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Domtar reports rise in Q3 net earnings

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Domtar Corporation today reported net earnings of $281 million ($4.33 per share) for the third quarter of 2014 compared to net earnings of $40 million ($0.61 per share) for the second quarter of 2014 and net earnings of $27 million ($0.41 per share) for the third quarter of 2013.

The Global Trade in Deforestation and Associated Emissions

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By Frances Seymour, Center For Global Development, 22 October 2014 | Last month, I celebrated commitments to slow deforestation by Peru and Liberia announced at the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit in New York. Those agreements significantly expand the still-small set of large-scale experiments with REDD+, in which rich countries – in this case, Norway and Germany – promise to pay forest-rich countries to reduce emissions from deforestation. But a new Working Paper commissioned by CGD’s Initiative on Tropical Forests for Climate and Development argues that such national efforts could be overwhelmed by the increasingly commercialized and globalized markets for commodities that drive deforestation. The study, “Trading Forests: Quantifying the Contribution of Global Commodity Markets to Emissions from Tropical Deforestation”, by Professor Martin Persson et al seeks to inform “demand-side” efforts to get deforestation out of commodity supply chains.

How do we collaborate to curb deforestation?

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By Jeremy Goon (Wilmar), World Economic Forum, 20 October 2014 | Consumers around the world are beginning to favour responsibly produced goods; and many companies that manufacture end-user goods have given themselves deadlines of between 2015 and 2020 to source 100% sustainable products to meet market demand. It is therefore critical that palm oil companies and the governments of the countries that produce them realize how important it is to move in this direction. In December 2013, Wilmar International Limited announced a “No deforestation, no peat and no exploitation” policy, with sustainability commitments covering the company’s entire palm oil supply chain. There is a need for momentum towards a more sustainable future in an industry that continues to be embroiled in debates over deforestation, biodiversity loss, greenhouse gas emissions and social conflicts.

Groupe Hamelin to cut jobs at Canson subsidiary

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Groupe Hamelin intends to cut costs at its Canson subsidiary in France. As a result, 58 out of 270...

Metsään.fi gathers speed

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Owners of 127,000 forest holdings have given forest organisations and actors access to data about their forest holdings. The number exceeds the goals.

Kimberly-Clark announces Q3 2014 results

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Kimberly-Clark Corporation recently reported third quarter 2014 results, updated its guidance for full-year 2014 adjusted earnings per share to take into account the pending spin-off of its health care business and initiated an organization restructuring.

Curso de capacitación sobre Sistema de Clasificación de la Cobertura de la Tierra

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Land Cover Classification System (LCCS). Taller en Cusco, Perù – Octubre 13-17, 2014.

Este trabajo implica la armonización de las clasificaciones y leyendas empleadas en los diferentes mapas temáticos de manera tal que exista un grado de coherencia y comparabilidad entre ellos. [Nota de prensa]

What is a forest?

GFIS - Do, 23/10/2014 - 23:35
The following article is a condensed and edited version of an essay that appeared in the September 25, 2014 edition of The Island. The original article can be found here. What is known by science reveals the forest as an ecosystem of tremendous complexity. But surprisingly, trees constitute only 1 % of its total biodiversity,...
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Protecting a California Legacy

GFIS - Do, 23/10/2014 - 23:00
It has now been a couple of weeks since President Obama declared the San Gabriel Mountains in California a National Monument, and I’m still very excited about the great prospects ahead for that area based on this historic proclamation. This is another rare opportunity for the Forest Service to manage a national treasure with national [...]

CBFP Partners Meeting Calls for Expansion of Focus Beyond Tropical Forests

GFIS - Do, 23/10/2014 - 19:30
The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) convened a partners meeting to discuss climate change adaptation and mitigation in Central Africa. The meeting focused mostly on REDD+, community forestry, agriculture and climate change, impacts of climate change on mangroves, and mitigation in arid areas, with participants concluding that while significant attention has been paid to REDD+ in Central Africa, the discourse needs to be expanded to include other ecosystems beyond tropical forests.

CIFOR Supports Environmental Reporting in Zambia

GFIS - Do, 23/10/2014 - 19:29
The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) convened a workshop for newspaper editors from Zambia in order to identify concrete actions to improve the number and quality of stories on climate change, forests and the environment.

UNECE: Regional Forest Cover Expanding, but Threatened by Urbanization

GFIS - Do, 23/10/2014 - 19:28
The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) released the initial findings of a regional assessment of forest cover that highlights a 27.5 million hectare expansion of forested area from 2000 to 2015. According to the report, the UNECE region accounts for more than 41% of global forest cover and has shown an increase in both in protected forest areas as well as an expansion of payments for ecosystem services (PES).

IPCC Launches Full Working Group II Report

GFIS - Do, 23/10/2014 - 19:25
Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) launched the full version of its contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR4) ‘Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability,' which includes a Summary for Policymakers (SPM), a Technical Summary, 30 assessment chapters, cross-chapter boxes, frequently asked questions and high-resolution graphics.


GFIS - Do, 23/10/2014 - 18:28
Venue:  The Westin Hotel and Convention Center, Lima, Peru Country:  Global Event Date:  12.06.14 - 12.07.14

Multifunctional landscapes and land uses are at the heart of the intertwined challenges associated with climate and development. Global Landscapes Forums, held alongside the UN climate negotiations, create a platform for positioning landscapes in the international dialogue and agreements on climate and sustainable development. The events bring thousands of negotiators, world leaders, researchers, civil society leaders, business leaders, practitioners and policymakers in agriculture, forestry and development, funding organizations, and media.

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Under the bark of the sycamore, a refuge for countless creatures

GFIS - Do, 23/10/2014 - 17:47
Egglestone, Teesdale: This tree was a high-rise hibernaculum, its flaky bark providing dry winter housing

Sycamore foliage is not one of the glories of autumn. We stood under the bare canopy of a lone tree, surrounded by a slippery carpet of fawn leaves riddled with black tar spot fungus, while all around us the oaks in this gorge above the river Tees still clung to russet foliage that glowed in the early morning sunlight.

Nor is sycamore bark pleasing to the eye. As the mature trees girth increases, it cracks into irregular plates that curl at the edges until they eventually fall away, like healing scabs. I hastened the process by picking at the edge of one of these woody scales.

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Shipibo community sues Peruvian government for failure to title traditional lands

GFIS - Do, 23/10/2014 - 17:38
23 October, 2014



23rd October 2014, Pucallpa: The Shipibo indigenous community of Korin Bari today filed a law suit against the Peruvian government for its failure to title its traditional territory resulting in the repeated invasion of community lands by illegal loggers and coca growers threatening the lives of community members who protest.

The community has presented formal applications for a land title in the Calleria river basin since 2010 but while the government has recognised the existence of the community its land title remains pending, exposing the community and its lands to continued insecurity. In 2011, community houses were flattened by logging operators who were bulldozing an illegal road through community lands to access the area’s valuable timber. Only last month and in a similar case, Edwin Chota and three other Ashaninka leaders from the nearby  village of Saweto were murdered as a result of their efforts to try and secure legal title to their lands and evict illegal loggers.

The Peruvian government has been legally obliged for decades to ensure indigenous peoples’ territories are guaranteed both with legal measures to recognise indigenous peoples’ collective property rights over their traditional lands as well as with effective measures of protection. These commitments are enshrined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which establishes that ‘Indigenous peoples have the right to the lands, territories and resources which they have traditionally owned, occupied or otherwise used or acquired’ and that ‘States shall give legal recognition and protection to these lands, territories and resources’ (Article 26).

In spite of this, the cases of Korin Bari and Saweto represent two of at least 594 communities in the Peruvian Amazon whose lands remain untitled, one element of approximately 20 million hectares of indigenous peoples’ lands which remain unrecognised in Peruvian law according to statistics compiled by AIDESEP, Peru’s national indigenous Amazonian organisation.

Robert Guimaraes Vasquez, Vice President of FECONAU, local indigenous federation supporting the village of Korin Bari and Saweto said in order to avoid a repeat of the tragic events in Saweto:

There are many communities in the same situation as Saweto, they don’t have property title,  the Peruvian state has the obligation to guarantee the legal security of indigenous peoples lands and allocate the necessary resources to finalise this work’

A forthcoming study by AIDESEP and the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) shows that the government’s failure to ensure secure legal recognition of indigenous territories and to support community efforts to protect their forests is intensifying forest destruction. In 2012 alone this destruction reached over 250,000ha  and is being driven by rampant illegal logging, uncontrolled illegal mining , the conversion of primary forest for palm oil plantations alongside the construction of roads and other infrastructure projects.

This failure to address deforestation and protect indigenous peoples’ rights is increasingly in the spotlight on the eve of the next UN climate conference to be held in Lima in December 2014.

Contact in Peru: Robert Guimaraes (FECONAU): 00 51 990889774 , Conrad Feather (FPP) 0051 994449702

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Improved results for Moelven

GFIS - Do, 23/10/2014 - 17:14
The Norwegian company Moelven Industrier improves on its operating profit for Q3 by NOK 46 million compared to the same quarter last year.

A “High-Level Carbon Pricing Dialogue”. Or why polluting industry likes carbon trading

GFIS - Do, 23/10/2014 - 16:53
Carbon markets are struggling. There is a huge glut of carbon credits and pollution allowances. Carbon credits created under the clean development mechanism are trading at €0.07 on the EU emissions trading system (ETS). And the UNFCCC’s failure to impose meaningful emissions reductions internationally means that none of this is … read more

Mature forests store nitrogen in soil: May help protect waterways from excess nitrogen from industry

GFIS - Do, 23/10/2014 - 15:20
Ecologists working in central Pennsylvania forests have found that forest top soils capture and stabilize the powerful fertilizer nitrogen quickly, within days, but release it slowly, over years to decades. The discrepancy in rates means that nitrogen can build up in soils. Forests may be providing an unappreciated service by storing excess nitrogen emitted by modern agriculture, industry, and transport before it can cause problems for our waterways.


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