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We’re kidding ourselves if we think we can ‘reset’ Earth’s damaged ecosystems

GFIS - 8 hours 38 min ago

Martin Breed; Andrew Lowe; Nick Gellie, and Peter Mortimer, Chinese Academy of Sciences Earth is in a land degradation crisis. If we were to take the roughly one-third of the world’s land that has been degraded from its natural state and combine it into a single entity, these “Federated States of Degradia” would have a […]

Final Report: Research to Support Recovery and Long Term conservation of Grizzly Bears in Alberta

GFIS - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 23:35

This document represents the full technical summaries of “Research to support recovery and long term conservation of grizzly bears in Alberta”, which was supported by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions and government and industry partners (listed in Appendix A). This project was undertaken and completed over a three year period (2011-2014) by a multi-disciplinary research team within the fRI Research Grizzly Bear Program as part of an ongoing long term program within provincial grizzly bear range in Alberta.

This report is presented in chapter format by research themes and the authorship of each chapter identified within each subject area.

Readers are referred to published papers listed for additional detail if required.

On behalf of our research team and all those who assisted with many aspects of this 3-year research effort, I want to thank our program partners for supporting this research effort.

Can cutting down trees protect New Mexico’s water?

GFIS - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 21:59

A new collaboration seeks to ease wildfire’s impacts by thinning overgrown forests.

The climate benefits of healthy forests 

GFIS - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 21:28

Trees provide amazing climate benefits when they're healthy, but forests are increasingly vulnerable to insects and disease as the climate changes.

Opinion – The trees are growing every day

GFIS - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 21:10

To borrow the words of a good friend, our National Forests are like a big sandbox and we all need to figure out how to play together in it.

Enough is enough! Stop the evictions of the Sengwer indigenous peoples in Kenya

GFIS - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 20:21
In July 2009, Navin Rai travelled to the Cherangani Hills in Kenya as part of a delegation of World Bank and Kenyan officials who travelled to the Cherangani Hills in Kenya. At the time Rai was the World Bank’s top adviser on Indigenous Peoples. The delegation was investigating a series … read more

Timber Price Movements in the US South during March/April 2016

GFIS - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 17:14

During the March/April 2016 period, there was an overall decrease in both pine stumpage prices and hardwood prices throughout the US South. Pine pulpwood saw the biggest decrease (-4.69 percent) dropping to $10.03/ton. The next two largest decreases were seen in pine chip-n-saw (-3.17 percent) and hardwood pulpwood (-3.14 percent). Pine sawtimber prices (<1 percent) remained steady while hardwood sawtimber prices (+1.01 percent) saw the only increase during the time period.

A Walk in the Dead Woods

GFIS - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 10:21
A certain climate-change denier wants to build a wall to protect a golf course “from global warming and its effects.” And get the ocean to pay for it?

Russian timber industry news #9-2016

GFIS - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 09:37
- The Central Asian and Northern African markets remained difficult in the Q1 2016, as Rusforest mentioned in its quarterly report. However, the company managed to redirect more low-quality product sales to the Japanese market instead. - Pomorskaya sawmill company LLC has started implementation of an investment project at the industrial site of Solombala sawmill […]

Global timber market review #9-2016

GFIS - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 09:34
- On May 1, insolvency proceedings on the bankrupt German Pellets Group were opened. The company is now managed by insolvency administrator, and its mills are gradually acquired by various investors. - A trial is underway at the international timber warehousing and distribution centre (Manzhouli IRITO, China). According to ITTO, this is an international railway […]

Striving to improve smallholder access to certification

GFIS - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 09:19
At the heart of PEFC is our ambition to enable smallholders to access forest certification, independent of region and socioeconomic condition. But there is more than can be done. This was highlighted last week at the first meeting of Standards Revision Working Group 2, responsible for the...

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Intrepid foresters (and dog) raise £1,400 for TREE AID

GFIS - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 09:08

Earlier this month, an intrepid team from Forestry Commission Scotland raised over £1,400 for TREE AID. Their ‘Blue Barrel Challenge’ was done during their annual leave, and consisted of paddling the 95 kilometre Great Glen Canoe Trail from Fort William to Inverness. It took five wet and windy days, camping each night. Led by Malcolm […]

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Quantifying the drivers of South American deforestation

GFIS - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 07:02

New research uses spatially and temporally explicit data to better understand deforestation trends in South America.

New pilot plant for renewable fuels

GFIS - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 07:00

A new pilot facility known as a slurry hydrocracking plant is currently being built at SP ETC in Piteå to produce green fuels based on forestry products. It will contribute to the aim of making the transport sector fossil fuel-free by 2030.

"The plant will contribute to the development of viable new technologies for conversion of e.g. lignin to hydrocarbons, suitable for downstream processing in a traditional refinery. Here institutes, academia and the business community can test and verify different concepts before they become commercially available," says Professor Olov Öhrman, head of research at SP ETC in Piteå.

Sweeter deals: Prospects for expanding Fairtrade cocoa in Ghana

GFIS - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 06:38

An important focus of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) lies on governance, trade and investment in value chains and the effects on smallholders and small-scale rural businesses. One of these chains is cocoa, where FTA researchers at World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and Bioversity International have looked at recent developments towards more sustainability, coming from global […]

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Rachel Bradley: Guardian Sustainable Business unsung hero of the year 2016

GFIS - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 06:00

Under Bradley’s leadership B&Q has moved to 100% responsibly sourced timber and is working towards all products being peat-free

Quiet tenacity, impressive determination and outstanding leadership are just some of the qualities Rachel Bradley’s colleagues point to when asked why they nominated her to be the Guardian Sustainable Business Unsung Hero 2016.

The reader-nominated award, the winner of which is chosen by public vote, recognises an employee who has gone beyond the call of duty to drive sustainable change in his or her organisation. In Bradley’s case, she has managed a number of significant projects in her 11 years at B&Q, including completing the transition to 100% responsibly sourced timber that began in 1991, working towards the company’s products becoming peat-free, and adopting the RHS Perfect for Pollinators label to help customers choose the best flowers for butterflies and bees.

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Government asks International Fund for Agricultural Development to continue support for agroforestry

GFIS - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 04:52
The District Government of Buol in Central Sulawesi Province, Indonesia wants continued international support for a project led by the World Agroforestry Centre that helps with sustainable agricultural development based on agroforestry   Amiruddin Rauf, the head of...

$5 million Enviva Forest Conservation Fund announces 2016 conservation grants

GFIS - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 03:49

The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund (the “Fund”), a $5 million, 10-year program designed to protect tens of thousands of acres of bottomland forests in northeast North Carolina and southeast Virginia, announced the recipients of its 2016 grants.

FRIM conducts checks on MOSTI-funded research projects

GFIS - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 02:20
26 May 2016 (Thursday) – Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) has recently conducted checks on seven of its research projects funded by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) ScienceFund grants. The visits to the respective project locations within the FRIM campus in Kepong were undertaken on 24-25 May by the FRIM Research Grant […]

Risky business: Uptake and implementation of sustainability standards and certification schemes in the Indonesian palm oil sector

GFIS - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 02:07

Authors: Gnych, S.; Limberg, G.; Paoli, G. Evolving international sustainability norms demand greater environmental and social responsibility from business across global commodity chains – from countries of origin to countries of consumption. Conventional commandand-control regulation has had limited success in addressing negative environmental and social impacts. As a result, advocacy groups and NGOs have championed a diversity of market-based and […]

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