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timberbiz -4 days ago

NZ forestry course guarantees employment as sector is short of workers

At the height of Covid-19’s 2020 global impact job losses were rife within New Zealand’s forestry and wood industry. Now the sector is faced with a lack of skilled workers and an ageing workforce. Source: Stuff NZ The dilemma has prompted the Central North Island Wood Council to launch a unique course in Tokoroa offering young people guaranteed employment and an insight into more than 40 jobs ...

USFS -1 month ago

The Appalachian coalfield in historical context

The Appalachian coalfield occurs within the eastern United States (US). This mountainous landscape is formed from natural dissection of sedimentary geologic strata with interbedded seams of coal and serves as headwaters for multiple rivers. The region's natural ecosystems, with a primary vegetation of mostly deciduous forest, are among the non-tropical world's most biodiverse. After firs...

timberbiz -1 month ago

NZ has a plan for timber first

Government agencies are getting new support to reduce carbon emissions generated by construction of new buildings, with the release of practical guidance to shape decisions on public projects in New Zealand. Source: Timberbiz New Zealand’s Ministers for Building and Construction and for Economic Development say a new Procurement Guide will help government agencies, private sector suppliers, desi...

CBD -1 month ago

Expert: Climate protection policy does not have a negative economic impact

The benefits of strict climate policies are often underestimated in public debate, while the costs are generally overestimated, says Lucas Bretschger. Climate protection does not have a negative impact on economic development....

Springer -3 months ago

Institutional quality, economic development and illegal logging: a quantitative cross-national analysis

Abstract Illegal logging is a global concern, associated with severe negative environmental, social and economic impacts, such as deforestation, degradation of biodiversity and loss of government revenues. Despite recent international efforts to combat illegal logging activities, the problem remains widespread. While the academic literature on the subject is extensive, little sys...

CBD -3 months ago

Disaster looms for eastern Himalayas

The Himalayan region is torn between competing interests. It is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. It is the cradle of the river systems of Asia. The Ganga, Indus, Brahmaputra and Amu Darya all originate in the Himalayan glaciers. The Himalayan region also contributes to economic development of the Himalayan countries through hydropower. The construction of hydropower projects is con...

timberbiz -3 months ago

Forestry NZ to be renamed, relocated and with a greater role

A greater role for a public forestry service has been outlined by New Zealand’s Forestry Minister, to drive the focus on regional economic development, skills training, and a low-emissions future. Stuart Nash announced Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) will be renamed Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service, and will shift its operational headquarters from Wellington to Rotorua. “The...

Springer -3 months ago

Forest plant and macrofungal differences in the Greater and Lesser Khingan Mountains in Northeast China: A regional-historical comparison and its implications

Abstract Forests in Northeast China in the Greater and Lesser Khingan Mountains (GKM and LKM) account for nearly 1/3 of the total state-owned forests in the country. Regional and historical comparisons of forest plants and macrofungi will favor biological conservation, forest management and economic development. A total of 1067 sampling plots were surveyed on forest composition a...

USFS -3 months ago

Economic overview and policies

The 2020 edition of the UNECE/FAO Forest Products Annual Market Review provides a statistical review of market developments in the UNECE region in 2019 and the first half of 2020 and the policies driving those developments. This year, the Review also includes forecasts for 2020 and 2021. The UNECE region has three subregions: Europe; EECCA; and North America. It encompasses about 1.7 billion ha of...

timberbiz -4 months ago

Biden in risky talks with Brazil to save the Amazon forest

The US is negotiating a multi-billion-dollar climate deal with Brazil that observers fear could help the re-election of President Jair Bolsonaro and reward illegal forest clearance in the Amazon. Source: The Guardian and Timberbiz That is the concern of indigenous groups, environmental campaigners and civil society activists, who say they are being shut out of the most important talks on the futur...

Mongabay -4 months ago

As Brazil’s military pulls out of the Amazon, its legacy is in question

A military operation against environmental violations in the Brazilian Amazon is coming to a close this month after nearly two years, But the show of force, backed by $71 million in funding, has had no meaningful results and leaves the region vulnerable to the pressures of economic development, experts say. Operation Green Brazil was launched […]...

timberbiz -4 months ago

Regrowing tropical forests is nature better than nurture

The destruction of tropical forest is a major contributor to biodiversity loss and the climate crisis. In response, conservationists and scientists are debating how to best catalyse recovery of these forests. Source: The Conversation How do you take a patch of earth littered with tree stumps, or even a grassy pasture or palm oil plantation, and turn it back into a thriving forest filled with i...

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