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Fibria advances the financing strategy for its expansion project at the Três Lagoas Unit, with investment of R$ 7.7 billion
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).
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...
Mainstreaming Youth for sustainable forest and people’s futures: 15 youth cross-cutting focuses at the World Forestry Congress
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 ...
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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.
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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