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Rep. Zinke: Glacier Rim Fire Proves <b>Forest Management</b> Reform Is Needed

GFIS - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 23:39
Montana's Representative in the U.S. House says a wildfire burning near Glacier National Park shows why comprehensive forest management reform ...

Last steps before the FOREST EUROPE Extraordinary Ministerial Conference

GFIS - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 22:19

In a very brief Expert Level Meeting (ELM) held in Madrid, Spain on 2 July 2015, delegates of FOREST EUROPE signatory countries and the European Union gave their formal approval to the decision to be presented at the FOREST EUROPE Extraordinary Ministerial Conference, which will receive the results of the work of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement (LBA) on Forests in Europe.


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Everything ready for the 7th FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference!

GFIS - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 22:17

Delegates of FOREST EUROPE signatory countries and the European Union gave the green light this week to the draft documents that the ministers responsible for forests in Europe will have to decide on at the forthcoming 7th FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference.


Agreement on the Conference documents was reached at an Expert Level Meeting (ELM) held in Madrid from 30 June to 2 July 2015, during which the draft ministerial documents were finalised and formally adopted.


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The hunt for the world’s missing carbon

REDD monitor news - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 19:51
By Gabriel Popkin, Nature News & Comment, 30 June 2015 Studies from Parker's group and others reveal that trees around the globe are going through a growth spurt and are absorbing billions of tonnes of the greenhouse gas, meaning that forests are putting a brake on global warming. But there is no guarantee that forests will keep that up, Parker says. “I think of it like these performance enhancers that some stellar athletes use: it bumps up performance, but not for ever.” In fact, studies of some regions suggest that forest growth may already be slowing down. And humans are adding to the problem by cutting down trees, especially in tropical forests. Getting an accurate reading on the status of Earth's forests is hard because scientists cannot wrap measuring tapes around the roughly 400 billion trees scattered across the planet. So researchers are exploring ways to track forest growth more efficiently, using planes and satellites.

Brazil announces massive reforestation and renewable energy plan with US

REDD monitor news - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 19:47
By Suzanne Goldenberg and Dan Roberts, The Guardian, 30 June 2015 Barack Obama and Dilma Rousseff put climate change at the top of their agenda at their bilateral meeting on Tuesday, with the US and Brazil agreeing to obtain up to 20% of their electricity from renewable power by 2030. Brazil also committed to restoring up to 12m hectares of forest – an area about the size of England or Pennsylvania – in another attempt to reduce the carbon pollution that causes climate change. The White House said the initiatives were part of a new US-Brazil climate partnership, loosely modelled on the historic US-China agreement reached during Obama’s visit to Beijing last November, intended to build momentum for a global deal to fight climate change in Paris at the end of the year.

Guest Article #48: CITES - 40 Years of International Cooperation and National Action

GFIS - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 17:34
CITES was the third global environmental agreement to be adopted in the early 1970's, signed in Washington DC, US on 3 March 1973 – and 3 March is now celebrated each year as UN World Wildlife Day. It was, however, the first such global agreement to enter into force on 1 July 1975, some six months earlier than the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and the World Heritage Convention.

June 2015 Climate Finance Update

GFIS - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 17:32
During the month of June, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, the Adaptation Fund, the World Agroforestry Centre, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Global Environment Facility (the GEF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership reported on climate finance projects and other related news. ADB, AfDB, GCF, the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and launched publications.

DTI, Nestlé sign chicory MoU

GFIS - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 17:20
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies says a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Eastern Cape provincial government and dairy products manufacturer Nestlé South Africa on Thursday would create 800 permanent and seasonal jobs by 2019. The MoU formed part of a public–private sector collaboration between industry and government for the chicory sector – a programme aimed at encouraging local farmers to grow chicory and supply it to Nestlé for use in its coffee product Ricoffy.

FAO Publishes Annual Yearbook of Forest Products

GFIS - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 17:18
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published its 67th edition of the 'FAO Yearbook of Forest Products,' which contains annual data on production and trade in forest products for the years 2009-2013.

US-Brazil Intensify Collaboration on Climate Change

GFIS - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 17:12
During an official visit to Washington DC, US, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff agreed with US President Barack Obama to intensify the collaboration between the two countries, both bilaterally and under the UNFCCC. They issued a Joint US-Brazil Statement on Climate Change that addresses: leadership on the road to the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015; ambitious climate action; the launch of a Brazil-US Joint Initiative on Climate Change; cooperation on sustainable land use; and cooperation on clean energy and on climate change adaptation.

State of the World's Forests 2014 Presented at COFO

GFIS - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 17:00
The publication, 'State of the World's Forests 2014: Enhancing the socio-economic benefits from forests,' (SOFO), was presented at the opening of the 22nd Session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Committee on Forestry (COFO).

Auction of Special Edition Prints from The New Sylva – now live

GFIS - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 17:00
The drawings in the award-winning book The New Sylva were created by internationally-renowned artist Sarah Simblet while she was artist-in-residence for the Sylva Foundation. Now a selection of 80 special edition prints are being auctioned to raise money for our charitable activities.

Kebakaran Hutan di Indonesia kembali Menyala, Mengancam Kawasan yang Dilindungi dan Lahan Gambut

GFIS - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 15:36
Kabut asap ekstrem yang disebabkan oleh kebakaran hutan dan semak di Sumatera and Kalimantan, Indonesia merupakan masalah tidak berkesudahan yang memengaruhi kualitas hidup and ekonomi masyarakat lokal maupun negara tetangga. Seiringan dengan mendekatnya musim kering, angkat titik api mulai meningkat, terutama di provinsi Riau, Sumatera yang rawan terbakar. Kebakaran tersebut sudah mulai mengancam beberapa ekosistem […]

Power, consultation and REDD in Nepal

GFIS - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 15:02
Rishi Bastakoti is a PhD candidate in geography at the University of Calgary in Canada. He has worked as a policy practitioner in Nepal’s community forestry network for more then 10 years. From December 2013 to September 2014, Bastakoti was in Nepal, observing the REDD readiness process. He carried out … read more

PEFC calls on consumers to demand certified goods

GFIS - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 12:32
Our new online tool assists with reducing the cumbersome paperwork generated by the sustainable forest management process and is designed to be ...

Sappi sells recycled packaging paper business to Corruseal

GFIS - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 10:52
Pulp and paper manufacturer Sappi will sell its Enstra Mill recycled containerboard and kraft papers business, in Springs, to packaging supplier Corruseal Group for an undisclosed amount. The mill would continue to manufacture recycled and lightweight packaging paper, but the existing security paper, office, speciality and folio businesses also conducted at the mill would remain with Sappi.

Sappi to divest Enstra mill to Corruseal Group

GFIS - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 10:31
Corruseal-deal includes the Enstra mill premises and recycled containerboard and kraft paper...

Are planted forests in Latin America a good deal for investors? A review.

GFIS - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 09:33

Originally posted on CIFOR’s Forests News. By Manuel Guariguata, principal scientist at CIFOR. Subsidized by Mother Nature, society has consumed, for various reasons and over centuries, vast amounts of timber extracted from primary tropical forests. The trees were not planted nor tended.  And usually, companies just rented the much needed forestland from the government, at […]

Indonesia’s Forest Fires Reignite, Threatening Protected Areas and Peatlands

REDD monitor news - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 08:29
By Lisa Johnston, Tjokorda Nirarta "Koni" Samadhi, Susan Minnemeyer and Nigel Sizer, World Resources Institute, 1 July 2015 Extreme haze caused by forest and bush fires throughout Sumatra and Kalimantan, Indonesia has been a perpetual problem affecting the quality of life and economy of local residents and neighboring countries. As this year’s dry season approaches, the fires are just starting to pick up, especially in the fire-prone province of Riau, Sumatra. They’re already threatening some of the most biodiverse and carbon-rich ecosystems in the country—protected forests and peatlands. According to NASA’s Active Fire Data on the Global Forest Watch Fires platform, half of the fire alerts in Riau Province are occurring in protected areas or those where new development is prohibited under Indonesia’s national forest moratorium.

New study re-writes the rules of carbon analysis: ANU media center

REDD monitor news - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 08:29
Australian National University press release, 30 June 2015 A new study published today in Nature Climate Change has found analyses of carbon emissions may be misleading as they failed to include the impacts of policies such as trading schemes, emission caps or quotas... The paper develops a new framework for evaluating the impacts of policy mechanisms in life-cycle analysis and applies it to the issue of whether it is better for the climate to conserve native forests or to harvest them sustainably to produce wood products. Contrary to the findings of many previous life-cycle analyses, the study found that, when policy effects are accounted for, conserving the native forests of southeast New South Wales resulted in better climate outcomes than if they continued to be sustainably harvested.


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