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Farther from forest: ‘Eye-opening’ study says rural US loses forests faster than cities

GFIS - 6 hours 59 min ago

Americans are spending their lives farther from forests than they did at the end of the 20th century and, contrary to popular wisdom, the change is more pronounced in rural areas than in urban settings.

How Far to the Next Forest? A New Way to Measure Deforestation

GFIS - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 18:29
Researchers develop a new metric on deforestation, hoping the information will guide conservation and educate the public.

Research Scientist in Silvopastoral Systems

GFIS - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 16:58

Location: University of Missouri

Job Title: Research Scientist in Silvopastoral Systems

Job ID: 22464

Job Description

Provide research and outreach leadership to an established and innovative silvopasture program focused on understanding forage-tree-livestock interactions in the temperature-humid zone of the United States. Existing research projects include multiple location, systems-level experiments where pine trees/hardwoods, livestock and forages are used to enhance farm profitability in the lower-Midwest. Publication of research findings in peer-reviewed journals and preparation research grants to provide additional program support for silvopasture projects is expected.

Dramatic Conservation Pledge by Papua, Indonesia

GFIS - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 12:19

Conservationists get used to hearing bad news.  But here is some outstanding news, as announced today in an ALERT press release.

An Indonesian Province the size of Norway has just committed publicly to protect at least 83 percent of its land area as undisturbed natural habitat—a goal that immediately marks it as a world leader in environmental conservation.

Promise for Papua

The Province of Papua, which comprises four-tenths of the South Pacific island of New Guinea, announced its commitment at the end of meetings this week in Jayapura, the Provincial capital.

The commitment was made by Assistant Governor Elia Loupatty, accompanied by the heads or representatives of 13 provincial agencies in Papua.  ALERT director Bill Laurance briefed the group on conservation research before the announcement.

Assistant Governor Elia Loupatty presents the Papua government's plan outlining its conservation pledge to ALERT director Bill Laurance (photo by Mohammed Alamgir)

“This is a remarkable milestone—one that should echo around the world,” said Judith Dipodiputro, coordinator of Project Papua, an initiative of Indonesian President Joko Widodo that is promoting sustainable development in the region.

The 83 percent figure for conservation—which could reach as high as 90 percent—follows from a government plan that maps future development in the province.

Colorful weevil beetle from Papua (photo (c) Rhett Butler/Mongabay)

Challenges and Opportunities

A key challenge for Papua Province is balancing economic and social development with conservation.

The province has some 3.5 million inhabitants, many living in remote villages, who aspire for better living conditions.

A warrior from a highland village in Asmat District, Papua Province (photo (c) Dani Ancil)

And it is building some 4,000 kilometers of major new roads, known as the Trans-Papuan Highway, that will stretch across the province.  By opening up many formerly inaccessible areas, the new roads will bring both increased development opportunities and sizable environmental risks.

For example, the Trans-Papuan Highway is cutting through Lorentz National Park, which harbors outstanding natural and cultural values.  A World Heritage site spanning 2.35 million hectares, Lorentz is the largest protected area in the entire Asia-Pacific region.

A road project cuts through a rainforest in northern Papua Province (photo by Bill Laurance)

Despite such serious challenges, the 83-percent commitment is a remarkable pledge for conservation in one of the world’s most biologically and culturally rich regions.

Clearly, the Papua government is going to need significant support—both from the international community and the Indonesian federal government—to achieve its ambitious conservation commitment.

But who could doubt the timeliness of such investments?  It appears to be one of our very best chances today to protect a vast and vital region for the benefit of nature, Indonesians, and future generations.

Laurance meets with Indonesian Minister of Environment and Forestry, Dr Siti Nurbaya, and her staff in Jakarta. Nurbaya has strongly supported efforts to protect forests and reduce destructive wildfires in Indonesia (photo by Mohammed Alamgir).

Lead image: Victoria Crowned Pigeon (photo (c) Ruth Choi).

Lessons from an integrated systems research program in Central Mekong

GFIS - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 10:19

A new book offers insights and recommendations to support researchers targeting smallholder farmers with integrated agricultural systems innovations. Innovations for agricultural intensification—for instance adding fruit trees to farms and intercropping—can sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ production. But for greater...

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International Paper Announces Senior Leadership Moves

PaperIndex TimesNews - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 09:40
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 22, 201 -- International Paper (NYSE: IP) announced the following senior leadership changes.Thomas J. Plath has been elected by the board of directors to become Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Global Citizenship, effective March 1, 2017. Mr. Plath joined International Paper in 1991, serving most recently as Vice President, Human Resources, Global Businesses.

The company also announced the retirement of Thomas G. Kadien, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Government Relations and Global Citizenship. Mr. Kadien joined the company in 1978 and will retire effective June 30, 2017.

"For nearly four decades, Tom Kadien has left an indelible mark on International Paper, not only as a leader but as a colleague and friend. We wish him the very best in retirement," said Mark Sutton, Chairman and CEO. "Tom Plath will lead our efforts to continue to attract, engage and develop our colleagues around the world. Tom will be an excellent addition to our senior leadership team."

About International Paper

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa, Asia and Russia. We produce packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; papers that facilitate education and communication; and paper bags, cups and food containers that provide convenience and portability. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., and employ approximately 55,000 colleagues located in more than 24 countries. Net sales for 2016 were $21 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.

Munksjö Oyj: Supplement To The Merger Prospectus

PaperIndex TimesNews - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 09:38
Feb 22, 2017--This stock exchange release may not be published or distributed, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, in or into Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, South Africa, Japan or any other country where such publication or distribution would violate applicable laws or rules or would require additional documents to be completed or registered or require any measure to be undertaken, in addition to the requirements under Finnish law. For further information, see “Important notice” below.

Munksjö Oyj: Supplement to the merger prospectus

Munksjö Oyj (“Munksjö”) has supplemented the merger prospectus dated December 16, 2016. The Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority has on February 22, 2017 approved the supplement to the merger prospectus, which relates to the publication by Munksjö of its financial statements bulletin 2016 on February 16, 2017.

The Finnish language merger prospectus and the supplement to the Finnish language merger prospectus are available on the internet at www.munksjo.com/ahlstrommunksjo/fin and www.ahlstrom.com/fi/Sijoittajat/ ahlstromin-ja-munksjon-yhdistyminen as well as at the registered office of Munksjö at Eteläesplanadi 14, FI-00130 Helsinki, Finland, and at the registered office of Ahlstrom Corporation at Alvar Aallon katu 3 C, FI-00100 Helsinki, Finland. The English language merger prospectus, the supplement to the English language merger prospectus and the supplemented Swedish language summary are available on the internet at www.munksjo.com/ahlstrommunksjo and www.ahlstrom.com/en/Investors/ahlstrommunksjo-combination/.

Munksjö Oyj

For further information, please contact

Anna Selberg, SVP Communications, tel. +46 703 23 10 32
Laura Lindholm, Head of Investor Relations, tel. +46 72 703 63 36

Ottawa 2017 Partners with Sustainable Forestry Initiative for Red Bull Crashed Ice

GFIS - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 09:00

Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to welcome Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) as a partner for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the nation’s capital.

A sustainability leader dedicated to the future of our forests, SFI promotes the responsible procurement of forest products. The organization has arranged for the donation of responsibly sourced forest products to build the Red Bull Crashed Ice track, and other portions of the venue.

La version française.

Strengthening the impact culture of research on forests, trees and agroforestry

GFIS - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 07:53

  By Brian Belcher, Senior Associate, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) In the new phase of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry, the previous work under “Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact Assessment” has been re-labelled as “Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Impact Assessment” (MELIA). FTA is developing its MELIA unit as a core research and support unit with team […]

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INBAR and REFADD sign a Memorandum of Understanding

GFIS - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 04:52
December 21, 2016 – INBAR and the African Women’s Network for Sustainable Development (REFADD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding committing them to closer collaboration in developing regional women and bamboo initiatives across Central Africa. Read the full release at: Press release_REFADD

INBAR signs a Memorandum of Understanding with ERCBWC

GFIS - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 04:44
December 14, 2016 – INBAR and the Engineering Research Center for Bamboo Winding Composites signed a Memorandum of Understanding committing each other to further cooperation on bamboo and rattan innovation in future. Read the full release at: Press release_ERCBWC

Thailand Becomes INBAR’s 42nd Member State

GFIS - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 04:39
December 6, 2016 – The Kingdom of Thailand became a Member of INBAR, and various diplomats attended a flag-raising ceremony at INBAR Headquarters to celebrate. Read the full release here at: Press release_Thailand membership

INBAR meets with the Nepalese Ambassador to China

GFIS - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 04:30
December 6, 2016 – Nepal’s ambassador to China visited INBAR’s Headquarters to find out more about bamboo and rattan’s potential. Read the full release at: Press release_Nepal ambassador HQ

University of Guayaquil and INBAR Discuss Future Cooperation

GFIS - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 04:24
December 5, 2016 – Officials from Ecuador visited INBAR Headquarters to learn about bamboo research and discuss ways to cooperate in promoting bamboo. Read the full resource at: Press release_Guayaquil HQ

On the move: People and forests in a globalized world

GFIS - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 04:19

By Catriona Croft-Cusworth, originally published at CIFOR’s Forests News Inclusive development is on the agenda at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, kicking off this week in Davos, Switzerland. We sat down with Christine Padoch, former Director of CIFOR’s Forests and Human Wellbeing Team, to discuss how inequality relates to global migration patterns, and what it all means for forests. […]

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Old Paper Mills: Monuments to a Strong Dollar

PaperIndex TimesNews - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 04:12
Papermaking was an iconic industry in Maine, ranking right up there with the state's famous lobsters. But half the state's paper mills have closed in the past two years. Politicians blame unfair trade, but the real culprit is the "strong" U.S. dollar. (Features two early 20th century postcards of Maine paper mills.): http://bit.ly/2kOj1IZ

Bioenergy in Indonesia: An international workshop

GFIS - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 01:48

The international workshop on ‘Developing science- and evidence-based policy and practice of bioenergy in Indonesia within the context of sustainable development’ was co-organized by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), partners in the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. Policymakers, researchers, and representatives from the private sector and civil society, among others, […]

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#LoveForests video campaign for International Day of Forests

GFIS - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 00:00

Help mark the International Day of Forests (21 March) and this year’s theme, Forests and energy, by taking part in our #LoveForests video campaign. All you need to do is grab a smartphone and head for your local forest, city park, or even a tree, and make a 30-second video of yourself explaining how forests energize you. Once you’ve made your video, post it on social media with the hashtags #LoveForests #IntlForestDay, or if you don’t have a social media account send the video to us. The best videos will be featured on the FAO website and social media channels.


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