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APP subsidiary installs solar panels at Suzou mill in China

GFIS - Mon, 24/11/2014 - 17:23
Asia Pulp & Paper Group’s (APP) subsidiary Gold HongYe Paper Group has completed installation of solar panels at its mill in Suzou, China. The solar project is one of the world’s largest rooftop solar installations, according to the company.

Muller Martini to concentrate on print finishing

GFIS - Mon, 24/11/2014 - 17:23
Owing to the low sales volumes, Muller Martini has decided to cease production of printing presses in the first half of 2015. Muller Martini will continue to provide service support for printing press customers worldwide in the future. As part of its strategic realignment, the company will focus on print finishing in the future.

[USA] Who determines the value of carbon credits?

REDD monitor news - Mon, 24/11/2014 - 16:41
By Todd Fitchette, Farm Press Blog, 23 November 2014 | From a blog by the California Department of Food and Agriculture comes a notice that the USDA gave money (government code speak: grant) to “create a market for carbon credits generated on working grasslands.” Aside from the fact government can’t create anything by itself but merely takes and reapportions, the grant helped initiate a partnership between Chevrolet and landowners in North Dakota whereby Chevrolet gets to continue to emit more carbon-based pollution into the atmosphere because someone else hasn’t reached their limit. Let’s stop and think about this philosophically. If the point is to reduce carbon dioxide and other so-called “greenhouse gas” emissions then why allow one party to emit more while others are emitting less than their allotted amounts?

Delion to restart DIP production in Voreppe in mid-2015

GFIS - Mon, 24/11/2014 - 15:40
The former Vertaris mill in Voreppe might restart operations in mid-2015. Delion France announced...

REDD in the news: 17-23 November 2014

GFIS - Mon, 24/11/2014 - 14:08
  REDD-Monitor’s weekly round up of the news on REDD, forests and climate. The links are organised by date (click on the title for the full article). REDD-Monitor’s news links on delicious.com are updated regularly. For past REDD in the news posts, click here.   REDD+ Safeguards: Practical Considerations for … read more

Trees4Future visitors demonstrate results

GFIS - Mon, 24/11/2014 - 13:05
Two success stories from the Trees4Future Transnational Access scheme were showcased at the Trees4Future annual meeting in Tulln, Vienna.

PEFC Highlights Key Achievements of 2014!

GFIS - Mon, 24/11/2014 - 11:30
A special edition of the PEFC Newsletter was published today to mark the opening of PEFC Forest Certification Week in Paris, France, highlighting some of the key achievements and progress of PEFC in 2014.

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Sustainable forest management – research capacities and priorities

GFIS - Mon, 24/11/2014 - 11:00

The workshop gathered over 40 participants – the representatives of forest sector from Russia, EU and five Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, and Moldova). The participants represented applied research, academic and educational organizations, as well as business organizations and public bodies in the forest sector.

The workshop outcomes will be used as a basis for further work on identifying joint research priorities, as background work for a possible later joint call for proposals targeted at EU and Russia/Eastern partnership on research on sustainable forest management.

The event was organized under the umbrella of the ongoing ERA-Net project SUMFOREST focused on reinforcing scientific cooperation on forests and reducing fragmentation of research activities in Europe and EU neighborhood countries.

More info about the workshop, please see here.

Photos by Denis Popov from Mondi Syktyvkar

Kemira inaugurates chemical production plant in China

GFIS - Mon, 24/11/2014 - 10:44
Kemira recently inaugurated its chemical production plant at Nanjing in China. The new plant will largely cater to customers across pulp and paper segment in Asia, especially China. In addition, the plant will also provide products and services to the oil & mining industry and municipal water treatment.

Mondi plans to enhance production efficiency at Steti mill

GFIS - Mon, 24/11/2014 - 10:44
In a bid to enhance production efficiency and improved machine runnability, Mondi has appointed Valmet to rebuild a sack kraft paper machine at Steti mill in Czech Republic.

Global Landscapes Forum: Forest and farming families speaking out – Speaking out for forest and farming families

GFIS - Mon, 24/11/2014 - 09:52
Tropenbos International, the AgriCultures Network and the Forest and Farm Facility are creating a space so voices from the fields and forests can be heard at the Global Landscapes Forum, Lima, Peru, on 6-7th December 2014.

Dua Tahun Merajut Cita-cita untuk Pembangunan Hijau di Papua

GFIS - Mon, 24/11/2014 - 09:52
author:  Yessi Dewi Agustina

Dua Tahun Merajut Cita-cita untuk Pembangunan Hijau di Papua

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Merencanakan Strategi Pembangunan Rendah Emisi yang Partisipatif dan Inklusif

GFIS - Mon, 24/11/2014 - 09:34
author:  Yessi Dewi Agustina

Merencanakan Strategi Pembangunan Rendah Emisi yang Partisipatif dan Inklusif

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ICRAF joins Clarins’ Seeds of Beauty project in China

GFIS - Mon, 24/11/2014 - 09:27

At the entrance to the valley where the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) will work with Clarins, two women sort walnuts in the bright winter sun. The nut tree is part of the delicate ecology of the mountains above....

[Kenya] State has neglected us, starving Mau evictees continue to cry out

REDD monitor news - Mon, 24/11/2014 - 08:47
By Gilbert Kimutai, Standard Digital News, 23 November 2014 | Mau Forest evictees living in camps for the Internally Displaced Persons at Konoin constituency, Bomet County have accused the Government of neglecting them. Representatives of the more than 900 evictees from Kusumek and Chebugen camps, said despite promises to compensate them immediately the Jubilee administration took power, there is no hope of them being resettled any time soon. Led by their spokesman William Cheruiyot, they said their families were starving and their their children malnourished. Mr Cheruiyot said many of them go without food for weeks because no relief food is forthcoming from the Jubilee Government. He said the last batch of food sent to the camps was during the coalition government under the then special programmes, and that was two years ago.

[Indonesia] KPK Questions MPR Speaker Over Riau Forest Graft Case

REDD monitor news - Mon, 24/11/2014 - 08:33
By Novianti Setuningsih, The Jakarta Globe, 11 November 2014 | The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Tuesday questioned the speaker of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) as a witness in a graft case revolving around the clearance of a forest area in Riau. “I will go to KPK at 10 am.,” MPR Speaker Zulkifli Hasan, who served as forestry minister in the administration of the previous president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, told Tempo.co before the questioning session on Tuesday... Zulkifli was questioned as a witness in the case against former Riau governor Annas Maamun. Annas allegedly received $164,000 to approve the conversion of 140 hectares of forest in Kuantan Singingi district, as requested by a local businessman, Gulat Medali Emas Manurung. Annas and Gulat were caught red-handed in the middle of a transaction last September... It is yet not clear what Zulkifli’s role was in the case, but Annas has claimed that the then-minister had agreed to the conversion.

Metso to supply valves with accessories and spare parts to PT OKI Pulp & Paper Mills in southern Sumatra, Indonesia

GFIS - Mon, 24/11/2014 - 06:00
Metso will supply several thousand valves with accessories and spare parts for PT OKI Pulp & Paper Mills, located in Southern Sumatra, Indonesia. The order is Metso's largest ever flow control products delivery for a pulp and paper industry customer. When commissioned during 2016, the new plant will be the biggest single pulp plant in the world. The extensive delivery consists of valves for control and on-off use, including segment, ball, butterfly and standard and severe service globe valves complemented with intelligent valve controllers. "Metso's reliable valves and intelligent valve controllers are designed to eliminate emissions and increase process efficiency. When using Metso's valves effectively the customer can increase sustainability and safety in the pulp making process", says See Hoe Lau, Vice President Sales and Services, Flow Control, Asia Pacific market area, Metso. Metso and Asia Pulp and Paper Group have long-term customer relationship and Metso's flow control solutions are contributing to efficient processes at several plants in Indonesia and China. The order is booked to Metso's fourth quarter 2014 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. Leading flow control technology and services to ensure process efficiency and lower total costs Metso has a long track record of delivering engineered performance and reliability to the pulp and paper industry. Metso is the market leader in control and on-off valves for pulp and paper customers globally - about 75 % of world's pulp flows through Metso's valves. In Asia, Metso has a notable installed base of valve technology in the pulp and paper industry. Metso's extensive flow control services offering covers business solutions and services that optimize equipment use and cost of ownership. Metso's valve technology centers and valve production facilities are located in Finland, the United States, Germany, China, South Korea, India and Brazil. By the end of 2014, Metso will have more than 40 valve and field device service centers worldwide. Metso has a solid experience on delivering engineered performance and reliability to the oil & gas, pulp & paper and power customers through its leading product brands - Neles®, Jamesbury® and Mapag® - and has delivered millions of control valves and on-off valves globally over the last 90 years. Metso's extensive Neles® control valve offering includes also standard and severe service globe valves which offer reliability to most critical processes and operate at extreme pressures and temperatures. Additionally, Metso has become one of the leading suppliers of intelligent valve controllers. PT OKI Pulp & Paper Mills PT OKI Pulp & Paper Mills is part of Asia Pulp and Paper Group (APP). Asia Pulp & Paper Group is a trade name for a group of pulp and paper manufacturing companies in Indonesia and China. APP, founded in 1972, is one of the world's largest pulp and paper companies delivering tissue, packaging and paper products. APP runs operations with an annual combined pulp, paper, packaging product and converting capacity of over 19 million tons. APP's products are marketed in over 120 countries across six continents. PT OKI Pulp & Paper Mills new site is located in Southern Sumatra, Indonesia, and the pulp mill will have a production capacity of approximately 8,000 air dry tonnes of short fiber pulp per day. Metso is a leading process performance provider, with customers in the mining, oil and gas, and aggregates industries. Metso's cutting-edge services and solutions improve availability and reliability in minerals processing and flow control, providing sustainable process and profit improvements. Metso is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland. In 2013, Metso's net sales totaled EUR 3.8 billion. Metso employs approximately 16,000 industry experts in 50 countries. Expect results.

Is the landscape approach good for forests?

GFIS - Mon, 24/11/2014 - 03:33

I am often asked if forests will benefit from a landscape approach. Sometimes I hear concerns that taking a landscape approach could lead to more forest losses—not less—as other land-use priorities, such as agricultural intensification, kick in. In other words, can the landscape approach be a threat to forests? To begin with, I argue that... Read more

Tree ring analysis helps IPCC determine global temperature increases

GFIS - Mon, 24/11/2014 - 01:02

It is undeniable: the world’s temperatures have increased and greenhouse gas levels are at their highest in 800,000 years, prompting a more serious call to action than ever before. These were the findings of a report released in...

Forage report highlights value of agroforestry

GFIS - Mon, 24/11/2014 - 00:16

Agroforestry systems may be preferred sites for foraging as they combine domesticated and wild species in close proximity, says a new ‘Update’ from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the Unit

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