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PMP Group starts up new tissue machine in China

GFIS - 2 hours 15 min ago
At the end of April 2013, Yuen Foong Yu (one of Asia’s leading tissue producers) signed a contract with PMP Group for the delivery of four complete PMP Intelli-Tissue 1600 Advanced lines.

Raising funds for Forest School via Love Trees Love Wood

GFIS - 2 hours 47 min ago
Our joint fundraising campaign with the Forest School Association, via the crowdfunding portal Indiegogo, ended recently - raising a total of £1250.

Garneau named to Canada's Clean50

GFIS - 4 hours 10 min ago
Resolute Forest Products President and CEO, Richard Garneau, has been named to Canada's Clean50, recognizing leaders who have made the greatest contributions to sustainable development or clean capitalism in Canada.

Climate crisis ‘could become a global revolution’

GFIS - 5 hours 7 min ago

BOGOR, Indonesia — Success in the Brazilian Amazon is evidence that it is possible to reduce deforestation and turn around the climate crisis, says Daniel Nepstad, Executive Director of the Earth Innovation Institute. “We really need to simplify and unify forces if we’re going to navigate this climate change, food scarcity, forest conservation crisis that’s emerging. ...

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Indonesian Development Minister to CIFOR: Let’s work together

GFIS - 5 hours 36 min ago

  The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) can play a key role in mapping out a research agenda “to develop a more sustainable Indonesia,” said Armida Alisjahbana, Indonesian State Minister for National Development Planning (BAPPENAS). In a speech she delivered at CIFOR’s annual meeting in Bogor, the minister explicitly referred  to landscapes as part […]

FOREST EUROPE Workshop to explore options for implementing the Valuation of Forest Ecosystem Services

GFIS - 5 hours 40 min ago
2014 Wed, 2014-09-17 (All day)

Many challenges are involved in estimating the value of Forest Ecosystem Services (FES) and the implementation of these mechanisms.


The need to discuss these challenges and to find a common approach to face them is the focus of the FOREST EUROPE workshop to be held on 24-25 September in Belgrade, Serbia, hosted by the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management.


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Plantation companies agree to define zero deforestation commitments

GFIS - 5 hours 44 min ago
Mongabay: A group of palm oil and timber companies that have pledged to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains have agreed to establish a standard for determining what constitutes "forest" in terms of carbon storage. Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), Cargill, Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), Golden Veroleum Liberia, Wilmar, Agropalma and New Britain Palm Oil have agreed to establish a body that standardizes the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach, the methodology being used to implement zero deforestation commitments....

COICA Statement: The Peruvian Amazon turns blood red before the COP20

GFIS - 6 hours 5 min ago
17 September, 2014

Statement by Coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin – COICA

The Peruvian Amazon turns blood red before COP20: Without territories and rights there will be no climate solutions

Statement COICA / Pronunciamiento COICA

The Coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin – COICA is comprised of 9 indigenous organizations of 9 countries that cover the majestic Amazonian jungle, amongst them, Peru (AIDESEP), Ecuador(CONFENIAE), Brazil(COIAB), Colombia(OPIAC), French Guyana (FOAG), Guyana(APA), Surinam(OIS), Bolivia(CIDOB) and Venezuela(ORPIA), organized to position our common efforts for the defense and promotion of the human, territorial, environmental indigenous rights, as well as Full Life in the Amazon in alliance with the natural surroundings to ensure the continuity of the planet and our present and future generations.

We currently inhabit a territorial extension of 240 million hectares of titled forests. Our forests include the most important biotic reservation in the world as well as the biggest amount of living material per superficial unit in the planet, producing approximately 75% of the world’s oxygen.

Regarding the constant systematic violations of the collective and human rights of the Indigenous Peoples, especially regarding the recent tragic events in Peru, we express:

  • Our rejection and indignation towards the killing of the 4 ashaninka leaders: Edwin Chota Valera, Leoncio Quincima Melendez, Jorge Ríos Perez and Francisco Pinedo. Our solidarity with the Saweto community that defended their territories, associated with ACOMAC (Asociación de Comunidades del Alto Tamaya), affiliated with ORAU (Organización Regional de Aidesep Ucayali), base organization of AIDESEP (Asociación Interétnica de Desarrollo de la Selva Peruana), that forms part of COICA’s territorial brotherhood: 5,000 communities, 400 federations and 9 national confederations of the Southamerican Amazon basin. This crime would have been avoided if the authorities in Peru would have listened to the constant and public clamor that our brothers manifested against the threat of the illegal timber merchants.
  • Our profound indignation, pain, anger that has been accumulating for years and even centuries due to the spilling of indigenous blood, violence, racism, forgetting, indifference towards us because, we, THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AREN’T WORTH ANYTHING. Indignation because the colony is still present, the “colonization” of the jungle where the indigenous people are killed and the impunity of these cases is constant. The majority of these Indigenous Peoples are still abandoned and deprived of their lands on which wealth is made; yesterday from the rubber companies, today from the lumberjacks, miners, oil companies and tomorrow from anyone who has “power”.
  • Enough! Today, the Ashaninkas in Peru die, before it was the Yukpa in Venezuela, the peoples in Tipnis in Bolivia, the Guarani in Brazil and many others. The green Amazon is still tainted red by the indigenous blood; always for defending one sole principle that our ancestors handed us down: to defend the Amazon and our territories where the life for humanity throbs as well as the future of the planet. Because where there is a jungle with peoples, we shall stand united forever, nurturing and recreating life for every human being.
  • We are killed for defending our territories, those of our ancestors and our great grandchildren. The titled, ensured, indigenous territories are not just an essential human right for our survival, as well as a constitutional, international right but also the best “investment” for the states and humanity, The indigenous territories are the guarantee for the cooling of the planet which is about to explode due to global warming.

With the 240 million titled hectares in hand of the Amazon indigenous peoples, we have achieved less deforestation than the state Natural Areas, through our forests we store more than 96,000 million TM of CO2, meaning all the emissions in the world during the last 3 years. More than 100 million hectares are still pending titling, of which 20 million are in Peru. For this reason we propose, demand, claim that this historical debt of recognition be addressed; titling, help for the holistic management of the territories of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin for the service of humanity.

We make a call so that these unnecessary deaths do not remain idle and that the people with good will of the world will pressure wherever they are found, be this in the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples and the Climate Summit in New York or in the UNFCCC – COP20, or in any other part, to generate awareness to obtain the necessary political and financial wills for the territorial security of the Amazon indigenous peoples and those of the entire world.

The territorial titling for Saweto and our peoples are the only sincere condolences and sympathies that we will recognize for the victims. We will wait and this will come. A thousand times we will be hit, but a thousand times we will rise and we will keep on walking as we have done so during millenniums.


1. Mr. Ollanta Humala, President of the Republica of Peru, as well as the authorities of the Judicial Power, to sanction those responsable for the crimes against the Ashaninka brothers and to protect the rights and security of the Saweto families.

2. To the President and Judicial Power to acquittal Alberto Pizango and the 52 Amazonians because they cannot and should not be charged with prison for life just for defending the jungles for the lives of our peoples and humanity.

3. We invoke the regional authorities of the Amazon of Peru to solve the physical legal sanitation of the territories of the indigenous communities, this means giving the property titles, measure that will significantly contribute to the eradication of illegal timber and illegal mining.

4. Furthermore, we call for the Presidents of the Republic of Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Guyana, French Guyana (France), Surinam, Ecuador, Venezuela and Bolivia so that they adopt all the pertinent measures for the compliance of ILO Convention 169 and the Universal Declaration on Indigenous Rights of the Indigenous Peoples ensuring the titillation of 100 million has. that are still pending for our peoples.

Quito, September 15, 2014

COICA Directive Council

Calle Sevilla N24 - 358 y Guipuzcoa. La Floresta, Distrito Metropolitano Quito Pichincha 593 Ecuador

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Papcel signs contract with Vietnamese newsprint producer

GFIS - 6 hours 15 min ago
The Czech company Papcel Litovel has signed the first-ever contract with a customer from Vietnam. The Vietnamese paper mill is a leading producer of newspaper and graphic papers.

Activists urge outgoing Indonesian president protect key forest area

GFIS - 6 hours 36 min ago
Mongabay: Activists have launched an urgent appeal calling upon outgoing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to step up protection of the only ecosystem that houses Sumatran orangutans, rhinos, elephants and tigers. End of Icons, an initiative led by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme and PanEco-YEL, is urging Yudhoyono to elevate the protected status of the Leuser Ecosystem before he leaves office. End of Icons is targeting the president ahead of his UN Climate Summit speech next week....

REDD progress is possible — just look at Indonesia

REDD monitor news - 7 hours 46 min ago
By Julian Caldecott, SciDev.Net, 16 September 2014 | But Indonesia, one of the largest GHG emitters in the 2000s, is a partial exception. In 2010, it signed a letter of intent to accept up to one billion US dollars under the Indonesia-Norway REDD+ Partnership, most of it payable for reducing emissions in the forest and peatland sector. Norway also negotiated REDD+ agreements with Brazil and Guyana. All stand out for their ‘game-changing’ intent (the ‘game’, of course, being very different in each country) and the large amounts of money on the table. With presidential leadership and start-up funds from Norway and others, some of Indonesia’s best and brightest officials and administrators were tasked with making REDD+ happen. But the scale of the challenge soon became clear. At the root of deforestation was how decisions affecting the use of land and forests were being made throughout Indonesian society — driven and distorted by the plantation sector’s demands...

Social Movements representing more than 200 million people around the world denounce corporate take-over of Ban Ki-Moon Climate Summit

REDD monitor news - 7 hours 50 min ago
Climate Space, 17 September 2014 | In a joint statement published on September 16, they call for systemic change rather than the voluntary pledges and market-based and destructive public-private partnership initiatives that currently feature on the Summit’s agenda, like REDD+ Climate-Smart Agriculture and the Sustainable Energy for All initiative. The statement calls for 10 concrete actions to be taken to prevent climate chaos including immediate binding commitments to keep the temperature rise to no more than 1.5degrees Centigrade. The social movements go on to warn against what they call the “false solutions” and harmful actions that the big corporations that have been invited by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to play the lead role at the upcoming Climate Summit in New York are pushing for.

Emami to manufacture multi layer coated board

GFIS - 8 hours 14 min ago
Indian newsprint manufacturer Emami Paper Mills is setting up 132,000tpa paper machine for manufacturing multi layer coated board at its Balasore facility in Odisha, India

Södra's interim results swing to profitability

GFIS - 8 hours 14 min ago
Södra's earnings to date this year (accumulated January-August) improved to SEK 1,012 million (loss: 786) and amounted to SEK 509 million (loss: 687) for the second four-month period. The earnings improvement was primarily attributable to increased demand and higher prices for finished goods.

Baobab holds out hope for Malawis farmers and forests | Sam Jones

GFIS - 9 hours 31 min ago
Demand for powder from the superfruit could boost farmers incomes, slow deforestation and protect biodiversity

Sitting in his well-ordered office on the outskirts of Malawis capital, Lilongwe, Chris Dohse reflects on the metamorphosis of the mango. How, he asks, did the once-exotic south Asian fruit achieve high street ubiquity, reinventing itself as everything from a cheesecake and smoothie to salsa and skin cream?

Somebody must have looked at the mango and said: Heres an interesting product. Wed like to develop new markets and new outlets, he says. They must have said, What is it that the Europeans like?

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Dunkin' Donuts pledges to dunk only in sustainable palm oil

GFIS - 10 hours 31 min ago
BusinessGreen: The company behind Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins ice cream has pledged to stop frying its doughnuts in unsustainable palm oil, which contributes to deforestation and destroys habitats of endangered species such as tigers and orangutans. Dunkin Brands Group yesterday unveiled a commitment to use 100 per cent sustainable palm oil at its United States stores. The copany said that by the end of 2015 it will be able to trace all of the palm oil it buys back to the mill and by the following year will...

Science striving for larger role in charting policy agenda on forests, climate

GFIS - 12 hours 36 min ago

BOGOR, Indonesia — Climate policy will require greater engagement from the scientific community — and an upcoming high-level forum can help to chart “where the science-policy interface needs to go on forestry issues,” said Louis Verchot, Director of Forests and Environment Research at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). “As we move past 2015, the... Read more

A little seed funding can go a long way

GFIS - 15 hours 51 min ago

Whether it be revitalizing urban parkland in New York City or ens

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