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Fight to save Alaska’s big-tree forests

GFIS - 1 hour 13 min ago

In their dark-of-night tax plan, Republicans reopened the debate over logging old-growth trees that existed before Alaska became a territory, before the United States became a country.

Ant Forest: Gamifying Climate Action

GFIS - 11 hours 14 min ago
The world seems to be keen on generating firsts. The latest addition to this list is ‘Ant Forest’ - a digital platform that has managed to marry ‘fin-tech’ to environmental sustainability and climate change mitigation.

Enhancing human rights through responsible community forestry: a case from Myanmar

GFIS - 18 hours 26 min ago
Khin Moe Kyi, Khin Thiri, Kerry Woodward & Jeffrey Williamson – RECOFTC On the 10th of December 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR sets out the inalienable “economic, social, political, cultural and civic rights that underpin a life free from want and fear”. These rights are extended […]

Towards a ‘Plastic Pollution-free’ Planet

GFIS - Sat, 09/12/2017 - 15:13
Thoughts about plastic pollution during UNEA-3 by Bocheng Zhang, UNEA-3 Delegate ‘Beat the pollution, we are the solution’ is the watchword of Beat #marine litter breakfast. During the Beat #marine litter breakfast and other side events of UNEA-3, ‘Towards Pollution-free Planet’, plastic pollution is the most concerned topics and be mentioned by delegates for lots … Continue reading Towards a ‘Plastic Pollution-free’ Planet

Beetles are ravaging Europe’s oldest forest. Is logging the answer?

GFIS - Fri, 08/12/2017 - 21:37

It’s a cool, gray day in early October, and the town of Białowieża in northeast Poland looks peaceful.

UDT investigates complaint against RDLP Bialystok

GFIS - Fri, 08/12/2017 - 19:21
UDT has requested RDLP Bialystok to respond to the complaint filed by PEFC International by this Monday, 11 December 2017, 10:00, and reserves the right to suspend the certificate. UDT will also undertake an immediate audit as part of the investigation. PEFC International filed a complaint...

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Introducing a Natural Capital Asset Class in Global Exchange Markets: The...

GFIS - Fri, 08/12/2017 - 19:19
Project Status: APP. Country: Suriname. Project Number: SU-T1096. Approval date: Dec 06, 2017

Forest Fires And Landscape Restoration: An Agenda For Chile

GFIS - Fri, 08/12/2017 - 16:44
In November 2017, the New Generation Plantations (NGP) platform organized a study tour in Chile to discuss the process of landscape restoration and resilience following the catastrophic fires of the previous summer.The following document summarizes the main proposals put forward by participants on the study tour. We hope government agencies, forestry companies, NGOs and others working in Chile will consider these proposals and take them forward in order to strengthen landscape resilience.

Controlled burns limited severity of Rim Fire

GFIS - Fri, 08/12/2017 - 15:55
Controlled burning of forestland helped limit the severity of one of California's largest wildfires, according to geographers.

Register now for the IMPACTPapeRec project final conference

GFIS - Fri, 08/12/2017 - 15:09

Join us on 24 January 2018 for the final conference of the IMPACTPapeRec project, a two-year EU-funded project set up to improve the separate collection of paper for recycling in Europe. It will be organised at the Committee of the Regions premises in Brussels, Belgium.

The conference will take place from 9h00 to 13h15, followed by two workshops in the afternoon, one for municipalities and one for entrepreneurs. You can download the conference programme here.

Don't miss the chance to hear the outcome of this very special project that involved 19 partners from across the value chain!
Registration link: impactpaperec.eu/en/24-january-register/

Anti-corruption tools exist – now they must be used to help fight illegal wildlife trade

GFIS - Fri, 08/12/2017 - 14:21

Fourteen years ago, the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) was adopted by the UN General Assembly, entering into force two years later in 2005. Once adopted, December 9 was…

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AKD Softwoods looks at CHH mills | 8 Dec 2017

International Forest Industries - Fri, 08/12/2017 - 14:00

Carter Holt Harvey (CHH) and Associated Kiln Driers (AKD) are in advanced negotiations regarding the potential purchase of the Yarram sawmill located at Yarram, Victoria and the Caboolture sawmill located at Caboolture, Queensland by AKD. At this stage, no agreement has been reached by the parties to proceed with the proposal, and any subsequent agreement is expected to be subject to certain conditions.

The Yarram mill processes approximately 150,000m3 of sawlogs and produces a range of outdoor products primarily for the Victorian market. The Caboolture mill processes approximately 215,000m3 of sawlog and produces a range of structural timber for the Queensland and Northern NSW market. All existing employees of these mills (approximately 50 at Yarram and 100 at Caboolture) will be offered on going employment.

“We see these businesses as well-run operations that will be a perfect fit for the AKD Group. They provide us with a greater range of products to offer our existing customers and provide AKD with access to new markets and customers. Overall they help us become internationally competitive” said CEO Shane Vicary.

If this purchase of the Yarram and Caboolture sawmills by AKD goes ahead, there will be no impact on our existing operations and employment. We believe that they will enhance our future and provide growth and stability.

AKD currently processes 700,000m3 of sawlog at its Colac mills and has 450 employees. If this transaction goes ahead we will process over 1 million m3 of sawlog and employ over 600 staff. This would make us the second largest sawmilling company in Australia.

Over the years we have grown our business through a combination of strategic acquisitions and capital investment in our core business. The proposed acquisition continues this approach. We believe that the future demand for quality virgin wood fibre for use in the construction of detached and multistorey residential and commercial construction is strong.

The access to well managed plantations with long term supply agreements is at the core of this transaction. We are committed to providing quality locally grown and produced products, from renewable resources, having a carbon neutral or better impact on the environment.

Source: AKD
Photo: AKD CEO Shane Vicary.
CEO Shane Vicary.

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Africa-EU summit ends with declaration to address wildlife trafficking and promote sustainable management of natural resources

GFIS - Fri, 08/12/2017 - 13:48
Nairobi, Kenya, and Cambridge, UK—Representatives from African Union (AU) and European Union (EU) nations meeting last week in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, have ended their summit with a commitment to “address illegal exploitation of natural resources and wildlife trafficking as well as promote sound and sustainable natural resources management.”

Södra establishes the first indoor birch seed orchard in Sweden | 8 Dec 2017

International Forest Industries - Fri, 08/12/2017 - 12:24

Södra has established the first indoor birch seed orchard in Sweden. By growing birch seeds indoors, supply becomes more stable, and the quality of the seedlings is higher and more consistent.

The facility is located at Södra’s nursery in Falkenberg, where Södra is currently developing the operation in partnership with Svenska Skogsplantor.

The advantage of growing the trees indoors is that they will only cross-pollinate with each other, which maintains the high quality of the seeds from the selected birches. The subsequent early flowering reduces the chance of external pollination.

There has been a shortage of high-quality birch seeds in recent years, and the demand for birch seedlings has exceeded supply. With this new method, Södra will now be able to meet demand more effectively.

“By being open to new methods, we can also continually adapt our way of working. In this way, we are making an even greater contribution to our owners and their forests, as well as to society as a whole, which benefits from well-managed forests,” said Johan Jonsson, Head of Södra Skogsplantor.

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OneFortyOne Plantations to acquire Nelson Forests in New Zealand | 8 Dec 2017

International Forest Industries - Fri, 08/12/2017 - 12:19

Australian OneFortyOne Plantations (OFO) has signed an agreement to acquire one of New Zealand’s leading forestry businesses, Nelson Forests.

Nelson Forests is currently 100% owned by investment funds advised by Global Forest Partners LP, a US-based timberland investment management organisation.

The acquisition will allow for the exchange of best practice forestry management between the Australian and New Zealand operations. Following the acquisition of Nelson Forests, OFO intends to pursue options to increase the scale of both the forest and domestic processing activities in the Nelson region.

Completion of the transaction is expected to occur during 2018, subject to approval from New Zealand’s Overseas Investment Office (OIO). Campbell Global, Gresham Partners and MinterEllisonRuddWatts were advisory partners to OFO on the transaction.

Nelson Forests is a vertically integrated plantation and mill business that operates in the Nelson/Marlborough region of New Zealand. The plantation is over 60,000 productive hectares in size and the region has a total annual log processing capacity of 1.4 million cubic metres.

OFO is a leader in the Australian forestry industry. It holds long-term harvesting rights to a softwood plantation estate in the Green Triangle region comprising over 80,000 hectares.

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Södra introduces new measurement technology for timber stacks at Värö mill in Sweden | 8 Dec 2017

International Forest Industries - Fri, 08/12/2017 - 12:13

The measuring station at Värö will be the first at Södra to introduce new technology for measuring timber stack volumes on trucks. The new method is based on automated volume measurement using laser technology, developed by Swedish company, Mabema AB.

Introduction of the new technology will also involve a transition from manual to digital timber stack measurement. This will speed up the process, while maintaining and gradually improving measurement precision, and bring logistical gains due to faster passage through the measuring station. The data produced by the new method will include gross volume under bark, the height, length and width of the stack, and average diameter of the logs.

“Södra has been working with Mabema AB for some years – throughout the entire development phase of the new technology – together with several other industry players. To have now reached the stage where this is being realised represents a technological shift for timber measurement in the forest industry,” said Roger Andersson, head of timber measurement at Södra Skog.

The new measurement technology at Värö is being introduced gradually and will soon be used for all softwood pulpwood, with other ranges to follow. While Södra owns the measuring station, VMF Syd – an independent timber measurement association that operates throughout most of Götaland – will be using the new method.

“The roll-out and introduction of Södra’s new laser measurement system has been a highly successful joint project,” said Anders Svensson, President of VMF Syd.

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For a better climate: Norway to build world’s tallest timber building | 8 Dec 2017

International Forest Industries - Fri, 08/12/2017 - 10:17

“Mjøstårnet” will be more than 80 metres tall and stand 30 metres higher than what is today considered the world’s tallest timber building.

“Mjøstårnet sets new standards for timber constructions. The building is the closest we come to a skyscraper in timber,” says investor and contracting client, Arthur Buchardt.

 > > Read more about why “Mjøstårnet” is THE TALLEST TIMBER BUILDING IN THE WORLD.

 > > See the first of six films about “Mjøstårnet”

 > > See also the first of six films about “Mjøstårnet” without logo

Mjøstårnet, named after its neighbour and Norway’s largest lake, Mjøsa. The record-breaking construction will sit on the edge of the north-eastern tip of the lake in the small town of Brumunddal, an hour and a half’s drive north of Oslo.

Spanning over 18 floors, the building will reach 80 metres high, and include apartments, an indoor swimming pool, hotel, offices, restaurant and communal areas. Construction is scheduled to be completed in December 2018. Moelven, a Mjøsa-local Scandinavian industrial group, will supply the timber constructions from local spruce forests required to construct the tower and the swimming pool area.

“The assembly and construction of the Mjøstårnet is nothing short of world-class engineering, and will be managed without external scaffolding, despite the complexity of working at heights. We are primarily using cranes and supplementing with lifts as needed. We have reached 33 metres to date, meaning we have 48 metres to go,” says Buchardt.

Arthur Buchardt states that he can evidence the climate friendliness of building with wood.

“A project group established by Norwegian road authorities investigated the possibility of building the world’s longest timber bridge across Lake Mjøsa. Their studies show that building with wood instead of concrete can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 30 percent,” says Buchardt.

International standards
Buchardt believes that the construction sector will evolve in the footsteps of the automotive industry.

“In 15 years’ time I believe it will be illegal to produce and sell cars that run on fossil fuels. Similarly, I expect that climate-friendly materials will become an international statutory standard,” says Buchardt.

Importance of the Paris climate accord
Arthur Buchardt draws inspiration from the Paris climate agreement.

“You could say that I have had my eureka moment. I want to help convey an important message with this project. To build with wood is to contribute to the world breathing better,” says Buchardt.

Wants to inspire
Buchardt hopes that his ambitions to build the world’s tallest timber building may inspire others.

“Through Mjøstårnet we demonstrate that it is possible to construct large, complex wooden buildings. The planned construction of the Norwegian Government quarter can become a wooden landmark internationally,” says Buchardt.

Editor’s note: Moelven is currently creating six films about Mjøstårnet. The first film presents property investor Arthur Buchardt. The next five films will be published throughout 2018. Moelven can help provide interviewees, quality photos, films and photography sessions, plus present the building on-site. For further information, please contact:

Tom Erik Holmlund
Head of Communications
Moelven Industrier ASA
Tel: +47 91 668 668

Moelven industrier ASA is a Scandinavian industrial group that supplies products and associated services to the Scandinavian building market. The Group’s businesses employ over 3.600 persons and have a total annual turnover of some NOK 11 billion. The Group’s close to 52 business production units are organised into three divisjons: Timber, Wood and Building Systems.

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SHARED knowledge to promote sustainable woodfuel

GFIS - Fri, 08/12/2017 - 09:19

Workshops in Tanzania to better understand the context of woodfuel (charcoal and firewood) systems and plan for sustainable interventions brought together communities, governments, NGOs and businesses in three regions. We have just returned from Tanzania where we witnessed...

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Wildlife Poaching and Trafficking Prevalent Across Central Africa’s Garamba-Bili-Chinko Landscape

GFIS - Fri, 08/12/2017 - 06:01
Foreign armed groups, including the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the Janjaweed (a Sudanese militia), and other non-State militias, are the main perpetrators of wildlife poaching and trafficking across Central Africa’s Garamba-Bili-Chinko Landscape, a region that straddles the northwest border of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the southwest border of the Central African Republic, according to a new TRAFFIC report.

Resilience in face of climate change theme for Mountain Partnership Global event

GFIS - Fri, 08/12/2017 - 00:00

More than 150 representatives from mountain countries, intergovernmental organizations and civil society will endorse concrete measures and policies to strengthen the resilience of mountain people and environments in the face of climate change during meetings at FAO Headquarters in Rome next week.


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