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Event: Near East Forestry and Range Commission

GFIS - 4 hours 17 min ago
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 23rd session of the Near East Forestry and Range Commission to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region. One of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions, the event serves as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis.

Event: Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission

GFIS - 4 hours 19 min ago
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 27th session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region. One of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions, the event serves as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis.

Event: Joint Session of the European Forestry Commission and UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry

GFIS - 4 hours 21 min ago
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)  and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will hold a Joint Session of the 39th European Forestry Commission and the 74th UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry. The meeting will bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region and serve as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis.  

Event: Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission

GFIS - 4 hours 28 min ago
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 30th session of the Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission (LACFC 30) to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region. One of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions, the event serves as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis.  

Event: Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change

GFIS - 4 hours 36 min ago
This joint European conference in Bonn, Germany, will bring together experts from science, policy and practice to highlight and discuss the importance of biodiversity’s contribution to human health in the face of climate change. In this context health is considered in its physical, psychological and social dimension, including socio-environmental equity. The aim of the conference is to increase knowledge, share experiences and foster nature-based solutions to meet the challenges of climate change and health issues. The conference is divided into three main areas: science; practice and implementation; and policy and economy. It will feature presentations by leading experts in the fields of biodiversity, health and climate change. The conference is hosted by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) and the European Network of Heads of Nature Conservation Agencies (ENCA) in co-operation with the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) / German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv).

Event: North American Forest Commission

GFIS - 4 hours 39 min ago
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 29th session of the North American Forest Commission to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region. One of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions, the event serves as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis.

Wolves need space to roam to control expanding coyote populations

GFIS - 4 hours 45 min ago

"It will be interesting to see the influence of large predators on smaller predators in other parts of the world, especially the role of the big cats such as jaguars, leopards, lions and tigers," said co-author William Ripple of Oregon State University.(more)

Additional Information: Full StoryWilliam Ripple

24 May 2017 | World premiere for a new forest machine from Eco Log

International Forest Industries - 8 hours 11 min ago

#EcoLog created a sensation at the last #ElmiaWood by presenting a study about the forwarder of the future. This time the company will offer far more down-to-earth news.

“We’ll be exhibiting a new machine ready for production,” says Daniel Majgren, chief marketing officer at Eco Log.

A lot has happened at the company over the past year that makes its presence at Elmia Wood extremely interesting. The beginning of 2016 saw the premiere of the harvesters in its new E Series and within just over three months the entire year’s production was reserved. The year ended with the presentation of the new forwarders in the same series.

At Elmia Wood on 7 to 10 June Eco Log will for the first time exhibit its complete E Series of harvesters and forwarders. Because the harvesters are already out working in the forests, contractors have already given their impressions of how they operate in real conditions.

Newly developed machines
The machines including their cabs are newly developed but are receiving most praise for their new engines. Eco Log has switched to Volvo for the E Series, gaining lower fuel consumption and better performance in the forest.

“Volvo Penta is responsive to our customers’ demands and is investing strongly in the forest industry. The brand is also known for its high level of service,” Majgren says.

For the same reason – good service at a high level – Eco Log is presenting a range of its own new services at the fair, all designed to increase efficiency and machine availability. More details will not be revealed until the fair. The same is true for the new machine, which is having its world premiere.

New part-owner
The biggest news, though, is surely that Eco Log gained a new part-owner at the start of 2017, the investment fund Accent Equity 2012. It will provide the financial muscle for Eco Log to continue renewing its machinery portfolio.

“Our owners want to see renewal and growth. We can only deliver that by offering forest contractors the right machines for the future,” Daniel Majgren concludes.

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Dade Paper Enters Agreement to Combine with Imperial Bag & Paper

PaperIndex TimesNews - 10 hours 43 min ago
JERSEY CITY, N.J.--May 24,2017---Dade Paper & Bag Co. (“Dade”), a leading distributor of food packaging, paper products, foodservice disposables, and janitorial & sanitary supplies based in Miami, Florida has entered into a definitive agreement to combine with Imperial Bag & Paper Co., LLC (“Imperial”), one of the nation’s leading distributors of disposable food service and janitorial supplies. The combined business will have total revenues over $1.0 billion. The transaction is expected to close in June.

"The strategic decision to partner with Imperial will greatly benefit our customers and employees," said Frank Sansone, COO of Dade. "With Imperial we will soon be able to offer our customers a broader product offering and service across a wider footprint. The combined company’s culture and commitment to growth provide a great work environment and career advancement opportunities for our team throughout our combined footprint."

"The partnership with the Dade organization will significantly expand our reach into the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic markets, allowing us greater geographic coverage and ability to serve a broad customer base," stated Robert Tillis, Imperial CEO. "Together, our businesses will share best practices and provide a platform for future organic growth. We look forward to combining the Dade and Imperial families soon, and offering customers additional products and services from the people they already know and trust."

"The combination of Imperial and Dade transforms us into a leading player poised for growth. The combined business will continue to focus on acquiring great companies with exceptional teams," said Imperial President, Jason Tillis. "We look forward to working with Frank and his team to continue building the business through new customers, additional products and services, and acquisitions."

About Dade Paper

Founded in 1939, Dade distributes foodservice disposables and janitorial supplies to restaurants, supermarkets, cruise lines, hotels and motels, schools, convention centers, stadiums, and other foodservice establishments. Dade primarily services the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic markets reaching from Florida to Maryland with additional locations in the Tri-State and Northeast regions. Dade Paper is a leading distributor of foodservice disposables and janitorial supplies serving customers across more than twenty states with an emphasis on supermarkets, foodservice providers, cruise lines and schools. For more information, visit www.DadePaper.com.

About Imperial Bag & Paper

Imperial, headquartered in Jersey City, New Jersey, is one of the nation's leading distributors of disposable food service and janitorial supplies for supermarkets, schools, “grab-n-go” convenience stores and retailers. Imperial was formed in 1935 and was purchased by the current CEO, Robert Tillis, and President, Jason Tillis, in 2007. Under Robert and Jason’s leadership, the company has grown both organically and through acquisitions to become one of the foodservice disposables and janitorial supplies industry leaders. For more information, visit www.ImperialBag.com.

Sonoco Named a “Best for Vets” Company

PaperIndex TimesNews - 10 hours 44 min ago
HARTSVILLE, S.C., U.S. – MAy 24,2017 -- Sonoco (NYSE: SON), one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, has been named one of 82 "Best for Vets" companies by Military Times. Sonoco joins other well-known brands, including Kellogg, AT&T, Hilton, Macy's Inc. and The Boeing Company on the distinguished list.



Sonoco, a certified Palmetto Military Employer, recognizes the valuable skills U.S. military veterans bring to its team, including a strong work ethic, loyalty and unwavering determination to be the best.



"Over the decades, Sonoco associates have answered the call to serve. We couldn't be more proud of the fact that we have so many associates who have served (or are serving) this country," said Jack Sanders, president and CEO.



In its eighth year, Best for Vets rankings evaluate companies' cultures, veteran recruiting, veteran policies and accommodations for members of the National Guard and reserves.



"The companies on the Military Times Best for Vets list earned their rankings through determined efforts to recruit and support service members, veterans and military families. These efforts deserve recognition from the country and should get the attention of veterans looking for a new career," said George Altman, the Military Times editor in charge of the rankings.



A coveted honor for companies around the country, the annual Military Times Best for Vets rankings are the result of a meticulous, months-long process. Military Times carefully evaluates survey data and includes only the best companies in its published rankings.



For the full Best for Vets: Employers 2017 list, click here.



About Sonoco
Founded in 1899, Sonoco is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging, and displays and packaging supply chain services. With annualized net sales of approximately $4.8 billion, the Company has 20,000 employees working in more than 300 operations in 33 countries, serving some of the world's best known brands in some 85 nations. For more information on the Company, visit www.sonoco.com.

Billerudkorsnäs Fluting Production In Gruvön Up And Running

PaperIndex TimesNews - 10 hours 45 min ago
May 24,2017 --As communicated earlier BillerudKorsnäs experienced a major breakdown in the digester in the semi-chemical pulp production line in Gruvön. The problem has now been resolved. The pulp line and the fluting machine PM6 is back in production.

The impact on EBITDA for the breakdown is estimated to approximately SEK 25 million after compensation from insurance.

“The impact of the breakdown could be limited thanks to a very efficient work in the mill, and we could start up production relatively quickly. Now we have to limit the indirect damage in the form of missing deliveries and customer relations,” says Per Lindberg, CEO of BillerudKorsnäs.


For further information, please contact:

Susanne Lithander, CFO, +46 8 553 335 00, susanne.lithander@billerudkorsnas.com


This information constituted inside information before publication. This is information that BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ) is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, at 16:30 CET on 23 May 2017.

BillerudKorsnäs provides packaging materials and solutions that challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future. We are a world-leading provider of primary fibre based packaging materials and have customers in over 100 countries. The company has 8 production sites in Sweden, Finland and the UK and about 4 300 employees in over 13 countries. BillerudKorsnäs has an annual turnover of about SEK 22 billion and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. www.billerudkorsnas.com

24 May 2017 | Rayonier bullish on NZ forestry

International Forest Industries - 11 hours 31 min ago

Rayonier Inc. is “bullish” about and “encouraged” by its New Zealand operation, which had “all the planets kind of lined up last year, and we’re seeing more of the same this year,” said CEO David Nunes.

Speaking with analysts during a financial conference call earlier this month, Nunes said Rayonier had always been “fairly bullish on New Zealand just based in part on the underlying productivity of the lands and the access to markets.” During 2016, a number of factors contributed to that bullishness.

“I think the one area that perhaps if you want to put it into the bucket of surprises was the effectiveness of the reduction in domestic harvest in China. This has been something that’s been attempted before. It’s been widely reported that there was over-harvesting for a long period of time. And so, it was really the effectiveness of that domestic harvest ban and the impact then that had on the market. And I think that catalysed the market to some degree last year,” said Nunes.

On top of that, the New Zealand market was very strong, especially the Auckland market, which Nunes said “is one of the fastest-growing markets” in the region. “And so, we’re seeing very strong domestic demand.” The New Zealand domestic market has taken market share from the export market, and Rayonier is now at about a 55% to 45% mix of domestic to export, he added.

“And then you also have a strong and growing market in India. So, you had all of those market factors that were taking place at the same time, while you also had low oil prices and an abundance of ships that kept shipping rates low. And then we had strong currency on top of it. So, you really had all the planets kind of lined up last year, and we’re seeing more of the same this year. We’ve seen some increase in shipping rates. But generally, we remain pretty bullish and pretty encouraged by what we’re seeing out of New Zealand this year.”

In New Zealand, Rayonier employs more than 90 forestry and business professionals as well as 700 contractors throughout the country, and harvests more than 2 million cubic meters of timber per year, sold into the domestic market and exported into Asia with China, Korea and India being important markets, the company’s New Zealand website states.

Matariki Forests, managed by Rayonier New Zealand, is the third largest forestry company in New Zealand, with some 130,000 hectares of plantations across the country, according to the website, and Rayonier increased its ownership of the Matariki JV in New Zealand in 2015, taking its holding to 77% from 65%.

In response to an analyst’s question during the May 4 conference call, Nunes said there were no regrets whatsoever about that decision.

The full release from Rayonier with condensed statements of consolidated income is available here.

Source: Industry Intelligence Inc

 

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Methodology for the development of a systematic approach to derive suitable BAT-AELs ranges

GFIS - 12 hours 12 min ago

The above signatories have prepared a proposal for the development of a systematic approach for deriving suitable BAT1-AELs ranges, submitted to DG Environment of the European Commission. 

The legal obligation for permitting authorities to set the emission limit value for a given pollutant at a level that ensures that, under normal operating conditions, emissions do not exceed the BAT-AEL, has far-reaching consequences. BAT-AELs have to be implemented as ELVs and industrial installations have to comply with those. A systematic approach to derive the BAT-AEL as a result of the BREF review process and the data collection performed in that context is therefore a must. A robust and transparent approach will secure consistency for stakeholders throughout the BREF review process, as well as for regulators and operators at permitting level. Based on both the Guidance published in the OJEU in March 2012 and on our combined industrial experience, we have outlined in this paper an approach which should help deriving both ends of the BAT-AEL range systematically. This is crucial if one wants to preserve the integrity of IED implementation through appropriately-designed and truly applicable BAT conclusions, technically achievable and economically viable BAT-AELs.

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Bio Era tour is a present from Finnish forest sector to young people in Finland

GFIS - 12 hours 49 min ago
The Bio Era event tour, organised to celebrate Finland’s centennial year, is a review of the future of Finnish bioeconomy […]

Smallholder farmers in Kenya in the race against climate change

GFIS - 13 hours 50 min ago

By adopting agroforestry and improved agricultural practices, a community in western Kenya has increased their income and improved their living standards. They are now training other farmers to do the same.  Smallholder farms make up most of the...

The post Smallholder farmers in Kenya in the race against climate change appeared first on Agroforestry World.

‘Black gold’ for climate mitigation

GFIS - 14 hours 50 min ago

Measuring the wealth of carbon stocks in peatlands

Claim that Calif. trees are ‘net emitters’ steals the show

GFIS - Tue, 23/05/2017 - 23:23

California's national forests, plagued by millions of acres of dead and dying trees, are probably adding more carbon to the atmosphere than they absorb, an executive with a forest trade association in the state claimed.

American trees have started migrating west, and no one knows why

GFIS - Tue, 23/05/2017 - 23:18

Over the past 30 years, three-quarters of eastern US tree species have been shifting to the west, and at an astonishing rate of around 15.4 kilometres per decade (9.5 miles).

Attention Rio Grande Valley Families: It’s time to get outside and connect with nature

GFIS - Tue, 23/05/2017 - 19:09

Busy schedules, excessive screen time and lots of other factors keep kids from connecting with nature, even though study after study show that spending time outdoors makes them healthier, happier and smarter. Same goes for adults. So why not head outside together?

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