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Future leaders gather to Joensuu

GFIS - Thu, 18/12/2014 - 11:03

The week-long YLP is a unique opportunity for these young professionals to interact with international experts from science, policy and business. The wide-ranging list of speakers included Peter Csoka from FAO, Nikolay Shmatkov from WWF Russia, Anders Hildeman from IKEA, Denis Popov from Mondi Syktyvkarsky, Sirpa Välimaa from Stora Enso as well as Kenneth Munson from International Paper and speakers from EFI, Metla and UEF.

The YLP is a joint initiative by EFI, Metla and the University of Eastern Finland, and is supported by the City of Joensuu, Joensuu University Foundation, the Regional Council of North Karelia, Joensuu Science Park, Metsä Group and Ponsse.

More information on YLP website.

Photo: EFI

Side-event with Focali Researchers at the United Nations Climate Conference

GFIS - Thu, 18/12/2014 - 10:11
Focali researcher Fariborz Zelli shares his experinces from the side-event "REDD and Beyond: International and Indigenous Strategies in Forest protection" in Lima, Peru, The side-event was held in connection to the COP20 negotiations.

MTIB brings Vietnamese, Myanmar visitors to FRIM

GFIS - Thu, 18/12/2014 - 09:59
18 September 2014 (Thursday) – The Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB) recently brought a delegation of 21 visitors from Vietnam and Myanmar to Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) main campus for a study visit. The aim of the visit was to share FRIM’s experience on the country’s wood-related industry apart from strengthening bilateral relations between […]

Vertellus acquires Dow’s sodium borohydride business

GFIS - Thu, 18/12/2014 - 09:28
Vertellus, a US based specialty chemicals company, recently acquired the Dow Chemical Company’s Sodium Borohydride business (SBH).

Sawlog Prices Fell Worldwide in the 3Q with the Biggest Declines Seen in Europe

GFIS - Thu, 18/12/2014 - 09:00
The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI), an index based on sawlog prices in 20 key regions around the world, fell 4.6% in the 3Q/14. The major factors for the reduced sawlog prices were the strengthening of the US dollar and weaker demand for lumber in some countries, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. The biggest price declines occurred in Russia, Western Canada, Sweden and the Czech Republic. [PR.com]

Wood Pellet Exports from North America to Europe Plateaued During the 1H/2014 with Canadian Shipments Declining and Exports from the US South Continuing Upward

GFIS - Thu, 18/12/2014 - 09:00
Pellet shipments from the US and Canada to Europe have gone in opposite directions in 2014, with the shipments from the US South being up ten percent from the 4Q/13 to the 2Q/14, and Canadian volumes declining 25% during the same period, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. The new expanding markets for pellet producers in Western Canada have instead been Japan and South Korea. [PR.com]

Celupaper plans to increase tissue production capacity

GFIS - Thu, 18/12/2014 - 07:27
In a bid to increase tissue production capacity, Celupaper recently signed a new supply contract with Toscotec.

International Paper and Ilim Group launch Ballet Brilliant

GFIS - Thu, 18/12/2014 - 07:27
Ilim Group and International Paper have expanded their portfolio of high-quality office paper with the launch of a new product: a premium class cut-size paper Ballet Brilliant, the only A+ grade paper produced in Russia at Ilim Group branch in Koryazhma.

Solenis acquires Clearwater Specialties

GFIS - Thu, 18/12/2014 - 07:27
Solenis has signed an agreement to acquire Clearwater Specialties, a speciality chemical provider for tissue and towel market for an undisclosed sum.

Voith introduces SensoTension LC

GFIS - Thu, 18/12/2014 - 07:27
Voith has introduced a new sensor, the SensoTension LC, which can be used in the former, press and dryer sections of paper, board and tissue machines.

Munksjö receives approval for secondary listing at Nasdaq Stockholm

GFIS - Thu, 18/12/2014 - 07:27
Trading in Munksjö's shares on Nasdaq Stockholm started on Monday, 8 December 2014 under the ticker MUNK1S. The purpose of the secondary listing is to facilitate trading in Munksjö's shares for both current and new shareholders.

TRADA announces new training courses for 2015

GFIS - Thu, 18/12/2014 - 07:18
TRADA has confirmed that it will continue its commitment to upskilling the timber trade in 2015 with the announcement...

(Español) Helen Clark destaca importancia del Global Landscapes Forum en la meta de mitigar el cambio climático

GFIS - Thu, 18/12/2014 - 06:57

“La cooperación y el compromiso de los actores principales representados en este Foro son fundamentales para el éxito y en el PNUD nos complace mucho ser socios en este viaje”. Fueron las palabras de  Helen Clark, Administradora del Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD), durante su discurso de apertura en una sesión […]

Zimbabwe women cultivate a brighter future

GFIS - Thu, 18/12/2014 - 00:31

Rural women in Nyanga, northeastern Zimbabwe are increasing their incomes through domesticating, cultivating and selling fruit and medicinal trees.

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Chocolate to be more lucrative than drugs

GFIS - Thu, 18/12/2014 - 00:07

Colombian farmers are being encouraged to grow cocoa for a new premium chocolate bar in place of illicit drugs.

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The UN climate talks just failed - now for the real battle

REDD monitor news - Wed, 17/12/2014 - 13:14
By Assaad W. Razzouk, The Ecologist, 15 December 2014 The annual UN Climate Talks ended on Sunday in Lima, Peru. In case you were wondering, nothing happened. In fact, possibly worse than nothing happened. Instead of being on track to sign, in December 2015 in Paris, a binding agreement to cut harmful emissions backed by all nations, we are forcefully sliding towards an agreement for each nation to do what it wants, including nothing. There is a new acronym at the UN jargon university for this: 'Intended Nationally Determined Contributions', or INDCs. It's a code-word for everyone to do what they please, in two steps. First, key governments worldwide will maybe (or maybe not) outline, by March 2015, what actions (i.e., INDCs) they intend to take under a global agreement. Second, the INDCs are intended to be added up into an agreement in Paris and compared against what we need to do to limit temperature increases to 2 degrees, the accepted climate change speed limit.

Bolivia to host 2015 meeting of social movements to fight climate change

REDD monitor news - Wed, 17/12/2014 - 09:53
By Richard Fidler, Life on the Left, 15 December 2014 | Meeting in Havana December 14, the 13th summit of ALBA leaders endorsed a Bolivian proposal to host an international assembly of social movements in 2015 to discuss and adopt a united strategy for fighting climate change. The decision by the Bolivarian Alliance for the peoples of Our America – Trade Treaty of the Peoples (ALBA-TCP) coincided with release of the final agreement adopted by the United Nations COP20 climate talks at Lima, Peru. The UN agreement, reached by representatives of 195 countries after two extra days of haggling, has been universally condemned by environmental activists for the failure, once again, to take meaningful actions to prevent catastrophic climate warming... “Either we change global capitalist society” said Morales, “or it will annihilate the world’s peoples and nature itself.”And he denounced the “more than 30 years of pretence, futile negotiations with no result” of the UN climate negotiations.

Peruvian indigenous communities help to neutralise the carbon footprint of major sustainability event

REDD monitor news - Wed, 17/12/2014 - 09:52
Incentive Travel & Corporate Meetings, 16 December 2014 Indigenous communities located in Ucayali, Peru have agreed to compensate for the carbon footprint of an international event organised by the Forest Stewardship Council® International sustainability events, where all stakeholders can meet face-to-face, are a key part of the movement to ensure the world’s climate and environment. Yet, they often entail lots of travel and carry a significant carbon footprint. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has responded by ensuring its largest event – the FSC General Assembly 2014 – is carbon neutral. This tri-annual event brings together stakeholders of sustainable forest management and trade from around the world... Now, four indigenous communities in Ucayali, Peru and FSC International have signed an agreement to neutralise the carbon footprint of the FSC General Assembly 2014.

Deal or no deal, experts upbeat on progress of REDD+ safeguards

REDD monitor news - Wed, 17/12/2014 - 09:46
By Kate Evans, CIFOR Forests News Blog, 16 December 2014 Despite no movement on the issue of REDD+ safeguards in discussions in Lima this month, experts on a panel at the Global Landscapes Forum on the sidelines of the UN climate conference (COP20) said progress on safeguards on the ground in some countries offers hope. “It is an exciting time for REDD+ and for safeguards with all this experience coming out,” said Joanna Durbin, Director of the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA), which alongside CARE International serves as the secretariat of the REDD+ Social and Environmental Standards (SES) Initiative—and which organised the panel along with CIFOR. “We’re in an initiative of exchange and learning between countries that is leading to new emerging good practices—and it really helps to emphasize how REDD+ can be part of a broader sustainable development strategy,” she said.

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