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China: implications of recent CITES decisions examined

GFIS - 3 hours 16 min ago
Chengdu, China, 28th October 2016—More than 60 participants from government, Chinese and US enforcement agencies, NGOs, academia and businesses attended an international workshop on illegal wildlife trade in China this week.

Trees Are Killing Forests

GFIS - 5 hours 1 min ago
Although the title might look like click-bait, it’s true.  Especially in the fire-prone forests of the west.  Our forests have too many trees.  It’s obvious when you’re out there, especially in our National Forests and in parts of the country where we don’t have sawmill infrastructure that will allow private landowners to offset the cost … Continue reading "Trees Are Killing Forests"

Right tree right place: vegetationmap4africa and Uganda Tree Finder

GFIS - 10 hours 26 min ago

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the University of Copenhagen and partners have developed a new version of vegetationmap4africa (www.vegetationmap4africa.org) map (ver. 2.0). The map with help identify species easily in the field and at the same time help scientists gain a deeper understanding of their natural environment. Right tree right place: vegetationmap4africa and Uganda Tree Finder from World Agroforestry Centre […]

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The challenges of conserving tropical forests

GFIS - 10 hours 53 min ago

By Tara Lohan, originally published at CIFOR’s Forests News Too often, the debate about forests in policy circles is reduced to two options: deforestation or total protection, according to Francis E. Putz. Putz and Claudia Romero, both researchers at the University of Florida, chose to take a different approach. “We looked at a large area of forests that falls outside […]

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Russian timber industry news #19-2016

GFIS - Thu, 27/10/2016 - 22:30
- Arkhangelsk pulp and paper mill and the Finnish Valmet Corporation have signed a contract worth €50 million to supply equipment for upgrading the board machine No. 2. This is the main part of the second phase of the pulpmill’s priority investment project. Replacement of obsolete equipment with the OptiConcept M line will reduce the […]

Global timber market review #19-2016

GFIS - Thu, 27/10/2016 - 22:28
- In July 2016, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector increased by 3.1% in the Euro area and by 1.0% in the EU28, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In the Euro area, the growth is due to building construction rising by 3.2% and civil engineering by […]

Talion-Terra launched OSB production in the Tver region

GFIS - Thu, 27/10/2016 - 20:44
Talion Terra (owned by the managing company STOD LLC) has launched the OSB line in test mode at its site in Torzhok (Tver region) and produces 900-1000 m3 of panels daily on Dieffenbacher equipment, with rated capacity being 1618 m3 per day (500,000 m3 per year). This was stated by the technical consultant of Talion […]

Climate change means major ecosystem shifts for the Mediterranean Basin

GFIS - Thu, 27/10/2016 - 20:30
Global warming above 1.5°Celsius, the ideal limit set by the 2015 Paris Agreement, will change the Mediterranean region, producing ecosystems never seen throughout the last 10,000 years, a new study reports. Already, regional temperatures in the Mediterranean basin are about 1.3°C higher than they were between 1880 and 1920, compared with an increase of roughly 0.85°C worldwide during the same period.

National socioeconomic surveys in forestry: Guidance and survey modules for measuring the multiple roles of forests in household welfare and livelihoods

GFIS - Thu, 27/10/2016 - 17:45

Adequate information on the socioeconomic contributions of forests to household welfare, livelihoods and poverty reduction is key to national sustainable development in the post-2015 agenda. While awareness is growing regarding the multiple roles of forests in these aspects of sustainable development, the lack of systematic data in many countries limits an evidence-based demonstration of this. Lacking reliable information, forests and forestry are not always adequately considered in the development of national policies.

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Inaugural Wildlife Justice Commission Public Hearing

GFIS - Thu, 27/10/2016 - 17:31
The first-ever Wildlife Justice Commission Public Hearing will examine the results of a year-long investigation into Nhi Khe, a wildlife trafficking hub in Viet Nam. The Commission decided to hold the Hearing due to the lack of decisive action to prosecute and close down the criminal network, despite the “overwhelming body of evidence” presented to the Vietnamese and Chinese law enforcement authorities, as well as “an extensive diplomatic outreach” and engagement of international stakeholders, including through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). An ‘Accountability Panel’ comprising five independent international experts, including high-level judges and legal experts, will critically examine a “Map of Facts” that includes over 5,000 pages of evidence as well as audio and visual direct observations by investigators of trafficked parts and products amounting to approximately 907 elephants, 579 rhinos, 225 tigers and other endangered species. The Panel will also consider video testimonies submitted prior to the Hearing by civil society organizations and other interested individuals or organizations, as well as a representative selection of parties invited to present statements during the Hearing. The Wildlife Justice Commission is a Netherlands-based international not-for-profit organization that operates globally to disrupt and help dismantle transnational, organized criminal networks dealing in endangered species of plants and animals. The Commission hopes that the outcome of the Public Hearing will help to validate its findings and activate justice by recommending concrete actions to be taken by Vietnamese authorities.

PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue side events: what takes your interest?

GFIS - Thu, 27/10/2016 - 17:19
From how we can address the multiple challenges of the ‘landscape approach’ to certification, to how we can improve access to certification for community forests, there is something to interest everybody at the side events of our PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue. Friday morning sees us...

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Transparency and Compliance Update: Annual Reports Give Overview of Party Compliance

GFIS - Thu, 27/10/2016 - 16:36
The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a number of documents in preparation for the Marrakech Climate Change Conference in November, including compilations, syntheses and analyses of Party reporting over the past year. A number of updates and reviews of Parties' national reporting on their climate change action were also published.

Carbon violence and green denial: How Green Resources ignores the impacts of its industrial tree plantations on communities in Uganda

GFIS - Thu, 27/10/2016 - 16:13
In 1996, Uganda’s National Forest Authority awarded a 50 year licence covering an area of land just over 9,000 hectares to a Norwegian company called Green Resources. Twenty years later, local communities are still feeling the impacts of the company’s industrial tree plantations. Green Resources’ Ugandan plantations are in the Bukaleba Forest Reserve in eastern […]

Strong Demand for Lumber Driving Sawmill Expansions in the US South

GFIS - Thu, 27/10/2016 - 15:57

Over the last few decades, the US South has become the most active region in the country for the forest products industry. While a number of factors have contributed to this trend, it has ensued primarily because the South provides ample access to fast-growing, quality wood fiber that is managed on private lands and is therefore not subject to much of the overbearing regulation that is so pervasive in other parts of the country. This abundance of affordable wood has attracted investment from existing, foreign-owned wood products companies, as well as those participating in new industry sectors, including industrial wood pellets, biofuels and biochemicals.

Science café with Focali member Martin Persson on SDG 15 and rainforest biodiversity

GFIS - Thu, 27/10/2016 - 15:12
Café seminar at the science center Universeum in Gothenburg with focus on SDG 15 - life on land.

An Assignment in Africa Connects Forests, Water, and People

GFIS - Thu, 27/10/2016 - 14:00
Steve McNulty, Ge Sun, and Erika (Cohen) Mack hiked for three hours on a winding trail over steep hills through land thick with trees and vines. They arrived at a pool and looked up at a towering waterfall. If they…Read more ›

Call for abstracts: IUFRO Congress - Interconnecting Forests, Science and People

GFIS - Thu, 27/10/2016 - 12:34
Focali member Lisa Westholm co-arrange the panel “Gender, climate policy and the future of the forests”. Abstract deadline to all panels is November 30, 2016.

Forest Adaptation and Restoration under Global Change – Asian and Oceania Perspectives

GFIS - Thu, 27/10/2016 - 12:25
Session A-9A (65): Forest Adaptation and Restoration under Global Change – Asian and Oceanian perspectives 27 October 2016, 13:30-15:30; Room 303A Learn more about the IUFRO Task Force on “Forest Adaptation and Restoration under Global Change”: http://www.iufro.org/science/task-forces/forest-adaptation-restoration/ This session, organised by the IUFRO Task Force on “Forest Adaptation and Restoration under Global Change”, discussed various […]


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