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UPM sells 3,700 hectares of forest land in Finland

GFIS - Fri, 27/02/2015 - 13:34
AXA Real Estate Investment Manager has completed the acquisition of three forest estates in Finland, covering 3,700 hectares in total, for a consideration of Euro 11.2 million with UPM.

Leipa to install another containerboard machine at its Schwedt mill

GFIS - Fri, 27/02/2015 - 11:48
German paper producer Leipa Georg Leinfelder announced that it would install another recycled...

The critical flaw in the EU's climate plan

REDD monitor news - Fri, 27/02/2015 - 11:31
By Bruce Babbit and Nigel Purvis, The Guardian, 25 February 2015 One simple fix would be for all major economies to do more at home — but this is politically unrealistic in the near-term. China and the US, the two largest climate polluters, have already set their domestic carbon pledges and are not likely to change them this year. Even the EU may lack the political will to do more internally right now. Fortunately, there’s an affordable solution that does not depend on additional domestic action in these nations. Many developing nations – from Colombia to India and Indonesia – have an abundance of low-cost opportunities to cut climate pollution. Since 2005, for example, Brazil alone has cut more carbon pollution than the entire EU, simply by reducing deforestation in the Amazon... Last year the EU took a half step toward this type of collaborative climate policy. In September 2014, at the UN climate summit, the EU endorsed the New York Declaration on Forests...

Is Bolivia going to frack 'Mother Earth'?

REDD monitor news - Fri, 27/02/2015 - 10:36
By David Hill, The Guardian, 24 February 2015 The momentum is building. Bolivia’s state oil and gas company YPFB announced in early 2013 it would begin studies to identify shale gas deposits, and in November that same year it gave a presentation in Santa Cruz on shale gas and the country’s probable reserves. Also in 2013 it ordered companies to take samples of one particularly promising geological formation, sent a delegation to the Vaca Muerte shale gas deposits in Argentina, and signed an agreement with YPF, Argentina’s state oil and gas company, to “evaluate shale gas potential” in Bolivia’s Chaco region and train Bolivians in shale gas techniques. That’s to say nothing of the “minifracking” that has already been done at one Bolivian well “with the support of the Halliburton company” and which found tight oil, according to Reporte Energia in June 2013 drawing on “trustworthy sources in the hydrocarbons industry.”

OneOak follow-on project kicks off

GFIS - Fri, 27/02/2015 - 10:05
Fifteen environmental educators, forest school leaders and teachers met with the Sylva team to develop an innovative follow-on project to OneOak - due to be launched nationally in September 2015.

[Guyana] Bai Shan Lin leases 27.4 acres of Amerindian land at $5,000 an acre

REDD monitor news - Fri, 27/02/2015 - 09:57
Kaieteur News, 26 February 2015 In a bizarre event yesterday, Amerindian Affairs Minister Pauline Sukhai anxiously signed a “communist” lease agreement with Chinese company, Bai Shan Lin, and the Amerindian village of Hururu. The lease agreement was not fully negotiated between the Company and the Village at the time cameras were set up for the event. The negotiations took place in full view of the media. Before signing, Bai Shan Lin wanted the agreement to explicitly state that upon signing it would be able to use the existing wharf in the Village. Sukhai did not agree, and suggested that the Hururu Village Council could write to the company to say that it could use the existing facilities. Bai Shan Lin officials hesitated, but the Minister saw nothing unsure about what she was suggesting. “That will suffice in the communist kind of agreement too,” a giggling Sukhai told the officials.

CGIAR leads communication-for-research uptake (ResUP) training at Nairobi symposium

GFIS - Fri, 27/02/2015 - 08:15
How do you explain your research work, share your opinion and give recommendations to an important audience so that you can make a difference and get others, including policymakers, to take up your research? These were some of the ‘research uptake’...

Event: World Water Day 2015

GFIS - Fri, 27/02/2015 - 03:41
In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day. In 2015, the theme for World Water Day is 'Water and Sustainable Development'. The Day will seek to encourage the exploration of how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want. Twitter: #WorldWaterDay, #WaterIs, #Water & #Sustainability, @UN-Water.

Pagosa forest restoration project to get farm bill funding

GFIS - Fri, 27/02/2015 - 01:10

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will receive $859,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand fuels reduction efforts on public and private lands in the Fourmile area northwest of Pagosa Springs.

Is wood part of the ecosystem?

GFIS - Fri, 27/02/2015 - 01:02

There has been some controversy in the "forestry" world because so many academic forestry programs have transformed themselves into "ecosystems" programs over the last decade or so.

Montana’s Senator Daines calls for 1,000 new timber jobs

GFIS - Fri, 27/02/2015 - 00:55

Daines presented his goal at a roundtable discussion last week with 15 representatives of the timber industry, local government and conservation community.

Wood pellet pricing information to give consumers a better sense of the pellet market

GFIS - Fri, 27/02/2015 - 00:42

Pellet stoves, inserts, and boilers are increasingly popular options for heating in Massachusetts and throughout the country.

Golf club ‘goes green’ as it installs new biomass boiler

GFIS - Fri, 27/02/2015 - 00:23

Harwood Golf Club may be well known for its immaculate greens — but now the golf club is going green in a different way by installing an environmentally friendly biomass boiler which will save the club thousands of pounds.

Timber vs steel vs concrete structures

GFIS - Fri, 27/02/2015 - 00:18

Timber, steel and concrete are three of the most common structural materials in the world, and each material has pros and cons.

U.S. Forest Service Announces its National Genomics Center for Wildlife and Fish Conservation

GFIS - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 23:27
The USDA Forest Service is announcing the establishment of its National Genomics Center for Wildlife and Fish Conservation in Missoula, Mont. The center is a leading edge facility for advanced genomics research, and it develops new tools and techniques to help managers conserve natural resources.

Compact housing launched onto national market

GFIS - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 23:00
Grabouw-based timber homes company Rustic Homes last month launched a rustic modular-design luxury housing solution, the Eco Cabin, which uses locally available materials unique to the Western Cape, onto the national market.

Marubeni to build 37mw biomass power plant in Western Japan

GFIS - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 21:22

Marubeni Corp., a Japanese trading company that’s developing clean energy projects, will build a 37-megawatt biomass power station in western Japan.

An Amphibian Only a Mother (or Biologist) Could Love Needs your Attention

GFIS - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 21:00
Hiding beneath a pile of rocks in a clear mountain stream flowing from the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina lurks North America’s largest salamander, the Eastern hellbender.  It is also locked in battle between its perilous decline and valiant struggle for survival. Sediment from runoff, prescription and over-the-counter therapeutic and veterinary drugs, personal care [...]

Sales of Paper Maps Rise for the First Time in a Decade

GFIS - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 18:10

Sales of Ordnance Survey maps are up 7 % for the financial year 2014-2015 as consumers increasingly want a map which doesn't rely on batteries and satellites.

Paloma launches €15m capital increase

GFIS - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 17:59
Tissue manufacturer Paloma is looking for investor to raise capital and expand capacity.


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