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Deforestation, "Development" Connected to Spread of Ebola in West Africa

REDD monitor news - vor 1 Stunde 23 Minuten
By Jeff Conant, Truthout, 24 November 2014 | It is clear that the spread of Ebola in West Africa is directly linked to the region's deep poverty: Out of 187 countries on the United Nations' Human Development Index, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone rank 175th, 179th and 183rd, respectively. But, while it is easy to recognize the links between poverty and the spread of the virus, there has been little focus on the root causes of the region's impoverishment itself. Along with the world's deepest poverty, West Africa is in the running for the region with the highest deforestation rate in the world. Some researchers have drawn clear links between the outbreak of the disease and the resource exploitation that plagues the region... I recently spoke with Silas Siakor, director of Sustainable Development Institute/Friends of the Earth Liberia, on the link between the Ebola epidemic and the ruthless exploitation of forest resources in the region.

New technology may speed up, build awareness of landslide risks

GFIS - vor 1 Stunde 46 Minuten

“A lot of people don’t think in geologic terms, so if they see a hill that’s been there for a long time, they assume there’s no risk,” said Ben Leshchinsky, a geotechnical engineer in the OSU College of Forestry. “And many times they don’t want to pay extra to have an expert assess landslide... (more)

Additional Information: OSU Press ReleaseBen Leshchinsky

Indonesia finalizes forest reference emission levels

REDD monitor news - vor 2 Stunden 45 Minuten
ANTARA News, 24 November 2014 | The Managing Body for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (BP REDD+) is familiarizing all stakeholders with the Forest Reference Emission Levels (FREL) as the final step before it is passed as a state document. The government is set to subject the state document for discussion at the 20th United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCC), which will be held in Lima, Peru, on December 8... Through calculations, the government arrived at the 2000-2012 historical deforestation rate of 671,420 hectares per year, comprising 525,516 hectares of mineral land and 145,904 hectares of peatlands. Furthermore, the forest degradation rate was recorded at 425,296 hectares per year, which included 409,073 hectares of mineral land and 16,223 hectares of peatlands.

A great step forward for Forest Policy Science in Northern Europe

GFIS - vor 3 Stunden 31 Minuten
The EFINORD-SNS co-funded event 2nd Nordic Conference on Forest Policy Science took  place between 12 and 14 Nowember,2014 in Ängavallen, Southern Sweden was a great success and brought together some 37 participants from Nordic and Baltic countries.  The SNS secretariat … Continue reading →

UPM Kymi expansion project on schedule

GFIS - vor 4 Stunden 43 Minuten
Recently, UPM Kymi celebrated the topping out ceremony for its pulp mill production expansion project, KYMI700: the new pulp drying machine, debarking plant and modernisation of the softwood fibre line.

APP subsidiary installs solar panels at Suzou mill in China

GFIS - vor 4 Stunden 43 Minuten
Asia Pulp & Paper Group’s (APP) subsidiary Gold HongYe Paper Group has completed installation of solar panels at its mill in Suzou, China. The solar project is one of the world’s largest rooftop solar installations, according to the company.

Muller Martini to concentrate on print finishing

GFIS - vor 4 Stunden 43 Minuten
Owing to the low sales volumes, Muller Martini has decided to cease production of printing presses in the first half of 2015. Muller Martini will continue to provide service support for printing press customers worldwide in the future. As part of its strategic realignment, the company will focus on print finishing in the future.

[USA] Who determines the value of carbon credits?

REDD monitor news - vor 5 Stunden 24 Minuten
By Todd Fitchette, Farm Press Blog, 23 November 2014 | From a blog by the California Department of Food and Agriculture comes a notice that the USDA gave money (government code speak: grant) to “create a market for carbon credits generated on working grasslands.” Aside from the fact government can’t create anything by itself but merely takes and reapportions, the grant helped initiate a partnership between Chevrolet and landowners in North Dakota whereby Chevrolet gets to continue to emit more carbon-based pollution into the atmosphere because someone else hasn’t reached their limit. Let’s stop and think about this philosophically. If the point is to reduce carbon dioxide and other so-called “greenhouse gas” emissions then why allow one party to emit more while others are emitting less than their allotted amounts?

Delion to restart DIP production in Voreppe in mid-2015

GFIS - vor 6 Stunden 26 Minuten
The former Vertaris mill in Voreppe might restart operations in mid-2015. Delion France announced...

REDD in the news: 17-23 November 2014

GFIS - vor 7 Stunden 58 Minuten
  REDD-Monitor’s weekly round up of the news on REDD, forests and climate. The links are organised by date (click on the title for the full article). REDD-Monitor’s news links on delicious.com are updated regularly. For past REDD in the news posts, click here.   REDD+ Safeguards: Practical Considerations for … read more

Trees4Future visitors demonstrate results

GFIS - vor 9 Stunden 1 Minute
Two success stories from the Trees4Future Transnational Access scheme were showcased at the Trees4Future annual meeting in Tulln, Vienna.

PEFC Highlights Key Achievements of 2014!

GFIS - vor 10 Stunden 36 Minuten
A special edition of the PEFC Newsletter was published today to mark the opening of PEFC Forest Certification Week in Paris, France, highlighting some of the key achievements and progress of PEFC in 2014.

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Metso Received Its Largest Ever Pulp Industry Valve Order From PT OKI Pulp & Paper Mills

PaperIndex TimesNews - vor 11 Stunden 4 Minuten
November 24, 2014 --Metso will supply several thousand valves with accessories and spare parts for PT OKI Pulp & Paper Mills, located in Southern Sumatra, Indonesia. The order is Metso's largest ever flow control products delivery for a pulp and paper industry customer...

Sustainable forest management – research capacities and priorities

GFIS - vor 11 Stunden 6 Minuten

The workshop gathered over 40 participants – the representatives of forest sector from Russia, EU and five Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, and Moldova). The participants represented applied research, academic and educational organizations, as well as business organizations and public bodies in the forest sector.

The workshop outcomes will be used as a basis for further work on identifying joint research priorities, as background work for a possible later joint call for proposals targeted at EU and Russia/Eastern partnership on research on sustainable forest management.

The event was organized under the umbrella of the ongoing ERA-Net project SUMFOREST focused on reinforcing scientific cooperation on forests and reducing fragmentation of research activities in Europe and EU neighborhood countries.

More info about the workshop, please see here.

Photos by Denis Popov from Mondi Syktyvkar

Kemira inaugurates chemical production plant in China

GFIS - vor 11 Stunden 22 Minuten
Kemira recently inaugurated its chemical production plant at Nanjing in China. The new plant will largely cater to customers across pulp and paper segment in Asia, especially China. In addition, the plant will also provide products and services to the oil & mining industry and municipal water treatment.

Mondi plans to enhance production efficiency at Steti mill

GFIS - vor 11 Stunden 22 Minuten
In a bid to enhance production efficiency and improved machine runnability, Mondi has appointed Valmet to rebuild a sack kraft paper machine at Steti mill in Czech Republic.

Global Landscapes Forum: Forest and farming families speaking out – Speaking out for forest and farming families

GFIS - vor 12 Stunden 14 Minuten
Tropenbos International, the AgriCultures Network and the Forest and Farm Facility are creating a space so voices from the fields and forests can be heard at the Global Landscapes Forum, Lima, Peru, on 6-7th December 2014.

Dua Tahun Merajut Cita-cita untuk Pembangunan Hijau di Papua

GFIS - vor 12 Stunden 14 Minuten
author:  Yessi Dewi Agustina

Dua Tahun Merajut Cita-cita untuk Pembangunan Hijau di Papua

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Merencanakan Strategi Pembangunan Rendah Emisi yang Partisipatif dan Inklusif

GFIS - vor 12 Stunden 32 Minuten
author:  Yessi Dewi Agustina

Merencanakan Strategi Pembangunan Rendah Emisi yang Partisipatif dan Inklusif

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ICRAF joins Clarins’ Seeds of Beauty project in China

GFIS - vor 12 Stunden 39 Minuten

At the entrance to the valley where the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) will work with Clarins, two women sort walnuts in the bright winter sun. The nut tree is part of the delicate ecology of the mountains above....


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