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Integrated Economic-Environmental Modeling for Decision Making - Inter-American Development Bank, CR-200,United States

GFIS - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 19:24
This BBL will introduce the use of computable general equilibrium models for integrated economic-environmental modelling. The first half of the BBL will demonstrate the application of the integrated framework to questions of forest policy and biofuels in Brazil, climate change...

Video - An ecosystem approach to natural landscapes management. Presentation by Dave Andison

GFIS - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 18:12

Dr. David Andison is program lead of the fRI Healthy Landscapes program.
He begins by explaining the "Why" of ecosystem management and how current approaches to land management fragments the landscape (overlapping tenure). "Managing in pieces", "balancing values", misses the dynamic role of disturbance (e.g.fire) in understanding natural pattern principles.
The "How" of healthy landscapes means that logging is now starting to be managed to mimic what would happen with fire. Where's and Whens vary on the landscape when applying healthy landscape management principles (mimicking natural pattern disturbance patterns) to human disturbances of landscapes.

He closes by describing how an ecosystem approach would work with woodland caribou habitat recovery.

At the core of a ecosystem management approach is the question:  "What would Mother Nature Do?"

Dr. Andison's presentation was part of PTAC's Environmental Issues and Resource Access Forum, Nov. 27, 2014.

FRI Subject Area: Cumulative EffectsLandscape ChangeNatural Disturbance ProcessesDisplay on Maps: Related Program: Healthy Landscapes (prev. Natural Disturbance) Program

Michelman acquires India’s Supack International

GFIS - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 17:22
Michelman has acquired its sales and service partner, Supack International, in a bid to focus on growing printing and packaging sector in India.

Dean Puckett & Sengwer: Conservation vs Communities

REDD monitor news - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 17:14
By David Charles, davidcharles.info, 29 January 2015 Dean Puckett is a film-maker from the UK. His films Crisis of Civilisation (based on the book by Nafeez Ahmed) and Grasp the Nettle are Elevate favourites; you can see his promo stickers all over Forum Stadtpark and in the most unexpected of public toilets. He is currently working on two documentary films, one set amid house demolitions in the Kenyan mountain jungle and another set in a volunteer-run radio station in Totnes, Devon. They might sound very different, but they are bound together by Dean’s driving fascination: communities. “I’m fascinated by how human beings function in small communities,” Dean says. “It’s kind of anthropological,” he adds. “People open up to me. I remember, as a kid, people would just come up to my mum at the bus stop and open up to her. I’ve inherited that.”

NASA finds good news on forests and carbon dioxide

REDD monitor news - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 17:03
ScienceDaily, 2 January 2015 A new NASA-led study shows that tropical forests may be absorbing far more carbon dioxide than many scientists thought, in response to rising atmospheric levels of the greenhouse gas. The study estimates that tropical forests absorb 1.4 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide out of a total global absorption of 2.5 billion -- more than is absorbed by forests in Canada, Siberia and other northern regions, called boreal forests. "This is good news, because uptake in boreal forests is already slowing, while tropical forests may continue to take up carbon for many years," said David Schimel of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. Schimel is lead author of a paper on the new research, appearing online in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences. Forests and other land vegetation currently remove up to 30 percent of human carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere during photosynthesis.

Jokowi Folds Emissions Agency BP REDD Into Forestry Ministry - The Jakarta Globe

REDD monitor news - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 16:53
By Basten Gokkon & Adelia Anjani Putri, Jakarta Globe, 29 January 2015 President Joko Widodo has disbanded Indonesia’s BP REDD+ agency, which was established in 2013 to help the country meet greenhouse gas emission targets from deforestation, and merged it with Ministry of Environment and Forestry... Norway’s ambassador to Indonesia Stig Traavik took a cautious tone when contacted on Thursday. He said it was natural for a new government to want to “manage things their own way” and Norway was open to some changes... William Sabandar, former deputy of operations at BP REDD+, was less affirmative about the decision. “This is how I see it as a former deputy of BP REDD+. What’s certain is that the presidential decree violates the agreement between the Indonesian government with the Norwegian government which is stated in the Letter of Intent in 2010.”

UK government presses ahead with plain cigarette packaging

GFIS - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 15:53
Cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco might be sold in standardised packs in the UK from May 2016.

PMP Group will supply 2nd #TM for Hebei Xuesong Paper

GFIS - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 15:24
In January, Hebei Xuesong Paper Co., Ltd has signed a contract with PMP Group for 2nd IntelliTissue® EcoEc machine. Only 6 months after TM#1 successful start-up, Hebei Xuesong Paper choose PMP Group again as the provider of TM continuing fruitful partnership.

MWV to sell its European tobacco business to AR Packaging Group AB

GFIS - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 15:24
MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV), a global leader in packaging and packaging solutions, announced it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its European-based tobacco folding carton business to AR Packaging Group AB, a maker of paperboard cartons, flexible packaging, and trays based in Lund, Sweden.

Biofuels are not the green alternative to fossil fuels they are sold as

GFIS - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 15:06

Biofuels and bioenergy take up finite land resources at the cost of food production and carbon storage and doesn’t guarantee carbon emissions cuts

Powering cars with corn and burning wood to make electricity might seem like a way to lessen dependence on fossil fuels and help solve the climate crisis. But although some forms of bioenergy can play a helpful role, dedicating land specifically for generating bioenergy is unwise. It uses land needed for food production and carbon storage, it requires large areas to generate just a small amount of fuel, and it won’t typically cut greenhouse gas emissions.

First, dedicating areas to bioenergy production increases competition for land.

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Watch our videos from November's Agroforestry Workshop

GFIS - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 14:48
Videos and presentations from our workshop on agroforestry have been published.

What is a successful REDD project? How many are there? Some questions for Steve Zwick, Managing Editor of Ecosystem Marketplace

GFIS - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 13:46
Earlier this month, the Heinrich Böll Foundation published a report written by Jutta Kill that looks at two early forest carbon offset projects in Brazil. The report is critical and documents the ongoing consequences of the projects for communities living in the area of the projects. The two case studies … read more

New film: The Future of Paper

GFIS - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 12:44
A new film expressing a vision for the future of paper was launched by civil society today in advance of Paper World, the paper industry gathering in Frankfurt, Germany. The film argues that as a global society we need to look at this everyday material with new eyes, and transform the way we use it

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Statement of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Post 2015 Development Agenda

GFIS - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 12:34
29 January, 2015

Statement of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group at the Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Post 2015 Development Agenda, Civil Society Dialogue, January 21, 2015, Delivered by Roberto Múkaro Borrero (Taino), International Indian Treaty Council.


Amcor unveils breakthrough printing technology

GFIS - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 11:27
Amcor’s folding carton business has launched a new printing technology named Sunshine.

Amcor unveils breakthrough printing technology

GFIS - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 11:27
Amcor’s folding carton business has launched a new printing technology named Sunshine.

MWV appoints Naveen Ganzu as Managing Director for India

GFIS - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 09:23
MWV has appointed Naveen Ganzu as the Managing Director for operations in India.

kW plus - new REMOTE App available

GFIS - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 08:30
Renewable energy demonstration sites - kW Plus
The REMOTE project increases and supports local capacities in renewable energy solutions across the Northern Periphery area. Thereby, the “kW plus” compiles demonstration site experiences from partners across the Northern Periphery region.

The “kW plus -Renewable Energy Demonstration Sites, Handbook” is practical to use for establishing, developing and improving renewable energy demonstration sites. This guide does not give prescriptions on how to do things, but rather offers insights on what could be done, leaving everyone free to develop their own specific approach to work and business development. The "kW plus handbook" on demonstration sites can be found here.

NEW: A new mobile application on renewable energy demonstration sites, the "KW PLUS-App", is now available for selected REMOTE demonstration cases. The "KW PLUS-App" can be found on the REMOTE webpage within the "Application Package" or here.

More information on demonstration sites can be found from the webpage: http://www.remoteproject.eu/en/publications/

Winners of New Tree competition nominated

GFIS - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 07:39
The far-reaching potential of the new forest bioeconomy was manifested by the competition entries. There’s no doubt about the usefulness […]

New Zealand’s forests association joins PEFC

GFIS - Thu, 29/01/2015 - 07:23
New Zealand Forest Certification Association (NZFCA) has joined PEFC International as its newest member.


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