince George, BC) – The BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI) is pleased to announce the recipients of the COFI’s 2018 Forestry Scholarships in celebration of the future of forestry during National Forest Week taking place across the country from September 23-29. “National Forest Week is an opportunity to recognize the 1 in 17 British […] The post COFI Announces Scholarship Recipien...

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The Guardian -3 weeks ago

Country diary: the horse chestnut has gone into moth-induced winter

Sandy, Bedfordshire: The giant leaves, which unfurled and splayed in spring into shapes like the feet of prehistoric birds, have curled up their toesIn these last green weeks before nature’s traffic lights turn the trees to red and amber, there is little visible sign among them of the effects of a droughty summer. Though the garden rain gauge registered just 8mm of rainfall in 10 weeks from the ...

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INBAR -3 weeks ago

New skills for Madagascan farmers

The IFAD/EU funded project South-South Knowledge Transfer Strategies is now in its fourth year and continues to support poor communities in Eastern and Southern Africa to develop their livelihoods through bamboo. The aim of this project is to address the need for knowledge transfer and effective training to develop the bamboo industry in Eastern and […] The post New skills for Madagascan far...

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IISD -3 weeks ago

Event: 5th International Palm Oil Sustainability Conference (IPOSC) 2018

Organized as a targeted platform to update stakeholders on current and emerging sustainability developments in the palm oil industry, the 5th International Palm Oil Sustainability Conference (IPOSC) 2018 will focus on: palm oil, agriculture and potential impacts on environment and climate change; progress and challenges of Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification; and wildlife conservat...

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INBAR -3 weeks ago

Ethiopia in the spotlight as work towards developing bamboo and rattan standards continues

INBAR’s work on developing effective and usable standards for Bamboo and Rattan both globally and on a regional basis continues. with two events held in Addis Ababa, Ethipia in September. The Dutch-Sino-East Africa Programme aims to increase international trade and investment within East African countries’ bamboo sectors. Towards this aim, INBAR was present at two […] The post Ethiopia i...

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EFETAC -3 weeks ago

The Climate Is Changing-What's a Silviculturist To Do?

Climate change is here. In southern forests, it takes the form of novel disturbances – different frequency and severity of drought, fire, wind storms, insect outbreaks, even ice storms – or a combination of these stressors. “How will managers respond to the threats posed by changing climate conditions?” asks USDA Forest Service scientist James Guldin. […]...

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IISD -3 weeks ago

"Transformative" LDN Project Shows Early Signs of Success in Brazil

The Recovery Units of Degraded Areas and Reduction of Climate Vulnerability initiative was established in 2016 with the objective of financing actions to address the main drivers of land degradation in the Caatinga biome. Early results are attributed to the project’s innovative approach, which simultaneously targets environmental, social and economic challenges associated with land degradation....

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Forest2Market -3 weeks ago

Southern Yellow Pine Lumber Prices Steady in September

Southern yellow pine (SYP) lumber prices appear to have leveled out over the course of the last few weeks. Forest2Market’s composite southern yellow pine lumber price for week 38 was $436/MBF, a 0.5 percent decrease from the previous week’s price of $438/MBF, but a 10 percent increase from the same week in 2017....

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GFW -3 weeks ago

Places to Watch: 3 Forests Experiencing Rapid Clearing Right Now

By Mikaela Weisse and Katie Fletcher Places to Watch is an initiative that uses weekly GLAD alerts on Global Forest Watch to spot changes in forests around the globe and identify the most consequential cases of recent deforestation. By pairing deforestation alerts with expert interpretation of satellite imagery, credible descriptions of what is happening on the […] The post Places to Watch:...

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Tree Aid -3 weeks ago

After the flood: helping trees survive

Heavy rain in the drylands of Africa can be devastating for both trees and communities, and it is being made worst by climate change as extreme weather patterns sweep the globe. Trees uprooted by rain Recent torrential rain in West Africa has washed away soil and everything in its path, destroying these trees in the The post After the flood: helping trees survive appeared first on TREE AID....

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timberbiz -3 weeks ago

John Deere's new midsized harvesters

John Deere has released two new midsized G-Series wheeled harvester models, the 1170G and 1070G. The availability of the Intelligent Boom Control (IBC) technology on the 1170G further increases operator efficiency, regardless of the application. Source: Timberbiz The midsize G-series Harvesters are powered by the 6068 Final Tier 4 engine, combined with standard Adaptive Driveline Control, the 10...

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timberbiz -3 weeks ago

Timber innovation awards in London

Safeguard Europe Ltd and a team of students from the Architectural Association’s School of Architecture have been named the winners of the TTJ Timber Innovation Award 2018. Source: Timberbiz The Award is comprised of two categories: Product Development, which celebrates pioneering product design throughout the industry; and Innovative Timber University Research, aimed at acknowled...

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timberbiz -3 weeks ago

Digital toolbox to design and specify wooden buildings

Stora Enso and TRÄ Group have signed a joint development agreement. The aim is to improve the construction efficiency and increase digitalisation in the industry value chain. Source: Timberbiz The target is to make the design and specification of wooden buildings easier, attaining smarter manufacturing and construction. In the future, designers, builders, owners and residents in wooden buildings ...

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timberbiz -3 weeks ago

Strongbuild podcast with Adam Strong on timber

Adam Strong is the Managing Director of Strongbuild, a Sydney based company which specialises in using timber as a sustainable and versatile resource in delivering high quality building systems across a diverse range of projects. Source: Timberbiz Strongbuild was established in 2000 with an initial focus on high end housing projects around the Northern beaches of NSW. As demand grew, the busin...

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timberbiz -3 weeks ago

Bird watchers wanted at Kangaroo Island

One-third of the Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers properties are native vegetation, and half of that is considered High Conservation Value. As part of its responsible environmental management plan, KIPT is working with Birdlife Australia to conduct surveys in its plantation properties. Source: Timberbiz KIPT needs volunteers to work in pairs or trios to survey transects in each propert...

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timberbiz -3 weeks ago

Showcase for Queensland soft and hardwood species

Certified timber held the floor as Timber Queensland and Responsible Wood met with SCS Global Services to kick-start project certification of their new office space at Timber House in the northern Brisbane suburb of Kedron. Source: Timberbiz The project is undergoing an audit and stands to be the second registered under the ‘Responsible Wood Project Certification Scheme’ with the space unde...

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timberbiz -3 weeks ago

ForestTECH 2018 becomes a virtual reality

Virtual, augmented and mixed reality are no longer just for gamers and tech demos. Even now, they’re becoming an important tool for big business. Most sectors see real benefits in utilising virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies. Source: Timberbiz, ForestTECH The forestry industry is one sector that sees huge benefits. At last year’s ForestTECH series, resource managers, remo...

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timberbiz -3 weeks ago

New Zealand Wood-Resene Timber Design award winners

Innovative and outstanding were words to describe the not only the winners of this year’s New Zealand Wood-Resene Timber Design awards but all the entries received. However, there is only one winner and this year the Resene Supreme Award went to the He Tohu Document Centre in the National Library which was designed by Studio Pacific Architecture. Source: Timberbiz Runner up overall was the Cymon...

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timberbiz -3 weeks ago

NSW to fund forestry projects to open up markets

The NSW Government will fund new innovative forestry projects aimed at improving profitability, opening up new local and international markets, and preparing for future opportunities. Source: Timberbiz Minister for Lands and Forestry Paul Toole said applications would soon open for the first round of the $34 million Forest Industries Innovation Fund. “As part of the 2018-19 Budget, I announced ...

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IISD -3 weeks ago

Joint UNCCD, Tudor Rose Publication Assesses Progress Towards SDG Target 15.3

The publication builds on the premise that a focus on LDN opens up opportunities for countries to strengthen and better integrate a range of policies and frameworks for the sustainable use of land and soils. By June 2018, 118 out of 196 countries that are party to the Convention had made commitments to set and implement national LDN targets....

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UBC Forestry -3 weeks ago

The Sopron Story: Looking back 60 years later

How 200 Hungarian forestry students found their way to UBC. Learn more...

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ICRAF -3 weeks ago

Strengthening agricultural research in Kenya

    High-level conference prioritizes research to transform the country’s agriculture The Inaugural High Panel Conference on Agricultural Research in Kenya took place at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) on 13 September 2018. The conference brought together people... The post Strengthening agricultural research in Kenya appeared first on Agroforestry World....

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FOREST EUROPE -3 weeks ago

Proceedings and Agenda for the Workshop “Understanding the contribution of Agroforestry to landscape resilience in Europe” is now online

The post Proceedings and Agenda for the Workshop “Understanding the contribution of Agroforestry to landscape resilience in Europe” is now online appeared first on Forest Europe....

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PEFC -3 weeks ago

Chain of Custody auditor training in Southeast Asia – register now!

Auditors from around Southeast Asia are invited to join our Chain of Custody auditor training session, with a special focus on the Due Diligence System for sourcing from smallholders. The training takes place in Hue, Vietnam, 30-31 October 2018, with an optional field day focusing on smallholder...-- Delivered by Feed43 service...

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The Guardian -3 weeks ago

Country diary: a butterfly living in the now of a golden moment

Wenlock Edge, Shropshire: A fleeting sunspot in fallen leaves under the shelter of trees lay within the speckled wood’s territory, which he alone defendedThe tattered pennant of a speckled wood butterfly remained still as the wind roared overhead. With bits of wing missing due to bird attacks or batterings from the weather, the butterfly had been beating the bounds of its own territory until the...

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NYT -3 weeks ago

The Amazon on the Brink

Once a leader in protecting the region’s vast forests, Brazil is now moving in the opposite direction....

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INBAR -3 weeks ago

Statement to the UN General Assembly

In December 2017, INBAR was made an Observer to the UN General Assembly, UNGA. For the ongoing 73rd meeting of the UNGA, INBAR has created a statement and video message for consideration by all Members, about the value of bamboo and rattan in the UN’s work. The International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation, or ‘INBAR’, was […] The post Statement to the UN General Assembly appeared first...

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Forest2Market -3 weeks ago

US Housing Starts Surge in August; Existing Home Prices Increase

US housing starts increased more than expected to a three-month high in August, driven largely by a surge in multi-family homebuilding. However, building permits surprisingly experienced their largest drop since February 2017, suggesting that homebuilding is having difficulty stabilizing in 2018....

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CIFOR -3 weeks ago

How to nurture the growth of Indonesian biodiesel

What’s holding the industry back?...

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UNECE-FAO -3 weeks ago

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ScienceDaily -3 weeks ago

Astronomers use Earth's natural history as guide to spot vegetation on new worlds

By looking at Earth's full natural history and evolution, astronomers may have found a template for vegetation fingerprints -- borrowing from epochs of changing flora -- to determine the age of habitable exoplanets....

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GFW -3 weeks ago

PARTNER POST: Sur Verde Adaptive Monitoring: Mitigation and Adaptation in Calakmul, Campeche

By Eduardo Martínez Disponsible en español aquí. The Reforestamos Mexico GFW Contest recently recognized Sur Verde’s innovative use of the Global Forest Watch platform in finding solutions to socioenvironmental issues. Learn more about the contests here.   The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 15 provides a framework towards efforts to sustainably manage forests, combat desertif...

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GFW -3 weeks ago

PARTNER POST: The Importance of Open Data for Conservation in Mexico City

By Gabriela Ortiz Merino Disponsible en Español aquí. The Reforestamos Mexico GFW Contest recently recognized PAOT’s innovative use of the Global Forest Watch platform as a first-place winner in the “public policy analysis” category. Learn more about the contest here. Mexico’s capital, Mexico City, is one of the largest and most populous areas in the […] The post PARTNER POST: The ...

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GFW -3 weeks ago

PARTNER POST: Reforestamos Mexico inspira participacion publica en monitoreo forestal

Por Taryn Sanchez Montesinos & Alejandra Castellanos Read in English here. Asociación para los Bosques de México Desde hace 3 años la Comisión Nacional Forestal (CONAFOR), Reforestamos México y el equipo de Global Forest Watch (GFW) han venido colaborando para promover la trasparencia de información forestal en México, así como el monitoreo por parte tomadores […] The post PARTNE...

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GFW -3 weeks ago

PARTNER POST: Reforestamos Mexico Inspires Public Participation in Forest Monitoring

By Taryn Sanchez Montesinos & Alejandra Castellanos Disponsible a Español aqui. The partnership for Mexico’s forests As part of our mission to increase the availability of forests for sustainable development, our team at Reforestamos Mexico has been collaborating with Global Forest Watch (GFW) and Mexico’s National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR) to promote forest monitoring and information...

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ScienceDaily -3 weeks ago

Once majestic Atlantic Forest 'empty' after 500 years of over-exploitation

New research finds that 500 years of over-exploitation has halved mammal populations in South America's once majestic Atlantic Forest. A new analysis of mammal populations reveals the devastating effects of human disturbance since the area was first colonized in the 1500s. They found that apex predators and large carnivores, such as jaguars and pumas, as well as large-bodied herbivores, such as ta...

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ICRAF -3 weeks ago

Land restoration in Africa builds momentum

Hundreds of delegates from across Africa and the world met recently at the Global Landscapes Forum in Nairobi, intent on working together to help restore land. During 29–30 August 2018, delegates from governments, donor agencies, development organizations, research... The post Land restoration in Africa builds momentum appeared first on Agroforestry World....

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PEFC -3 weeks ago

In autumn, the forest comes to life again

As autumn arrives in Geneva, Marco Bertolini’s appropriately named ‘Autumn in the forest’ is this month’s photo in the spotlight. A runner up in our 2017 ‘Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ photo contest, Marco shares the story behind his photo and explains why for him autumn is the most...-- Delivered by Feed43 service...

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WFC -3 weeks ago

World Forestry Center Names New Executive Director

  CONTACT: Joseph Furia, World Forestry Center, *protected email* Christina Williams, 503.539.3619 World Forestry Center Names New Executive Director, Convenes Industry Leaders Joseph Furia joins the venerable nonprofit on the eve of its annual conference that draws major players from the global forest management and investment industry to Portland PORTLAND, OR, September 25, 2018 — Joseph...

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IISD -3 weeks ago

Popular Television Series Highlights Five SDGs

The latest season of Thomas and Friends will represent themes from: Goal 4 (quality education), Goal 5 (gender equality), Goal 11 (sustainable cities and communities); Goal 12 (responsible consumption and production); and Goal 15 (life on land). UN experts in each topic worked with the Thomas and Friends team to develop the SDG-inspired content. An accompanying website provides educational videos,...

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timberbiz -3 weeks ago

Precision Husky adds Industrial Cutting Tools

Precision Husky Corporation has added Industrial Cutting Tools to its dealer network.  ICT will be promoting the Precision, Husky and Progrind complete line of equipment. Source: Timberbiz Industrial Cutting Tools, a division of The Langdale Company specializes in the design, manufacture and maintenance of cutting tools for primary and secondary markets, including sawmills, chip mills and pellet ...

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timberbiz -3 weeks ago

FSC Friday

On Friday 28 September 2018, FSC-certified businesses, FSC members, schools and organizations all around the world will host a series of events to support, celebrate and raise awareness of responsible forest management and the role that FSC plays in it. Source: Timberbiz People are invited to look for the FSC logo and consider the sourcing of the products they buy in a creative and entertaining wa...

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timberbiz -3 weeks ago

Fern warns of EU's free trade deal with Japan

European non-governmental organization (NGO) Fern says the EU’s new free trade deal with Japan threatens global efforts to tackle illegal logging, including its own action plan. Source: FLEGT Fern is a Dutch foundation created in 1995. It is an international NGO set up to keep track of the European Union’s involvement in forests and to coordinate NGO activities at the European level. Fe...

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timberbiz -3 weeks ago

Karri planting complete in Manjimup

Karri planting has finished in the Manjimup area, with little time or seedlings to spare. Assistant Operations Officer Callum Raper said that the FPC has planted just over 268 hectares of karri seedlings this season, battling poor weather to do so in time. Source: Timberbiz “Our target was to plant 238.8 hectares of karri, so we exceeded that this season despite the storms,” Mr Raper ...

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timberbiz -3 weeks ago

NZ program to train young workers

The local forest industry is another step closer to a more sustainable flow of trained workers with the imminent start of the Eastland Wood Council driven Generation Program. Source: Timberbiz Siobhain Fyall has been appointed program manager and the first course is set to start on October 15, 2018 with another following in late April 2019. Participants will spend six weeks at a forestry base c...

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timberbiz -3 weeks ago

WoodSolutions Young Professionals Network kicks off 

WoodSolutions Young Professionals Network are free networking events to provide opportunities for early career practitioners to develop useful contacts and enhance their knowledge of industry issues. Source: Timberbiz The network will hold regular meetings focusing on hot topics concerning timber construction. The first event was held on 20 September 2018. Laurence Ritchie, FWPA Cost and Progra...

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timberbiz -3 weeks ago

South Korea new requirements for compliance

South Korea, one of the world’s largest importers of timber and woodbased products, has announced changes to its ‘Act on the Sustainable Use of Wood’ as it continues to enforce rigorous compliance against illegal logging. Source: Timberbiz About 84% of the country’s demand for wood is currently met by importers with New Zealand and Australia two of the country’s largest suppliers of log ...

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timberbiz -3 weeks ago

Gippsland Logistics Precinct started with Crossco

The Andrews Labor Government is starting on the Gippsland Logistics Precinct, with design works for Tramway Road awarded to Gippsland-based company Crossco Consulting. Source: Timberbiz Latrobe City Council awarded the tender for design works to repair Tramway Road and bring it up to a standard that will cope with its future usage by heavy vehicles. The design works are an important first step to...

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timberbiz -3 weeks ago

Why are structural softwood imports booming

Australia’s booming sawn softwood imports are dominated by structural grades, latest analysis shows. Working with industry stakeholders, IndustryEdge has established that in July, structural grades accounted for 91.5% of total sawn softwood imports. Source: IndustryEdge for Timberbiz Imports for the month totalled 80,374 m3 according to IndustryEdge, and the structural grades more than 73,500 m3...

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timberbiz -3 weeks ago

National forestry plan examined

A total of 30 key plantation regions will be created under the Federal Government’s national forestry plan, with farmers playing a big role in planting trees. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz The $20 million, four-year plan aims to plant an additional 400,000 hectares of forests – a billion new trees – over the next decade. It was announced earlier this month by the Assistant Minister fo...

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CIFOR -3 weeks ago

More milk, less emissions from forests

Sustainable intensification of dairy farms in Kenya reduces landscape degradation while enhancing livelihoods...

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IISD -3 weeks ago

Namibia Launches NDC Partnership Plan for Climate Action

The priority areas outlined in Namibia’s NDC Partnership Plan include developing better framework conditions for effective climate change governance, and strengthening financing of projects that help reduce emissions. In its NDC, Namibia has committed to reduce emissions by 89% by 2030 compared to the business-as-usual scenario through climate-smart agriculture, reducing deforestation and renewa...

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IISD -3 weeks ago

Carbon Markets Update: ETS Reforms, Carbon Markets Alignments and Blockchain for Carbon Impact

EU and California intensify cooperation on carbon markets. New Zealand proposes emissions trading reforms. Carbon Tracker Report predicts European Market Stability Reserve to prompt coal-to-gas switch. Pilot Project in Thailand tests Blockchain application in solar energy for data verification and carbon credit automatization....

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The Guardian -3 weeks ago

Weatherwatch: optimum height 18 metres – how trees survive droughts

In hot, dry weather some trees fare better than othersYour chances of surviving a severe drought are best if you are not too tall, or too small – if you are a tree that is. New research reveals that about 18 metres (59ft) is the optimum height for a tree to have maximum resilience to extreme drought conditions. Related: Mercy mission: truckers a lifeline for drought-stricken farmers – photo es...

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GFW -3 weeks ago

PARTNER POST: Sur Verde y el Monitoreo Adaptativo para Mitigación y Adaptación en Calakmul usando GFW

Por Eduardo Martínez Read in English here. A través del Certámen GFW en México, se identificó el uso innovador de la plataforma de GFW por parte de Investigación y Soluciones Socioambientales A.C. (Sur Verde). Mayores detalles sobre el Certámen aquí. El objetivo de Desarrollo Sostenible 15, propuesto por Las Naciones Unidades, nos da un marco político para […] The post PARTNER POS...

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GFW -3 weeks ago

PARTNER POST: La importancia de los datos abiertos para la conservación en la Ciudad de México

Por Gabriela Ortiz Merino Read in English here. El Certámen GFW, organizado por Reforestamos Mexico en 2017, reconoció a la Procuraduría Ambiental y del Ordenamiento Territorial de la Ciudad de México (PAOT) como ganadora del primer lugar en la categoría de “Análisis de Políticas Públicas” por el uso innovador de la plataforma Global Forest Watch […] The post PARTNER POST...

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UBC Forestry -3 weeks ago

What are you working on? Paul Lawson

The Director of UBC's Research Forests describes his unique career. Learn more...

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Forest2Market -3 weeks ago

How Much Money is an Acre of Timber Worth?

The first pieces of information landowners need when they decide to sell their timber are 1) an understanding of how much merchantable timber is growing on the stand they intend to harvest and 2) an understanding of the real market value of that timber. In the first installment of my two-part series on the data needed prior to a timber sale, I answered the most common question forester...

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CIFOR -3 weeks ago

Taste for gorilla and chimp meat fuels illicit trade

Study reveals a chain from forest to city that includes hunters, drivers, traders and consumers...

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SMY -4 weeks ago

Recycling paper is sustainable economy – but without new wood fibre from forests it would end quickly

A single wood fibre can be recycled even up to ten times. However, with the present recycling rate and process […]...

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The Guardian -4 weeks ago

UK pledges £2.1m to save Asian tigers and African chimpanzees

DfID says scheme to protect species in Indonesia and Liberia will create 16,000 jobsThe UK’s international development secretary has announced funding to help protect Sumatran tigers and west African chimpanzees.Only about 30 tigers are left in Indonesia as their forest habitats disappear, while in Liberia the illegal wildlife trade and loss of habitat threatens the survival of the chimpanzee. C...

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treehugger -4 weeks ago

How to survive falling into cold water

Just float. Don't thrash....

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ScienceDaily -4 weeks ago

Land-based bird populations are at risk of local extinction

A new report finds that land-based bird populations are becoming confined to nature reserves in some parts of the world -- raising the risk of global extinction -- due to the loss of suitable habitat....

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CIFOR -4 weeks ago

Want to share your idea with a billion people?

The post Want to share your idea with a billion people? appeared first on Center for International Forestry Research....

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NGP -4 weeks ago

25 Years of Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management: How Intergovernmental C&I

The article conclude that the 25-year history of C&I work in forestry has had significant positive impacts, though challenges do remain for the implementation of C&I and progress towards SFM. The work should be continued and carried over to other sectors to advance sustainability goals more broadly....

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REDD-Monitor -4 weeks ago

Brazil: The Suruí REDD project has been suspended indefinitely

The Suruí Forest Carbon Project in Brazil has been suspended indefinitely as a result of illegal diamond and gold mining, as well as illegal logging, inside the 248,147 hectare territory of the Suruí. The Suruí REDD project and carbon credits The Suruí REDD project started on 9 June 2009 and was validated under the Verified […]...

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IUFRO -4 weeks ago

Environmental Justice MOOC

This free 5-week online course is open to everyone around the world. For the first time the teaching is available in Spanish as well as English. Understand how climate change, biodiversity loss and deforestation affect people, exploring justice in environment management. Hear from activists around the world, and share your own experiences with other learners from many different backgrounds....

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IISD -4 weeks ago

Northern European Countries Rank Highest Among Rich Countries that Help Poor

The Center for Global Development has released its 2018 Commitment to Development Index, which analyzes seven policy areas: aid; finance; technology; environment; trade; security; and migration. Sweden ranks the highest on the CDI, with other European countries occupying the top 12 positions in the Index. Poland, Greece and the Republic of Korea place at the bottom of the rankings....

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IISD -4 weeks ago

Article Finds Commodity-driven Deforestation Remains Key Driver of Forest Loss

An article in Science by a group of authors from WRI, the Sustainability Consortium and the University of Maryland finds that 27 percent of deforestation results from permanent land use change for commodity production. The authors suggest that their results indicate that policies designed to achieve zero deforestation commitments “are not being adopted or implemented at the pace needed to meet 2...

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IISD -4 weeks ago

Climate Action Roadmap Shows Sectors Can Halve Emissions by 2030 with Strong Policies

The report details steps to 2030 to catalyze action at the speed and scale required to combat climate change, including solutions to halve emissions in a range of sectors, and specific strategies to accelerate their scaling up. Existing technologies and companies behind them could help determine whether we live on a 1.5-2°C planet or in a +3°C world. While technology alone cannot solve the clima...

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SNS -4 weeks ago

New climate strategy gives Icelandic forests an upswing

In recent years, public contributions to the forest sector in Iceland have been sharply reduced. Earlier Perspective texts here The total area of forest and woodland in Iceland has at least doubled, possibly quadrupled, since 1950. Whether this should be considered a large or small increase depends on the comparison.… Read more...

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IISD -4 weeks ago

Investor Coalition Joins Manifesto to Halt Deforestation in the Cerrado

In the Statement of Support for the Cerrado Manifesto, a coalition of investors and large food companies call for adopting policies to halt further deforestation in Brazil’s Cerrado region. The Cerrado stores the equivalent of 13.7 billion tons of carbon dioxide and plays a critical role in Brazil’s fresh water systems....

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IISD -4 weeks ago

UNECE Integrates SDGs into Review of Albania's Environmental Progress

The UN Economic Commission for Europe’s third Environmental Performance Review of Albania finds that the country has aligned its national agenda with the 2030 Agenda and is working to develop a national SDG action plan. The country has increased its protected area coverage and banned logging. Challenges include municipal waste, rural water supply, sanitation and wastewater treatment, and environ...

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IISD -4 weeks ago

Initiatives Present Approach for Sustainable Mountain Development Using the SDGs

The Mountain Research Initiative and the Centre for Development and Environment released a paper that aims to help contextualize and highlight the specific needs and challenges for mountain communities and ecosystems in addressing sustainable mountain development. The report recommends developing a subset of SDG indicators to assess local progress that are relevant to SMD, applicable to different ...

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The Guardian -4 weeks ago

Wooded bliss: the beauty of trees – in pictures

Yoko Ikeda and Toshio Shibata both photograph nature – but from very different viewpoints. Their striking, breathtaking landscapes collide in the new exhibition Treescapes Continue reading......

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SMY -4 weeks ago

Finns appreciate forest industry – share of environmental critics only 25 percent

People in Finland value forest industry because of the export and tax revenues that it brings. According to Finns, forest […]...

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The Guardian -4 weeks ago

Country diary: delving deeper into crab apples' DNA

Bishop Auckland, County Durham: Most candidates are descended from discarded cores of domesticated orchard apples, complex hybrids whose ancestors came from the Tian Shan mountains of KazakhstanGenuine native crab apples (Malus sylvestris) are notoriously difficult to identify with certainty. In a 1979 survey, only 1% of 3,000 hedgerow crab apple trees in County Durham ticked all the boxes as bein...

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Forest2Market -4 weeks ago

Valor Econômico: Brazilian Packaging Producers Fear Forest Blackout Amid High Wood Prices

Last week, Marcelo Schmid, Director of Forest2Market in Latin America, was featured in an article in Valor Econômico, the most important business newspaper in Brazil. The article, Preço da madeira pressiona produtor de embalagens, was written by Stella Fontes and was published on September 9, 2018. We've translated the content of the article into English below.  ...

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SNS -4 weeks ago

Save the date: Matchmaking Day in Ã…s, Norway, November 8

We will repeat the success! Welcome to Matchmaking Day in Ås, Norge, November 8! Welcome to our new Matchmaking day, get inspired, let the creativity flow! You will meet representatives from SNS , NKJ, EFINORD and NordGen Forest and we will tell you about how to apply for funding from us. Lukasz Andrzej… Read more...

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SNS -4 weeks ago

Save the date: Matchmaking Day in Ã…s, Norge, November 8

We will repeat the success! Welcome to Matchmaking Day in Ås, Norge, November 8! Welcome to our new Matchmaking day, get inspired, let the creativity flow! You will meet representatives from SNS , NKJ, EFINORD and NordGen Forest and we’ll tell you about how to apply for funding from us. Lukasz Andrzej Derdowski… Read more...

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EFETAC -4 weeks ago

Formidable Forest Shrubs Affect Tree Height and Biomass

Forests are made of three-dimensional life forms that constantly interact with each other and with the abiotic factors in their environment. A recent study shows how complex those interactions can be. “Trees growing within an evergreen shrub layer can be almost 20 feet shorter than trees without a shrub layer,” says USDA Forest Service scientist […]...

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Forestry Horizons -4 weeks ago

Working together to adapt to a changing climate

Actions to address significant gaps in forestry policy, research and practice are necessary to deal with the unprecedented pace and scale of environmental change, say forestry organisations launching a new action plan today at APF Exhibition, the UK's largest forestry show....

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EU -4 weeks ago

Os EUA são, atualmente, o principal fornecedor de soja da UE, com uma quota de 52 %

Comissão Europeia - Comunicado de imprensa 52 % Bruxelas, 20 de setembro de 2018 A Comissão Europeia publicou hoje os dados mais recentes sobre as importações de soja para a UE, que demonstram que os EUA se tornaram o principal fornecedor deste produto à Europa, alcançando uma quota de 52 %, em......

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timberbiz -4 weeks ago

Japan wants wood in kitchens and bedrooms

Year-on-year, Japan’s June imports of wooden kitchen furniture were up 12% but flat compared with the value of June imports while imports of wooden office furniture were down. Sources: Timberbiz, Lesprom As has been the case since the beginning of 2018, three suppliers accounted for most of Japan’s wooden kitchen furniture imports; the Philippines (48%), Vietnam (36%) and China (9%). In June, ...

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timberbiz -4 weeks ago

Unique possibility for disruptive start ups

Based on last year’s success, Stora Enso has announced a second Accelerator program in partnership with Aalto ENT and Vertical Accelerator. For startups, the program brings new opportunities as well as unprecedented access to Stora Enso talents and leadership, working side-by-side for innovative solutions. Source: Timberbiz In the 2017 program, six startups were selected and collaboration ...

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timberbiz -4 weeks ago

Trelleborg Twins on Ponsse Elephant

The latest addition to Swedish logging company WNK Skogsgallring’s collection of forest machinery is a brand new Ponsse Elephant forwarder, equipped with eight Twin Forestry T480 tyres. Source: Timberbiz When fully loaded with timber, the vehicle weighs 45 tonnes. With such a heavy machine, it is essential to move around with caution; the effect of climate change bringing milder winters has incr...

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timberbiz -4 weeks ago

Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers' annual report

Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers’ (KIPT) annual report was released recently and the company has said that it was issued without any qualification or emphasis from the auditor. KIPT is a publicly listed company. Source: Timberbiz In a media statement KIPT said that its conservative approach to biological asset valuations, strong cash at bank and the further availability of debt finance if requ...

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timberbiz -4 weeks ago

NZ delegation to China – the case for more investment

The largest ever New Zealand forest industry delegation to China’s showcase Global Wood Trade Conference has made the case for more investment in New Zealand forestry and timber processing. Source: Timberbiz Forest Owners Association President, Peter Weir told delegates at Chongqing that more timber processing in New Zealand, before export, reduced the overall energy and carbon emissions req...

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timberbiz -4 weeks ago

Almost $6m to plant 4574 trees in NZ

Funding of NZ$5.9 million will be given to landowners nationwide to plant 4574 hectares of trees under Te Uru Rākau’s (Forestry New Zealand’s) Afforestation Grants Scheme (AGS). Source: Timberbiz Eighty-three applications were approved in the 2018 round, with 2788 hectares being planted in the North Island and 1785 hectares in the South Island. This year’s AGS grants will contrib...

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timberbiz -4 weeks ago

Drought assistance from OneFortyOne

Normally the trucks leaving OneFortyOne’s Jubilee Highway Sawmill are loaded with crates of timber for building houses. However, the sawmill team has recently dispatched two crates of donated goods to help farming families in drought-stricken NSW.  Source: Timberbiz OFO’s Maree Little led the employee donation drive having seen the news. “For all of us living in regional communities, we kno...

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timberbiz -4 weeks ago

Top 5: Market Points from IndustryEdge

Every month, IndustryEdge publishes Wood Market Edge, Australia’s only forestry and wood products market and trade analysis, and supplies its customers with hundreds of unique data products, advisory and consulting services. Find out more at www.industryedge.com.au 608,599 bdmt – Australia’s exports of hardwood chips in July 2018 were toward the top of the long-term monthly range, remaining ...

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timberbiz -4 weeks ago

Improvements on the cards for industry statistics

Forest & Wood Products Australia (FWPA) is developing opportunities to improve the way industry statistics are collected in a number of key areas, such as safety. Source: Timberbiz A specific data-sharing portal has been established for the aggregation of safety data and FWPA is providing support to the Softwood Processors Workplace Health and Safety Interest Group. The Safety Data Series w...

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timberbiz -4 weeks ago

AFPA annual report released

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) has released its annual report for the 2017/2018 year and in it  Chief Executive Officer Ross Hampton said the association has had a strong year, growing in membership, capacity, capability and influence. Source: Timberbiz He said that AFPA has gained the support of the vast majority of the companies operating right across the forest industry ...

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EU -4 weeks ago

USA är nu EU:s största leverantör av sojabönor med en andel på 52 %

Europeiska kommissionen - Pressmeddelande 52 % Bryssel den 20 september 2018 I dag offentliggör EU-kommissionen den senaste statistiken om EU:s import av sojabönor, som visar att USA har blivit EU:s största leverantör med en andel på 52 % jämfört med 25 % under samma tid i fjol....

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EU -4 weeks ago

Estados Unidos es ahora el principal proveedor de la UE de habas de soja, con una cuota del 52 %

Comisión Europea - Comunicado de prensa 52 % Bruselas, 20 de septiembre de 2018 La Comisión Europea ha publicado hoy las cifras más recientes sobre las importaciones en la UE de habas de soja: Estados Unidos se ha convertido en el principal proveedor para Europa de este producto, alcanzando una cuota......

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EU -4 weeks ago

USA mit einem Anteil von 52 % wichtigster Sojabohnenlieferant der EU

Europäische Kommission - Pressemitteilung 52 %52 % Brüssel, 20. September 2018 Die Europäische Kommission hat heute die jüngsten Zahlen über die EU-Einfuhren von Sojabohnen veröffentlicht, aus denen hervorgeht, dass die USA zum wichtigsten Lieferanten Europas für dieses Grunderzeugnis geworden sind....

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FAO -4 weeks ago

Workshop shows scientists how to communicate complex forest issues

Successfully communicating complex messages related to science, especially information involving climate change and the forest sector, was the theme of a workshop held today for scientists from around the world....

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Forestry Horizons -4 weeks ago

Natural Flood Management ‘reverse' auction tool piloted

During three weeks over the summer, Sylva Foundation helped deliver a unique ‘reverse’ auction to support a range of natural flood management measures in Somerset....

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SNS -4 weeks ago

NordGen ten years

SNS had the great honor to participate in the ten year anniversary of NordGen – a celebration of the importance of the conservation and sustainable use of Nordic genetic resources.     Share List Read more...

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IUCN -4 weeks ago

Plastic from source to sea

Learn more: Marine PlasticsWork area: BusinessMarineWaterLocation: Global...

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World Bank -4 weeks ago

PROFOR and IUFRO Global Expert Workshop on Fire, Forests and Climate Change

Jul 2 2018 - 8:00am to Jul 4 2018 - 8:00pm  ...

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The Guardian -4 weeks ago

Long hot summer means we should enjoy spectacular autumn colour

Plenty of sunshine is needed to bring out the intense reds and yellows from the leaves, and this year we’re set for a dazzling displayAutumn colour is perhaps the most striking of nature’s seasonal displays, but the vividness of the annual spectacle is largely dependent on good environmental conditions. This year, following a fine summer and with an Indian summer predicted, we look to be on co...

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ScienceDaily -4 weeks ago

Improving 'silvopastures' for bird conservation

The adoption of 'silvopastures' -- incorporating trees into pastureland -- can provide habitat for forest bird species and improve connectivity in landscapes fragmented by agriculture. But how do silvopastures measure up to natural forest habitat? New research shows that birds in silvopasture forage less efficiently than those in forest fragments but offers suggestions for how silvopasture habitat...

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ScienceDaily -4 weeks ago

Newly identified African bird species already in trouble

Central Africa's Albertine Rift region is a biodiversity hotspot consisting of a system of highlands that spans six countries. Recent studies have shown that the population of sooty bush-shrikes occupying the region's mid-elevation forests is a distinct species, and new research reveals that this newly discovered species may already be endangered due to pressure from agricultural development....

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ScienceDaily -4 weeks ago

Diverse forests are stronger against drought

Researchers report that forests with trees that employ a high diversity of traits related to water use suffer less of an impact from drought. The results, which expand on previous work that looked at individual tree species' resilience based on hydraulic traits, lead to new research directions on forest resilience and inform forest managers working to rebuild forests after logging or wildfire....

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The Guardian -4 weeks ago

Country diary: abundant apples are ready for juicing

St Dominic, Tamar Valley: A warm summer means there are baskets of fruit perfect for pressing in my sister and brother-in-law’s orchardBaskets of apples collected from Mary and James’s orchard of traditional varieties are made into juice in their kitchen. The yellow sack and sugar, scarlet duchess’s favourite, striped Herefordshire pippin, red flushed miller’s seedling and Norfolk royal ar...

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REDD-Monitor -4 weeks ago

‘Actually existing' REDD: Social tensions, ongoing deforestation, local confusion, financial benefits not delivered

“Early evidence from REDD+ projects suggests major challenges, including: ongoing weak enforcement of domestic laws on forests and land, leading to limited effectiveness; contestation or conflict over property rights and community benefits; as well as securitisation and violence, often perpetrated by government agencies.” That’s from a recent paper published in Conservation and S...

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Forest2Market -4 weeks ago

US South Timber Prices: 2Q2018 Performance & Outlook

US South timber prices during 2Q2018 were mixed; weighted average prices for pulpwood products slipped slightly, however, prices for pine log products increased....

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FAO -4 weeks ago

Strong policies, certification key to sustainable oil palm production

This week the Malaysian Palm Oil Council is hosting the 5th International Palm Oil Sustainability Conference, a two-day event that provides palm oil industry stakeholders with updates on current and emerging trends and sustainability developments....

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CIFOR -4 weeks ago

Finding the best practices to fight forest fires and preserve peatlands in Riau

The post Finding the best practices to fight forest fires and preserve peatlands in Riau appeared first on Center for International Forestry Research....

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Forestry Horizons -4 weeks ago

Sarah Taylor appointed trustee

We are really pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Taylor as a trustee of Sylva Foundation. Sarah brings a wealth of business and finance experience to the board, while possessing a deep passion for the British countryside....

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The Guardian -4 weeks ago

Plantwatch: road could harm dozens of protected natural sites near Oxford

Environmentalists outraged at proposed road that would damage ancient woodland, meadows and rare fenland A £4bn expressway road has been proposed to link Oxford with Cambridge, eventually leading to a million new homes built around the road. The proposal, announced on 12 September, could damage 20 nature reserves and 51 other protected natural sites, including ancient woodlands, meadows rich in r...

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ScienceDaily -4 weeks ago

Jararaca pit vipers: Giant' specimens proliferation linked to fewer predators

In São Paulo, Brazil, it is the lesser presence of predators, not large food supply, that can explain why an isolated green area concentrates more giant pit vipers than a wide forest reserve....

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CIFOR -4 weeks ago

CIFOR works with local communities to find best practices to prevent forest fires and restore peatlands

MEDIA ADVISORY CIFOR works with local communities to find best practices to prevent forest fires and restore peatlands   Bogor,... The post CIFOR works with local communities to find best practices to prevent forest fires and restore peatlands appeared first on Center for International Forestry Research....

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IISD -4 weeks ago

GCAS Inspires New Climate Commitments, Urges National Governments to Step Up Climate Action by 2020

The Summit highlighted the ways in which subnational actors and leaders from all sectors are “taking ambition to the next level” with a plethora of commitments and announcements that, if implemented, will generate over 65 million new, low-carbon jobs by 2030. More than 60 state, regional and city governments and multinational businesses committed to 100% zero emission vehicles through The Clim...

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ICRAF -4 weeks ago

Fostering public-private partnerships to enhance smallholders' resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa

  The Upper Tana Nairobi Water Fund was showcased as a proven public-private partnership at the African Green Revolution Forum 2018     By Jonky Tenou   The African Green Revolution Forum was the biggest held on the... The post Fostering public-private partnerships to enhance smallholders’ resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa appeared first on Agroforestry World...

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ICRAF -4 weeks ago

Fostering Public-Private Partnership to enhance small holder resilience in Sub-Sahara Africa

By Jonky Tenou The Africa Green Revolution Forum – AGRF2018 – is the biggest forum on the continent. It brings together 2,800 participants and is held in Kigali, Rwanda, from 5th to 8th September 2018. The AGRF2018 served... The post Fostering Public-Private Partnership to enhance small holder resilience in Sub-Sahara Africa appeared first on Agroforestry World....

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IISD -4 weeks ago

18 Foundations Call for Increasing Investments in Forests and Land to Fight Climate Change

Eighteen philanthropic organizations released a joint statement at the Global Climate Action Summit, expressing support for land use policies and finance that help achieve ambitious climate targets and contribute to sustainable development, and for indigenous peoples’ and local communities’ land rights and management of forests. The organizations call for increasing investments in forests and ...

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Forest2Market -4 weeks ago

US Forest Industry Performance: August 2018

US forest industry performance in July and August was recently reported by both the US government and the Institute for Supply Management....

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IISD -4 weeks ago

HLPF Report Notes Strong Momentum on 2030 Agenda

ECOSOC has released the proceedings of the 2018 HLPF that convened from 9-18 July under the theme ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies’. The report calls for: a greater commitment to developing official statistics and data and effective monitoring systems; and a long-term perspective to build resilience at all levels that includes adopting a proactive approach, building ...

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CIFOR -4 weeks ago

For women in Africa, working within tradition for change

Spotlight on the role of women in restoration and poverty-reduction at the GLF Nairobi...

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timberbiz -4 weeks ago

Tulipwood MultiPly at London Design Festival

MultiPly, a nine-metre high, carbon-neutral wooden pavilion made entirely of American tulipwood has opened to the public in the Sackler Courtyard of the V&A in time for the London Design Festival. Source: Timberbiz The 43m3 of tulipwood that makes up MultiPly stores the equivalent of 30 tonnes of carbon dioxide and is replaced with natural growth in the American forest in five minutes. The...

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timberbiz -4 weeks ago

Augmented reality and 5G technology in mill maintenance

Stora Enso has been developing augmented reality (AR) and 5G technology solutions together with Telia. The utilisation of augmented reality was first tested at Stora Enso’s Oulu mill where real-time information is being used in mill maintenance. Source: Timberbiz The application of augmented reality and virtual models will in the future enable the more rapid use of, for example, maintenance in...

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timberbiz -4 weeks ago

Cat to sell purpose-built forestry business

Caterpillar has announced that it has entered into a preliminary agreement with Weiler to sell the Cat purpose-built forestry business. The sale is subject to negotiation of a final agreement, the closing of which is expected by early 2019. Source: Timberbiz “We remain committed to supporting our forestry customers and the forestry industry,” Tom Pellette, Caterpillar Construction Industri...

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timberbiz -4 weeks ago

More Dangerous Designs

Launched in 2016, Dangerous Designs is an online competition to promote the use of wood and wood products in sustainable design and encourage the commercialisation of appropriate designs. Two of the latest Dangerous Designs winners were: Loft Bench by Scott van Tuil, in the Open category BD6touch by Troy Baverstock, in the Student category. Source: Timberbiz The standard of entries was excepti...

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timberbiz -4 weeks ago

Australia's forest industries are Safe and Skilled

Businesses of all sizes across Australia’s forest industries have joined together in a united approach to lift safety standards across the board. Source: Timberbiz Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) Chair Greg McCormack, said the Safe and Skilled program demonstrated that Australia’s forest industries are committed to safety and investing in the skills needed to ensure its worker...

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UBC Forestry -4 weeks ago

New tool developed by UBC researchers helps conservationists make smarter decisions

A new tool developed by UBC researchers could help ensure limited conservation dollars are well spent by determining which actions would save the most species per dollar....

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FOREST EUROPE -4 weeks ago

New FOREST EUROPE publication: “Enhancing the Long-term Competitiveness of the Forest Sector in a Green Economy”

The post New FOREST EUROPE publication: “Enhancing the Long-term Competitiveness of the Forest Sector in a Green Economy” appeared first on Forest Europe....

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timberbiz -4 weeks ago

OFO to buy Manuka Island estate

Australian forestry company OneFortyOne (OFO) has announced its intention to purchase the Manuka Island forest estate in the Wairau Valley near Blenheim, New Zealand. The proposed purchase is now being reviewed by the Overseas Investment Office. Source: Timberbiz The Manuka Island estate is approximately 2000 hectares of forest and currently owned by Merrill and Ring. Manuka Island will be integr...

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timberbiz -4 weeks ago

Mitsui to build and operate at KI Seaport

International infrastructure and timber marketing group Mitsui expects to build and operate the woodchip handling facilities at the proposed KI Seaport, under an agreement signed with Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers (KIPT). Source: Timberbiz KIPT has signed an exclusivity agreement with Mitsui, under which Mitsui will develop, maintain and operate a complete woodchip handling facility,...

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timberbiz -4 weeks ago

ForestX on foreign investment in NZ

As the Government considers various foreign investor applications in the forest and wood processing sectors what should it be looking for? More than anything it should be looking for the opportunity to bring improved management into the industry and joint ventures with local parties according to ForestX New Zealand. Source: Timberbiz ForestX says that it is no secret that the forestry industry ha...

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timberbiz -4 weeks ago

Next Gen Timber Products and Systems

On Thursday 13 September Forest & Wood Products Australia in conjunction with ARC and Future TimberHub held a one day event focusing on Next Generation Timber Products and Systems in Melbourne which attracted overseas and Australian presenters. Source: Timberbiz The seminar and workshop topics all revolved around Australia’s R&D capacity to consider future market opportunities, assess ri...

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timberbiz -4 weeks ago

The robots are coming!

Robots are likely to have a bigger role in timber processing as they take over work that is dirty, dangerous or difficult. By Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz That was a key message of Troy Krogh, regional director of Scott Automation & Robotics, to the WoodTech conference in Melbourne last week. The conference is held annually by the Forest Industry Engineering Association and features many exhib...

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SFI -4 weeks ago

K'ó moks and Qualicum First Nations will pilot SFI Module for Indigenous Peoples, Families, and Communities

Comox, BC: K’ómoks First Nation, in partnership with Qualicum First Nation, welcomed TimberWest, the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) to the K’ómoks First Nation Band Office to announce that they will pilot the SFI Small-Scale Forest Management Module for Indigenous Peoples, Families, and Communities. This...

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INBAR -4 weeks ago

A message on World Bamboo Day

A message from the Director General on World Bamboo Day 18 September 2018 – Today marks World Bamboo Day – a time for people to come together and reflect on the importance of these plants around the world. Of course, at INBAR, every day is ‘World Bamboo Day’. For over 20 years, we have worked […] The post A message on World Bamboo Day appeared first on INBAR....

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CIFOR -4 weeks ago

Publication: The State of Jurisdictional Sustainability

The post Publication: The State of Jurisdictional Sustainability appeared first on Center for International Forestry Research....

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CIFOR -4 weeks ago

The future of wetlands: We've been warned!

Scientists sound the alarm – again – on the sustainability of ecosystems. But are we listening? ...

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UNECE-FAO -4 weeks ago

Green jobs grow in the forest

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The Guardian -4 weeks ago

Country diary: ivy isn't just a plant, it's a habitat

Stamford, Lincolnshire: Ivy wasn’t always a pariah, more a blessing. It protected houses from demons at times when spirits were closeA glove of ivy grasps the lower trunk of a mature silver birch. It’s long a thing of parasitic charm, this stuff – English ivy on trees, houses, walls. It’s bad, isn’t it? Weakens brickwork, cancers bark, kills trees. Get rid of it, they say. But it’s so ...

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NYT -1 month ago

Police Move to Clear Treehouse Protest Against Coal Mine in German Forest

German police began tearing down the first of about 60 treehouses to evict protesters from a site that has come to symbolize the country’s split over coal....

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The Guardian -1 month ago

Country diary: a log of apple crops from our orchard spans the decades

Allendale, Northumberland: The early entries are in the erratic lettering of an old typewriter, then in my mother’s blue ink, and lastly some in my teenage handwritingThe sun’s already up and the camomile edging the path is covered in dew. Droplets trickle down the reddening apples on our young tree, “Winston”, self-fertile and a good doer for the north. It’s a bountiful year in our vall...

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CIFOR -1 month ago

Registration for our annual GLF in Bonn is open!

The post Registration for our annual GLF in Bonn is open! appeared first on Center for International Forestry Research....

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CIFOR -1 month ago

GLF interview with Wanjira Mathai

The post GLF interview with Wanjira Mathai appeared first on Center for International Forestry Research....

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CIFOR -1 month ago

Endangered chimpanzees discovered in the DRC with help of camera traps

The post Endangered chimpanzees discovered in the DRC with help of camera traps appeared first on Center for International Forestry Research....

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PEFC -1 month ago

Myanmar lays the foundations for sustainable forest management

“Third-party forest certification systems are critical actors to ensure Myanmar timber products are accepted by international markets”, said Mr Khin Mg Yi, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC), at the launch of Myanmar’s third party...-- Delivered by Feed43 service...

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Tree Aid -1 month ago

Growing trees to ‘Grow Hope' in Ghana

In the driest parts of Ghana, poverty, desertification and the effects of climate change are widespread. There is clear evidence that temperatures are rising, the patterns and levels of rainfall are becoming increasingly erratic and natural disasters such as drought and floods are becoming ever more frequent and severe. The majority of people depend on The post Growing trees to ‘Grow Hope’ in ...

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ICRAF -1 month ago

Why keep Africa's dryland forests alive?

Small holder farmers from 6,000 Malian households have restored 320 hectares of land through a combination of on-farm natural tree regeneration, water harvesting, moisture retention technologies, improved soil filtration, and enhanced soil humus. This is just one of... The post Why keep Africa’s dryland forests alive? appeared first on Agroforestry World....

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timberbiz -1 month ago

Studio in the Woods

The Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA), a leading timber authority in the UK, is passionate about driving forward the understanding and use of timber and timber products in the design and construction of quality buildings. Source: Timberbiz To start students on their lifelong journey, TRADA has produced a comprehensive suite of Learning Resources, runs annual multi-dis...

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timberbiz -1 month ago

Metsa and 4H forge forestry relationships

Metsä Group has started cooperation with the Finnish 4H Organisation to strengthen young people’s relationship with forests and widen their understanding of forestry and the possibilities it offers. Source: Timberbiz “Metsä Group is an important player in Finnish society. We employ a wide variety of jobs around the country and export products manufactured in Finland to international markets,...

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timberbiz -1 month ago

No-deal Brexit papers released affect the timber industry

The UK Government has published a series of papers offering guidance to allow business to make preparations in the unlikely event of a “no deal” Brexit. So far, 25 papers have been released. Source: Timberbiz, TTF Timber Trade Federation (TTF) UK has scanned the papers for content relevant to its members and would like to draw attention to the following three items, each of which the TTF...

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timberbiz -1 month ago

Nominations for FWPA non-executive directors

Forests & Wood Products Australia (FWPA) has announced the nomination of two new candidates and the re-nomination of two sitting directors for the board of FWPA. The two new candidates for a non-executive director role are Katie Fowden and Craig Taylor. Source: Timberbiz Ms Fowden is the Strategic Relations Manager for Hyne Timber, where a significant part of her role is the promotion of ...

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timberbiz -1 month ago

Private Forests Tasmania forum

Private Forests Tasmania’s Chief Executive Officer, Penny Wells, will be a panel member discussing ‘Where the forest industry is travelling in Tasmania and what the future looks like‘ at the inaugural Tasmanian Forests and Forest Products Network’s (TFFPN) Forum. Source: Timberbiz ‘Sustaining Communities – The Good Wood Industry‘ forum will be held at the ...

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timberbiz -1 month ago

Juken NZ to cut jobs and upgrade mill

Forestry and wood processing company, Juken New Zealand Ltd (JNL) announced a proposal to modernise its Kaitaia Triboard mill. The company is proposing to make a significant investment over the next few years to upgrade and modernise the mill. Source: Timberbiz The mill’s engineered wood Triboard product is globally unique and is used to build houses. The proposal to make the 30-year old mill mo...

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timberbiz -1 month ago

Wood Dust in NSW

Responsible Wood will spread the sustainable forest message at a unique event at Bungendore and Queenbeyan in NSW from October 17 to 21 – Wood Dust: the International Timber and Woodworking Festival. Source: Timberbiz Marketing and communications officer for Responsible Wood Jason Ross said the event provided an excellent venue to further promote home-grown wood as a certified and sustaina...

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timberbiz -1 month ago

VicForests trailblazer awarded Jolly Medal

VicForests is celebrating the announcement of its general manager of strategy and business development, Anne Geary, as the winner of the Institute of Foresters of Australia’s NW Jolly Medal for 2018. Source: Timberbiz The NW Jolly Medal is one of the forestry profession’s highest and most prestigious award and recognises outstanding service and dedication to the profession of forestry across ...

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timberbiz -1 month ago

A billion trees for Australia in new Liberal plan

Australia’s renewable timber and wood-fibre industry will be better prepared for future challenges and opportunities with the support of the Australian Government’s National Forest Industries Plan – Growing a better Australia. Source: Timberbiz Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud and Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Senator Richard Colbeck hav...

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GFW -1 month ago

When a Tree Falls, Is It Deforestation?

Nancy Harris, Elizabeth Dow Goldman, Mikaela Weisse and Alyssa Barrett The narrative is not a new one: The world is losing tree cover at an alarming rate, and the effects on biodiversity, the climate and indigenous communities cannot be overstated. The question is, why? What’s causing this loss? And will tree cover come back, or will the land be used […] The post When a Tree Falls...

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UBC Forestry -1 month ago

Congratulations to Kasmira Cockerill

Congratulations to Kasmira Cockerill for winning best student presentation at the North American Congress for Conservation Biology based on her research paper co-authored with Dr. Shannon Hagerman, Supervisor....

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INBAR -1 month ago

THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC JOINS INBAR

“Africa can, and will, benefit from bamboo and rattan” – INBAR’s newest member joins a network which is piloting nature-based solutions for sustainable development across Africa. 13 September, Beijing – The Central African Republic has joined INBAR, marking a significant new commitment by the country to green growth and environmentally sustainable development. Speaking at the […...

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IISD -1 month ago

UN Secretary-General Urges Leadership to Face "Direct Existential Threat" of Climate Change

Guterres underscored that if we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the point where “runaway climate change” can be avoided. He called for shifting from dependence on fossil fuels towards cleaner energy and away from deforestation to more efficient use of resources. Guterres urged leaders to use every opportunity between now and the Katowice Climate Change Conference, to resolve rema...

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IISD -1 month ago

Research Finds Collective Forestlands Key to Meeting Climate Mitigation Targets

The baseline study, described as “the most comprehensive assessment to date of carbon storage in documented community lands worldwide,” points out that one third of the forest carbon documented in the study is located in areas where indigenous peoples and local communities lack formal recognition of their tenure rights, “putting them, their lands, and the carbon stored therein at risk”. In...

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IISD -1 month ago

Global Commission Finds Bold Climate Action Could Deliver US$26 Trillion by 2030

The report finds that significant technological and market progress over the last decade has been driving the shift to a new climate economy, with real benefits in terms of new jobs, economic savings, competitiveness and market opportunities, as well as improved well-being for people globally. The publication highlights opportunities in five economic systems: 1) energy, 2) cities, 3) food and land...

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PEFC -1 month ago

Discover the finalists for the Best Use of Certified Timber Prize III

We proudly present two more finalists for the World Architecture Festival’s Best Use of Certified Timber Prize: a mobile university building that is too well loved to be relocated and a chapel that brings the beauty of traditional Belarusian churches to London. Macquarie University Incubator –...-- Delivered by Feed43 service...

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SMY -1 month ago

Swedish Minister for Rural Affairs Sven-Erik Bucht: EU Forest Academy expanding the understanding of sustainable forestry

“Each country must be able to comply with its own forest policy, but we must increase knowledge in and discuss […]...

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ScienceDaily -1 month ago

Climate change may drive 10 percent of amphibian species in the Atlantic Rainforest to extinction

Climate conditions forecast for 2050 and 2070 will be potentially lethal to species less adapted to climate variation, according to Brazilian researchers....

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Forest2Market -1 month ago

DOE Picks 36 Bioenergy Projects for $80M in Funding

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) last week announced the selection of 36 projects totaling $80 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development. This work will focus on cost-competitive drop-in renewable fuels, bio-based products and power from non-food biomass and waste feedstocks, and the work will support the DOE’s goal of reducing the cost of bio-based drop-in...

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Forestry Horizons -1 month ago

Head of Wood School appointed

Our recently-appointed Head of Wood School, Joseph Bray, introduces himself and his new role with Sylva Foundation....

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Lastuja -1 month ago

Sujuvat kauppasuhteet ja kumppanuus brexitin jälkeisiksi tavoitteiksi

Brexitiin liittyvä epävarmuus on pitkittynyt. Iso-Britannian EU-eroon on alle vuosi eikä tulevaisuuden kauppasuhdetta koskevissa kysymyksissä ole edetty. Ei tiedetä, milloin Britannia lähtee EU:n yhteiseltä sisämarkkinalta ja miten silloin käydään kauppaa. Tulevaisuuteen valmistautumisessa on otettava huomioon kaikki vaihtoehdot, mikä tekee siitä vaikeaa. Suomen metsäteollisuudelle ...

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The Guardian -1 month ago

Public must tell Network Rail to stop tree felling, says charity

The Woodland Trust is asking people to make their voices heard over rail company’s plans to cut down thousands of treesThe Woodland Trust is calling on the public to raise its voice over the management of the trees along Network Rail lines to stop thousands being cut down without good reason.Dr Nick Atkinson, senior conservation advisor for the trust, says the rail company must be held to accoun...

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The Guardian -1 month ago

Country diary: the hedgerows are transformed, as if by magic

Wenlock Edge, Shropshire: They are common, we are hedged in by them and yet the hawthorn has such a powerful link with imaginations of the pastSoft weather, sun and rain, cool and moody in the quiet byways: this is meteorological autumn and the hawthorns have gone through a metamorphosis; the lanes are full of bright red berries.Now it is no longer the “may tree” and the hermaphrodite sex magi...

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The Guardian -1 month ago

Warming oceans are changing the world's rainfall | John Abraham

A new study finds that warming in the Atlantic Ocean is changing rain patterns in the AmazonGlobal warming means truly global warming. The atmosphere, the oceans, and the ground are all warming. As a result, ice is melting, seas are rising, storms are getting more severe, and droughts are getting worse. But these things are not happening in isolation. The tricky thing about the climate is that thi...

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Forestry Horizons -1 month ago

Birth of the House of Wessex project

Professor Helena Hamerow, from the School of Archaeology at the University of Oxford, has provided much of the academic expertise for the House of Wessex project. We asked Helena to summarise how the House of Wessex project came about....

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Forestry Horizons -1 month ago

Anglo-Saxon open weekend

We have a very exciting programme of activities lined up for our first Anglo-Saxon open weekend, as part of our House of Wessex project, 13-14 October. Free Entry. Fun for all the family....

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Forestry Horizons -1 month ago

Anglo-Saxon open weekend 13-14 October

We have a very exciting programme of activities lined up for our first Anglo-Saxon open weekend, as part of our House of Wessex project, 13-14 October. Free Entry. Fun for all the family....

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World Bank -1 month ago

Kazakhstan Community-Private Plantations: Analysis to Better Understand the Potential for Developing Forest Plantations

This synthesis report provides some strategic advice for the development of community-private forestry plantations in Kazakhstan and identifies opportunities for consideration in the continued development of private sector engagement in forest plantations. It also examines constraints faced by Kazakhstan in increasing the active participation of local communities and private businesses in national...

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ScienceDaily -1 month ago

Europe's renewable energy directive poised to harm global forests, experts argue

Europe's decision to promote the use of wood as a 'renewable fuel' will likely greatly increase Europe's greenhouse gas emissions and cause severe harm to the world's forests, according to a new paper....

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ScienceDaily -1 month ago

End of Colombia conflict may bring new threats to ecosystems

The end of a 52-year internal conflict could spell trouble for the second most biodiverse country in the world. A new study outlines a sustainable path forward....

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Forest2Market -1 month ago

Are High Timber Prices in Minas Gerais Surprising? Not for Forest2Market Customers in Brazil

In August 2017, Forest2Market do Brasil initiated a detailed study in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. Via this research, the company sought to better understand the regional forest market and the underlying causes behind the situation that many forest industry professionals had warned about for years: Minas Gerais had an oversupply of timber combined with a failed consumer market,...

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CIFOR -1 month ago

Can a jurisdictional approach boost sustainability?

New report assesses outcomes for tropical forests and climate change...

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CIFOR -1 month ago

The 36-billion-dollar question

How can we unlock private capital to restore degraded landscapes?...

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The Guardian -1 month ago

EU climate law could cause 'catastrophic' deforestation

World’s carbon sinks are at risk because the law will count energy from burning trees as carbon neutral, say climate scientists Senior climate scientists say that the world’s carbon sinks could be facing a grave threat from a wholly unexpected source: the EU’s renewable energy directive.The climate law could suck in as much imported wood as Europe harvests each year because it will count ene...

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INBAR -1 month ago

Natural tools for Sino-African cooperation

With its focus on environmental protection and green growth, the 2018 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation saw a great deal of interest in bamboo and rattan. 10 September, Beijing – The 2018 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, FOCAC, was hosted in Beijing, China last week. INBAR was one of a number of international organisations to attend the […] The post Natural tools for Sino-African coopera...

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IISD -1 month ago

Delegates Set Agenda for First Session on Global Pact for Environment

During a three-day organizational meeting, UN Member States decided that the first substantive session on a global pact for the environment will convene from 14-18 January 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya. By the text adopted on 7 September, the Working Group decided on the agenda for the first substantive session. Each substantive session will decide on the agenda for each following session....

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UBC Forestry -1 month ago

Congratulations to Shawn Mansfield for being named as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Shawn Mansfield has been named a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in the Life Science Division. This award recognizes Canadian scholars, artists, and scientists, peer-elected as the best in their field....

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ScienceDaily -1 month ago

New approach to conserving tree species

Researchers have developed an evidence-based approach to designing ex situ collections that effectively preserve a target species' genetic diversity, which can be tailored for conservation of any tree species. This will allow for efficient, targeted seed collecting efforts, including number of populations to sample, the appropriate number of seeds to collect from each tree, and best choice of popu...

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EFETAC -1 month ago

Lumber Builds the Future

“Lumber and economic growth are tightly connected,” says USDA Forest Service scientist Jeffrey Prestemon. “At a certain rate of GDP growth, you get a certain path of lumber consumption.” Prestemon recently led a modeling study that projects softwood lumber demand under different economic growth scenarios, represented by real gross domestic product. Real GDP is adjusted […]...

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treehugger -1 month ago

New forest research project works to conserve caribou in western Alberta

Woodland caribou are an iconic but threatened species throughout Canada. They’re natural prey to bears and wolves, who can gain easier access to Caribou habitat through forest roads, pipelines, and other human disturbances....

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INBAR -1 month ago

Celebrating nature-based South-South cooperation

On the UN day for South-South Cooperation, INBAR reflects on its role as a network for sustainable development solutions 12 September 2018 marks a special anniversary in the history of South-South cooperation, a movement which promotes collaboration for sustainable development across the Southern hemisphere. For INBAR, South-South cooperation is more than a ‘day’ – it’s […] The post ...

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timberbiz -1 month ago

Make a design statement with your MacBook

Lift your MacBook to a new level with Yohann’s MacBook and MacBook Pro stands made from timber – striking designs with benefits. Source: Timberbiz The stands are made from either walnut or oak and offer the same minimalist design as Apple does with its MacBooks. While the cost is around US$159 – so they aren’t cheap – they are made from FSC sourced timber turned in northern Italy before ...

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timberbiz -1 month ago

Meeting of the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers

Canadian federal, provincial, and territorial forest ministers concluded the 2018 meeting of the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM) in Halifax, and announced their commitment to renewing the CCFM’s Vision for Canada’s Forests. Source: Timberbiz Renewing this vision will ensure that Canada’s forests and forest sector continue to provide diverse environmental and social va...

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timberbiz -1 month ago

CatchMark Timber makes an offer on Phaunos fund

CatchMark Timber Trust Inc has said it approached Phaunos Timber Fund Ltd with a possible all-stock offer that values the closed-ended investment company at US57 cents a share. Source: Reuters Shareholders in Phaunos, which has forestry investments in New Zealand, Uruguay and Brazil, last year voted for an orderly wind down of the fund that maximised value while making timely returns to share...

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timberbiz -1 month ago

NZ Wood Resene Awards announced next week

NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards is a highly acclaimed, annual awards event showcasing the innovative, structural and aesthetic use of timber by New Zealand architects and engineers. The awards will be announced in Auckland on 20 September. Source: Timberbiz The entrants constantly provide projects of an exceptionally high standard, making the evening a stimulating and valuable event for anyo...

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timberbiz -1 month ago

Responsible Wood at Engineered Wood Products seminar

Glue Laminated Timber (GLT), Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) were in the spotlight as the movers and shakers in the Queensland timber industry converged on the Grand Ballroom at the Victoria Park Golf Complex in downtown Brisbane to discuss the evolving trends in the engineered timber industry. Source: Timberbiz Responsible Wood members Hyne Timber and Wesbeam sho...

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timberbiz -1 month ago

FWPA sponsors students to attend WCTE 2018

For the last eight years, FWPA funding has allowed outstanding students to attend the World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE). This year eight students were awarded a $3500 bursary to attend the WCTE in Seoul, South Korea. Source: Timberbiz The students are all post-graduates who have chosen timber as the main theme of their research. One of the chosen students was Rebecca Cherry, who s...

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timberbiz -1 month ago

Australian & NZ CLT market research

The Australia and New Zealand Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) market is currently at a nascent stage. This market is expected to exhibit strong growth in the next five years with a number of residential and non-residential CLT projects in the pipeline. Source: Timberbiz The Australia and New Zealand Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) Market: Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast...

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timberbiz -1 month ago

Count down to historic awards night for Green Triangle

This year will go down in history as it marks the introduction of the inaugural Green Triangle Timber Industry Awards across Victoria and South Australia. Source: Timberbiz The awards are all about celebrating and rewarding individuals and companies involved in the timber industry for the dedication, hard work and best practices in their various roles and businesses. The event encompasses all sect...

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timberbiz -1 month ago

Pulp production record helps keep pressure on local wood supply

Australia’s total pulp production was a record 1.565 million tonnes in the last financial year, contributing to the local wood supply pressure. A rise of just 1000 tonnes on the prior year, over the last decade, Australia’s pulp production has risen around 2.7% per year, according to IndustryEdge. The constant demand for pulp wood by local producers, as well as for sawn wood and wood panels, i...

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timberbiz -1 month ago

OneFortyOne's two significant initiatives

The new owner of Nelson Forests OneFortyOne (OFO) has marked the settlement of its purchase with the announcement of two significant new initiatives – the establishment of a substantial fund for sedimentation research and a school leaver program that will provide trade apprenticeships at Nelson Forests’ Kaituna Sawmill near Blenheim. Source: Timberbiz Nelson Forests has committed NZ$500,000 t...

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PEFC -1 month ago

Forests as places of peace and joy in PEFC Slovenia's photo contest

What do mystic figures, peace and mushrooms have in common? They can all be found in Slovenian forests, as PEFC Slovenia’s ‘Občuti gozd, izkusi PEFC’ (Feel the forest, experience PEFC) photo contest illustrates impressively. The winning images The winning photo, entitled ‘Gobarjenje’ (Mushroom...-- Delivered by Feed43 service...

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IUFRO -1 month ago

Course: Landscape governance

Forested landscapes worldwide are increasingly integrated in global processes of trade, market development, resource exploitation and climate change. Site-based or community level approaches can no longer cope with these issues which exceed the local sphere of influence. Although landscapes are usually considered to be appropriate levels to negotiate land use options, they are rarely recognised as...

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ScienceDaily -1 month ago

Warming: Peatlands will store more carbon initially, but that will change

Peatlands are extremely effective at storing carbon, but an international study has found climate change could stop that. The group investigated how peatlands - swamps and bogs with organic rich soils - have responded to climate variability between 850 BCE and 1850 CE....

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ICRAF -1 month ago

"We started as a hungry nation" but trees on farms are now key

  Interview with Secretary Chhabilendra Roul of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the powerhouse which coordinates research and education in 98 national institutes, 14 national research centres, including India’s Central Agroforestry Research Institute, and 73 agricultural universities.... The post “We started as a hungry nation” but trees on farms are now k...

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Forest2Market -1 month ago

Western North America Wildfires Continue to Impact Forest Industry

The worst possible bad news has been realized in western North America: wildfires across the region this year are as bad, or worse, than 2017. The wildfire experts have been proven correct over the last couple of years when they warned that epic forest fires would become the “new normal.” Wildfire ecologists in British Columbia (BC) have been warning that the government must invest...

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RRI -1 month ago

New analysis reveals that Indigenous Peoples and local communities manage 300,000 million metric tons of carbon in their trees and soil

Researchers today released a report showing that Indigenous Peoples and local communities worldwide manage massive amounts of carbon in the trees and soil of their... The post New analysis reveals that Indigenous Peoples and local communities manage 300,000 million metric tons of carbon in their trees and soil appeared first on Rights + Resources....

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CIFOR -1 month ago

In Solomon Islands, the gendered effects of corporate logging

The unsustainable industry contributes to one of the world’s highest rates of sexual and domestic violence...

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ICRAF -1 month ago

El bosque es un aliado no un enemigo: ¿pueden las chacras peruanas apoyar la biodiversidad?

Un nuevo proyecto en Perú se ha propuesto superar las barreras que impiden cultivar más árboles en chacras, proteger la biodiversidad y ayudar al país a cumplir con las contribuciones nacionalmente determinadas para reducir las emisiones de gases... The post El bosque es un aliado no un enemigo: ¿pueden las chacras peruanas apoyar la biodiversidad? appeared first on Agrofore...

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PEFC -1 month ago

My forest, my story… photo contest captures Austria's best forest moments

In PEFC Austria’s photo contest “Mein Wald – Meine Geschichte” (My forest – My story), participants shared their favourite forest moments.  “The aim of the photo contest is to highlight the importance of Austrian forests and sustainable forest management. We are very happy about the more...-- Delivered by Feed43 service...

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ICRAF -1 month ago

The forest is an ally not an enemy: can Peruvian farms support biodiversity?

A new project in Peru is setting out to overcome barriers to growing more trees on farms, to protect biodiversity and help the country meet its nationally determined contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions Peru has more than... The post The forest is an ally not an enemy: can Peruvian farms support biodiversity? appeared first on Agroforestry World....

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The Guardian -1 month ago

A new generation of campaigners fights to save the south-west forests | Scott Ludlam

A decade-long campaign to protect old-growth forests was successful. But in the intervening years something has gone terribly wrongSomeone once told me that the best way to collapse a powerful social movement is to tell them they won. In 2001, a 30-year campaign to protect old-growth forests in Western Australia’s south-west escalated into a spectacular confrontation with the state-backed loggin...

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ScienceDaily -1 month ago

Cover the U.S. In 89 percent trees, or go solar

Researchers found that using bio-sequestration to capture carbon produced by US coal-fired plants even after carbon capture and storage would require using 62 percent of the nation's arable land for that process, or 89 percent of all US land with average forest cover. In comparison, offsetting the amount of carbon produced by manufacturing solar panels is 13 times less land, making it a far more v...

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ScienceDaily -1 month ago

Birds retreating from climate change, deforestation in Honduras cloud forests

Cloud forests are not immune to very down-to-earth problems of climate change and deforestation. A 10-year study of bird populations in Cusuco National Park, Honduras, shows that the peak of bird diversity in this mountainous park is moving higher in elevation. Additional land protection, unfortunately, may not be enough to reverse the trend, driven in part by globally rising temperatures....

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FAO -1 month ago

Strong policy support essential for sustainable woodfuel value chains

Woodfuel can be a sustainable source of energy and its value chains can contribute to landscape restoration, better livelihoods, and commitments to fight climate change. But to achieve that, a framework of strong supporting policies that promotes sustainable production and well-governed producer organizations is essential....

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IUFRO -1 month ago

IUFRO News Vol. 47, Double Issue 7/8, early September 2018

Read about the presentation of findings of the latest IUFRO-GFEP assessment on forest and water, and find reports from meetings on reforestation, green cities, Alpine forest genomics, protective forests etc....

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IUFRO -1 month ago

Scientific Summary 149 in IUFRO News Vol. 47, Double Issue 7/8, early September 2018

The conference on "Reforestation Challenges" in Belgrade emphasized: Only high-quality seedlings outplanted at the right place and at the right time will build resilient and sustainable forests....

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What Wood -1 month ago

WhatWood interview with Sales Director for Russia, CIS and Baltic countries of UPM Plywood Oy, Alexander Totsky

Alexander Totsky: “The key to the success of the enterprise on the market is the production of a wide range of demanded types of plywood of consistent high quality”. Russia is a major supplier of birch plywood for export. However, usually most manufacturers for both domestic and foreign markets offer general-purpose products with low added […]...

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IISD -1 month ago

Governments Commence Organizational Work on Global Pact for Environment

The first day of the organizational session held in New York was dedicated to a general discussion, with some governments underscoring the need to avoid substantive topics. The co-chairs aim to reach consensus by the end of the week on the timing, number and duration of the substantive sessions to be held in Nairobi, Kenya. El Salvador called for enabling ways for New York-based missions to engage...

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IISD -1 month ago

AFR100 Pledges Bring Africa Closer to 2030 Landscape Restoration Targets

AFR100 is a pan-African, country-led effort launched in 2015 with the overall goal of bringing 100 million hectares of land across Africa into restoration by 2030. New pledges amounting to more than 11 million hectares were made by Burkina Faso, Tanzania and Togo ahead of Global Landscapes Forum Africa 2018. Discussions also touched on strategies to enhance the application of monitoring tools to t...

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ITTO -1 month ago

Bouquets for ITTO project in new video

In a new 1-minute video, local woman Yolanda E. Rodriguez describes how an ITTO-funded project has built capacity and empowered women in the municipality of Sinibal, San Marcos, Guatemala, to produce flowers and vegetables for sale in local markets, thereby improving their livelihoods and raising awareness of the need for sustainable forest management and reforestation....

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INBAR -1 month ago

PRESIDENT OF MADAGASCAR, HERY RAJAONARIMAMPIANINA VISITED INBAR'S HEADQUARTERS IN BEIJING

The President of Madagascar, Hery Rajaonarimampianina visited INBAR’s Headquarters in Beijing and believes there is immense potential for bamboo and rattan to help his country’s growth. On Wednesday 5 September INBAR welcomed the President of Madagascar, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, to their Headquarters in Beijing. Madagascar joined INBAR in 2004 and is the 28th state member of […] The pos...

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ScienceDaily -1 month ago

Tree species distributions in Amazonia modeled

Researchers have succeeded in producing distribution maps for a selection of important tropical tree species in Peruvian lowland Amazonia. This was achieved by using machine learning methods that combine satellite imagery and field data. The study shows that it is possible to model tree species distributions at a spatial resolution that is fine enough to facilitate the practical management of fore...

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Lastuja -1 month ago

Metsien kestävä käyttö on tulevaisuuden teko

Olemme viimeisen vuoden aikana nähneet vilkkainta metsäkeskustelua pitkään aikaan. Keskustelu vahvistaa, että metsät ovat suomalaisille tärkeitä ja niiden tila nähdään talouskäytön, suojelemisen ja virkistyskäytön arvoisena. Metsiä käyttävä ja puuta jalostava teollisuus kohtaa paljon erilaisia odotuksia. Puuta ei saisi kaataa ollenkaan tai sitä saisi kaataa vain tietyillä me...

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ICRAF -1 month ago

Weather forecasts for all: Improving access to weather information for women and ethnic minorities

by Kathlee Freeman (CCAFS) The post Weather forecasts for all: Improving access to weather information for women and ethnic minorities appeared first on the website of CCAFS. A project in My Loi climate-smart village helps women and ethnic... The post Weather forecasts for all: Improving access to weather information for women and ethnic minorities appeared first on Agroforestry ...

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Forest2Market -1 month ago

North American Softwood Lumber Prices Compared to Historical Highs

The North American softwood lumber market recently “settled down” from the wild swings of the past couple of months. Last week, supply was carefully assessed as field inventories were well-stocked, but demand remained steady and wood kept moving out the door....

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timberbiz -1 month ago

EcoLog Harvester 550 T-PRO

The new Eco Log 550 T-PRO complements the EcoLog range with its size and strength. With its six wheels, the 550 T-Pro can easily travel over the toughest of terrains. Source: Timberbiz The machine’s sturdy mid-section in combination with pendulum arms means that you can easily move the machine with an extended crane without having to retract it. This can lead to valuable time saving and increase...

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timberbiz -1 month ago

New Thai airport with indoor forest and wooden facade

Duangrit Bunnag Architect Limited (DBALP) has unveiled an eye-catching design for a new airport terminal in Bangkok that features intricate wooden detailing and an indoor forest. Sources: Timberbiz, DBALP The new building is reportedly expected to be operational in 2025. Details are still rather thin on the ground at this early stage, but assuming all goes well, the Suvarnabhumi International...

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timberbiz -1 month ago

Vietnam's rising significance as a wood processing hub 

Vietnam’s role as a wood processing hub continued to rise during 2017. Vietnam is increasingly recognised as the primary location in South East Asia for supply of mid-range interior furniture and has become a major competitor to China in this sector. Sources: Timberbiz, FLEGT Vietnam’s imports of wood products are rising to supply the export-oriented furniture manufacturing sector as we...

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timberbiz -1 month ago

NZ productivity report means massive land for forestry

Forest owners say New Zealand’s Productivity Commission’s call for up to 2.8 million hectares of land to be turned into forests as a carbon sink would require implementing the most ambitious land-use change project a New Zealand government has ever set itself. Source: Timberbiz Forest Owners Association President Peter Weir says the scope of afforestation proposed to get New Zealand to...

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timberbiz -1 month ago

New toolbox for building professionals on the benefits of timber

Building professionals and procurement managers attending an engineered timber seminar in Brisbane received a toolbox of factsheets to help explain to clients and stakeholders the benefits of using timber over other construction materials. Source: Timberbiz Timber Queensland Chief Executive Mick Stephens said the 11 fact sheets address environmental, sustainability, construction and maintenance to...

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timberbiz -1 month ago

The Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry winner

The Institute of Foresters of Australia has announced the winner of The Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry for 2018 is Erin Hodgson. Source: Timberbiz Vice-President of the Institute of Foresters of Australia Mr Rob de Fégely said: “His Royal Highness has a well-known passion for forests and natural production systems, a passion he shares with this year’s winner, Erin Hodgson.” ...

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timberbiz -1 month ago

Vic Government may ban native forest logging

The Australian Forest Contractors Association (AFCA) holds grave concerns for the future of Victorian forestry contracting businesses and their employees following suggestions the Victorian Government plans to ban their operations in Victorian native forests over the coming decade. Source: Timberbiz Recently the Herald Sun reported that state cabinet was considering a plan to phase out logging ...

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timberbiz -1 month ago

Draft paper to lock up 79,000 hectares of Victorian state forest

Despite rhetoric on the importance of Victoria’s forestry industries the Victorian Labor Government proposes locking up 79,000 hectares of state forest. Source: Timberbiz Forests around the Pyrenees, Welsford forest and Wombat forest in the Macedon region would be affected with timber workers as well as others such as firewood collectors being shut out of 90% of the state forests in that area. O...

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timberbiz -1 month ago

SA state budget delivers for forestry

The Australian Forest Products Association SA Branch (AFPA SA) has welcomed the forest industries measures announced in the South Australian State Budget. Source: Timberbiz “It’s great to see that the SA Government has heeded the advice of AFPA SA provided during the state election campaign earlier in the year, announcing that it will deliver a Forest Industries Advisory Council (FIAC),” ...

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What Wood -1 month ago

Russian Timber Journal 08-2018: WhatWood interview with Sales Director for Russia, CIS and Baltic countries of UPM Plywood Oy, Alexander Totsky; export quotas on birch veneer logs from Russia starting from January 1, 2019

Alexander Totsky: “The key to the success of the enterprise on the market is the production of a wide range of demanded types of plywood of consistent high quality”. Russia is a major supplier of birch plywood for export. However, usually most manufacturers for both domestic and foreign markets offer general-purpose products with low added […]...

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CIFOR -1 month ago

Why the drone buzz is getting louder

Our leading drone ecologist shares how this technology is changing forest and land management research...

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RELADEFA -1 month ago

LEGISLACIÓN FORESTAL PERUANA 2 - Che Piu

¿MUCHA NORMA JURÍDICA, POCA LEY Y DERECHO? EL DILEMA DEL SECTOR FORESTAL PERUANO (SEGUNDA PARTE)Hugo Che Piu DezaVicepresidente de DARMiembro de la RELADEFAhchepiu@gmail.comContinuando con el análisis que iniciamos en nuestro artículo anterior sobre la cantidad, la aplicabilidad y los impactos de la legislación forestal peruana, con el objetivo de mejorar nuestra comprensión s...

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IISD -1 month ago

Event: African Forest Policies and Politics (AFORPOLIS 1)

Organized in cooperation with the University of Göttingen, Germany, and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), with support from the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and partners, the African Forest Policies and Politics (AFORPOLIS) conference series will seek to advance cutting-edge knowledge on the emergence and evolution of African forest governanc...

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IISD -1 month ago

Event: Forest-smart Mining to Advance the New York Declaration on Forests and SDGs

This side event at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) will seek to raise awareness about the relationship between mining and deforestation, present new research findings on forest-smart mining and provide an overview of the New York Declaration on Forests and its Global Platform. It will highlight examples of forest-smart policies, practices and partnerships, aiming to build a...

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Forestry Horizons -1 month ago

Maintaining ecosystem properties after loss of ash in Great Britain

The latest research paper arising from work supported under our Oxford-Sylva Graduate Scholarship has been published....

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ScienceDaily -1 month ago

Coastal strip in Brazil sheds new light on early farming

Humans may have been cultivating plants on a narrow coastal strip in Brazil as far back as 4,800 years ago, according to a new study....

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ICRAF -1 month ago

Beyond selfies: African youth vow to restore the continent's landscapes

Exuding awesomeness but also vulnerability, youth are primed to spark restoration of Africa’s degrading landscapes On 27-28 August, over 60 youth from a dozen African countries gathered at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). Aged 18-35, they ranged from... The post Beyond selfies: African youth vow to restore the continent’s landscapes appeared first on Agroforestry World....

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PEFC -1 month ago

Artte Telai: PEFC-certified table tennis rackets made in Italy

What do a Stradivarius violin and a PEFC-certified table-tennis racket have in common? Both are made of resonating wood, which gives the player an incomparable feeling.  The story of the racket begins in the PEFC-certified forest of Paneveggio in Trentino, Italy. Famous for wood with...-- Delivered by Feed43 service...

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REDD-Monitor -1 month ago

Are Indonesia's peatland fires worse than burning coal?

Harold Tjiptadjaja is Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Indonesia Infrastructure Finance, an institution created by the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and Indonesia’s Ministry of Finance. IIF funds oil and gas projects, airports, toll roads, seaports, and power generation, among other things. This week Eco-Business reported Tjiptadjaja as saying that “Deforestation...

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Forest2Market -1 month ago

Will the Independent Sawmill Industry in Finland Survive?

A recent article by Kai Merivuori, Managing Director of the Finnish Sawmills Association (Sahateollisuus Oy), outlines a number of serious issues that independent sawmills are currently facing in Finland—existential issues that have caused some mills to stop buying logs. Given the strong global demand for sawn softwood, this situation has resulted in Finnish sawmills being disadvanta...

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NYT -1 month ago

Using Wildfires as an Excuse to Plunder Forests

Logging won’t end the blazes that are sweeping the West....

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Forestry Horizons -1 month ago

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EU -1 month ago

Comercio UE-EE. UU.: La Comisión Europea recomienda resolver la prolongada diferencia en la OMC

Comisión Europea - Comunicado de prensa Comercio UE-EE. UUComercio UE-EE. UU Bruselas, 3 de septiembre de 2018 La Comisión recomienda al Consejo abrir negociaciones con los Estados Unidos de América para resolver una prolongada diferencia en la Organización Mundial del Comercio (OMC) sobre la exportación de carne de vacuno de los Estados......

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SMY -1 month ago

CERES develops high-value products from forest biomass – forest sector's share of GNP would double and climate would benefit, too

Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland are studying forest biomass to develop novel products which could double […]...

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SMY -1 month ago

Forest Academy for EU Decision Makers builds dialogue on forests between EU institutions

Finland and Sweden have started a joint initiative consisting of two consecutive events for EU decision makers: the first one […]...

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ScienceDaily -1 month ago

California: Global warming, El Niño could cause wetter winters, drier conditions in other months

New research indicates that what future precipitation California gets will be pretty much limited to the winter months -- think deluge-type rainfall rather than snow -- and non-winter months will be even dryer than usual, with little or no rain at all....

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IISD -1 month ago

GLF Africa 2018 Calls for Increased Global Ambition on Ecosystem Restoration

GLF Africa 2018 took place from 29-30 August, 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. A “Voices of the Landscape” session explored diverse community restoration efforts. The ‘Atlas of Forest and Landscape Restoration Opportunities’ identifies the potential to restore more than two billion hectares worldwide, at an annual cost of US$350 billion....

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IISD -1 month ago

Global Partnership Report Discusses Opportunities for Ecosystem Restoration

Focusing on positive messages from ongoing restoration projects, the report presents diverse cases studies, and discusses regional initiatives. The report highlights three key messages on the need for: “leadership, visibility and reach” through enhanced efforts at all levels; supporting countries to realize their restoration commitments through stronger guidance and tools; deepening commitment...

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The Guardian -1 month ago

Country diary: burden of the hawthorn is easily overlooked

Claxton, Norfolk: Pigeons, whitethroats, sedge warblers – the bushes are a hub of intense activity in this otherwise becalmed landscapeThe hawthorn stands on the edge of the marsh by the Yare as a five-metre-tall dome of foliage and fruit. Its green is bulked further at the rear by a big elder and although both bushes sag now with dense crops, it is easy to overlook their burden. Continue readin...

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CIFOR -1 month ago

CIFOR scientist Daniel Murdiyarso honored with Sarwono Award

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) Principal Scientist Daniel Murdiyarso has been awarded the prestigious LIPI Sarwono Award from the... The post CIFOR scientist Daniel Murdiyarso honored with Sarwono Award appeared first on Center for International Forestry Research....

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IISD -1 month ago

California Climate Assessment Provides Tools to Support Responses to Climate Impacts

The Fourth Assessment’s research scales down models to fill information gaps and support decisions at the local, regional and state levels. The assessment funded the development and enhancement of several tools and resources to support climate action. The assessment comes ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit, which will provide the opportunity for representatives from subnational government...

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ITTO -1 month ago

The trout and the volcano: local man speaks on fish-farming venture

The introduction of small-scale commercial trout farming has helped communities living near the Tacana volcano in Guatemala and Mexico improve their livelihoods and forest management. In a new 1-minute video, local man No? Escalante describes how an ITTO-funded project has boosted incomes through aquaculture and forest conservation....

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IISD -1 month ago

Report Assesses Progress on Water-related Ecosystems

The publication finds that severe water scarcity affects more than 200 river basins annually, with direct impacts on 2.67 billion people. The loss in natural wetlands is estimated at 42% in Africa, 32% in Asia, 35% in Europe, 59% in Latin America and the Caribbean, 17% in North America, and 12% in Oceania. Progress on monitoring and reporting indicator 6.6.1 (tracking changes in the extent of wate...

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IISD -1 month ago

Liberia Launches Climate Change Policy and Response Strategy

The policy and response strategy seek to enable better coordination of climate change work in Liberia, provide cooperation and collaboration opportunities between the government and stakeholders, and enhance ongoing efforts related to Liberia’s NAP and NDC. The policy was developed with support from UNECA through a project funded by the GCF....

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IISD -1 month ago

Nepal Highlights Lessons Learned, SDG Linkages in Adaptation

The report describes the institutional and policy context, and covers development planning, climate policy and climate finance. The paper primarily focuses on near-term priorities, but underscores that “Nepal’s longer-term development vision is guided by the SDGs”. Nepal's NAP process covers seven thematic areas, each of which will be tied to specific “adaptation pathways” that can be ma...

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EU -1 month ago

Handeln mellan EU och USA: EU-kommissionen rekommenderar att den långvariga WTO-tvisten ska lösas

Europeiska kommissionen - Pressmeddelande Bryssel den 3 september 2018 Kommissionen rekommenderar rådet att inleda förhandlingar med USA för att lösa en långvarig WTO-tvist om USA:s export av nötkött. Kommissionen beslutade i dag att be rådet om ett mandat att inleda förhandlingar med USA om en översyn av kvoten för EU:s......

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EU -1 month ago

Handel zwischen der EU und den USA: Die Europäische Kommission setzt sich für die Beilegung eines langjährigen WTO-Streits ein

Europäische Kommission - Pressemitteilung Brüssel, 3. September 2018 Die Kommission empfiehlt dem Rat, Verhandlungen mit den Vereinigten Staaten aufzunehmen, um einen langjährigen WTO-Streit über die Ausfuhr von US-Rindfleisch beizulegen Die Kommission hat heute (Montag) beschlossen, den Rat um ein Mandat zu ersuchen, um mit den Vereinigten Staaten die Funktionsweise von......

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EU -1 month ago

Comércio UE-EUA: Comissão Europeia recomenda a resolução de um litígio de longa data no âmbito da OMC

Comissão Europeia - Comunicado de imprensa Bruxelas, 3 de setembro de 2018 A Comissão recomenda ao Conselho a abertura de negociações com os Estados Unidos com vista à resolução de um litígio de longa data no âmbito da OMC relativo às exportações de carne de bovino dos EUA....

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CIFOR -1 month ago

Indigenous lands crucial for conservation

New maps show indigenous peoples are custodians of 40% of Earth’s protected and ecologically intact landscapes...

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INBAR -1 month ago

PRESS RELEASE: NEW CHINA-AFRICA CENTRE IN ADDIS ABABA PROMOTES BAMBOO FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

PRESS RELEASE: NEW EFFORTS BY CHINA TO PROMOTE BAMBOO FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Chinese government has committed to implementing a number of eco-environmental projects across Africa, including the construction of a China-Africa Bamboo Center, according to officials at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. Beijing, China, 3 September 2018 (INBAR) – […...

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The Guardian -1 month ago

Weatherwatch: Charles Keeling's CO2 curve shows drastic rise in 60 years

Scientist’s measurements begun 60 years ago show relentless rise of CO2 in the atmosphereA remarkable run of observations began 60 years ago at a weather station high on a volcano in Hawaii. Charles Keeling began monitoring carbon dioxide in the clean air at 3,400 metres (11,150ft) on Mauna Loa, far away from vegetation and urban pollution. His first measurements in 1958 showed 315 parts per mil...

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The Guardian -1 month ago

Peruvian villagers face murder and intimidation from land traffickers

Invaders continue to seize land within the Chaparrí ecological reserve, one of Peru’s most biodiverse forestsShortly after sunset, along an isolated stretch of highway leading out of a dusty hamlet in northern Peru, a band of five weary farmers clad in reflective neon vests and armed with traditional whips made of bull penises set out on a solemn march.The Ronderos – self-governing peasant pa...

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IUCN -1 month ago

The elephant left the room quite some time ago; let's follow

Population was once a taboo subject. With the global population set to rise to over 9.7 billion by 2050, population growth and the resulting pressure on the environment is now recognised as a key conservation issue. Removing barriers to family planning must be an integral part of conservation policy, writes David Johnson, Chief Executive, Margaret Pyke Trust, with the Population & Sustain...

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ICRAF -1 month ago

Indonesia looking to protect biodiversity through trees on farms

Representatives from government and non-governmental organizations are working together to ensure that growing more trees on agricultural land will increase protection of biodiversity as well as farmers’ livelihoods   In the province of West Kalimantan in Indonesia, an... The post Indonesia looking to protect biodiversity through trees on farms appeared first on Agroforest...

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CIFOR -1 month ago

Publication: Communities restoring landscapes: Stories of resilience and success

The post Publication: Communities restoring landscapes: Stories of resilience and success appeared first on Center for International Forestry Research....

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PEFC -1 month ago

Photo contest winners depict movement and relaxation in Finland's forests

Recreation and leisure time were the focus of PEFC Finland’s photo contest ‘Vastuullisesti metsästä’ (Responsibly from the forests). The winning images, chosen out of 1200 photos that entered into the contest, highlight the recreational opportunities that forests...-- Delivered by Feed43 service...

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INBAR -1 month ago

A NEW INBAR REGIONAL OFFICE FOR CENTRAL AFRICA

A new INBAR Regional Office will strengthen bamboo and rattan development in Central Africa. Sunday 2 September, Beijing – On 2 September, INBAR and Cameroon formally agreed to establish a new INBAR Regional Office in Central Africa, in a signing ceremony held at the Embassy of Cameroon in Beijing, China. Cameroon has been a member […] The post A NEW INBAR REGIONAL OFFICE FOR CENTRAL A...

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EU -1 month ago

Skolstart: barn får mjölk, frukt och grönsaker tack vare EU-program

Europeiska kommissionen - Pressmeddelande Bryssel den 3 september 2018 EU:s skolprogram för frukt, grönsaker och mjölk återupptas nu när skolorna börjar runtom i Europa. Syftet är att lära barn att äta hälsosamt. Genom EU-programmet delar man ut frukt, grönsaker och mjölkprodukter, och det ingår också särskilda utbildningsprogram för att lära......

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EU -1 month ago

Die Schule hat begonnen: Dank eines EU-Programms erhalten Schülerinnen und Schüler in der Schule Milch, Obst und Gemüse

Europäische Kommission - Pressemitteilung Brüssel, 3. September 2018 Mit Beginn des neuen Schuljahres wird das Schulobst-, ‑gemüse- und -milchprogramm der EU in den teilnehmenden EU-Mitgliedstaaten weitergeführt. Das EU-Schulprogramm zur Förderung eines gesunden Essverhaltens bei Kindern beinhaltet die Verteilung von Obst, Gemüse und Milcherzeugnissen sowie spezielle Bildungsprogramme, um ...

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EU -1 month ago

Vuelta al cole: los escolares recibirán leche, frutas y hortalizas en la escuela gracias a un programa de la UE

Comisión Europea - Comunicado de prensa Bruselas, 3 de septiembre de 2018 El programa de la UE de consumo de frutas, hortalizas y leche en los centros escolares se reanuda con el inicio del curso escolar en los países de la UE que participan en él....

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EU -1 month ago

Regresso às aulas: Leite, fruta e legumes nas escolas graças a programa da UE

Comissão Europeia - Comunicado de imprensa Bruxelas, 3 de setembro de 2018 Com o início do ano letivo recomeça a distribuição de fruta, legumes e leite nas escolas dos países que participam no programa da UE. Este programa, que visa encorajar hábitos alimentares saudáveis junto das crianças, inclui a distribuição......

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EU -2 months ago

Sequía en Europa: la Comisión presenta medidas adicionales para apoyar a los agricultores

Comisión Europea - Comunicado de prensa Bruselas, 30 de agosto de 2018 Dadas las dificultades a las que se enfrentan los agricultores europeos afectados por la sequía de este verano, la Comisión Europea sigue actuando para prestar apoyo práctico al sector....

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EU -2 months ago

Seca na Europa: Comissão apresenta medidas adicionais de apoio aos agricultores

Comissão Europeia - Comunicado de imprensa Bruxelas, 30 de agosto de 2018 Dadas as dificuldades com que se defrontam os agricultores europeus afetados pela seca este verão, a Comissão Europeia continua a tomar medidas para prestar apoio prático ao setor....

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CIFOR -2 months ago

GLF Nairobi backs taking U.N. decade of ecosystem restoration concept to General Assembly

The post GLF Nairobi backs taking U.N. decade of ecosystem restoration concept to General Assembly appeared first on Center for International Forestry Research....

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The Guardian -2 months ago

Sheffield tree activists held on false grounds, police watchdog says

IOPC upholds complaint by six people arrested under obscure clause of Trade Union ActSix activists detained by police while protesting against tree felling in Sheffield were arrested on false grounds, the police watchdog has found.The four men and two women were arrested between November 2016 and February 2017 “for the prevention of harm and injury” under an obscure clause of the Trade Union a...

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Forest2Market -2 months ago

Southern Yellow Pine Lumber Prices Rebound in July

As housing starts continued to slow in July, southern yellow pine (SYP) lumber prices followed suit before momentarily reversing course to stop a steady four-week slide. Forest2Market’s composite southern yellow pine lumber price for the week ending August 17 (Week 34) was $446/MBF, a 5 percent increase from the previous week’s price of $423/MBF. Year-over-year, week 34’s price r...

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CIFOR -2 months ago

Restoring degraded land highlights opportunities for sustainable development in Africa

Almost 1,000 participants joined the Global Landscape Forum’s GLF Nairobi 2018 at United Nations Office in Nairobi to hear speakers from across Africa discuss their experiences and successes restoring forests, farms and coastlines. The post Restoring degraded land highlights opportunities for sustainable development in Africa appeared first on Center for International Forestry Research....

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EU -2 months ago

Torkan i Europa: EU-kommissionen ger jordbrukarna mer stöd

Europeiska kommissionen - Pressmeddelande Bryssel den 30 augusti 2018 EU-kommissionen fortsätter att ge praktiskt stöd till de jordbrukare som drabbades av svårigheter i samband med torkan i sommar. Jordbrukarna ska få större flexibilitet så att de har tillräckligt med foder till sina djur....

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ITTO -2 months ago

In shadow of volcano, local man speaks on benefits of ecotourism

New approaches to ecotourism and sustainable forest management have improved livelihoods for people living near the Tacana volcano in the Mesoamerican Biodiversity Corridor. In a new 1-minute video, community member Anibal Abundio Berduo speaks about an ITTO-funded project that has helped people increase incomes, upgrade forest trails, lookouts and signage, and conserve their forests....

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EFETAC -2 months ago

Fish Hosts for Freshwater Mussels

For a few brief weeks of a mussel’s life, it is a true parasite, taking from its host and giving nothing in return. “Some mussels live more than forty years,” says USDA Forest Service scientist Wendell Haag. Only the larvae, or glochidia, are parasitic. “The interesting thing about this host relationship is that different mussel […]...

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EU -2 months ago

Dürre in Europa: Kommission stellt zusätzliche Maßnahmen zur Unterstützung von Landwirten vor

Europäische Kommission - Pressemitteilung Brüssel, 30. August 2018 Angesichts der Schwierigkeiten, mit denen sich die Landwirte in Europa aufgrund der sommerlichen Dürre konfrontiert sehen, ergreift die Europäische Kommission weitere konkrete Maßnahmen zur Unterstützung des Sektors und gewährt insbesondere noch mehr Flexibilität beim Tierfutteranbau....

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IUFRO -2 months ago

International Knowledge-Sharing Workshop "Best Practices for Implementing FLR in South Asia"

Chilaw, Sri Lanka, 15-17 August 2018 As follow-up to the 2017 consultations in India, the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, Sri Lanka, in cooperation with the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) organised a knowledge-sharing workshop on best practices in implementing forest landscape restoration (FLR) in South Asian countries. Around 60 experts contributed ...

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Forest Monitor -2 months ago

Must-Attend Event: Symposium on Systems Analysis in Forest Resources 2019

I would like to strongly recommend the 18th Symposium on Systems Analysis in Forest Resources (SSAFR) that will be held in Puerto Varas, Chile on March 3-7, 2019. I attended the SSAFR in 2015 in Uppsala (Sweden) andContinue reading The post Must-Attend Event: Symposium on Systems Analysis in Forest Resources 2019 appeared first on Forest Monitor....

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ScienceDaily -2 months ago

An ocean apart, carnivorous pitcher plants create similar communities

Asian pitchers transplanted to Massachusetts bogs can mimic the living communities of natives so well that the pitcher plant mosquito -- a specialized insect that evolved to complete its life cycle exclusively in North American pitchers -- lays eggs in the impostors, new research shows....

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ScienceDaily -2 months ago

How the forest copes with the summer heat

Between April and August this year, Switzerland and central Europe have experienced the driest summer season since 1864. Especially the forest seems to suffer from this dry spell. A current study indicates now that native forest trees can cope much better with the drought than previously expected. It is, however, too early to give the all-clear as a consistently warmer and dryer climate might stil...

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CIFOR -2 months ago

CIFOR Director General talks about why the world needs restoration

The post CIFOR Director General talks about why the world needs restoration appeared first on Center for International Forestry Research....

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RRI -2 months ago

Protected: New Studies: Respecting the land rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities is a vital climate solution

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. The post Protected: New Studies: Respecting the land rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities is a vital climate solution appeared first on Rights + Resources....

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EFETAC -2 months ago

Tribal Wetlands Training

In June, seven representatives of five Tribal Nations joined USDA Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers experts for the Tribal Wetlands Training workshop, hosted by the United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. Where does a wetland begin or end? Delineating the boundaries of a wetland is difficult. “Our goal was to help participants – […]...

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NYT -2 months ago

How California Can Save the Amazon

The state should help preserve rain forests through its cap and trade system for reducing greenhouse gas emissions....

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ICRAF -2 months ago

Options for trees on farms in Kalimantan, Indonesia

  Researchers are exploring existing systems that mix trees with rice, oil palm and other species on both mineral and peat soils so as to understand how farmers can increase biodiversity Growing more trees on agricultural land can... The post Options for trees on farms in Kalimantan, Indonesia appeared first on Agroforestry World....

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IISD -2 months ago

Guest Article: Progress on National Forest Monitoring Systems for REDD+: A Win-win for Forests and Climate Action

Thirty-four countries have submitted 38 Forest Reference Emission Levels/Forest Reference Levels to the UNFCCC for technical assessment representing 1.4 billion hectares of forest, 36% of global forest area, and 66% of global forest loss, as per figures reported in the FAO 2015 Global Forest Resources Assessment. In addition to this, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Malaysia have reported REDD+ resu...

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OUFC -2 months ago

Beat the heat – Enhancing our urban forest may be one step toward making our cities more resilient to climate change

It has been a hot summer here in Ontario, and around the globe. While extreme heat is not often the attention garnering event that large storms and other natural disasters are, it can be even more deadly. This summer’s heatwave in Quebec has been attributed for the loss of dozens of lives and the Chicago […]...

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CIFOR -2 months ago

Publication: What drives policy change for REDD?

The post Publication: What drives policy change for REDD? appeared first on Center for International Forestry Research....

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IISD -2 months ago

CSOs Share Expertise for Advancing Finland's SDG Progress

Finland was one of the first countries to develop a national implementation plan and define national indicators required to monitor progress on sustainable development. The report recommends looking at decisions that are detrimental to sustainable development, such as tax support for fossil fuels. The CSOs note that the budget proposal for 2019 will be estimated mainly from the climate change pers...

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ScienceDaily -2 months ago

In warming Arctic, major rivers show surprising changes in carbon chemistry

New research suggests that the same factors driving the Arctic's changing climate are fueling a geological response that could play a small part in counteracting those changes' malign effects....

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RECOFTC -2 months ago

The Soft Voices of Community Forestry

This article is a guest blog by Thuan Sarzynski, a member of the International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA). Thuan also conducted interviews with participants at the event. To read these interviews, please visit his Medium site! RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forest was created in 1987 with the will to “improve the policies, institutions and […]...

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The Guardian -2 months ago

Celtic rainforest in Wales to be restored with help from EU

Almost £9m to be spent to protect wet and temperate forests from invasive speciesA project to restore an endangered section of the British countryside – the Celtic rainforest in rural Wales – has been launched with funding from the Welsh government and the EU.Almost £9m is to be spent trying to protect and improve the wet and temperate forests typically dominated by sessile oak, downy birch,...

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IUFRO -2 months ago

Restoring Forests and Landscapes: The Key to a Sustainable Future

New publication providing facts, figures and key messages to encourage more investments in forest and landscape restoration, leading to more restoration action....

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CIFOR -2 months ago

Forest landscape restoration assessments: What do they say about tenure?

Inconsistency undermines restoration...

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ScienceDaily -2 months ago

For carbon storage, biodiversity can help -- or hurt

Biodiversity plays a significant role in forest carbon storage, but surprisingly less than previously thought, new research suggests....

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CIFOR -2 months ago

Steady as Murdiyarso goes

CIFOR Principal Scientist Daniel Murdiyarso wins the 2018 LIPI Sarwono Award for being Indonesia’s unshakable bridge between science and policy...

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CIFOR -2 months ago

Watch Live: REDD+, restoration and adaptation at GLF Nairobi

The post Watch Live: REDD+, restoration and adaptation at GLF Nairobi appeared first on Center for International Forestry Research....

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ICRAF -2 months ago

We need a revolution in land management, says ICRAF's Tony Simons

This blog was first published on the website of Landscape News NAIROBI (Landscape News) — Tony Simons is director general of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), which is based in Nairobi. At this year’s Global Landscapes Forum in... The post We need a revolution in land management, says ICRAF’s Tony Simons appeared first on Agroforestry World....

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Theforestblog -2 months ago

Wildfire – 2018 Edition

Wildfire – 2018 Edition The 2018 Wildfire season has been one for the ages.  It seems as though wildfires are burning nearly everywhere in the west.  Should we be surprised? After nearly 30 years of nearly no management on our National Forests in the United States, while simultaneously suppressing fires, we now have a powderkeg on … Continue reading "Wildfire – 2018 Edition" T...

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CIFOR -2 months ago

Watch: Gender and land rights in the context of restoration livestream

The post Watch: Gender and land rights in the context of restoration livestream appeared first on Center for International Forestry Research....

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The Guardian -2 months ago

Uprooted: old tree transplants for China's new cities – in pictures

China is reconstructing nature alongside rapid urbanisation. Yan Wang Preston photographed the uprooted trees that have been moved to new cities Continue reading......

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PEFC -2 months ago

Discover the finalists for the Best Use of Certified Timber Prize II

This week, we highlight two more projects shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival’s Best Use of Certified Timber Prize: A music theatre and recital hall in London, where wood ensures an incomparable acoustic, and a highly sustainable office block in Sydney. Royal academy of Music...-- Delivered by Feed43 service...

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What Wood -2 months ago

Russian Forest Industry Review 2017-2018

In 2017, the Russian economy came out from a two-year recession. In 2016, the country’s GDP fell by 0.2%, and in 2015, it fell by 2.5% after slowing the growth to 0.7% in 2014. However, this is below the original expectations: initially, the Ministry of Economic Development forecast that the country’s economy will grow by […]...

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World Bank -2 months ago

Enhancing Effectiveness of Forest Landscape Programs through Gender-Responsive Actions

This brief is part of a series of briefs on lessons for gender-responsive landscape restoration, shared at the Global Landscapes Forum meeting held in Nairobi in August, 2018.   Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) aims to achieve ecological integrity and enhance human well-being in deforested or degraded landscapes. Evidence shows that addressing gender equality and women’s rights is critical f...

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Lastuja -2 months ago

Metsäteollisuuden logistiikan kehittäminen on ympäristöteko

Metsäteollisuudella on Suomessa yli 150 tuotantolaitosta. Suomen teillä kulkee päivittäin tuhansia raakapuuta ja metsäteollisuuden tuotteita kuljettavia rekkoja. Toimialan investoinnit eri puolilla Suomea lisäävät kuljetusmääriä ja etenkin tiekuljetuksia, koska puun alkukuljetus metsästä edellyttää käytännössä aina kumipyöriä. Suomen teillä on liki viiden vuoden ajan saanut...

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SMY -2 months ago

Setting challenging targets for forest carbon sinks in western Europe would move the reductions in loggings elsewhere – European forest industry would have to re-think its future

If the increase of forest loggings in western Europe was to be limited in order to reach more ambitious target […]...

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World Bank -2 months ago

Global Landscapes Forum - Nairobi 2018

Aug 29 2018 - 9:00am to Aug 30 2018 - 9:00pmWith an estimated 2.8 million hectares of forests lost each year, deforestation and land degradation remain significant challenges in Africa. Bringing together diverse public and private sector voices, alongside Indigenous Peoples, scientists and youth, the 2018 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Africa Conference will foster political and community support t...

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World Bank -2 months ago

PROFOR at the Global Landscapes Forum - Nairobi 2018

Aug 29 2018 - 9:00am to Aug 30 2018 - 9:00pmWith an estimated 2.8 million hectares of forests lost each year, deforestation and land degradation remain significant challenges in Africa. Bringing together diverse public and private sector voices, alongside Indigenous Peoples, scientists and youth, the 2018 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Africa Conference will foster political and community support t...

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CIFOR -2 months ago

How to save Indonesia's last seasonal forests

Logging is back in the long untouched Tanimbar archipelago, threatening the last national forests of their kind...

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REDD-Monitor -2 months ago

Governor Brown: If you care about climate change, stop drilling for oil. REDD is a dangerous distraction

In the last few weeks, California’s governor Jerry Brown has received two letters about climate change. One recommends that he should take meaningful action on climate change. The other recommends that he should provide a loophole to allow the oil industry to continue polluting. Letter 1: Stop drilling for oil Two Democratic members of Congress, […]...

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NYT -2 months ago

When Extreme Fires Become Routine: The Canada Letter

“What we’re seeing now is something that we haven’t seen in the last 100 years,” says the author of a book on the growing intensity of wildfire seasons....

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RECOFTC -2 months ago

People + Good Governance = Better Forests!

By Thuy Dang, Etienne Delattre and Sophie Lewis Once again it has become clear that for any positive change to occur regarding healthy forests, regular and genuine dialogue is needed amongst stakeholders. This became even clearer while reflecting on the People and Forests Forum that took place last week. Genuine dialogue, however, is a complicated […]...

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PEFC -2 months ago

Darkness, light and magic win PEFC Italy's photo contest

Sunrays, wild animals and an enchanted forest star in PEFC Italy’s winning images, chosen out of more than 900 photos entered into the national contest. Mattia Sarini won first prize for his image ‘La prima lama di luce che taglia il buio della notte’ (The first blade of light...-- Delivered by Feed43 service...

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Paper Advance -2 months ago

UBC researchers unlock secrets of plant development

University of British Columbia researchers have discovered an internal messaging system that plants use to manage the growth and division of their cells. These growth-management processes are critical for all organisms, because without them, cells can proliferate out of control—as they do in cancers and bacterial infections....

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ScienceDaily -2 months ago

Tree species richness in Amazonian wetlands is three times greater than expected

Compilation of data from forest inventories and botanical collections generates a list of 3,615 tree species in wetland areas of the Amazon Basin....

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ScienceDaily -2 months ago

Carbon emissions in African savannas triple previous estimates

Widespread tree felling in African savannas is producing at least three times as many carbon emissions as was previously thought, research suggests....

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Tree Aid -2 months ago

Co-operatives in Ghana are changing lives

Talata lives with her two children in Nakolo, Ghana. To make ends meet, 25 year old Talata used to collect wood and shea nuts to sell in the rainy season. It would take Talata over 4 days to process the shea nuts before taking them to market. Talata is now working for a TREE AID The post Co-operatives in Ghana are changing lives appeared first on TREE AID....

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Tree Aid -2 months ago

Meet Moussa from Mali

Meet Moussa Tarre, who lives in Douga village in the commune of Sakoiba, Mali. He is 49, has 10 children and is a smallholder farmer. Moussa took part in the TREE AID’s Assisted Natural Regeneration (a method used to enhance and encourage tree growth from degraded land and shrub vegetation by protecting seedlings) and reforestation The post Meet Moussa from Mali appeared first on TREE AID....

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Tree Aid -2 months ago

Growing Baobab and Moringa trees in Burkina Faso

Samine lives in Nanmentenga village and is one of a group of 30 women learning how to grow nutrition gardens in Burkina Faso. Here, she tells us about her life and how the project has changed her life for the better. All the women in my group are concerned about food security and about how The post Growing Baobab and Moringa trees in Burkina Faso appeared first on TREE AID....

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Tree Aid -2 months ago

Natural regeneration of Ethiopia's oldest forest

Wof Washa forest is Ethiopia’s oldest state forest. It is ancient, and one of the few remaining natural forests in Ethiopia. Wof Washa has 193 species of plants and many wild animal species, including leopards. Over 50% of Ethiopia’s highland birds assemble here. 57,000 people are dependent on the forest resources for their livelihoods. In The post Natural regeneration of Ethiopia’s olde...

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Climate Home -2 months ago

Kerala shows how floods are changing

Across the world, cities and communities are underprepared for the new flooding regime that climate change is ushering in The post Kerala shows how floods are changing appeared first on Climate Home News....

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World Bank -2 months ago

Private Forestry in Serbia and Its Role in the National Forest Strategy Process

The study in this publication was developed as a national status quo analysis to the CEPF coordinated and World Bank PROFOR Programme financed project addressing the South East European (SEE) sub-region’s forest policy development concerning private forests. The project addressed this issue in all three target countries within the policy frame of the respective national forest programme or strat...

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World Bank -2 months ago

Private Forestry in Macedonia and Its Role in the National Forest Strategy Process

The study in this publication was developed as a national status quo analysis to the CEPF coordinated and World Bank PROFOR Programme financed project addressing the South East European (SEE) sub-region’s forest policy development concerning private forests. The project addressed this issue in all three target countries within the policy frame of the respective national forest programme or strat...

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World Bank -2 months ago

Analyses of Communal and Private Forestry in Albania and Their Role in the National Forest Strategy Process

The study in this publication was developed as a national status quo analysis to the CEPF coordinated and World Bank PROFOR Programme financed project addressing the South East European (SEE) sub-region’s forest policy development concerning private forests. The project addressed this issue in all three target countries within the policy frame of the respective national forest programme or strat...

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ScienceDaily -2 months ago

Why are tropical forests so diverse? New study examines role of 'natural enemies'

A new study affirms a long-held hypothesis that the presence of specialized 'natural enemies' promotes tropical biodiversity. Except when it doesn't....

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ITTO -2 months ago

Software for sustainable management plans in the Amazon

Improvements are needed in forest planning in the Amazon to select trees for harvesting based on clear criteria, provide more control, and enable companies to obtain timely approvals for their operations. The Brazilian agricultural research agency EMBRAPA, under an ITTO project, has developed BomManejo, a software tool to assist forest managers in preparing sustainable forest management plans....

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IISD -2 months ago

ECLAC Executive Secretary Highlights Crossing of Four Ecological Boundaries

Barcena said atmospheric concentrations of CO2 have already reached 400 parts per million (ppm) and 84% of species in Africa are extinct. In addition, the established amounts for worldwide use of phosphorus and nitrogen per year exceeded; and only 62% of original forests remain. Bárcena warned that the current development model is “tapped out” and stressed the worrisome level of global inequa...

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ScienceDaily -2 months ago

Bird feared extinct rediscovered in the Bahamas

One of the rarest birds in the western hemisphere, the Bahama Nuthatch, has been rediscovered by research teams searching the island of Grand Bahama. The finding is particularly significant because the species had been feared extinct following the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Matthew in 2016, and had not been found in subsequent searches. But it is feared that there could only be two le...

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ScienceDaily -2 months ago

Kelp forests function differently in warming ocean

Kelp forests will experience a marked change in ecosystem functioning in response to continued ocean warming and the increase of warm-water kelp species, according to a new study....

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Forestry Horizons -2 months ago

Annual Review for 2017-18

We are pleased to announce the publication of our Annual Review for 2017-18....

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Forest2Market -2 months ago

Have We Hit Peak Housing? US Housing Starts Disappoint in July

After falling to a nine-month low in June, US housing starts rebounded slightly and less than expected in July, suggesting the housing market will likely remain flat for the remainder of the year. Despite solid jobs numbers and wage growth, housing activity appears to have has stalled due to rising mortgage rates and an increasingly tight supply of homes that has driven prices ever hig...

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ScienceDaily -2 months ago

Reasons for massive fires in south-central Chile

Scientists have found that non-native pine and eucalypt forests planted to supply pulp and timber mills in central Chile are contributing to the massive fires....

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Tree Aid -2 months ago

Building a Great Green Wall

TREE AID’s CEO, John Moffett, recently attended the Civil Society forum for the Great Green Wall Sahara and Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) with our Director of West Africa Operations, Georges Bazongo, presenting on our programme in West Africa, and our contribution to the Great Green Wall. Here, John blogs about the initiative and overcoming the challenges to The post Building a Great Green Wall...

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SNS -2 months ago

Climate change: Forest sector needs action now

The past summer was very hot and dry in most of the Nordic och Baltic countries, and therefore the effects of climate change have been highlighted. The heat contributed to increased awareness and discussions about a reality we might be facing sooner than expected. Earlier Perspective texts here   High… Read more...

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PEFC -2 months ago

Innovation at the heart of 2018 PEFC Collaboration Fund winners!

We are delighted to announce the winning projects of the 2018 PEFC Collaboration Fund, each one ready to pioneer the application of technology and innovation within forest certification. “This year our Collaboration Fund looked a little different, as we focused specifically on projects that...-- Delivered by Feed43 service...

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ScienceDaily -2 months ago

Woodpeckers and development coexist in Seattle

A new study tracked birds in suburban Seattle and found that as long as tree cover remains above a certain threshold, pileated woodpeckers and housing developments can coexist....

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ScienceDaily -2 months ago

Species-rich forests better compensate environmental impacts

To offset CO2 emissions, China is reforesting. If a mixture of tree species instead of monocultures were planted, much more carbon could be stored. An international team has shown that species-rich forest ecosystems take up more CO2 from the atmosphere and store more carbon in biomass and soil, making them more effective against climate change....

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The Guardian -2 months ago

What is 'forest bathing' – and can it make your healthier?

Shinrin-yoku, a form of nature therapy that originated in Japan, has finally caught on stateside – but what is this outdoor business all about?Under a nimbus of eucalyptus and cypress boughs, in the pale waning light of a San Francisco afternoon, I watched the maraca of compulsory gratitude draw nearer. “Calm,” the peaceful-looking young blond woman said, then passed the shaker to her left. ...

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CIFOR -2 months ago

Breaking new ground for sustainable architecture in Central Africa

A look into the University of Kisangani's new low-carbon building...

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NGP -2 months ago

Plantations meet a World Heritage Site

Rhinos and elephants now roam alongside commercial plantations, after Mondi and SiyaQhubeka Forests (SQF) helped to protect and restore one of South Africa?s most important wetland areas. The project transformed a long history of dispute between forestry operations and environmentalists into a successful partnership.iSimangaliso Wetland Park is the last remaining coastal wilderness in South Africa...

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ScienceDaily -2 months ago

In Eastern US, adult trees adapt and acclimate to local climate

Trees growing in temperate forests in the eastern US show strong adaptation or acclimation to local climate. So reports a new study that analyzed more than 23,000 tree cores to investigate how adult trees respond to changes in climatic conditions....

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IISD -2 months ago

Plans Announced for Talks on Global Pact for the Environment

An ad hoc open-ended working group was created by the UNGA resolution, 'Towards a Global Pact for the Environment,' of May 2018. The group's organizational session will take place from 5-7 September 2018, in New York, US. It will consider plans for future substantive sessions, which will begin following the issuing of a report by the UN Secretary-General....

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RAFT -2 months ago

RAFT Celebrates its Achievements in Promoting Sustainable Forest Management and Responsible Timber Trade in Vietnam

TUY HOA CITY – An acacia forest area of 1,916.25 hectares managed by Bao Chau Company, has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for its sustainable forest management practices. With technical support from WWF-Vietnam and under the RAFT3 program, Bao Chau is the first company in the province to receive this globally recognized […]...

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IISD -2 months ago

Event: International Day of Forests 2019

In 2019, the International Day of Forests (IDF) will address the theme, ‘Forests and Education.’ It will seek to raise awareness on how sustainably managed forests provide a wide array of contributions in this area.  The UN General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each ...

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World Bank -2 months ago

Save the date: Forest-Smart Mining to Advance the New York Declaration on Forests and the Sustainable Development Goals

This dynamic side-event at the UN General Assembly on September 25th will raise awareness about the relationship between mining and deforestation, present new research findings, and provide an overview of the New York Declaration on Forests and its Global Platform. ...

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World Bank -2 months ago

Forest-Smart Mining to Advance the New York Declaration on Forests and the Sustainable Development Goals

This dynamic side-event at the UN General Assembly on September 25th will raise awareness about the relationship between mining and deforestation, present new research findings, and provide an overview of the New York Declaration on Forests and its Global Platform. ...

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World Bank -2 months ago

Forest-Smart Mining to Advance the New York Declaration on Forests and the Sustainable Development Goals

Sep 25 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30amForests are critical for sustainable development as they provide oxygen, significantly help curb climate change, are home to a majority of global biodiversity and provide livelihoods for nearly 2 billion people. But deforestation is accelerating. ...

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EFETAC -2 months ago

Carbon Storage in Longleaf Pine Roots

“Longleaf roots are pretty legendary,” says USDA Forest Service scientist Peter Anderson. “It’s common to hear that you can dig up a really old stump and use it as a quick, reliable kindling.” Pines contain oleoresins, a sticky liquid mix of oil and resin (or rosin). “There are companies today that buy and dig old […]...

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SocialForest -2 months ago

SocialForest se adhiere al proyecto LIFE FOREST CO2

SOCIALFOREST se une en calidad de empresa colaboradora en el proyecto LIFE FOREST CO2 que busca incentivar herramientas como la gestión forestal sostenible para la mitigación del cambio climático. ¿Qué es un programa LIFE? El programa LIFE es un instrumento financiero de la Unión Europea (UE) que desde 1992, financia proyectos de investigación o intervenciones […]...

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CIFOR -2 months ago

On the road back from ‘safari science' to embedded collaboration

A call for researchers and policymakers to reconnect with the grounded realities of tropical forest conservation...

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CIFOR -2 months ago

Afro roots musician Rocky Dawuni rocks GLF Nairobi

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CIFOR -2 months ago

See the winners of the African landscapes photo competition

The post See the winners of the African landscapes photo competition appeared first on Center for International Forestry Research....

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GFW -2 months ago

5 Graphs Show Just How Unusual This Year's Wildfires Are

By Susan Minnemeyer This time of year always brings wildfires. But what’s unusual this fires season is where and how the blazes are burning—and it could be a warning sign of what’s to come. Hotter-than-normal temperatures and drought across much of northern Europe and North America in June and July have resulted in wildfires burning in what are typically wetter, cooler […] The po...

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Forestry Horizons -2 months ago

Anglo-Saxon Treewrighting course (Day 3) 14Oct2018

Learn how to make various built components of an Anglo-Saxon building with tutors from the Carpenters' Fellowship (Sunday 14th October, Day 3)....

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Forestry Horizons -2 months ago

Anglo-Saxon Treewrighting course (Day 2) 13Oct2018

Learn how to make various built components of an Anglo-Saxon building with tutors from the Carpenters' Fellowship (Saturday 13th October, Day 2)....

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Forestry Horizons -2 months ago

Anglo-Saxon Treewrighting course (Day 1) 12Oct2018

Learn how to make various built components of an Anglo-Saxon building with tutors from the Carpenters' Fellowship (Friday 12th October, Day 1)....

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The Guardian -2 months ago

Lost tribes: the 1,000km rainforest mission to protect an Amazon village | Dom Phillips and Gary Calton

Dom Phillips and Gary Calton joined an expedition to track the whereabouts of an uncontacted tribe, who threaten the safety of Brazil’s Marubo people Continue reading......

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INBAR -2 months ago

In conversation with… UNFCCC

Martin Frick, Senior Director for Policy and Programme Coordination at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), moderated a panel discussion on ‘Bamboo and rattan for climate change and green growth’ at the Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress (BARC). Here, he talks to INBAR about the importance of bamboo as a climate change solution. […] The post In conversation with… ...

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CIFOR -2 months ago

Publication: Special Issue: Certify and shift blame, or resolve environmental issues?

The post Publication: Special Issue: Certify and shift blame, or resolve environmental issues? appeared first on Center for International Forestry Research....

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ScienceDaily -2 months ago

The bright ways forests affect their environment

New study finds volatile gases emitted by forests increase the amount of diffuse light reaching the forests. The study shows that this increased diffuse sunlight enhanced the carbon absorbed by the world's forests by an amount equal to 10 percent of global fossil fuel emissions and industry emissions....

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ScienceDaily -2 months ago

Carbon reserves in Central American soils still affected by ancient Mayan deforestation

Deforestation is suspected to have contributed to the mysterious collapse of Mayan civilization more than 1,000 years ago. A new study shows that the forest-clearing also decimated carbon reservoirs in the tropical soils of the Yucatan peninsula region long after ancient cities were abandoned and the forests grew back....

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IISD -2 months ago

Event: People and Forests Forum 2018

People and Forests Forum 2018 themed, ‘A New Landscape of People and Forests,’ will address the intersection between people, forests and the SDGs, including SDG 1 (no poverty), SDG 2 (zero hunger), SDG 15 (life on land) and SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions). The Forum aims to provide a space for key actors to build awareness, network and explore potential collaborations on commu...

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IISD -2 months ago

Guest Article: (Re)connecting the Dots: To See Progress, We Must Place People and Forests at the Center of the Sustainable Development Paradigm

SDG 15’s influence is apparent in its call to ensure that the sustainable management of forests continues to protect biodiversity, restores and promotes the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, and halts and reverses land degradation. For the forestry community and the development sector, it should be self-evident that people and landscapes are interdependent. The Center for People and For...

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Forest2Market -2 months ago

US Forest Industry Performance: July 2018

US forest industry performance in June and July was recently reported by both the US government and the Institute for Supply Management....

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treehugger -2 months ago

Watch these orphaned orangutans learn the ropes at forest school

This is a very, very special place....

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CIFOR -2 months ago

Ethiopia's new forestry law: A win for landscapes and livelihoods?

Legislation advances community rights in forest management...

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The Guardian -2 months ago

World Orangutan Day: palm oil awareness still key, activists say – video

Palm oil plantations continue to threaten this endangered species. Global standards for minimising consumption of palm oil varies wildly from country to country. Australian conservation groups have been pushing for legislation to mandate the labelling of palm oil on food ingredient lists for almost a decade. Currently, generic terms such as ‘vegetable oil’ or 'vegetable fats’ can be used ins...

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UBC Forestry -2 months ago

Chiara Longhi Recipient of the 2018 President's Service Award for Excellence

Chiara Longhi, Director of Student Services, for being selected for this year’s UBC President’s Service Award for Excellence....

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PEFC -2 months ago

Healthy forests have a significant impact on our lives

This August, Sapto Nugroho, a runner up in our 2017 ‘Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ photo contest, shares the story behind his photo ‘Water Bombing’ and explains why forest fires are so dangerous for all of us. How do you feel about forests? I am closely involved...-- Delivered by Feed43 service...

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SMY -2 months ago

Ireland eyeing Finnish forest bioeconomy

Andrew Doyle, the Irish Minister of Food, Forestry & Horticulture, believes in sustainable forestry in battling climate change. Doyle visited […]...

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REDD-Monitor -2 months ago

How BINGOs are pushing the Green Climate Fund to subsidise REDD carbon markets

A two day meeting is currently taking place at the Columbia Law School in New York of the Private Sector Advisory Group to the Green Climate Fund. On the agenda is the Green Climate Fund’s funding of forestry projects. One the first day of the meeting, speakers included Agustin Silvani from Conservation International, Barry Ulrich […]...

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ScienceDaily -2 months ago

Invasive plants: Scientists examine the relative impact of proximity to seed sources

A new study tackles an important, unresolved question in the biology of invasive plants. Which is most important to the establishment of new invasive communities -- proximity to seed sources, canopy disturbance, or soil disturbance?...

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treehugger -2 months ago

Look for the label: the SFI logo is a sign of sustainable forestry

Where did your paper coffee cup come from? Does it support a red-cockaded woodpecker? Or a gopher tortoise?...

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CIFOR -2 months ago

How far has Indonesia come on peatland conservation and restoration?

Storing “disproportionate” amounts of carbon, the archipelago’s peatlands are vital to achieving climate goals...

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ScienceDaily -2 months ago

Genetic differences in trees untouched by mountain pine beetles

A researcher has discovered that mountain pine beetles may avoid certain trees within a population they normally would kill due to genetics in the trees....

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The Guardian -2 months ago

The great African regreening: millions of 'magical' new trees bring renewal

Farmers in Niger are nurturing gao trees to drive Africa’s biggest environmental changeRain had come to nearby villages, but not yet to Droum in south-east Niger. The sand under its stately trees looked completely barren, but Souley Cheibou, a farmer in his 60s, was not worried. He crooked a finger, fished in the sand, and brought out a millet seed. In a week or two, this seed would germinate an...

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IISD -2 months ago

India Presents the First Bonn Challenge Country Progress Report

Despite the limited data on private sector and NGO restoration efforts, the report emphasizes the vital role that all stakeholders play in the planning and implementation of restoration programmes. At the first Bonn Challenge roundtable in Asia, held in May 2017, restoration pledges for the region crossed the 150 million hectare milestone....

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IISD -2 months ago

ECLAC Urges Countries to Change Development Paradigm to Combat Climate Change, Achieve Sustainable Development

The publication examines nine theses or assumptions related to climate change and sustainable development in LAC and seven challenges they pose. These assumptions and challenges are supported by a series of graphics and illustrations....

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ScienceDaily -2 months ago

Bird communities dwindle on New Mexico's Pajarito Plateau

Researchers have found declines in the number and diversity of bird populations at nine sites surveyed in northern New Mexico, where eight species vanished over time while others had considerably dropped....

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ScienceDaily -2 months ago

Logging site slash removal may be boon for wild bees in managed forests

New research suggests the removal of timber harvest residue during harvesting may be a boon for wild bees, an important step toward better understanding the planet's top group of pollinators....

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EFETAC -2 months ago

For Nesting Least Terns, Water Levels Matter

Least terns (Sternula antillarum) are small water birds that nest along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers and some of their tributaries, as well as coastal areas in the U.S. Monitoring the species began after the U.S. interior population of least terns was federally listed as an endangered species in 1985. “In the Missouri River basin, least […]...

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SMY -2 months ago

German study: fast growth creates smaller carbon storage in trees – true, but not significant according to Finnish researchers

When the growth of a tree accelerates, its density starts to decrease. Professor Matti Kärkkäinen says the phenomenon has been […]...

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ScienceDaily -2 months ago

Logging permit fraud threatens timber species in Brazilian Amazon

Timber harvested illegally under fraudulent permits is undercutting conservation efforts in the Brazilian Amazon, new research by an international collaboration shows....

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ScienceDaily -2 months ago

Frequent fires make droughts harder for young trees, even in wet eastern forests

Forests in the eastern United States may have had it easy compared to their western counterparts, with the intense, prolonged droughts and wildfires that have become typical out west in recent years. But as the climate changes over time, eastern forests are also likely to experience longer droughts. And although wildfires are comparatively rare, prescriptive fires are increasingly used in the east...

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CIFOR -2 months ago

Publication: Study of the great ape wildmeat commodity chain in Cameroon

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IUCN -2 months ago

Sustain

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ScienceDaily -2 months ago

How forests improve kids' diets

A first-of-its-kind global study shows that children in 27 developing countries have better nutrition -- when they live near forests. The results turn on its head the assumption that improving nutrition in poorer countries requires clearing forests for more farmland -- and, instead, suggest that forest conservation could be an important tool to improve the nutrition of children....

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ScienceDaily -2 months ago

How plants protect themselves by emitting scent cues for birds

When plants are in distress or being fed on by insects, they have been known to send out sensory volatile cues that alert organisms in the area -- such as birds -- that they are in need of help. While research has shown that this occurs in ecosystems such as forests, until now, this phenomenon has never been demonstrated in an agricultural setting....

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treehugger -2 months ago

It's primates versus palm oil in Africa

Since both require the same habitat, scientists are worried how primates will survive the expansion of industrial oil palm plantations....

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ICRAF -2 months ago

Lessons from Kenya on how to restore degraded land

The state of the earth’s biodiversity – the world’s variety of living organisms – is in crisis. About one third of the world’s land has been severely degraded from its natural state. Some of the worst forms of... The post Lessons from Kenya on how to restore degraded land appeared first on Agroforestry World....

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Forestry Horizons -2 months ago

New Forestry Commission England Management Plan template available on myForest

The updated Forestry Commission England Management Planning template is now available on myForest....

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ScienceDaily -2 months ago

Extending palm oil production in Africa threatens primate conservation

Future expansion of the palm oil industry could have a dramatic impact on African primates....