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Historic world class wood collection is returned to the RDS

GFIS - 22 hours 20 min ago
The voluntary hand-over of the historic, Powerscourt Collection of World Timbers took place against the background of the UN International Day of Forests which was celebrated worldwide yesterday 21 March 2017.

From forests-to-flight: Decarbonizing the aviation sector

GFIS - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 21:58
The International Panel on Climate Change has postulated that, if left unchecked, we will likely see a 3.7 to 4.8°C increase in the Earth’s surface temperature by the end of the century. This temperature increase is likely to result in very disruptive and expensive events, such as rising sea-levels and extreme storms. Growing more trees, capturing CO2 and finding alternative, renewable sources of energy are all ways to help mitigate this temperature rise.

3 Surprising Ways Water Depends on Healthy Forests

GFIS - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 20:46
Deforestation in the Amazon can affect rainfall in places as far away as Texas. Photo by Katja Schulz/Flickr By Katie Fletcher and Todd Gartner Healthy forests are critical to providing clean water. Forests can positively impact the quantity, quality and filtration costs associated with a city’s water, sometimes even reducing the need for costly concrete and steel infrastructure. […]

Guest Article: Forests and Energy: Using Wood to Fuel a Sustainable, Green Economy

GFIS - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 16:38
Wood and energy are a natural match, and as we mark the International Day of Forests on 21 March, even the sky holds no limits when we imagine a future powered by woodfuel. Woodfuel is kinder to the environment than fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas, and including charcoal, accounts for roughly 40% of current global renewable energy supplies – as much as solar, hydroelectric and wind power combined. Greater investments in promising new technologies, alongside sustainably managed forests, will be crucial to ensuring that wood thrives as a major source of renewable energy.

IRP Stresses Improved Resource Efficiency to Achieve Global Goals

GFIS - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 16:36
The International Resource Panel (IRP) of UN Environment has released the report, 'Resource Efficiency: Potential and Economic Impacts'. The Report finds that by 2050, resource efficiency could add US$2 trillion annually to the global economy. The report describes four pathways of action that countries can take regarding resource efficiency and analyzes the resulting scenarios, including business as usual and a scenario resulting from the adoption of ambitious policies on both climate change mitigation and resource efficiency.

Boosting innovation with forests: it’s the International Day of Forests!

GFIS - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 16:00
As we celebrate the International Day of Forests, Thorsten Arndt, our Head of Communications at PEFC International, is in Brussels to highlight how forests can boost innovation and the bio-economy. “The demand for timber is increasing rapidly, which is great news as wood is a fantastic...

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A golden opportunity: Halt deforestation with agroforestry

GFIS - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 15:44
Focali partner Agroforestry Network urges the Swedish government to clearly position agroforestry in the upcoming policy framework for Swedish development cooperation.

Robin Wood’s Campaign on Cups at BackWerk

GFIS - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 14:01
Robin Wood is a German environmental organisation that has a strong track record on forest campaigning. They have recently run successful actions focusing on Germany’s biggest bakery chain, BackWerk, including street actions and customer education. They are one of the organisations taking part in the international day of action on throwaway cups, on 22 March […]

International Day of Action on Throwaway Cups

GFIS - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 14:00
Civil society organisations around the world are taking action on Wednesday 22 March 2017 (23 March in Australia) to show growing consciousness of the need to avoid using throwaway cups, which cause harm to people, forests, water and the climate. On this international day of action, we invite people all around the world to take […]

European Environmental Agency says climate change will hit genetic biodiversity

GFIS - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 13:50
Climate change seems like one beast, but it can show different faces depending on where you look. It will affect all European regions, but in some regions the impact will be much more severe, according to the recently published report ‘Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2016’. In...

Celebrating International Day of Forests with Bamboo and Rattan

GFIS - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 12:53
On this International Day of Forests, INBAR celebrates the many ways in which bamboo and rattan can contribute to the health of forest resources. Forests are an irreplaceable source of energy, livelihoods and habitation, and act as invaluable carbon ‘sinks’ to help mitigate the effects of climate change. It is increasingly important that we harness […]

IUFRO News Vol. 46, Double Issue 2/3, March 2017

GFIS - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 12:07
"Forests and Energy" is the 2017 theme of the International Day of Forests on 21 March! IUFRO Division 5 - Forest Products will address this and related themes in a major conference this June.

Global Forest and Paper Industry Celebrates International Day of Forests

GFIS - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 11:11

SÃO PAULO – The theme of the 2017 United Nations International Day of Forests is Forests and Energy. The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) of which CEPI is a member is proud to represent the global forest products industry, which plays an important role in contributing to the production of renewable energy. While manufacturing its products from wood sourced from sustainably managed forests, the industry reduces dependence on fossil fuels. It uses by wood manufacturing residuals, byproducts and forest residues – collectively known as biomass – to produce efficiently much of the energy required for its operations and provides heat to local communities as well as to electrify the grid.

According to the international carbon accounting principle, when combusted for energy, biomass does not contribute to global climate change as growing trees sequester carbon from the atmosphere via photosynthesis. The ICFPA reiterates the carbon neutrality of biomass in a policy statement here

The sustainable management of forestry including the efficient use of biomass for energy is key to achieving global climate change commitments and are core principles in making the low-carbon bioeconomy a reality in Europe.” says Sylvain Lhôte, Director General at CEPI

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, wood provides the world with roughly 40 percent of current global renewable energy supply – more than solar, hydroelectric or wind power. Sustainably-managed forests have a key role in meeting several United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and providing solutions for a growing green economy.

To increase the role of forests in providing renewable energy and to reduce the use of fossil fuels, the forest-based industry invests in technological innovation and sustainably-managed forests to improve yields and practices. In the past ten years, the energy share of biomass and other renewable fuels has increased ten percentage points from 53 to 63 percent.

The ICFPA represents more than 30 national and regional forest and paper associations around the world, including CEPI
For more information about the sustainability of the global forest and paper industry, visit icfpa.org.


The value of trees in Myanmar: Q&A with Laura Kmoch

GFIS - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 09:03
Today is the International Day of Forests, this year with the theme: Forests & Energy. We are we celebrating by talking to Focali member Laura Kmoch, PhD candidate at the Division of Physical Resource Theory, Department of Energy and Environment, Chalmers. Laura has just returned after 8 weeks in the field in upland Myanmar, where she has been studying the contribution of trees to rural livelihoods.

Forests and energy: What’s the connection?

GFIS - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 08:55

An interview with DG Peter Holmgren and Scientist Himlal Baral

Think you know forests?

GFIS - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 08:09

Test your knowledge with our quiz for the International Day of Forests

International Day of Forests: Plug In to nature’s powerhouse

GFIS - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 07:00
Did you know that the International Day of Forests is celebrated every year on March 21?

Ghana takes a more active role in bamboo and rattan standardisation

GFIS - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 03:14
In 2017, Ghana changed its role from an observer to a Participating member of ISO TC 296. This change in status was effected with INBAR’s support, and promises exciting developments for bamboo and rattan standards over the next few years. ISO TC 296 is a Technical Committee established under the International Standardization Organization (ISO). It works […]

International Day of Forests: #LoveForests video campaign

GFIS - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 00:00

A big thank you to everyone who took part in the #LoveForests video campaign for International Day of Forests! To mark this year’s ‘Forests and energy’ theme, we asked you to grab a smartphone, head out into your local forest, make a video telling us how forests energize you, and post it on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube. We had some fantastic entries from across the globe, and here are just a few highlights.


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