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Endorsement for Russian National Forest Certification Scheme Expired

GFIS - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 20:15
With the expiration of the Russian National Forest Certification Scheme on 31st August 2015, PEFC International advises that all certificates issued against the Russian Scheme are no longer recognized by PEFC. PEFC limits the validity of endorsements of national forest certification systems to...

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A tiny new catfish for the Amazon Basin

GFIS - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 19:31
Scientists recently described a new species of catfish from the Amazon Basin in Colombia: Parotocinclus variola.

FAO Publication Offers Analysis of Forest-Related Challenges in Southern Africa

GFIS - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 18:30
Produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) for the XIV World Forestry Congress (WFC), to be held the 7-11 September 2015, in Durban, South Africa, 'Southern Africa's Forests and People' provides a country-by-country analysis of the challenges facing the forestry sector and best practices that have been developed in Southern Africa. The publication covers Angola, Botswana, the Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Coming to the World Forestry Congress? Join the #Forest2015 social reporters!

GFIS - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 18:00
Over the past months, we assembled over three hundred people in our #Forests2015 social media team. They are a mix of social media volunteers, youth and communications professionals, all supporting the World Forestry Congress. Some work for the organisations or … Continue reading →

Fibria advances the financing strategy for its expansion project at the Três Lagoas Unit, with investment of R$ 7.7 billion

GFIS - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 17:41

In the fourth edition of the Investor Tour event for analysts and investors, Fibria announces the contracting of US$400 million Export Prepayment Facility Agreement and the launch of R$500 million offering of CRAs

São Paulo, September 2, 2015 – Fibria, a Brazilian forestry company and the world's largest eucalyptus pulp producer, reveals its financing strategy for the Horizonte 2 Project, which will expand the production capacity of its Três Lagoas Unit located in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul for investment of R$ 7.7 billion (equivalent to around US$ 2.5 billion). During the fourth edition of Investor Tour, an event held today and tomorrow in southern Bahia state that brings together around 80 investors and analysts, the company announced details of its contracting of US$ 400 million Export Prepayment Facility Agreement and the launch of R$ 500 million offering of Agribusiness Receivables Certificates (CRAs).


GFIS - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 17:12

SUYAPA, HONDURAS Not long ago we brought you a sad tale about Ramón and his family. As you’ll recall, Ramón, one of our most stellar farmer leaders, suffered the misfortune of losing his home in an electric fire.

You came to the rescue and helped us to raise $850 (as a contribution toward building materials) in less than 12 hours! The combination of the support you raised and the support of the local government and community in Suyapa made it possible for Ramón to rebuild his home.

Recently, several members of our field staff visited with Ramón, to check out the construction project and see how the whole family is doing. They report that the building is going well and that life is slowly returning to normal for Ramón, Sonia, and their children. Check it out!

Though the house isn’t quite ready for them to move back in yet, it’s getting closer and closer every day.

Sonia was even back at it making her mouth-watering plantain chips. The sale of her plantain chips represents a significant part of their income, so this is huge!

Sonia is making plantain chips again!

During their visit with Ramón and Sonia, we asked the field staff to share the notes you sent along with your donations. Notes like: "Ramon's passion for caring for the planet and his family, and his belief that the two are compatible--and even complementary--touched my heart deeply...it's my joy to contribute to their new house." (Nathan Johnson from Yoveo Media). What a tenderhearted and generous bunch you are!

Ramón and Sonia wanted us to tell you how grateful they are for your support—and how unexpected it was.

“We are blessed,” Ramón said, expressing his gratitude to the powers above, generous donors, and to the Sustainable Harvest International community.

Given how devastated Ramón and Sonia were after losing their home, they've come a long way in a short period of time. The training they received through our program gave them income-generating opportunities that will help them gain even more strength and momentum as they continue forward.

Stay tuned, as we’ll have more updates from Ramon and Sonia soon!

The new house, under construction!

The old house...


APRIL Group to Discuss Landscape Approach to Peatland Restoration at World Forestry Congress

GFIS - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 16:50
Indonesian pulp and paper company, APRIL Group, aims to highlight the importance of peatland forest protection and ecosystem restoration using the landscape approach at the World Forestry Congress 2015, where the company will speak at two sessions: ‘Investing in sustainable … Continue reading →

Indonesia pledges to cut emissions 29 percent by 2030

GFIS - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 16:25
The new target precedes the December climate negotiations in Paris.

How to submit a post to the #Forests2015 blog?

GFIS - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 16:11
We encourage everyone to submit blogposts for our #Forests2015 blog. Please follow these guidelines: Your post should be enticing and geared towards engagement. Here are some tips on how to write a good blogpost. Your blogpost should not be longer than … Continue reading →

Two IAAS youth are ready and on their way!

GFIS - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 15:05
Two representatives the “International Association of students in Agricultural and related Sciences” (IAAS) are on their way to the World Forestry Congress (WFC). Branwen and Nastya have made this short video about IAAS and the WFC. They will be part … Continue reading →

South Africa Hosts World Forestry Congress: 4 Big Opportunities for Progress

GFIS - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 15:00
By Charles V. Barber, Crystal Davis, Sean DeWitt and Nigel Sizer This article originally appeared on WRI Insights. More than 1,700 leaders from governments, civil society, business and academia will gather next week in Durban, South Africa for the 14th World Forestry Congress (WFC). Hosted by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) just once every […]

Smartphones, REDD+ and the Ameridian communities of North Rupununi, Guyana

GFIS - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 13:48
International and national statements on community participation in REDD+ are not necessarily put into practice in tropical forests. North Rupununi, in Guyana, is one place where indigenous communities are showing how – and why – they should be involved. Warm … Continue reading →

Hansol Paper completes acquisition of R+S Group

GFIS - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 13:33
Company says takeover by Hansol Paper will cause no big changes in the paper supplier pool of the...

Mainstreaming Youth for sustainable forest and people’s futures: 15 youth cross-cutting focuses at the World Forestry Congress

GFIS - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 13:22
“Young People are being heard, but what do they have to say?” While youth’s participation and involvement is significantly increasing at global development conferences, one would argue that youths’ messages still often need to be strengthened. Young people may sometimes … Continue reading →

South Africa: Community Takes Conservation into Their Hands in Spirit of Ubuntu

GFIS - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 13:19

At least 20 representatives from 3 communities of Boelang, Moloro, Maotole in the Mariepskop region as well as local NGOs like HEAL, AWARD and GEASPHERE gathered near the Sudwala caves to talk about some of the major problems that forest communities face and the solutions to these issues.

The main concerns that came up were poachers operating in their areas, the serious pollution to water sources as well as an increase in alien tree species through timber plantations. A wide range ...

The post South Africa: Community Takes Conservation into Their Hands in Spirit of Ubuntu appeared first on Global Forest Coalition.

Let’s talk about Woodfuels

GFIS - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 13:11
An estimated 90 percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s population depend on firewood and charcoal for cooking. Governments seek to make ‘modern’ cooking technologies accessible to their people. However, such energy transitions will take significant time, resources and cultural shift. In the … Continue reading →

Side Event: Integrative approaches to improve sustainable forest management under climate change

GFIS - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 13:02
Forests provide a unique challenge and major opportunity for climate change mitigation, with a fine line between their immense capacity to either contribute to or mitigate climate change. Sustainable forest management is crucial, as a decrease in the health and … Continue reading →

New research platform faces challenges

GFIS - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 12:48
A Research for Development Platform can be a powerful mechanism to bring different people together to solve problems and produce more inclusive, demand-driven research. But experience in Thailand and Viet Nam reveals many challenges.   There are three...

Encouraging response to national survey with two weeks remaining

GFIS - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 09:30
The British Woodlands Survey — this year exploring adaptation to environmental change — is attracting an encouraging response from people right across Britain. The survey closes on 15th September 2015. Have you had your say?

Seeing the forest and the trees, all 3 trillion of them

GFIS - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 09:03

The new insights can improve the modeling of many large-scale systems, from carbon cycling and climate change models to the distribution of animal and plant species, say the researchers. “Trees are among the most prominent and critical organisms on Earth, yet we are only recently beginning to comprehend their global extent and distribution,” said Thomas Crowther, a postdoctoral fellow at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) and lead author of the study.

Geerten Hengeveld, researcher at Wageningen UR and co-author of the study: “Previously we reasonably understood the total forest area in the world, and the loss of some forest area in mostly developing regions and the net gain of forest area in e.g Europe, USA and China, but to understand the characteristics of those forests, their dynamics structure and densities is still a huge challenge. But this knowledge is utterly necessary to understand the role of forests in climate change, in wood provisioning and support of livelihoods, in biodiversity and in the future bioeconomy”.  

The new study used a combination of approaches to reveal that there are 3.04 trillion trees — roughly 422 trees per person. Crowther and his colleagues collected tree density information from over 400,000 forest plots around the world. This included information from several national forest inventories and peer-reviewed studies, each of which included tree counts that had been verified at the ground level. Using satellite imagery, they were then able to assess how the number of trees in each of those plots is related to local characteristics such as climate, topography, vegetation, soil conditions, and human impacts. The resulting map has the potential to inform scientists about the structure of forest ecosystems in different regions, and it can be used to improve predictions about carbon storage and biodiversity around the world.

The results illustrate how tree density changes within forest types. Researchers found that climate can help predict tree density in most biomes. However, human activity is the largest driver of tree numbers worldwide in the sense that negative impact of human activity on natural ecosystems is clearly visible. The study provides a new measure of the scale of anthropogenic effects. Within Europe humans have reversed this trend of forest loss since the early eightteenhundreds says Gert-Jan Nabuurs, professor European forestry at Wageningen UR, and co-author in this study. “Europe has gained a lot of forest area and densities of trees have increased again. The strength of the map lies in the global assessment, but for Europe this is important as well. Our understanding of European forests can still improve a lot and this is one approach to do so. The regularly managed European forests are vital in the world for wood provision , and demand for wood will only increase under the bioeconomy. Finding a good balance between the different functions is a large challenge. Understanding these forest dynamics helps in doing so”.      

The study was a collaborative effort between researchers from 15 countries and 25 institutions.

For further information, please contact geerten.hengeveld@wur.nl

Crowther, T.W., H. B. Glick, K. R. Covey, C. Bettigole, D. S. Maynard, S.M. Thomas, J. R. Smith, G. Hintler, M.C. Duguid, G. Amatulli, M.-N. Tuanmu, W. Jetz, C. Salas, C. Stam, D. Piotto, R. Tavani, S. Green, G. Bruce, S. J. Williams, S.K. Wiser, M.O. Huber, G.M. Hengeveld, G.J. Nabuurs, E. Tikhonova, P. Borchardt, C.F. Li, L.W. Powrie, M. Fischer, A. Hemp, J. Homeier, P. Cho, A. C. Vibrans, P. M. Umunay, S. Piao, C. W. Rowe, M. S. Ashton, P.R. Crane & M. A. Bradford. 2015. Mapping tree density at a global scale. Nature doi: 10.1038/nature14967



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