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Macedonia submits national forest certification system: public consultation open

GFIS - 2 hours 2 min ago
The global public consultation for the Macedonia national forest certification system is now open. Stakeholders globally are invited to comment on its compliance with PEFC International's Sustainability Benchmarks by 18 March 2017. The Council for Sustainable Forest Management in the Republic of...

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Bar Works: The return of Renwick Haddow

GFIS - 3 hours 15 min ago
Renwick Haddow is back. The man who ran the Capital Alternatives network of companies is a “key figure” behind a New York co-working startup called Bar Works, according to a article in The Real Deal. Bar Works leases or buys retail spaces and converts them to co-working spaces. Customers can hire a desk in one […]

Judd Groat Interview: Guide, Outfitter, Packer

GFIS - 5 hours 34 min ago

Walter Thomas (Judd) Groat was a noted guide, outfitter and horseman in the Edson-Jasper area of western Alberta. He lived in Brule with his wife Darleen, raising nine children. His parents, Thomas and Clarice, lived on Montana Pete's homestead at Entrance at the time he was born on April 1, 1913. They moved into Brule about 1917 when he was four years old. Thomas was also a guide and outfitter, and Judd made his first long fall hunting trip with his father in the fall of 1928 when he was just 15. Judd appears to have never looked back from that experience, excelling in his own right.

This interview was conducted on August 12, 1998, just over four months before Judd passed away on January 3, 1999. We had hoped to review the typewritten draft with him to make sure we had transcribed it correctly, and were saddened to learn that this was no longer possible. I will consult with members of his family to ensure that the text is as correct as possible, while maintaining the integrity of Judd's original responses.

Peter J. Murphy About the Forest History Program Interview Series

Between 1997 and 2000, the Forest History Program conducted 33 interviews with various people who played important roles in, or were connected otherwise with the development of the remarkable forest management operation at the Hinton Forest of Weldwood of Canada. These were background information that would be used in a series of books and reports that would follow, all initiated by one book project linked to Weldwood’s 40th anniversary celebrations in Hinton in 1997. Some of these interviews are posted to the fRI Research website for general reading, others are available only with permission for research purposes. All interviews were professionally edited to retain content but improve clarity.

We’re five!

GFIS - 5 hours 53 min ago
Dear friends, today our project, WhatWood agency, turns five. During these years, we have worked with over a hundred companies from around the globe. Having started with timber industry news, we gradually realized that our strength would be in the industry analytics. We developed new products and new formats, introduced the genre of collecting the […]

Risk of tree species disappearing in central Africa 'a major concern,' say researchers

GFIS - 7 hours 42 min ago
Human disturbance may often be criticized for harming the environment, but new research suggests a persistent lack of human attention in the central African forest could actually cause some tree species to disappear.

Climate policies alone will not save Earth's most diverse tropical forests

GFIS - 7 hours 52 min ago
A focus on policies to conserve tropical forests for their carbon storage value may imperil some of the world’s most biologically rich tropical forests, says new research.

Point of view: BirdLife’s Black Book of Bioenergy – a disservice to sustainable forestry

GFIS - 11 hours 12 min ago
By its Black Book of Bioenergy report, BirdLife International not only fails to make use of the trust in its […]

Discounts up to 30% for all reports till the end of January!

GFIS - 12 hours 35 min ago
Dear clients and partners, The Christmas/New Year holidays came to an end. We hope you had a great time, as the busy season of concluding annual reports and presenting results of the year to the shareholders comes in. During that time, it is essential to have verified information for taking management decisions. Whatwood will help […]

6th ICP Forests Scientific Conference, 2nd call

GFIS - 13 hours 1 min ago

Dear colleagues, dear friends.

The second call for the 6th Scientific Conference is available under the item 'Events'. Besides general Information, guidelines for abstract prepartation are given. Please, consider a contribution from your field of activity.

Best regards and see you in Bucharest in May.


FTA and the Convention on Biological Diversity

GFIS - 13 hours 25 min ago

Presentation by Terry Sunderland, Principal Scientist & Team Leader, Sustainable Landscapes and Food Systems, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) at the CGIAR-CBD Linkages Side Event Cancun, 8th December 2016 CIFOR/FTA and the CBD from Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

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World’s Last Intact Forests Are Becoming Increasingly Fragmented

GFIS - 13 hours 30 min ago
By Susan Minnemeyer, Peter Potapov and Lars Laestadius Stolby National Park in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia. Taken by Ninara (Flickr). License information here. Intact forest landscapes (IFLs), or vast stretches of unbroken forest wilderness, are some of the most important ecosystems in the world. Their intactness makes them uniquely valuable to nature—they regulate temperature and rainfall […]

How effective are tropical forest conservation policies?

GFIS - 16 hours 14 min ago

By Sven Wunder and Jan Börner, originally posted at CIFOR’s Forests News Numerous types of forest conservation policies are being implemented in the tropics today. Alongside traditional instruments like protected areas, other initiatives including development programs, certification schemes and payments for environmental services (PES) are also being carried out. Yet rigorously-quantified knowledge about what works and what does not work […]

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Huge potential for non-timber forest products in Vietnam

GFIS - 20 hours 1 min ago

Products from forests in Viet Nam aren’t well developed. Nor has their potential to help fight climate change been fully realized. Now researchers and government are working together to change this. The high value of non-timber forest products is no secret to Viet Nam. For millions of people who live in mountain communities, especially members of the many ethnic minorities, […]

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Asia-Pacific: B.C. hemlock may break into Chinese market by pairing with bamboo

GFIS - 22 hours 10 min ago
Published December 23rd, 2016 by Chuck Chiang for the Vancouver Sun – Source A researcher with B.C. ties is looking to open more doors for Canadian western hemlock in China’s construction sector by introducing a hybrid laminate material that combines the timber with bamboo. Brad Jianhe Wang, a UBC graduate who now heads Sino-Canada Low-Carbon in Ningbo, China, said his group is looking at the potential of …

Course: How to enhance capacity to transform science into policy and practice in the field of food security

GFIS - Mon, 16/01/2017 - 16:57
AgriFoSe2030 together with GMV will give a one week training course for African young researchers on effective research-to-policy communication for agricultural development in Nairobi, Kenya, next week.

Forest devolution in China

GFIS - Mon, 16/01/2017 - 16:11
Yuanyuan Yi, PhD student at Department of Economics, GU, will give two back-to-back seminars on Forest Devolution in China based on chapters of the upcoming PhD-thesis.

Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy, and Management

GFIS - Mon, 16/01/2017 - 15:48
Michigan State University Forestry Department is pleased to offer the online Graduate Coursework in Forest Carbon Science, Policy, and Management for the 2017 Spring Semester. Available completely online and supplementing a wide range of vocations, participants include working professionals and those pursuing advanced degrees. Individuals can take just one course, or earn a Graduate Certificate upon completion of all required courses in the program. The Program offers three on-line courses: - Human Dimensions of Forest Carbon Management (FOR 833) – Spring, 2017; - Forest Carbon Policy, Economics, and Finance (FOR 835) – Fall, 2017; - Measurement and Monitoring of Forest Carbon (FOR 837) – Spring, 2017.

Connected Packaging Solution Launched by WestRock, EVRYTHNG and Digimarc at NRF 2017

GFIS - Mon, 16/01/2017 - 15:45
  • Collaboration results in a cost effective, highly scalable, IoT-enabled platform for smart products via packaging, in-store signage, and displays
  • Brings new levels of real-time intelligent interactivity to billions of paper-based consumer packages globally

NORCROSS, Ga., Jan. 12, 2017 -- WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK) today unveiled a connected packaging solution for smart products that combines Digimarc's enabled barcode technology, with EVRYTHNG's IoT Smart Products Platform to bring embedded, real time, connected digital intelligence to billons of WestRock packages, in-store signs and displays produced annually.


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