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Congratulations to Catalyst Paper, Corporate Knights’ Best 50 Coast Forest Products Association

GFIS - Fr, 03/07/2015 - 21:41
Coast Forest Products Association would like to extend a warm congratulations to Coast Forest member, Catalyst Paper on being named to Corporate Knights‘ Best 50 Canadian Corporate Citizens list for the ninth consecutive year . Catalyst was also one of the five member companies in the Coast Forest Conservation Initiative (CFCI) who helped bring about the historic Great Bear Rainforest land use agreement, which took 15 years of cooperative effort between …

<b>Forest Management</b> in Focus of Minister's Visit to Saxony

GFIS - Fr, 03/07/2015 - 17:33
Dresden, 3 July - Agriculture, Forestry and Food Minister Dejan Židan is visiting the German state of Saxony on Friday. He met his Saxon counterpart ...

ALTR Alternative Fund Managers is running a recovery room scam

GFIS - Fr, 03/07/2015 - 15:33
A company called ALTR Alternative Fund Managers is cold calling people telling them it can sell the worthless carbon credits they were scammed into buying as an investment. Of course, they’ll need to pay an advance fee. And of course ALTR Alternative Fund Managers is a scam. The company’s website … read more

[China] Hubei carbon exchange threatens to purge speculative traders

REDD monitor news - Fr, 03/07/2015 - 15:12
By Stian Reklev, Carbon Pulse, 3 July 2015 The Hubei carbon exchange is threatening to cancel the licenses of trading firms making outlier bids or offers in a bid to root out market manipulation, sparking complaints of government intervention. The exchange on Thursday evening warned market participants against making bids or offers that deviate significantly from current price levels. “Effective immediately, we will restrict bids far higher than asking prices and offers far lower than bidding prices,” it said in a statement. The announcement came a week ahead of the deadline for ETS participants to surrender allowances to cover their 2014 emissions. Some of Hubei biggest cement factories are short by over 1 million permits, and according to one source recently had a request to the provincial government to borrow permits from next year’s allocation denied.

Minister Rickford Announces Upcoming National Forest Innovation Summit

Canadian Forestindustries News II - Fr, 03/07/2015 - 15:00
OTTAWA, July 3, 2015 /CNW/ - The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario (FedNor), will host a...

Fire hits Fedrigoni paper mill in Verona

GFIS - Fr, 03/07/2015 - 13:56
Fire halts woodfree uncoated and specialty paper production at Fedrigoni's paper mill in Verona....

China Adopts New Forest Certification Regulation

GFIS - Fr, 03/07/2015 - 12:45
The China Forest Certification Council (CFCC) has announced that the Chinese Government has passed and is enacting immediately its new national forest certification regulations. These important rules set out the scope, framework, and requirements for all forest certifications operating in China....

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Doing bad by meaning good: exploring the side-effects of land restoration.

GFIS - Fr, 03/07/2015 - 11:19
Based on the article “Creating space for large-scale restoration in tropical agricultural landscapes” published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment vol.13 by Focali member Toby Gardner and colleagues.

Carbon or biodiversity conservation? You can’t have the best of both worlds

GFIS - Fr, 03/07/2015 - 11:03

Originally posted on CIFOR’s Forests News. By Thomas Hubert. When trying to protect carbon stocks and biodiversity, the expression “to kill two birds with one stone” seems hardly appropriate. And indeed, it seems that the REDD+ stone isn’t hitting the dual targets of storing carbon and protecting wildlife, according to recent research from Indonesia. The new […]

We are excited to announce the launch

GFIS - Fr, 03/07/2015 - 10:59
We are excited to announce the launch of our long-awaited auction of special edition prints from The New Sylva. The auction is hosted on eBay and will take place over the summer months, the prints being released in weekly batches. This presents a unique opportunity to own some beautiful tree art and to invest in the work of an internationally-renowned artist who rarely sells her work as prints.

EC moves to close MSR loophole in post-2020 EU ETS reform plans -leaked draft

REDD monitor news - Fr, 03/07/2015 - 10:37
By Ben Garside and Mike Szabo, Carbon Pulse, 1 July 2015 The European Commission has moved to close a potentially massive loophole in the MSR reform in what appears to be a draft of the EU ETS post-2020 proposal leaked on Wednesday, giving a slightly bullish EUA price outlook and tightening free allocations to industry. The undated draft text was leaked and posted on the website of environmental campaigners Change Partnership, providing more clues as to what key changes to the bloc’s carbon market the European Commission is pushing for. The Commission is aiming to publish its final proposal on July 15, despite warning that it could be delayed until September. This will then kickstart a lawmaking process that could last two years or more. While the MSR is due to withhold around 1.6 billion EUAs from the market by the end of the decade, lawmakers left a potential loophole by not fully deciding on the fate of an estimated 700 million allowances unallocated in Phase 3 (2013-2020).

Carbon or biodiversity conservation – you can’t have the best of both worlds

REDD monitor news - Fr, 03/07/2015 - 10:34
By Thomas Hubert, CIFOR Forests News Blog, 2 July 2015 When trying to protect carbon stocks and biodiversity, the expression “to kill two birds with one stone” seems hardly appropriate. And indeed, it seems that the REDD+ stone isn’t hitting the dual targets of storing carbon and protecting wildlife, according to recent research from Indonesia. The new study indicates that it’s hard to find areas where conservation projects would be highly efficient at both combating climate change through carbon storage and preserving the maximum of (threatened) plants and animals. “When you look at where in the landscape those two environmental services peak, their high-priority areas rarely overlap,” says economist Sven Wunder, from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and co-author of the study on the location of carbon, biodiversity, deforestation threats and REDD+ projects in Indonesia.

Fight against deforestation failing, says WWF

REDD monitor news - Fr, 03/07/2015 - 10:30
By Marino Donati, Supply Management, 29 June 2015 International efforts to achieve zero net deforestation are lagging well behind a target, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Of the 14 nations included in a new study, by WWF and think tank Climate Advisers, only Indonesia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru have set targets to succeed by 2020, the target advocated by WWF. Papua New Guinea and The Democratic Republic of the Congo have targeted zero net deforestation by 2030. WWF said that achieving zero net deforestation by 2020 in these 14 countries could save three gigatonnes in annual carbon dioxide emissions by 2020, more than the annual emissions of Germany and India combined. However, up to 95 per cent of these reductions could be conditional on international finance from wealthier governments or the private sector, the report warns.

FRIM advises visitors to pre-book group activities

GFIS - Fr, 03/07/2015 - 10:26
3 July 2015 (Friday) – Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) today advised visitors who plan to organise any group activity involving 10 or more participants to make prior booking or application directly or via email to the FRIM One Stop Centre (frim_enquiry@frim.gov.my). This is because many people may not be aware of this requirement under […]

Invest with confidence: Are planted forests in Latin America a good deal?

REDD monitor news - Fr, 03/07/2015 - 10:19
By Manuel Guariguata, CIFOR Forests News Blog, 30 June 2015 Although many more trees per unit of land can be sold, compared to timber extracted selectively from primary forests, investment decisions for establishing large scale tree plantations need careful scrutiny. By focusing on key Latin American countries where plantation forestry is already common, a recent study identified the main advantages and constraints for planted forest investment, the extent to which political and institutional factors affect these investments, and how land prices and investment risk shape such decisions. By applying different but complementary metrics for gauging investment performance by using data from 2005 to 2011, the study sends a few key messages. Excluding land costs, net financial returns on investment in almost all of South America exceeded 10 percent – which applies to investors who bought cheap land decades ago.

Watch and vote for the first entries in the Think Forest video competition!

GFIS - Fr, 03/07/2015 - 09:54
The first entries for the Think Forests video competition are online and ready for you to watch and vote. Videos...

Watch and vote for the first entries in the Think Forest video competition!

GFIS - Fr, 03/07/2015 - 09:54
The first entries for the Think Forests video competition are online and ready for you to watch and vote. Videos...

ICRAF at Our Common Future Under Climate Change, 7-10 July, France

GFIS - Fr, 03/07/2015 - 09:53

Researchers from the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) will be part of some 2000 scientists and policy makers gathered at the International Scientific Conference,

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Researchers from Viet Nam and Lao PDR learn how to use the Agroecological Knowledge Toolkit

GFIS - Fr, 03/07/2015 - 09:30
To better understand how farmers manage landscapes in their countries, natural resources researchers from Viet Nam and Lao PDR learned how to use a specially designed data-gathering method and computer software.   ‘I like this course very much....

Climate-smart agriculture: propaganda or paradigm shift?

GFIS - Fr, 03/07/2015 - 08:21
Moving beyond the hype to show how the climate-smart agriculture concept can translate evidence into action. Next week, some of the groups at the forefront of advancing the climate-smart agriculture (CSA) concept will attempt to clarify exactly how...


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