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The Guardian -yesterday

Building a green economy could stop ‘nightmare’ degradation of Amazon

US scientist Thomas Lovejoy says the rainforest’s rich biodiversity has been undervalued compared to economic activities such as farming and miningThe Amazon will be transformed into a “highly degraded nightmare” unless a sustainable biodiversity-based economy develops which properly values ecosystem services and products produced by the rainforest, a leading scientist has warned.Prof Thomas...

timberbiz -7 days ago

New CFO appointed at New Forests

Sydney-based investment management firm New Forests has appointed Adrian Williams as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) commencing in January 2021. Mr Williams, a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), has over 30 years of experience in finance and accounting in both Australian and international organizations. Source: Timberbiz He was most recently Acting Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Off...

timberbiz -1 week ago

Sandalwood Taskforce report’s recommendations open to comment

The WA Sandalwood Taskforce has provided eight recommendations to Government that will support the growth of economic opportunities for Aboriginal people. The recommendations address key issues such as barriers to participation, resource inventory, capacity building and quota allocation. Source: Timberbiz The State Government released the WA Sandalwood Taskforce report for a four-week public consu...

CBD -1 month ago

"If We Cannot Find a Balance Between Nature and Economic Development, Humans Will Suffer the Most," a Financing Biodiversity Webinar Concludes

The African Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Biodiversity Alliance (ACBA) and the African Development Bank held the first joint webinar on 'Financing Biodiversity in Africa from All Sources' on 3 December. The webinar sought to explore how best to scale up finance for biodiversity from multiple sources - public and private, domestic and international -to meet the post-2020 objectives of the Conv...

timberbiz -1 month ago

Vic government refuses Freedom of Information requests from Gippsland

  The Heyfield community in Victoria has been left in the dark, after three Freedom of Information (FOI) requests into the scientific basis behind the decision to cease native timber harvesting were denied by the state government. Source: Gippsland Times, Timberbiz The news was revealed at a public meeting at Heyfield Wetlands organised to discuss what can be done in the fight to overturn the...

timberbiz -2 months ago

PEFC aligns with ASEAN guidelines for forestry

PEFC has achieved a high ranking in its assessment against the ASEAN RAI Guidelines thanks to a regional approach. In a recently published report assessing the alignment with ASEAN RAI, the PEFC Sustainable Forest Management principles scored 9.5 out of 10 points. Source: Timberbiz The Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) Guidelines for Promoting Responsible Investment in Food, Agricu...

timberbiz -2 months ago

New wood council for West Coast NZ

The New Canterbury West Coast Wood Council is the eighth wood council to be established in New Zealand. It is a combination of forestry, transport, processing, regional councils, contractors, nurseries and Canterbury University School of Forestry. Source: Timberbiz Its 54 members currently make up a diverse group that has formed to promote the benefits of forestry in communities, careers in forest...

CBD -3 months ago

Africa: Climate Change Threatens Socio-Economic Development in Africa, Says Report

Increasing temperatures and sea levels, changing precipitation patterns and more extreme weather are threatening human health and safety, food and water security and socio-economic development in Africa, says a new report devoted exclusively to the continent....

CBD -3 months ago

Water scarcity and reduction in crop yield due to climate change could drop GDP by 10% in Middle East

The Middle East is one of the most water scarce regions in the world. Many countries in the region have exploited their available water resources and left watersheds below the sustainable level of water withdrawal. Water is extensively used in agricultural activities and the region has seen declines in precipitation over time. Adding to those constraints, the region faces issues with population gr...

INBAR -3 months ago

Webinar | Bamboo Eco-Tourism Models

The way we learn and share experiences is changing. INBAR’s themed online webinar series brings bamboo and rattan experts from all over the world together to educate, inspire and discuss, without the need for travel. In addition to their contribution to environmental management, food security, energy security, livelihoods, industry and economic development, bamboo forests can also be ideal for...

timberbiz -3 months ago

Hawke’s Bay $6m rail stopped in its tracks after a week

A Hawke’s Bay railway line that cost millions to resurrect ran for just one-week before Covid-19 stopped it dead in its tracks. The return of the Napier-Wairoa line was promised as a saviour for Hawke’s Bay and the forestry industry. Sources: Radio New Zealand, New Zealand Herald Now KiwiRail is keeping quiet about when exactly it will restart again. Following a NZ$6.2 million investme...

timberbiz -3 months ago

Opinion: Mark Poynter – VicForests’ latest failed bid for FSC certification deserves deeper scrutiny

The recent announcement of VicForests’ latest failed attempt to attain FSC Controlled Wood certification yet again spawned public recriminations that irrationally equate Victorian native forest timber production with corrupt, illegal, poorly regulated and unsustainable practices that are apparently not uncommon in the rainforests of our Asia-Pacific neighbours. The tropical rainforests of Indone...

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