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Motivations to manage and invest in woodland creation - research output

GFIS - 1 hour 35 min ago
Defra has published the research that they and Forestry Commission England funded and many, including Confor, helped steer to develop a better understanding of what motivates landowners to manage their...

A new framework for climate policy: beyond carbon pricing

REDD monitor news - 1 hour 36 min ago
By Adam Whitmore, Energy Post, 26 March 2015 It is often argued, especially by representatives from the energy sector, that climate change policy should be based exclusively on carbon pricing. In the EU this means: on the EU Emission Trading Scheme. However, a new book by Professor Michael Grubb convincingly shows why such a policy approach is misguided. We also need policies on energy efficiency and renewables as well as policies that drive system change.

Hamburger to build new testliner machine

GFIS - 2 hours 17 min ago
Hamburger Containerboard, part of Austrian Prinzhorn Holding group, announced that it would build a...

Free Online Course on Environmental Justice

GFIS - 3 hours 25 min ago
The University of East Anglia is developing an online course on Environmental Justice, taught by Prof Thomas Sikor. Interested parties can sign up for free on Futurelearn. The first course starts on 30 March 2015. As the world develops, it is facing increasing...

World Forest Problems Include Deadly Fragmentation

REDD monitor news - 4 hours 22 min ago
By Sandy Dechert, PlanetSave, 26 March 2015 Another important issue came to the forefront last Friday, though, with a study by Nick Haddad of North Carolina State University and over 20 international coauthors in the journal Science Advances. Dr. Haddad notes: “There are really only two big patches of intact forest left on Earth—the Amazon and the Congo—and they shine out like eyes from the center of the map.” ... Haddad’s research confirms that more than 70% of the world’s forest area now lies within about a half-mile (one kilometer) of the forest edges, and that no matter what the ecosystem (forest, prairie, patch of moss), habitat destruction causes an average of 50% of the indigenous plant and animal species to disappear within 20 years. Biodiversity dwindles from fragmentation. The core ecosystems of fragmented forests decline, and their ability to sequester carbon dioxide goes with them, as do productivity and pollination.

Lincoln County <b>forest management</b> key to dodging fiery bullets

GFIS - 11 hours 9 min ago
Above Bonito Lake, fire damage from the 2012 Little Bear Fire leads to mountain snowpack melting too fast to sink into the ground and it flows down in ...

Agribusiness push continues as govt seeks to bolster economic growth, job creation

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 23:00
In 2015, government continues to stress the agroprocessing agenda in an attempt to bolster economic growth and job creation, while also securing South Africa’s future food requirements, in an economy that fell short of its growth target in 2014, achieving 1.5%, after initially being forecast to grow by 3.2% by the World Bank.  To revitalise agriculture, government plans to progressively establish Agri Parks in all 53 of South Africa’s district municipalities.

Industry body prioritises education, empowers full-time employees

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 23:00
In an effort to replace the old N-level courses previously offered by former further education and training colleges, the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa), in partnership with the Fibre Processing and Manufacturing (FP&M) sector education and training authority (Seta) and Umfolozi technical and vocation education and training (TVET) college has developed a long-distance pulp and paper occupational programme – the Pulp and Paper Occupational Programme (PPOP) for full-time employees. Pamsa has also developed a National Certificate Vocational programme, which is similar to the PPOP but is a full-time course offered by various TVET colleges for full-time learners who are not employees in the paper and pulp sector. Pamsa executive director Jane Molony tells Engineering News that, through this programme, new TVET college graduates can enter the paper, chemical and sugar industries, enabling them to grow further in the industry. 

Mpact revenue rises to R8.6bn in tough 2014

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 23:00
JSE-listed packaging company Mpact’s basic underlying earnings a share, for the year ended December 31, increased by 15.3% to 269.2c, while revenue increased by 11.9% year-on-year to R8.6-billion, owing to a drop in the oil price, capital expenditure investments and higher average selling prices. The company noted that 2014 had been a successful year for Mpact, despite many challenges.

New tax mooted by DEA could impact negatively on paper industry

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 23:00
Currently the paper industry is largely responsible for its own collections of recyclable paper needed as a raw material. Owing to transport and labour costs, collection  is an expensive exercise, a situation manufacturers can do little to improve, says Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony. She adds that the petrol price, which impacts on logistics, is not expected to go down any time soon, particularly with a fuel levy increase of more than 80c announced in the recent Budget speech.

Paper industry doing well, despite struggling economy

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 23:00
While the South African economy has been relatively stagnant over the past two years and is not expected to grow much this year – with 2% being an optimistic upward growth projection – the pulp and paper industry is “doing  well under extremely difficult circumstances”, says Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony. She tells Engineering News that the industry’s energy-saving initiatives are paying off, but electricity price increases – expected this year – owing to the need for tariffs to be cost reflective, will impact negatively on the economy. 

Zest WEG signs long-term deal with paper mill

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 23:00
Following the successful installation of a steam turbo generator set for packaging and paper group Mondi’s Richards Bay facility, motors,  controls, electrical products and solutions provider Zest WEG Group, through its subsidiary Zest Energy, on November 14, 2014 signed a five-year long-term service agreement with Mondi, requiring Zest Energy to maintain the steam turbo generator set. Zest WEG Group Energy & Systems director Gary Daines tells Engineering News that the scope of the initial contract, which was finalised in March 2014 included the manufacture and design of the steam turbo generator set and associated equipment, as well as the installation and commissioning of the unit.

Photo Gallery: Caribou Program Fecal Surveys, 2015

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 21:54

Fieldwork photos from the fRI Caribou Program, winter 2015.

As part of projects funded by SFI and FRIAA we are using non invasive monitoring, via collection of caribou feces, to determine health (pathogens) and assess hormone levels (stress, pregnancy) in caribou herds in west-central Alberta.

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FRI Subject Area: CaribouDisplay on Maps: Related Program: Caribou ProgramRelated Project: Response of threatened species to linear features and landscape change in a managed forest ecosystem in West Central AlbertaAnalysis and improvement of linear features to increase caribou functional habitat in west-central and north-western Alberta

How Does Wildlife Respond When <b>Forest Management</b> Helps to Reduce Wildfire Risk?

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 20:18
Deer mice and chipmunks were among the dominant small mammals in the study area and were mostly unaffected by the fuel reduction treatments.

Global landscape restoration target within reach

REDD monitor news - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 20:09
By Tim Christophersen, The UN-REDD Programme blog, 26 March 2015 Nature has developed powerful carbon sequestration machines: they are called trees. And we are now at the point where just reducing emissions will not be enough,” said Tine Sundtoft, Norway’s Minister of Climate and Environment, at the Bonn Challenge Ministerial meeting on 20 and 21 March 2015. “We must actively remove carbon out of the atmosphere. Forest restoration is the most cost-effective carbon capture option we have”. Ms Sundtoft’s call for more forests and trees in the fight against climate change was echoed by meeting participants from around the world. Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Liberia and the Republic of Korea provided detailed insights into their restoration actions. Already 61.5 million hectares have been taken under active restoration since the first Bonn Challenge meeting in 2011, with further pledges in the pipeline.

How well are companies doing on deforestation? Supply-Change.org offers a new transparency tool

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 17:48
A new website launched by the non-profit Forest Trends offers follow-up on corporate deforestation commitments.

Conaf: Hay 131 incendios vigentes en el país

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 17:10
La entidad detalló que 34 siniestros se mantienen en combate, 18 bajo observación, 79 controlados y uno extinguido.

ECE Reports Regional Trends in Achieving Global Forest Objectives

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 17:03
The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have released a report, 'Forests in the ECE Region – Trends and Challenges in Achieving the Global Objectives on Forests' that highlights a continued expansion of forest area in the region, but notes a decline in forest related jobs and income.

Declaran Alerta Roja para la comuna de Panguipulli por incendio forestal

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 16:04
Siniestro presenta amenaza a sectores poblados y una hidroeléctrica.

Alberto Salas asume como presidente de la CPC

GFIS - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 15:40
El actual timonel de la Sociedad Nacional de Minería (Sonami) fue elegido con 68 votos de 70 posibles.

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