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Laser scanning accurately 'weighs' trees

REDD monitor news - 3 hours 54 min ago
By Ruth Howells, Phys.org, 21 November 2014 | A terrestrial laser scanning technique that allows the structure of vegetation to be 3D-mapped to the millimetre is more accurate in determining the biomass of trees and carbon stocks in forests than current methods, according to new research involving UCL. The research paper, an international collaboration led by Wageningen University, is published today in Methods in Ecology and Evolution and demonstrates the technique in Australian forests. The study authors believe it could be an important development in the monitoring of carbon stocks for worldwide climate policy-making. Both above-ground biomass and carbon stocks are important details for UN-REDD, the United Nations initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation that is striving to keep the destruction of forests in check and thereby preserve the uptake of carbon by trees.

Joint NGO Media Briefer on High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach to Ending Deforestation

REDD monitor news - Sat, 22/11/2014 - 23:25
By Laurel Sutherlin, Rainforest Action Network, 17 November 2014 | The HCS Approach is being developed as a tool to help companies and other stakeholders implement commitments to end deforestation. It builds on the methodology developed by Golden Agri Resources, Greenpeace and TFT since 2011. It aims to provide a practical and credible way to identify degraded areas suitable for potential plantation development and forest areas that merit protection to maintain and enhance carbon, biodiversity and social values. In practice, the approach integrates HCS assessments with High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments, the protection of peat lands, processes to accommodate local communities’ livelihoods and aspirations, and respect for the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) to proposed developments that may affect their lands.

Indonesia imposes moratorium on new logging permits

REDD monitor news - Sat, 22/11/2014 - 21:55
By Robert S. Eshelman, mongabay.com, 20 November 2014 | Indonesia's new Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya Bakar imposed a moratorium on the issuance of all new logging permits a little over a week after being appointed in late October. The move is being celebrated by conservation groups and signals that interest in reforming Indonesia's notoriously corrupt and dysfunctional forestry sector has reached the highest levels of government, with direction coming from President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. "The President's order is for permit-issuances to be fair, accurate, clear and accountable, which means that the procedure is clear and the result is certain," said Siti. "We will halt issuance of all permits until the integration process is completed to the President's satisfaction." The moratorium is likely to last between four and six months says the ministry.

Palm oil sustainability body to expel non-compliant companies

REDD monitor news - Sat, 22/11/2014 - 11:23
WWF, 21 November 2014 | WWF has welcomed a move by the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to expel member companies that have failed to keep even their most basic promises to the sustainability body. At the organizations’ 12th annual meeting, the Chair of the RSPO Board announced that member companies who have ignored annual reporting requirements for the last three years will be expelled within six weeks and those failing to report over two years will be suspended. Member companies are required to report annually on progress towards time bound plans to reach sustainability milestones. “This is a sign that the RSPO has finally lost its patience with those members who have been bringing the organization into disrepute by failing to make commitments, never mind keep them,” said Adam Harrison, WWF’s lead on its work on palm oil.

New High-Resolution Images of Indonesian Forest and Land Fires

GFIS - Sat, 22/11/2014 - 00:01
By James Anderson and Asa Strong Global Forest Watch and Digital Globe recently partnered to bring high-resolution satellite images to bear on the issue of forest and land fires in Indonesia. The fires, often set to clear land for agriculture or used as a tool in conflict over land, can cause serious damage to forests […]

Protected: A Clear Vision For The Future of BC’s Coastal Forest Industry

GFIS - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 20:14
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New technology uses natural wood fibers to reinforce plastic materials

GFIS - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 20:10

NSF is funding the work through its structural materials and mechanics program of the division of civil, mechanical, and manufacturing innovation. Otaigbe is collaborating with John Nairn, the Richardson Chair in wood science and engineering at Oregon State University; the two researchers are... (more)

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Where There’s Oak, There’s Fire

GFIS - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 19:44

“It’s real easy to go to the thermostat and dial it up or down with natural gas or electric,” says Jim Reeb, associate professor of forestry and natural resources at Oregon State University. “Wood is a little tougher to handle. It takes a little [work] to find a place to put it. You need to keep... (more)

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Millennial Trains Project: Forest Service Employee Shares Lessons-Promotes Careers in Public Service

GFIS - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 19:00
Of all the places I expected to have a life-changing experience, I would never have guessed it would involve a moving train on a transcontinental journey with other young professional millennials. But somewhere between Whitefish, Montana, and St. Paul, Minnesota, I realized that this journey would transform my outlook as a public servant. The Millennial [...]

UNECE Meeting Discusses Wood-Based Fuels and Fibers

GFIS - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 17:32
As part of the seventy-second meeting of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI), the UNECE held a 'Market Discussion,' that focused on projected developments for 2015 in the forest sector and related markets.

FAO NWFP Update Focuses on Foraging

GFIS - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 17:28
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) issued a Non-Wood Forest Products (NWFP) 'Update' focusing on the foraging of plants both within and outside of forests.

BASF appoints new VP for Dispersions & Pigments business in North America

GFIS - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 17:13
BASF has appointed Gerry Podesta as the new Vice President for the Dispersions & Pigments business in North America effective 01 November 2014.

CIFOR Study Examines Stakeholder Links in Peru

GFIS - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 17:12
The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released 'An Analysis of REDD+ policy frameworks in Peru' focusing on the multitude of stakeholders and the generally high level of agreement among them.

EU wants stiff penalties and wiretaps to fight environmental crime

GFIS - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 17:10

Light punishment of Norfolk buzzard poisoner will not dissuade offenders or help enforcement efforts, says head of EU environmental crimes unit

Lenient penalties for environment crimes, such as the suspended sentence handed down to a former gamekeeper who poisoned buzzards, hamper law enforcement and obstruct police efforts to get authorisation for vital wiretaps, the head of an EU environmental crimes unit has told the Guardian.

Leif Gorts, who leads a team at Eurojust, was speaking as the cross-border crime-fighting agency launched its first environmental crimes report, showing a dearth of prosecutions in Europe with low penalties, under-reporting, poor cross-border cooperation and corruption all hobbling enforcement efforts.

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Conservation International’s star-studded advertising campaign remembers to save the rainforests, but forgets Indigenous Peoples

GFIS - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 16:09
  Julia Roberts, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey, Edward Norton, Penélope Cruz, Robert Redford, Ian Somerhalder. These are the big names that Conservation International has recruited for its new advertising campaign. It’s called Nature is Speaking, and the celebrities play the role of nature: Harrison Ford is the Ocean; Edward Norton … read more

Secure packaging - a weapon against counterfeit medicines

GFIS - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 15:13
The Smedpack research collaboration is going to produce security solutions which prevent counterfeit medicines entering the legal distribution chain. The new packaging concept will make it easier for consumers to distinguish genuine products from fake ones.

Ethos to acquire Nampak divisions for ZAR1.6bn

GFIS - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 11:57
South African Ethos Private Equity has entered into an agreement to acquire Nampak’s Tissue,...

New majority owner of Nordic Paper

GFIS - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 11:21
Special Situations Venture Partners III (SSVP), a private equity fund advised by Orlando Management AG, is the new majority owner of Nordic Paper.

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