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Global Forest Coalition -3 hours ago

New gender equality report on Latin America cites gap between UN goals and local realities

July 8, 2020 — A report released today sheds light on gender equality in Latin America through community-based assessments in five countries, suggesting that a significant gap remains between progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals and women’s rights on the ground. This situation is exacerbated by the abuses of corporations whose interests are often prioritized over those of ...

ForestForum.ru -4 hours ago

Forest fires in Russia - July 8, 2020

The main sources of current information on forest fires in Russia are satellite monitoring data from the ISDM-Rosleskhoz system and official reports of the Aerial Forest Protection Service (Avialesookhrana) based on information from regional authorities. Below are the main numbers from these two sources, as well as graphs showing the situation since the beginning of the year, and some explanations...

The Guardian -7 hours ago

Country diary: a towering plant with pariah status

Sandy, Bedfordshire: Giant hogweed was once a must-have addition to any grand garden – but its blistering sap has made it a menaceUnder a canopy of riverside willows, a tall plant stem had long been the placeholder for giants to come. There was no life in it, a bleached hollow tube, broken off at waist height. Thick as a drainpipe, it was Jack’s beanstalk after the axe.In May, this bare stem w...

timberbiz -11 hours ago

FSC extends transition period for national standards

The coronavirus pandemic has been an obstacle for certification bodies that cannot conduct audits as usual. It also makes it difficult for certificate holders to adjust their operational systems to conform with the requirements of new normative documents. Source: Timberbiz To support a smooth transition, FSC International has approved an extension of the transition period of some national standard...

timberbiz -11 hours ago

Canada invests in forestry sector hard hit by COVID-19

Natural Resources Canada is investing in the forestry sector’s COVID-19 economic recovery by launching calls for proposals for programs that will support the sector. This call comes as Canada’s forestry sector has been one of the hardest hit by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Source: Timberbiz The programs to be supported are the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program and ...

timberbiz -11 hours ago

OneFortyOne opens doors to forestry for students

OneFortyOne New Zealand offers an annual $4000 grant for the course of each student’s four-year degree program, as well as work experience during semester breaks throughout the year and during the university summer holiday. Scholarships help with the costs of studying towards a forestry degree and to open up pathways to employment within the industry. Many of the scholarship students go on to ac...

timberbiz -11 hours ago

NZ rolls out paper bags in Plastic Free July

New World and Prolife Foods of New Zealand have announced the nationwide rollout of recycled paper bags at Alison’s Pantry departments on the eve of Plastic Free July. The recycled paper bags are made of 70% recycled content, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, kerbside recyclable, and feature a glassine, paper-based window. Source: Timberbiz It follows on from Woolworths’ decision la...

timberbiz -11 hours ago

Softwood Working Group adds voice to chorus on unacceptable fuel loads in forests

The Softwoods Working Group is joining a growing chorus of voices telling the Bushfire Royal Commission that fuel loads in public and private forests last summer were at an “unacceptable” level and had been allowed to build up, “making fire prevention almost impossible.” Source: Tumut and Adelong Times Those statements were made by SWG Chair Peter Crowe in a written submission made public ...

timberbiz -11 hours ago

3.3 million pine and 1 million karri seedlings to be planted

It is all hands-on deck at the West Manjimup Nursery in Western Australia. Forest Products Commission (FPC) staff and a team of casuals have started dispatching seedlings for the 2020 planting season. Source: Timberbiz The first load of pine seedlings left the nursery in mid June and was taken to Baudin Plantation. Nursery and Seed Centre Manager Jeffrey Cook said approximately 3.3 million pine se...

timberbiz -11 hours ago

Federal Government to invest $190m in paper and board recycling

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) has welcomed the announcement by the Federal Government that it will invest in Australia’s waste and recycling capacity and help enable more wastepaper and cardboard to be recycled domestically. Source: Timberbiz The Morrison Government will commit $190 million to a new Recycling Modernisation Fund (RMF) that will generate $600 million of rec...

The Guardian -14 hours ago

Trees can’t move fast enough to escape a warming climate. Should we help them?

Concerned about trees’ slow migration patterns, some ecologists are spreading seeds themselves. Critics fear they are playing GodThere is an impressive array of pine species at the Nature Conservancy’s Plum Creek preserve in Maryland – loblolly, Virginia, shortleaf – creating a landscape that emits the smell of Christmas well into the summer. But a newcomer to the preserve has fueled an et...

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