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Forest2Market -2 weeks ago

Despite Turbulent Start to the Year, Brazil’s Forestry Sector Remains Optimistic

The recent change in Brazil’s governmental leadership brought a general sense of optimism regarding a number of economic policies, leading many Brazilians to believe that rapid economic development would take place....

timberbiz -3 weeks ago

NZ investment to train heavy machinery operators

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) in New Zealand will invest up to NZ$4.3 million to help establish a state-of-the-art heavy machinery operator training centre in Northland to address skills shortages and grow jobs. Source: Timberbiz “The talent pool of experienced people working as heavy machinery operators is reducing every year as workers retire or move on, making it difficult for companies...

Elsevier -2 months ago

Timber harvest jeopardize marten persistence in the heart of its range

Publication date: 15 June 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 442Author(s): Maxime Lavoie, Aurélie Renard, Serge LarivièreAbstractOver the last decades, timber harvest has greatly reduced the quality of habitat for several species. To mitigate this problem, government authorities often try to support silvicultural practices that help forests recover faster to a natural state while ...

timberbiz -2 months ago

Michigan University to lead the charge in Michigan for CLT

Michigan State University’s future STEM Teaching and Learning Facility will be the first in Michigan to use an innovative wood product for its load-bearing structure. The US$100 million facility will be constructed of glue-laminated wooden columns and cross-laminated timber, or CLT, a relatively new product for the floors and ceilings. Source: Timberbiz “As a leading public research universit...

CBD -2 months ago

Environmental degradation threat to health, says UN

[NAIROBI] Environmental degradation due to factors such as urbanisation, rapid population growth, economic development and transportation, especially in the global south, could have serious consequences on people's health, warns a UN report....

timberbiz -3 months ago

Guy Watt wins award for Dedicated Service to Forestry

One of the most respected figures in the modern forestry industry has won Confor’s prestigious annual award for Dedicated Service to Forestry for 2019. Guy Watt, Managing Director of John Clegg Consulting Ltd, has vast experience across the sector and his contribution was described as “unparalleled”. Source: Timberbiz He was presented with the award at Confor’s annual ...

timberbiz -3 months ago

Forestry trainees start on new NZ training program

Twenty young men from Kaikohe and Moerewa in New Zealand are set to start their journey in the forestry industry as trainees on the new Ngā Māhuri o Ngāti Hine Mānuka Plantation Training Program. This is the first part of a two year program funded by the Billion Tree fund through Te Uru Rākau and supported by the Ministry for Primary Industries Economic Development Unit. Source: Timberbiz ...

AFTA -3 months ago

Foodplaces: A New Platform for Creating Productive Landscapes in Public and Civic Spaces

Inhabit Earth’s (http://inhabit.earth) mission is global climate stabilization. There is emerging research that indicates that most agroforestry systems perform better than natural forests in sequestering carbon. This is well documented in seminal works such as The Carbon Farming Solution and Project Drawdown. We have been applying innovative approaches that leverage urban forests to address com...

Elsevier -3 months ago

Mapping forest-based bioeconomy research in Europe

Publication date: Available online 28 February 2019Source: Forest Policy and EconomicsAuthor(s): Marko Lovrić, Nataša Lovrić, Robert MavsarAbstractThe forest-based sector is one of the pillars of the European bioeconomy, which is an economic development perspective based on biotechnology and life sciences. In order to address relevant issues of this new policy setting, the forest-based segment ...

Elsevier -3 months ago

Trust and deforestation: A cross-country comparison

Publication date: April 2019Source: Forest Policy and Economics, Volume 101Author(s): Ilia Murtazashvili, Jennifer Murtazashvili, Raufhon SalahodjaevAbstractSuccessful governance of forest resources has a political, economic, and social dimension. We operationalize the social dimension of forest governance as trust. After theoretically linking trust and the use forest resources, we present a cross...

timberbiz -4 months ago

OFO gets okay to buy Manuka Island estate

OneFortyOne (OFO) has received confirmation that the Overseas Investment Office has approved Nelson Forests’ acquisition of Manuka Island estate in New Zealand. The completion date for the purchase will be mid-late February. Source: Timberbiz The Manuka Island estate, currently owned by Merrill and Ring, is approximately 2000 hectares of forest in the Wairau Valley near Blenheim. “The Manuka ...

WRI -4 months ago

In Afghanistan, Bhutan and Nepal, Off-Grid Renewables Bring Power to Remote Villages

In Afghanistan, Bhutan and Nepal, Off-Grid Renewables Bring Power to Remote Villages Comments|Add Comment|PrintSolar panels in Ghandruk, Nepal. Rob Goodier/Engineering for Change Around 1 billion people worldwide do not have access to electricity, with a majority living in rural areas. Given that electricity is essential for economic development, education, health and poverty alleviation, efforts...