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Forests and Climate Change


Elsevier -1 week ago

Conditions for translocation of a key threatened species, Dianthus inoxianus Gallego, in the southwestern Iberian Mediterranean forest

Publication date: 15 August 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 446Author(s): Javier López-Jurado, Enrique Mateos-Naranjo, Juan Luis García-Castaño, Francisco BalaoAbstractNatural Mediterranean forest ecosystems, especially pine plantations, are severely affected by human disturbances and global change consequences. To achieve an appropriate and complete management of these areas,...

Elsevier -1 week ago

Climate-mediated regeneration occurrence in Mediterranean pine forests: A modeling approach

Publication date: 15 August 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 446Author(s): Marta Vergarechea, Rafael Calama, Mathieu Fortin, Miren del RíoAbstractThe generation of projections under different climate scenarios and stand conditions provides a useful tool to explore the consequences of climate change on ecosystem dynamics and to define possible interventions to ensure their persist...

CI -1 week ago

Director - Oceans Policy

Director - Oceans Policy Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.  POSITION SUMMARY The Director for Oceans Policy will lead implementation of priority initiatives related to global policy ...

Elsevier -1 week ago

The role of science in forest policy–Experiences by EFI

Publication date: August 2019Source: Forest Policy and Economics, Volume 105Author(s): Lauri HetemäkiAbstractThere has been increasing requests for evidence-based policy, especially in complex issues such as climate change, biodiversity and bioenergy questions. Scientists have also been active in this front, e.g., such as European Academies Science Advisory Council (2017, 2019) and by writing Ope...

Climate Change Adaptation


CI -1 week ago

Oceans and Climate Manager

Oceans and Climate Manager Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.   POSITION SUMMARY: Over the last 10 years, CI has developed a comprehensive Blue Climate program spanning over 2...

IISD -2 weeks ago

Event: Workshop on Pro-active Management of Forests to Combat Climate Change-driven Risks

Organized by Forest Europe and hosted by the Turkish General Directorate of Forestry, the workshop on pro-active management of forests to combat climate change-driven risks will bring together policymakers, researchers and practitioners from across the pan-European region to discuss policies and measures for increasing forest resilience and climate change adaptation....

CBD -2 weeks ago

Put equity first in climate adaptation

In September, the United Nations will set out a global agenda for helping communities adapt to climate change through the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As nations draw up their strategies, we call on them to put equity first....

Springer -2 weeks ago

Effects of climate changes on distribution of Eremanthus erythropappus and E. incanus (Asteraceae) in Brazil

Abstract Phylogeographic patterns of endemic species are critical keys to understand its adaptation to future climate change. Herein, based on chloroplast DNA, we analyzed the genetic diversity of two endemic and endangered tree species from the Brazilian savanna and Atlantic forest (Eremanthus erythropappus and Eremanthus incanus). We also applied the climate-based ecological ni...

Ecological and Habitat Restoration


ScienceDaily -1 week ago

Opposite pathways in forest recovery

Tropical forests are being deforested at an alarming rate to make way for agriculture; the good news is that they can regrow naturally when the fields are abandoned. An international research team found that regenerating wet and dry forests actually show opposite pathways. This implies a fundamental change in our understanding of how tropical forests change, with consequences for forest restoratio...

CI -1 week ago

Senior Manager - Carbon Science Applications

Senior Manager - Carbon Science Applications Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.  POSITION SUMMARY The Natural Climate Solutions team within the Moore Center for Science of Conservati...

CI -1 week ago

Intern - Global Solutions Geospatial

Intern - Global Solutions Geospatial   Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.    POSITION SUMMARY The Global Solutions Geospatial Intern will work on GIS and RS efforts ...

CI -1 week ago

Intern - Global Restoration Opportunities

    Intern - Global Restoration Opportunities   Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.    POSITION SUMMARY With the UN’s announcement of the upcoming Decade...

Forests & SDGs


CI -1 week ago

Director - Oceans Policy

Director - Oceans Policy Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.  POSITION SUMMARY The Director for Oceans Policy will lead implementation of priority initiatives related to global policy ...

IISD -1 week ago

Event: Leaders’ Biodiversity Summit

In resolution A/RES/73/234, adopted on 20 December 2018, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) decided “to convene a summit on biodiversity at the level of Heads of State and Government, within existing resources,” ahead of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 15) in 2020, “in order to highlight the urgency of action at the highest lev...

CI -1 week ago

Intern - International Policy

Intern - International Policy DESCRIPTION Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.    POSITION SUMMARY   The intern will work with the International Policy team, wh...

CBD -1 week ago

Are we actually making progress on the SDGs?

In 2015, United Nations member states, together with civil society and business, came together to prepare a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030....

reThinkWood


timberbiz -3 weeks ago

Timber Offsite Construction 2-day conference

More than 40 industry professionals will converse with delegates on day two of the Timber Offsite Construction 2019 conference and exhibition, this promises to deliver diverse and thought-provoking panel sessions and workshops. Source: Timberbiz Tuesday morning’s panel sessions will focus on several of Australia’s outstanding building projects using offsite timber construction systems. Key par...

timberbiz -3 weeks ago

XLam to exit New Zealand

After months of deliberation and consultation, cross laminated timber company XLam has confirmed fears it would close its New Zealand operations at Nelson. A statement from the company said the operations are no longer considered commercially sustainable and that “a new business model” would “usher in a more commercially competitive and sustainable way for the company to supply CLT to the ma...

timberbiz -4 weeks ago

Sodra to invest in additional CLT facilities

Södra has decided to invest in an additional CLT facility at Värö and aims to become a leader in the Nordic region. The new facility will be established at a combined plant in Värö, where Södra’s first CLT facility has already been co-located with Södra’s pulp mills and sawmills. Source: Timberbiz Lars Idermark, President and CEO of Sodra said that society’s driving forces for reducin...

USFS -1 month ago

Moisture monitoring and modeling of mass-timber building systems

The use of mass timber structural products in tall building applications (6–20 stories) is becoming more common around the world including North America. A potential concern is the environmental wetting of mass timber products during construction because such products may dry out more slowly than light-frame structural lumber, and wood, as an organic material, is susceptible to deterioration at ...

Wildfires


timberbiz -1 week ago

Victorian RFAs not up to scratch says consultation paper

Victoria’s Regional Forest Agreements (RFA) have not met the timber industry’s expectations but must include the likely impact of climate change and threats to endangered species, according to a report on the RFA process. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz “The Victorian RFAs have not achieved long-term stability of supply for the timber industry,” said Dr Bill Jackson in his consultatio...

timberbiz -3 weeks ago

Canada to argue US duties with NAFTA after industry downturn

Western Forest Products CEO Don Demens will be speaking to a NAFTA panel to argue that American softwood lumber duties should not be applied to the cedar products the company makes. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) does not cover softwood lumber, which was excluded from NAFTA and was not included in the recently renegotiated agreement. Source: BIV However, chapter 19 of the agreem...

ScienceDaily -3 weeks ago

Forest fires accelerating snowmelt across western US

Forest fires are causing snow to melt earlier in the season, a trend occurring across the western US that may affect water supplies and trigger even more fires, according to a new study....

timberbiz -1 month ago

Fuel reduction burning a must for Australian forests

Veteran firefighter Ewan Waller has called for fuel reduction burning to be an integral part of a visionary, long-term policy for managing fire in the forest. His thoughts were prompted by the recent fires in Gippsland and his memories of the Black Saturday inferno when he experienced the nauseating feeling of walking over the charred remains of countless birds. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbi...

Wetlands


timberbiz -1 week ago

Victorian RFAs not up to scratch says consultation paper

Victoria’s Regional Forest Agreements (RFA) have not met the timber industry’s expectations but must include the likely impact of climate change and threats to endangered species, according to a report on the RFA process. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz “The Victorian RFAs have not achieved long-term stability of supply for the timber industry,” said Dr Bill Jackson in his consultatio...

WWF -2 weeks ago

Weakening the EU water law: Industry's wish list

Freshwater ecosystems are the most threatened on the planet. In Europe, only 40 percent of EU rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands are healthy today, largely due to pressures from industrial agriculture and hydropower, as well as other sectors, such as mining. Some industries are coming together under the umbrella  of European and national associations to lobby for substantial c...

Elsevier -3 weeks ago

Spanning the habitat gradient: Red-headed woodpecker nest-site selection in three distinct cover types

Publication date: 15 July 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 444Author(s): Benjamin Nickley, Lesley P. BulluckAbstractUnderstanding species habitat relationships is fundamental to ecology and underpins conservation-based management. Species with broad habitat preferences and wide geographic ranges are capable of fulfilling breeding requirements in different habitat contexts. Habitat...

Hindawi Publishing Corporation -1 month ago

Height-Diameter Allometry for Tree Species in Tanzania Mainland

Total tree height (H) and diameter at beast height (D) are important independent variables in predicting volume, biomass, and other forest stand attributes. However, unlike D measurement, which is easy to measure with high accuracy, H measurement is laborious. This study, therefore, developed H-D relationships for ten different forest types in Tanzania Mainland. Extents in which climate and forest...

Forest & Food Security


ScienceDaily -1 week ago

Changes in subsistence hunting threaten local food security

Scientists say that subsistence hunting in Neotropical rain forests -- the mainstay of local people as a source of protein and a direct connection to these ecosystems -- is in jeopardy from a variety of factors....

Tree Aid -2 weeks ago

New UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration declared

TREE AID welcomes the declaration by the United Nations General Assembly in March 2019 to establish 2021-2030 as the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. TREE AID CEO, John Moffett, talks about how ecosystem and forest restoration in the drylands of Africa will tackle food security, poverty eradication and the climate crisis. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is a massive global […] The pos...

Springer -3 weeks ago

Food production and gender relations in multifunctional landscapes: a literature review

Abstract High expectations are put to multifunctional land use systems that they can provide solutions to the increasing global demand for land and food. In this literature review, we ask whether multifunctional landscapes hold specific opportunities for women in enhancing food production and security in a context of gender inequality guided by a framework of access to productive...

IISD -1 month ago

Forest and Farm Facility Launches Partnership in Togo in Support of SDGs

The FFF aims to improve the livelihoods of rural people by working with forest and farm producer organizations to increase their technical and commercial capacities to tackle climate change and improve food security. The second phase of FFF aims to help deliver the SDGs....

Forests & Invasive Pests, Plants, & Diseases


Elsevier -1 week ago

Native forest regeneration and vegetation dynamics in non-native Pinus patula tree plantations in Madagascar

Publication date: 15 August 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 446Author(s): Herizo Randriambanona, Josoa R. Randriamalala, Stéphanie M. CarrièreAbstractToday, exotic invasive alien species are considered to be one of the greatest threats to biodiversity. However, not all exotic species cause negative consequences in the ecosystems in which they settle. In some cases, artificial p...

timberbiz -1 week ago

Victorian RFAs not up to scratch says consultation paper

Victoria’s Regional Forest Agreements (RFA) have not met the timber industry’s expectations but must include the likely impact of climate change and threats to endangered species, according to a report on the RFA process. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz “The Victorian RFAs have not achieved long-term stability of supply for the timber industry,” said Dr Bill Jackson in his consultatio...

Elsevier -2 weeks ago

The tortoise and the hare: A race between native tree species and the invasive Chinese tallow

Publication date: 1 August 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 445Author(s): Lauren S. Pile, Lance Vickers, Michael Stambaugh, Calvin Norman, G. Geoff WangAbstractSpecies-specific growth rate and its response to interspecific competition can determine the winners and losers in forest stand development following disturbance. In the southeastern US, Chinese tallow [Triadica sebifera (L...

USFS -2 weeks ago

Light and propagule pressure affect invasion intensity of Prunus serotina in a 14-tree species forest common garden experiment

Experiments testing multiple factors that affect the rate of invasions in forests are scarce. We aimed to assess how the biomass of invasive Prunus serotina changed over eight years and how this change was affected by light availability, tree stand growth, and propagule pressure. The study was conducted in Siemianice Experimental Forest (W Poland), a common garden forest experiment with 14 tree sp...

Bio-economy


timberbiz -1 week ago

Labor forestry policies ahead in final days of election promises

An analysis by the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA), of forest industry related policy commitments has revealed that the ALP leads the Coalition as the campaign enters its final days. Source: Timberbiz “Our industries have spent two years developing a growth plan for our sector to provide all candidates clear guidance as to the enabling policy change and seed funding, which is requi...

Elsevier -2 weeks ago

Towards a sustainable forest-based bioeconomy in Italy: Findings from a SWOT analysis

Publication date: Available online 13 May 2019Source: Forest Policy and EconomicsAuthor(s): Pasquale Marcello Falcone, Almona Tani, Valentina Elena Tartiu, Cesare ImbrianiAbstractThis study aims at capturing, through a multi-level perspective, potential drivers and barriers of the forest sector in Italy, in order to gain an in-depth understanding of the conditions influencing the sector's transiti...

timberbiz -4 weeks ago

Sodra to invest in additional CLT facilities

Södra has decided to invest in an additional CLT facility at Värö and aims to become a leader in the Nordic region. The new facility will be established at a combined plant in Värö, where Södra’s first CLT facility has already been co-located with Södra’s pulp mills and sawmills. Source: Timberbiz Lars Idermark, President and CEO of Sodra said that society’s driving forces for reducin...

IISD -4 weeks ago

Event: ‘Our Forests, Our Future’ Conference

The European Commission will convene the ‘Our Forests, Our Future’ conference to analyze and discuss opportunities and challenges for enhancing the contribution of the forest sector to the main EU priorities. The conference will address the theme, ‘Sustainable Forest Management to Address Societal Challenges’. Participants will take stock of the review of the EU Forest Strategy, and dis...

Forest Biodiversity


Springer -just now

Coarse woody debris and wood-colonizing fungi differences between a reserve stand and a managed forest in the Taborz region of Poland

Abstract The aim of this research was to evaluate the amount of woody debris (m3/ha) on the forest floor and the associated wood-colonizing fungi. The study was performed in the Taborz region, known for its Scots pine provenance experiments, against the background of a recently launched Polish legislation to protect the biodiversity on the forest floor in managed (harvested) st...

Elsevier -1 week ago

Insect herbivory and avian insectivory in novel native oak forests: Divergent effects of stand size and connectivity

Publication date: 1 August 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 445Author(s): Elena Valdés-Correcher, Inge van Halder, Luc Barbaro, Bastien Castagneyrol, Arndt HampeAbstractThe value of novel native broadleaf woodlands for biodiversity conservation is important to consider for adequate forest management in rural landscapes. Passive reforestation has been proposed as a cost-efficient ...

Elsevier -1 week ago

Short-term effects of selection, gap, patch and clear cutting on the beetle fauna in boreal spruce-dominated forests

Publication date: 15 August 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 446Author(s): Jari Jokela, Juha Siitonen, Matti KoivulaAbstractEven-aged management based on clear cutting has simplified the structure of boreal forests, which has adversely affected ecosystem services, including biodiversity. A potential way of combining economic, ecological and social sustainability in forest manageme...

Elsevier -1 week ago

Native forest regeneration and vegetation dynamics in non-native Pinus patula tree plantations in Madagascar

Publication date: 15 August 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 446Author(s): Herizo Randriambanona, Josoa R. Randriamalala, Stéphanie M. CarrièreAbstractToday, exotic invasive alien species are considered to be one of the greatest threats to biodiversity. However, not all exotic species cause negative consequences in the ecosystems in which they settle. In some cases, artificial p...

Forest Certification


timberbiz -3 weeks ago

First AS/NZS Standards Committee meeting in May

An historic Trans-Tasman forestry standard is a step closer with the Gold Coast in Queensland set to host the first standards committee meeting from 16-17 May 2019. In response to unprecedented interest from New Zealand stakeholders, Simon Dorries, Responsible Wood CEO, confirmed that a healthy balance of Australian and New Zealand interests will be represented on the committee. Source: Timberbiz ...

timberbiz -3 weeks ago

Responsible Wood presents at 2019 PEFC meeting in Geneva

The PEFC International family converged on Geneva, Switzerland to discuss key issues and share experiences as part of the 2019 PEFC Members Meeting. Running from Wednesday 10 April to Friday 12 April 2019 the meeting provided PEFC members with an ideal opportunity to discuss global impacts on forest certification and emerging trends in forest management and chain of custody for forest product...

timberbiz -2 months ago

FSC new trademark guide and new directors needed

FSC International has developed a new guide to assist promotional trademark license holders on how to use the FSC trademarks to promote FSC certified products and related services. The guide aims to provide straightforward, simple advice and is effective from 1 June 2019, and can be used only from this date. Source: Timberbiz The transition period for this guide is 12 months, starting from 1...

PEFC -2 months ago

Job opportunity at PEFC: Training and Monitoring & Evaluation Officer

We are looking for a Training and Monitoring & Evaluation Officer to join the PEFC International team in Geneva, Switzerland, on a full-time basis. The position will be responsible for our monitoring & evaluation system measuring the impacts of our activities, and ensuring that people...-- Delivered by Feed43 service...

Forests & Water


CIFOR -1 week ago

Pastoralism and agriculture: keeping the peace in a national park buffer zone

Recognizing that surrounding pastoralist communities would be cut off from the land they used for their animals once their access to the Kaboré Tambi National Park in southern Burkina Faso was restricted in 1997, the government decided to set aside a buffer zone outside the park boundary in which the pastoralists could settle, and on which they could graze their livestock. This gave rise to Tams...

CI -1 week ago

Manager - Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi)

Manager - Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.  POSITION SUMMARY Conservation International (CI) helps societies sustainably care for nature, our...

The Guardian -2 weeks ago

The Proustian draw of sexy hawthorn | Brief letters

Scapegoats | Gorbachev | Timpson | Hawthorn | Danny DrinkwaterIt is surprising that your stimulating and relevant supplement (Age of rage: the ultimate guide to anger, 11 May) appears to overlook a major effect of anger: scapegoating, ie the displacement of anger from its authentic cause to another target, an innocent or uninvolved victim of the displaced emotion. It is surely key to say something...

CBD -2 weeks ago

How is climate change affecting fishes? There are clues inside their ears

Climate change affects all life on Earth, but it poses unique challenges for aquatic species. For example, as water warms it holds less dissolved oxygen than cooler water. As a result, the world's oceans, coastal seas, estuaries, rivers and lakes are undergoing a process known as "deoxygenation."...

Forest Loss


Elsevier -1 week ago

Willingness to pay for forest conservation in Ecuador: Results from a nationwide contingent valuation survey in a combined “referendum” – “Consequential open-ended” design

Publication date: August 2019Source: Forest Policy and Economics, Volume 105Author(s): Fernando Gordillo, Peter Elsasser, Sven GünterAbstractDeforestation is a threatening pan-tropical problem. Net deforestation in Ecuador amounts to approximately 500 km2 per year for 2008–2014. It represents not only an environmental problem but also a threat to social welfare. As social welfare depends on i...

ScienceDaily -1 week ago

Hunting responsible for mammal declines in half of intact tropical forests

A new study predicts that even where deforestation has not been detected in the tropcis, hunting is reducing populations of large mammals by 40 percent on average, largely due to increased human accessibility to these remote areas....

CI -1 week ago

Senior Manager - Carbon Science Applications

Senior Manager - Carbon Science Applications Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.  POSITION SUMMARY The Natural Climate Solutions team within the Moore Center for Science of Conservati...

CI -2 weeks ago

Senior Manager, Carbon Science Applications

Senior Manager, Carbon Science Applications Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.  POSITION SUMMARY The Natural Climate Solutions team within the Moore Center for Science of Conservatio...

REDD+


CIFOR -2 weeks ago

Global data and tools for local forest cover loss and REDD+ performance assessment: Accuracy, uncertainty, complementarity and impact

Assessing the performance of efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) requires data on forest cover change.... The post Global data and tools for local forest cover loss and REDD+ performance assessment: Accuracy, uncertainty, complementarity and impact appeared first on Center for International Forestry Research....

Elsevier -3 weeks ago

Tropical forest subjected to intensive post-logging silviculture maintains functionally diverse dung beetle communities

Publication date: 15 July 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 444Author(s): G.R. Cerullo, F.A. Edwards, S.C. Mills, D.P. EdwardsAbstractCommercially logged tropical forests hold high conservation value but are rapidly being converted to lucrative low-diversity plantations. Post-logging interventions that accelerate forest timber and carbon recovery—such as enrichment planting and c...

UN-REDD Programme -3 weeks ago

An Explainer Animation: What is a Forest Reference Level? (FREL/FRL)

Developing countries that participate in REDD+ must develop a Reference Level (FREL/FRL). These benchmarks assess a country’s REDD+ performance by providing a quantitative way to measure emissions reductions and removals. As of February 2019, 39 countries had submitted 44 FRLs to the UNFCCC. The submitting countries represent 1.5 billion hectares of forest, which is 37% of global forest area. 1...

CIFOR -3 weeks ago

Subnational jurisdictional approaches in REDD+

CIFOR scientist Amy Duchelle speaks to Earth Innovation Institute’s Daniel Nepstad, Claudia Stickler and Juan Pablo Ardila to address the role of regional jurisdictions such as states, provinces, districts and regional government in reducing climate risks....

Forests & Economic Development


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...

Forests & People


-6 years ago

REDD monitor news: Indigenous people of Honduras granted one million hectares of rainforest

By Jeremy Hance, mongabay.com, 12 September 2013 | 150 years after a treaty with England granted the Miskito people rights over their land--a treaty which was never fully respected--the government of Honduras has officially handed over nearly a million hectares (970,000 hectares) of tropical forest along the Caribbean Coast to the indigenous people. The Miskito are found along the eastern coast of...

-6 years ago

Indigenous people of Honduras granted one million hectares rainforest

Mongabay: One-hundred and fifty years after a treaty with England granted the Miskito people rights over their land--a treaty which was never fully respected--the government of Honduras has officially handed over nearly a million hectares (970,000 hectares) of tropical forest along the Caribbean Coast to the indigenous people. The Miskito are found along the eastern coast of both Honduras and Nica...

-9 years ago

Leading Sustainable Forest Management Standard Approved by PEFC

"Expectations and understanding of best practice in sustainable forest management have evolved over the past years. It is therefore the responsibility of PEFC as the world's largest forest certification organization to integrate these changes into its international Sustainability Benchmarks," said Ben Gunneberg, PEFC Secretary General. "Social rights were not well recognized in forest certificatio...

-9 years ago

Standards Revision Workshop Focuses on Social Issues

"How we deal with our growth, in terms of new cultures, the issues of climate change, indigenous peoples, and tropical forests will determine in large part how we will be judged 10 years from today", remarked William Street, PEFC Chairman, at a recent meeting, highlighting the importance of social issues in sustainable forest management. Forest certification, as one of the most effective tools in ...

Landscape Restoration


Springer -just now

Effect of wind damage on the habitat suitability of saproxylic species in a boreal forest landscape

Abstract Many forest-dwelling species are dependent on deadwood. Sources of deadwood include competition- and senescence-related mortality of trees, and various damages. This study described a methodology for predicting the effect of wind damage on the amount of deadwood and suitability of the forest for saproxylic species. The methodology was used in a forested boreal landscap...

ScienceDaily -1 week ago

Opposite pathways in forest recovery

Tropical forests are being deforested at an alarming rate to make way for agriculture; the good news is that they can regrow naturally when the fields are abandoned. An international research team found that regenerating wet and dry forests actually show opposite pathways. This implies a fundamental change in our understanding of how tropical forests change, with consequences for forest restoratio...

CI -1 week ago

Senior Manager - Carbon Science Applications

Senior Manager - Carbon Science Applications Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.  POSITION SUMMARY The Natural Climate Solutions team within the Moore Center for Science of Conservati...

CI -1 week ago

Intern - Global Solutions Geospatial

Intern - Global Solutions Geospatial   Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.    POSITION SUMMARY The Global Solutions Geospatial Intern will work on GIS and RS efforts ...

Sustainable Forest Management


Elsevier -1 week ago

Insect herbivory and avian insectivory in novel native oak forests: Divergent effects of stand size and connectivity

Publication date: 1 August 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 445Author(s): Elena Valdés-Correcher, Inge van Halder, Luc Barbaro, Bastien Castagneyrol, Arndt HampeAbstractThe value of novel native broadleaf woodlands for biodiversity conservation is important to consider for adequate forest management in rural landscapes. Passive reforestation has been proposed as a cost-efficient ...

Elsevier -1 week ago

Short-term effects of selection, gap, patch and clear cutting on the beetle fauna in boreal spruce-dominated forests

Publication date: 15 August 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 446Author(s): Jari Jokela, Juha Siitonen, Matti KoivulaAbstractEven-aged management based on clear cutting has simplified the structure of boreal forests, which has adversely affected ecosystem services, including biodiversity. A potential way of combining economic, ecological and social sustainability in forest manageme...

Elsevier -1 week ago

Conditions for translocation of a key threatened species, Dianthus inoxianus Gallego, in the southwestern Iberian Mediterranean forest

Publication date: 15 August 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 446Author(s): Javier López-Jurado, Enrique Mateos-Naranjo, Juan Luis García-Castaño, Francisco BalaoAbstractNatural Mediterranean forest ecosystems, especially pine plantations, are severely affected by human disturbances and global change consequences. To achieve an appropriate and complete management of these areas,...

timberbiz -1 week ago

Victorian RFAs not up to scratch says consultation paper

Victoria’s Regional Forest Agreements (RFA) have not met the timber industry’s expectations but must include the likely impact of climate change and threats to endangered species, according to a report on the RFA process. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz “The Victorian RFAs have not achieved long-term stability of supply for the timber industry,” said Dr Bill Jackson in his consultatio...

Payments for Environmental Services


Springer -just now

Exploring the potential of edible forest gardens: experiences from a participatory action research project in Sweden

Abstract To meet the environmental challenges that are presently confronting society, the narrow focus on agricultural production needs to be altered to one that places equal value on the generation of crucial ecosystem services. Current research shows that perennial intercropping systems such as agroforestry may be a feasible alternative. Based on studies during the establishm...

Elsevier -1 week ago

Insect herbivory and avian insectivory in novel native oak forests: Divergent effects of stand size and connectivity

Publication date: 1 August 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 445Author(s): Elena Valdés-Correcher, Inge van Halder, Luc Barbaro, Bastien Castagneyrol, Arndt HampeAbstractThe value of novel native broadleaf woodlands for biodiversity conservation is important to consider for adequate forest management in rural landscapes. Passive reforestation has been proposed as a cost-efficient ...

Elsevier -1 week ago

Native forest regeneration and vegetation dynamics in non-native Pinus patula tree plantations in Madagascar

Publication date: 15 August 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 446Author(s): Herizo Randriambanona, Josoa R. Randriamalala, Stéphanie M. CarrièreAbstractToday, exotic invasive alien species are considered to be one of the greatest threats to biodiversity. However, not all exotic species cause negative consequences in the ecosystems in which they settle. In some cases, artificial p...

Elsevier -1 week ago

Valuing water provisioning service of Broadleaf and Chir Pine forests in the Himalayan region

Publication date: August 2019Source: Forest Policy and Economics, Volume 105Author(s): Saudamini Das, Mani Nepal, Rajesh K. Rai, Laxmi D. Bhatta, Madan S. KhadayatAbstractInhabitants of the upper Himalayan regions entertain a belief that the Chir Pine trees are ingressing the Broadleaf forest areas and that these areas are gradually turning into water stressed regions as Chir Pines adversely influ...

Palm Oil & Plantations


Mongabay -3 months ago

Malaysia to ban oil palm expansion?

Malaysia may ban further expansion of oil palm plantations in response to improve the oilseed’s reputation abroad, reports Bloomberg. In an interview Friday, Minister of Primary Industries Teresa Kok told Bloomberg that the prime minister’s cabinet will weigh a proposal to cap Malaysia’s palm oil estate at 6 million hectares (14.8 million acres), an area […]...

Mongabay -3 months ago

Norway divests from plantation companies linked to deforestation

This week, Norway released the 2018 investment holdings of its massive government pension fund. Notably absent were four plantation companies previously listed in the portfolio: Olam International, Halcyon Agri Corp, Sime Darby Plantation and Sipef. Olam International and Halcyon Agri Corp are both Singapore-based agribusiness companies, with Olam linked to deforestation for oil palm plantations [...

Elsevier -3 months ago

Determining the effectiveness of forest landscape governance: A case study from the Sendang landscape, South Sumatra

Publication date: May 2019Source: Forest Policy and Economics, Volume 102Author(s): Dwi Amalia Sari, Jeffrey Sayer, Chris Margules, Agni Klintuni BoedhihartonoAbstractWe propose an approach to studying the effectiveness of governance arrangements to deal with complexity in forest landscapes. Using a landscape approach and standard performance audit procedures, we (1) describe the interactions amon...

World Bank -3 months ago

Oil Palm in Indonesia

Although oil palm plantations are not the primary driver of deforestation, they are the last and most profitable phase of a land governance system that incentivizes the degradation and eventual conversion of natural forests, beginning with forestry concessions. Especially in Southeast Asia, oil palm cultivation has become synonymous with tropical deforestation and subject to numerous environmental...

Forests & Sustainable Development


ITTO -4 weeks ago

ITTO launches project on sustainable teak management in Greater Mekong Subregion

The sustainable management of teak forests and the nurturing of legal and sustainable supply chains can make valuable contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals in the Greater Mekong Subregion, according to speakers at the launch of an ITTO teak project in Bangkok, Thailand, on 23 April 2019....

timberbiz -1 month ago

Human health and forestry go together

The Forest Europe Expert Group on Human Health and Well-being has published a book that summarizes current knowledge on the health benefits of forests and integration of social aspects of forests into sustainable forest management (SFM). The publication presents evidence on the health benefits of forests, and shares concepts and approaches for utilizing the beneficial effects of forests. Sour...

IISD -2 months ago

Event: Sixth Mediterranean Forest Week

The Mediterranean Forest Week will bring together policy and decision makers, forest administrators, researchers, practitioners, donors and social and environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to share and promote the use of forest-based solutions to assist Mediterranean countries in the implementation of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on clim...

timberbiz -2 months ago

This International Forests Day hug a tree and a forester

With origins dating back to World Forestry Day established by the Food and Agriculture Organization in 1972, 21 March has been marked as a special day to recognise the many environmental and sustainable development benefits we derive from our forests. This celebration has grown with the United Nations General Assembly declaring in 2012 that this day be recognized worldwide as International Forests...

Forest Reporting


Elsevier -1 week ago

Native forest regeneration and vegetation dynamics in non-native Pinus patula tree plantations in Madagascar

Publication date: 15 August 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 446Author(s): Herizo Randriambanona, Josoa R. Randriamalala, Stéphanie M. CarrièreAbstractToday, exotic invasive alien species are considered to be one of the greatest threats to biodiversity. However, not all exotic species cause negative consequences in the ecosystems in which they settle. In some cases, artificial p...

CI -1 week ago

Writer/Editor

Writer/Editor Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.  POSITION SUMMARY The Writer/Editor leads day-to-day operations of Conservation International's blog and undertakes other writing an...

Elsevier -2 weeks ago

Pre-stratified modelling plus residuals kriging reduces the uncertainty of aboveground biomass estimation and spatial distribution in heterogeneous savannas and forest environments

Publication date: 1 August 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 445Author(s): Eduarda M.O. Silveira, Fernando D. Espírito Santo, Michael A. Wulder, Fausto W. Acerbi Júnior, Mônica C. Carvalho, Carlos R. Mello, José M. Mello, Yosio E. Shimabukuro, Marcela Castro Nunes Santos Terra, Luis Marcelo T. Carvalho, José R.S. ScolforoAbstractMapping aboveground biomass (AGB) is a challenge...

Elsevier -2 weeks ago

The tortoise and the hare: A race between native tree species and the invasive Chinese tallow

Publication date: 1 August 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 445Author(s): Lauren S. Pile, Lance Vickers, Michael Stambaugh, Calvin Norman, G. Geoff WangAbstractSpecies-specific growth rate and its response to interspecific competition can determine the winners and losers in forest stand development following disturbance. In the southeastern US, Chinese tallow [Triadica sebifera (L...

Forest Governance


WRI -1 week ago

Chartered Financial Analysts Received New Guidance on Sustainable Investing. 4 Points Stand Out.

Chartered Financial Analysts Received New Guidance on Sustainable Investing. 4 Points Stand Out. Comments|Add Comment|PrintFirefighters battling California blazes. Flickr/Tony Salas The shares of PG&E, California's utility, lost nearly half their value in January after the company filed for bankruptcy protection because of its role in California wildfires. While this may have resulted in huge ...

Mongabay -1 week ago

Solomon Islanders tried to stop the logging of their forests – and may pay the price

This is the second story in a two-part series on logging in the Solomon Islands. The first article, which focuses on the country at large and how its governance is affecting its forests, can be read here. HONIARA, Solomon Islands — Sitting in a primary school classroom that had become his makeshift home in the […]...

IISD -1 week ago

Nature Champions Summit Calls for Putting Nature at the Center of Sustainable Development Agenda

The Call to Action issued by the Nature Champions Summit highlights interlinkages among global challenges such as biodiversity loss and climate change, in the context of sustainable development, and calls for a global mobilization, including a commitment to “put nature first” in all decisions. The Nature Champions Summit was the first in a series of high-profile events leading up to CBD COP 15...

timberbiz -1 week ago

EU and Vietnam ratify agreement on illegal logging

The EU and Vietnam have ratified a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade, to address illegal logging and promote trade in legal timber products. The Agreement will take effect on 1 June. Source: Timberbiz The announcement came on 8 May at a joint press conference in Hanoi, Vietnam in the presence of Vice Minster of Agriculture and Rural Develo...

Forest Bioenergy


Elsevier -1 week ago

The role of science in forest policy–Experiences by EFI

Publication date: August 2019Source: Forest Policy and Economics, Volume 105Author(s): Lauri HetemäkiAbstractThere has been increasing requests for evidence-based policy, especially in complex issues such as climate change, biodiversity and bioenergy questions. Scientists have also been active in this front, e.g., such as European Academies Science Advisory Council (2017, 2019) and by writing Ope...

Elsevier -3 weeks ago

Innovation in the use of wood energy in the Ukrainian Carpathians: Opportunities and threats for rural communities

Publication date: July 2019Source: Forest Policy and Economics, Volume 104Author(s): Ihor Soloviy, Mariana Melnykovych, Astrid Björnsen Gurung, Richard J. Hewitt, Radmila Ustych, Lyudmyla Maksymiv, Peter Brang, Heino Meessen, Mariia KaflykAbstractUkraine is traditionally deeply dependent on fossil and nuclear energy. However, in response to global climate and energy policies, a major shift toward...

What Wood -3 weeks ago

WhatWood: “In Russia, the period of construction of autonomous production of wood pellets ends”

At the end of April, the head of the Republic of Komi Sergey Gaplikov and the commercial Director of  ”Luzales” Ruslan Semenyuk discussed the implementation of a large-scale investment project for deep processing of wood with the creation of bioenergy plants. The largest timber processing enterprise in the region will allocate more than 5.5 billion rubles […]...

Mongabay -3 weeks ago

Malaysia calls on Southeast Asia to back palm oil against ‘unfair’ claims

SINGAPORE — The Malaysian government has called on its neighbors to help defend the palm oil industry against what it deems a discriminative campaign by the European Union to stop recognizing the commodity as a biofuel ingredient. Teresa Kok, Malaysia’s minister of primary industries, said this past week that member states of the Association of […]...

Forest Tenure


CIFOR -2 weeks ago

What future direction for forest tenure reform implementation in Indonesia?: Perspectives of national-level stakeholders

Key messages Taken together, forest tenure reform implementation in Lampung and Maluku provinces capture key issues common across different settings... The post What future direction for forest tenure reform implementation in Indonesia?: Perspectives of national-level stakeholders appeared first on Center for International Forestry Research....

Mongabay -2 weeks ago

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, May 10, 2019

Tropical forests Climate change could wipe out the Bengal tigers of Bangladesh’s Sundarbans in the next few decades, a study suggests (The New York Times). The rights of women to landownership don’t always follow when collective tenure is granted (CIFOR Forests News). The head of a chocolate producer says cacao production isn’t causing Ghana’s staggering […]...

Elsevier -2 weeks ago

Principal-agent relationships in rural governance and benefit sharing in community forestry: Evidence from a community forest enterprise in China

Publication date: Available online 9 May 2019Source: Forest Policy and EconomicsAuthor(s): Zhang Yiwen, Shashi Kant, Jinlong LiuAbstractBefore the early 2000s, a considerable number of collective forests in China were managed by common-property community forest enterprises (CFEs), which allocated minimal revenue to villagers. Existing literature attributes farmers' limited access to CFE revenue to...

timberbiz -3 weeks ago

Timber Queensland welcomes Labor support for forestry

The Queensland timber industry has welcomed a number of important measures in the recent federal Labor policy package announced by Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Joel Fitzgibbon. Source: Timberbiz “The timber industry in Queensland directly supports over 10,000 jobs across the state and a further 15,000 indirect jobs. The Queensland industry also makes an economic cont...

Entomology


Springer -just now

Coarse woody debris and wood-colonizing fungi differences between a reserve stand and a managed forest in the Taborz region of Poland

Abstract The aim of this research was to evaluate the amount of woody debris (m3/ha) on the forest floor and the associated wood-colonizing fungi. The study was performed in the Taborz region, known for its Scots pine provenance experiments, against the background of a recently launched Polish legislation to protect the biodiversity on the forest floor in managed (harvested) st...

Springer -just now

Effect of wind damage on the habitat suitability of saproxylic species in a boreal forest landscape

Abstract Many forest-dwelling species are dependent on deadwood. Sources of deadwood include competition- and senescence-related mortality of trees, and various damages. This study described a methodology for predicting the effect of wind damage on the amount of deadwood and suitability of the forest for saproxylic species. The methodology was used in a forested boreal landscap...

Springer -just now

Correction to: Advances in European agroforestry: results from the AGFORWARD project

In the original publication of the article, the copyright line was incorrect in Springer link. The correct copyright line should read as “The Author(s) 2018”. The original article has been corrected....

Springer -just now

Exploring the potential of edible forest gardens: experiences from a participatory action research project in Sweden

Abstract To meet the environmental challenges that are presently confronting society, the narrow focus on agricultural production needs to be altered to one that places equal value on the generation of crucial ecosystem services. Current research shows that perennial intercropping systems such as agroforestry may be a feasible alternative. Based on studies during the establishm...