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Minerals Technologies announces Q3 results

GFIS - Fri, 31/10/2014 - 09:19
Minerals Technologies (MTI) recently announced its third quarter financial results. The company’s net sales increased 114 percent to USD 543.5 million compared to USD 254.2 million reported in third quarter of 2013.

Safeguards research gauges local participation, views of early-stage REDD+ initiatives

GFIS - Fri, 31/10/2014 - 05:29

  SALT LAKE CITY, USA—Preliminary research shows somewhat limited village-level participation in early-stage efforts at curbing emissions through avoided tropical deforestation, according to scientists presenting at a recent conference. The findings from Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) initiatives in six countries relate to REDD+ safeguards, which were created to mitigate social and... Read more

Forestry Tasmania's $43m loss nothing to do with 'peace deal', say experts

GFIS - Fri, 31/10/2014 - 05:27

Tasmanian government blames deficit on deal brokered by Labor and Greens to protect 400,000 hectares of forest

Environmentalists and the forestry industry have rejected the Tasmanian governments claim that a disastrous deficit posted by the states taxpayer-owned forest corporation was the result of a peace deal between loggers and green groups.

Forestry Tasmania, which is responsible for logging the states forests, posted a $43m loss on Thursday, more than triple the $14m deficit it recorded last year.

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UP evaluating indigenous plants for cosmetic, medicinal use

GFIS - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 23:00
Scientists at the University of Pretoria (UP) Plant Science department are researching the medical and cosmetic applications of indigenous plant species traditionally used for ailments among the more than 100 indigenous South African medicinal plants already documented. UP medicinal plant science professor Namrita Lall and PhD student Richa Sharma are exploring the use of the Leucosidea sericea shrub (also known as oldwood) and have found that chemical compounds in its silky grey leaves reduce the inflammation caused by a particular acne-causing bacterium.

Pinnacle Green Resources’ plans for Guyana: Green development or a land grab?

GFIS - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 21:59
  A company called Pinnacle Green Resources (Guyana) Limited is planning to develop bioenergy plantations and a biomass plant in Guyana. Is this green development? Or a land grab? According to an article in the Kaieteur News, Pinnacle Green Resources is planning to invest US$30 million in Guyana. (Stabroek News … read more

Texas A&M Forest Service employees honored at Bell County Expo Center

GFIS - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 19:48

Oct. 30, 2014 – COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Hundreds of Texas A&M Forest Service employees convened Tuesday at the Bell County Expo Center for their annual personnel meeting. The meeting recognized those who made significant contributions to the agency’s efforts over the past year. During the awards ceremony, Director Tom Boggus, praised the agency’s over 400 employees for their continued service and support of the agency’s mission — with special emphasis on their dedication to building strong partnerships and the capacity of others. “Everything we do in this agency is about building capacity, which comes from dedication and commitment without regard of who gets the credit,” Boggus said. The annual gathering allowed employees from across the state to come together and reflect on the previous year’s accomplishments while enjoying comradeship. This year’s special guest speakers were former directors, Bruce Miles (1981–96) and James B. Hull (1996–2008). Miles recounted his time with the agency sharing several memorable moments. One in particular was when he had the opportunity to escort then Governor George W. Bush through a town that had recently been devastated by a wildfire. He said he was proud of the governor’s commitment to letting the public know what he’d seen and heard from those affected by the wildfire. Miles emphasized his popular saying “Eighty-five percent of being successful is just showing up.” He was followed by Hull who spoke accolades of the agency’s commitment to build capacity and the future of the agency. “For those of you who have been hired in the past six years since I’ve retired I want to give you a special ‘thank you,’” Hull said. “You are the folks who are carrying on accomplishing the dreams and visions we’ve put in place through the years. It’s in your hands, thank you so much.” Boggus echoed those thoughts by closing out the meeting saying “Because of the people I see in this room, I know the best is yet to come for this agency.” Forty-seven employees were recognized for five or more years of service. Associate Director Mark Stanford in College Station received an award for 35 years of service with the agency. Additional awards were issued to the following Texas A&M Forest Service employees: Director’s Award for Support Staff Field: Regional Office Associate Michele Gonzales, Austin Gonzales is recognized for her professionalism and the positive image she projects to the public. She excels at managing a diverse, geographically-challenged office and a wide scope of responsibilities. Professional: Chief Response Training Coordinator Chris Angerer, College Station Angerer possesses an exceptional resume of recent accomplishments for improving and growing the agency’s training programs and exceptional leadership. Office: Business Associate Gwendolyn “Suzy” Cossey, College Station Cossey demonstrated exceptional support and enthusiasm for the agency’s communications and marketing objectives, providing well-thought-out and innovative improvements for the benefit of our fire department customers. Director’s Award for Team Effort Red-Cockaded Woodpecker Translocation Team: Resource Specialists Mike Adams, Conroe; Mike Borski, Conroe; David Ivy, Smithville; John Settlocker, Woodville; and Raymond Uballe, Conroe; District Forester John Warner, Conroe; and Biologist Donna Work, Lufkin. This team represents the finest efforts by the agency in its traditional mission of caring for the state’s forests. Their performance as a team above normal duties and innovative approach to problem solving ranked them above competition. Director’s Award for Technical Forestry Geospatial Systems Coordinator Curt Stripling, College Station Stripling’s efforts and leadership behind the development of risk assessment portal tools, and the breadth of the project’s impact across the southern states made him a standout choice in this category. Charles Krenek Award for Resource Specialist Resource Specialist Fred Luecke, Smithville Luecke stood out with contributions well above expectations of his title. A trailblazer in aviation support to wildfire suppression, his commitment to the mission had a high impact on the agency. D.A. “Andy” Anderson I&E Award Arson Dog Team: Dozer with Law Enforcement Investigator Kevin Pierce, Lufkin; Tracker with Law Enforcement Investigator Jarred Lemmon, Linden; Web Developer Brian Hecht, College Station; Information Technology Administrator Jeremy Lang, College Station; and Conservation Education Coordinator Leslie Kessner, College Station. The team’s outstanding efforts to educate Texans on forest resource protection resulted in their nomination for this award. They received high scores in public education, awareness and activities. ### Editor’s note: Photos from the personnel meeting can be found on the agency’s Flickr account. Texas A&M Forest Service Contacts: Jessica Jackson, Communications Specialist 979-458-6619, jjackson@tfs.tamu.edu Texas A&M Forest Service Communications 979-458-6606, newsmedia@tfs.tamu.edu

SCA posts strong Q3 2014 results

GFIS - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 19:14
SCA recently reported results from the third quarter 2014 and interim period January 1 - September 30, 2014. Jan Johansson, President and CEO of SCA offered the following comments:

Adveo net profit increases by 20 per cent

GFIS - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 19:14
Adveo, Spanish leader in office supplies and services from traditional office supplies to electronic office supplies, facilities management and managed printing services has increased its net profit after minorities and discontinued activities by 20%.

O Halloween, Arachnophobia, Entomophobia, and Why Insects Exist

GFIS - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 19:00
They squirm, crawl, scurry and swarm … and they’re all around us. More than 900,000 species of insects and arachnids are found around the world, and some people would rather not come into contact with even one of the often misunderstood critters. The fear for me came when I was 7 years old during the [...]

UN-REDD and FCPF Welcome Civil Society Observers

GFIS - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 17:14
The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have announced the outcomes of the self-selection process for Civil Society Observers.

Transparency International Evaluates UN-REDD

GFIS - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 17:11
Transparency International has conducted an assessment on the level of accountability of the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD). The assessment reveals that UN-REDD has achieved some best practices in transparency although there is some room for improvement when considering criteria for accountability at the senior policy level.

Lafarge Tarmac withdraws Hopwas Woods from Quarry Plan

GFIS - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 16:22
Amazing work by the Friends of Hopwas Woods and Save Hopwas Woods and all those who supported them in their campaign to save this precious ancient woodland.  Well done Lafarge Tarmac and we all look forward to hearing how you are going to work with Tamworth to ensure the ongoing protection and management of Hopwas […]

TREE AID comment on protests in Burkina Faso

GFIS - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 16:16

Protests are currently taking place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, where TREE AID’s largest African office is based. In response to this our staff in Ouagadougou will be working from their homes whilst the unrest continues. TREE AID projects in Burkina Faso are not affected and work is continuing as usual. If you would like any more information or to contact [...]

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BillerudKorsnäs increases production capacity of brown sack paper

GFIS - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 14:07
BillerudKorsnäs will invest SEK260m to increase the production capacity of brown sack paper in...

Valmet receives orders worth EUR 466 million in Q3

GFIS - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 13:19
Valmet, developer and supplier of services and technologies for the pulp, paper and energy industries, recently announced its third quarter results.


GFIS - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 12:51
30 October, 2014

We currently have three full time job vacancies at the Forest Peoples Programme:

VACANCY: PROJECT OFFICER INDONESIA To be based in Indonesia with the main task of liaison with FPP’s partners and assisting with FPP’s research and advocacy programme in Indonesia and South East Asia in support of forest peoples’ rights.  Deadline for applying 14 November 2014.  For full job description and application form click here.

VACANCY: LAWYER - AFRICA WITH FOCUS ON CAMEROON to work within the context of forest peoples’ rights in Africa, with a central focus on national legal reforms and other work themes of importance to FPP’s community and civil society partners.Deadline for applying 18 November 2014. For full job description and application form click here.

VACANCY: COMMUNITY MAPPING AND INNOVATIVE INFORMATION SYSTEMS DESIGNER to develop our mapping and information management strategies with our local partners. Specifically to help implement and further develop mapping and documentation initiatives supporting forest communities, as well as tracking government and corporate compliance with human rights laws and standards in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Deadline for applying 17 November 2014. For full job description and application form click here.







Latest TRAFFIC Bulletin helps illuminate orchid, ivory & serow trades

GFIS - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 12:15
Cambridge, UK, 30th October 2014—The October 2014 issue of the TRAFFIC Bulletin launched today is packed full of fascinating insights into wildlife trade, including features on the orchid trade in Iran, regional economic integration organizations, and wildlife trade in Morocco.

Regreening program to restore one-sixth of Ethiopia's land

GFIS - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 12:11

Tree and shrub-planting program has transformed degraded and deforested land across Africa, with Ethiopia planning to restore a further 15m hectares by 2030

Fifteen years years ago the villages around Abrha Weatsbha in northern Ethiopia were on the point of being abandoned. The hillsides were barren, the communities, plagued by floods and droughts, needed constant food aid, and the soil was being washed away.

Today, Abrha Weatsbha in the Tigray region is unrecognisable and an environmental catastrophe has been averted following the planting of many millions of tree and bush seedlings. Wells that were dry have been recharged, the soil is in better shape, fruit trees grow in the valleys and the hillsides are green again.

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€ 39 million EU support for the promotion of agricultural products

GFIS - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 12:00
European Commission Press release Brussels, 30 October 2014 The European Commission has today approved 27 programmes to promote agricultural products in the European Union and in third countries. The total budget of the programmes, the grand majority of which will run for a period of three years, is € 77,4...

European Commission adopts ‘Partnership Agreement’ with Spain on using EU Structural and Investment Funds for growth and jobs in 2014-2020

GFIS - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 12:00
Press release Brussels, 30 October 2014 European Commission The European Commission has adopted a "Partnership Agreement" with Spain setting down the strategy for the optimal use of European Structural and Investment Funds throughout the country.


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