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GFIS - Sat, 21/10/2017 - 06:16

Each year, forests face a growing threat.

A BC-Specific Species and Eco-Systems at Risk Legislation– An Opportunity for Policy Innovation

GFIS - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 23:54

Premier Horgan has tasked Environment Minister George Heyman to develop a new species at risk legislation for British Columbia. Coast Forest Products Association believes this creates an opportunity to generate made-in-BC policies and legislation which will account for the social, environmental and economic interests of British Columbians while managing species at risk. Coastal companies have a long history of science-based, responsible habitat management for species …

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COFI Announces Winners of Second Annual Forestry Photo Contest

GFIS - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 19:16

Vancouver, B.C. – The BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI), with media partner Canadian Forest Industries (CFI) Magazine today announced the winners of the 2017 Forestry Photo Contest. “For this year’s contest, we really wanted to showcase the significance of the forest industry to the people and communities throughout B.C.,” said Susan Yurkovich, President and […]

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Logged tropical rainforests still support biodiversity even when the heat is on

GFIS - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 15:22
Tropical rainforests continue to buffer wildlife from extreme temperatures even after logging, a new study has revealed.

Global Land Outlook - working paper on energy and land

GFIS - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 12:44
Focali researcher Göran Berndes is one of the main authors of the Global Land Outlook working paper on energy and land use - one in a series focusing on the land-energy nexus. This paper identifies and compares the land impact of all terrestrial energy forms and provide recommendations on how to deliver a sustainable global energy system - hectare by hectare.

Leadership transition to build on CIFOR’s success and impact

GFIS - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 09:59
Bogor (Indonesia), October 20, 2017 After five years as Director General for the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Peter...

Calls for help: Bialowieza–the last wild forest in Europe

GFIS - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 07:33

By Jan Carl Matysiak* It is a rare outstanding forest with an innumerable number of over 100 year old trees. It is one of the last places where you can find free roaming wisent. And it is the very last primeval forest in Europe. Bialowieza is on the border of Poland and Belarus. So you can only be left speechless when you hear Jan Szyszko Poland’s environmental minister. He stated ”The Białowieża forest was granted UNESCO natural heritage status illegally. …

The post Calls for help: Bialowieza–the last wild forest in Europe appeared first on Global Forest Coalition.

Role of women in sustainable conservation and local economic development celebrated in Bac Kan, Viet Nam

GFIS - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 07:00
Bac Kan, Viet Nam, 20th October 2017—National Women’s Day is an important date on the Vietnamese calendar when the contributions of women to their families and the local community are celebrated.

African Americans in Palm Springs neighborhood want ‘racist’ row of trees gone

GFIS - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 06:45

In Palm Springs, a row of tamarisk trees separates the Crossley Tracts, a historically black neighborhood, from a city golf course.

Innovative Pre-Fabricated Engineered Bamboo Houses

GFIS - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 06:05

New solutions for pre-fabricated engineered bamboo house design in China hopes to set the tone for future green construction. The house design, which was managed by INBAR’s long-term partner the International Centre for Bamboo and Rattan (ICBR), uses lightweight steel frames as load-bearing components, with bamboo-based panels as building enclosures, such as walls and roofs. […]

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Event: 2017 Sustainable Development Transition Forum (SDTF)

GFIS - Thu, 19/10/2017 - 23:14
The 2017 SDTF will build on the 2016 SDTF outcomes and insights and help create a bridge between the 2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and the 2018 HLPF. The event will also consider the sub-set of Goals that will be reviewed at HLPF 2018: SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), SDG 12 (Responsible Production and Consumption), and SDG 15 (Life on Land). The 2017 SDTF will include sessions focused on: Towards Sustainable Societies; Mainstreaming and Monitoring the SDGs; SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities; SDGs and Finance Transformation Towards Resilient Societies; and Exploring the SDG Nexus.

Brazilian Amazon lost 660,000 hectares of forest in last year

GFIS - Thu, 19/10/2017 - 18:07

Temer government claimed a victory as deforestation rate declines slightly, but green groups said announcement was no cause for celebration

The post Brazilian Amazon lost 660,000 hectares of forest in last year appeared first on Climate Home - climate change news.

Climate Mitigation Finance Update: First Emerging Economy Green Bond, Large Scale Forest Restoration in Amazonia

GFIS - Thu, 19/10/2017 - 17:47
Fiji has issued the first emerging market sovereign green bond. A multi-stakeholder partnership has announced a reforestation project aiming to restore 30,000 hectares of degraded Amazonian forest land by 2023. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has announced several sustainable energy projects in Egypt, Morocco, and Serbia. The European Investment Bank and the International Solar Alliance have announced a Joint Declaration to mobilize finance to develop and deploy affordable solar energy in solar rich countries.

Video raises awareness of threat to afrormosia in Ghana

GFIS - Thu, 19/10/2017 - 17:00
A video documentary on the decline of the valuable timber species Pericopsis elata?best known by its trade name afrormosia?in Ghana is raising awareness of the plight of the species and prompting conservation action. According to the video, which was produced as part of an ITTO project, P. elata is moving towards local extinction in the country.

UNCCD and GSP Unveil Global Campaigns Highlighting Land-Climate Links

GFIS - Thu, 19/10/2017 - 16:25
The #LoveLand4Climate campaign highlights the close linkages between sustainable land management (SLM) and achieving climate targets. World Soil Day 2017 will address the theme, “Caring for the planet starts from the ground," and will include the launch the first-ever Global Soil Organic Carbon map (GSOCmap).

EverGreen Agriculture: a solution for degraded landscapes

GFIS - Thu, 19/10/2017 - 16:19

Widespread land degradation is an increasing threat to ecosystem health, food production systems and livelihoods across sub-Saharan Africa.

The post EverGreen Agriculture: a solution for degraded landscapes appeared first on Agroforestry World.

Declining baby songbirds need forests to survive drought

GFIS - Thu, 19/10/2017 - 16:10
A new study aimed to identify characteristics that promote healthy wood thrush populations on US Department of Defense land.

Social media multiplies British timber message

GFIS - Thu, 19/10/2017 - 12:24

Social media activity, including a Thunderclap (joint Tweeting campaign), the launch of an e-postcards series, and posts on and from multiple Grown in Britain Week events, culminated in the campaign gaining over 2.5 million ‘impressions’ – opportunities to view its messages promoting British-grown wood – during the annual celebration from 9-15th October. Grown in Britain […]

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