Environment, Carbon and Forests
By Madelon Lohbeck The Bonn challenge aims to restore 350 million hectares of degraded land by 2030 of which currently almost 100 million hectares has been committed through various initiatives. Restoration is a global priority; not only to restore the productivity of degraded and unproductive land, but also because promoting tree cover will increase carbon […]
Near the end of May, a caribou died on a mountainside. We know this because it happened to be wearing a radio-collar for research. If the collar doesn't move for eight hours, it sends out a mortality signal and we make arrangements to investigate the site, ideally within 24 hours.
This time the Caribou Program's efforts were frustrated for three weeks as weather and circumstance prevented a safe helicopter flight deep into the wilderness. Finally, on June 20, Laura Finnegan and Doug MacNearney were able to reach the mortality site.
The death scene investigations are for a project that is uncovering the causes of caribou mortality in west-central Alberta herds. The goal is to retrieve the collar and determine the cause of death, as well as to collect samples of scat, hair, bones, and other tissues to detect any underlying health problems. For example, a caribou might be killed by wolves, but an underlying problem such as poor nutrition or disease might have made that caribou more vulnerable to predation than a healthy animal.
This particular caribou was part of the Redrock-Prairie Creek herd. We found signs that it was taken down by a grizzly bear. At other mortalities, we've seen signs of predation by cougars, bears, wolves, and sometimes more than one species of predator. The hope is that by better understanding the threats to caribou, we can make smarter decisions that will allow them to recover over the long run.
The FOREST EUROPE Expert Level Meeting (ELM) took place in Bratislava, the Slovak Republic on 11-12 May 2016. The meeting was attended by 45 delegates representing 29 signatory countries and the European Union, 23 representatives of 14 observer organisations and the Liaison Unit Bratislava (LUB). ELM was cochaired by Mr. Boris Greguška (Slovakia) and Mr. Leopoldo Rojo Serrano (Spain).
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The European Forest Institute and its ThinkForest initiative organized a seminar “Building the bioeconomy: Insights from European strategies” on 7 June 2016 in Helsinki. The event was co-chaired by Göran Persson, ThinkForest President, former Prime Minister of Sweden, and Esko Aho, EFI Strategic Adviser, former Prime Minister of Finland.
Fortress Paper Ltd. ("Fortress Paper" or the "Company") (TSX:FTP) is pleased to announce that it has, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Fortress Global Cellulose Ltd. ("Fortress Global") and Fortress Lumber Corp. (together with Fortress Global, the "Vendor"), entered into an asset purchase agreement (the "APA") with LSQ Energy, L.P. ("Energy LP") and LSQ Development, L.P. (together with Energy LP, the "Purchaser"), each a whollyowned subsidiary of Nexolia Bioenergy Inc., providing for the sale of the buildings, equipment and other ancillary property relating to the non-operating pulp mill and sawmill, as well as the energy generation, connection and transmission plant and related equipment, located in Lebel-sur-Quévillon, Québec (the "LSQ Mill") for an aggregate purchase price of $15.36 million. Pursuant to the terms of the APA, the Company has agreed to guarantee certain limited representations and warranties of the Vendor. The transaction is expected to close on or before July 8, 2016.
Third installment in a series of interviews from the 2016 Global Landscapes Forum - The Investment Case