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Game hunting in the Amazon? There’s an app for that

GFIS - vor 3 Stunden 44 Minuten

Indigenous hunters in Colombia are keeping track of their prey and harvest on their mobile phones.

Video: Setting Up Trail Cameras with the Caribou Program

GFIS - vor 9 Stunden 40 Minuten

Caribou Program fieldwork doesn't have an off season. The field crew have been busily snowshoeing up and down seismic lines in caribou habitat, setting up trail cameras. In this short video, Doug shows how they are collecting data and explains some of the Caribou Program projects.

Endowment releases 2015 annual report

GFIS - Mo, 08/02/2016 - 23:11

The Endowment released its 2015 Annual Report highlighting these partnerships and sharing both successes—and failures—of the past year.

U.S. Forest Service strategy offers candid look at system in disarray

GFIS - Mo, 08/02/2016 - 19:43

A new strategy for managing public lands for recreation, heritage and wilderness paints a bleak picture of the U.S. Forest Service’s own ability to tackle the job.

Contrary to popular thinking, going paperless does not “save” trees

GFIS - Mo, 08/02/2016 - 19:38

The concept of avoiding use of paper in order to save trees may seem logical and has been adopted by many.

"Forests Matter" – The Why and What of PEFC for Companies

GFIS - Mo, 08/02/2016 - 19:22
While PEFC certification is part of the license to operate for many companies along the timber supply chain, why forest certification matters is not clear to others. Why are forests important, what does PEFC deliver, how can my company contribute? These questions are answered in a new 2-minute...

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New Publications: “Agriculture under Uncertain Climate Change Predictions” and “Environmental Markets in Malawi”

GFIS - Mo, 08/02/2016 - 17:38
LTS staff supervised Joanna Ferreira and Han Zhang in the MSc final disserations. Joanna completed a dissertation on Environmental Markets in Malawi, which analysed efficiency for buyers of paying for watershed services. Han’s work deals focuses on land use options … Continue reading →

Western Water Threatened by Wildfire

GFIS - Mo, 08/02/2016 - 16:00
By Tom Fry, Western Conservation Director, American Forest Foundation Tom Fry is the Western Conservation Director of the American Forest Foundation (AFF). AFF and the U.S. Forest Service hold a long-standing partnership in pursuit of protecting and conserving the important forest benefits that come from family and individually owned forest lands across the United States [...]

GFW User Profile: Craig Leisher

GFIS - Mo, 08/02/2016 - 15:00
For this installment of GFW User Profiles, we spoke with Craig Leisher, Director of Monitoring and Evaluations in Africa for The Nature Conservancy. What organization do you work with and what do you do? I’m the director for Monitoring and Evaluations in Africa at The Nature Conservancy (TNC). My job is to measure socioeconomic and […]

Highly resilient secondary tropical forests rapidly sequester carbon

GFIS - Mo, 08/02/2016 - 14:42
At the Climate Conference in Paris (CoP 21), all attention was focused on how humanity can reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases, especially Carbon Dioxide, that are driving climate change, either by reducing emissions at source or by...

6th Call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs)

GFIS - Mo, 08/02/2016 - 12:56
The 6th Call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) under COST Action FP1203: European NWFPs Network is open. We invite STSM candidates to submit their applications until the 22nd of February 2016. The STSM proposals on this call should not start before the 15th of March 2016 nor end after the 15th of May 2016.… Read More »

REDD in the news: 1-7 February 2016

GFIS - Mo, 08/02/2016 - 12:50
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.   1 February 2016 EU Market: EUAs … read more


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Flaming parrots and palmetto palms

GFIS - Mo, 08/02/2016 - 09:52

A new business opportunity could help protect Belize's Yellow-headed parrots and benefit local communities as well.

Savannah forests in Southern Belize are a burning issue right now. It is not just that intense dry-season fires and expanding populations are degrading these resources in an increasingly variable climate. The forest land itself has also recently become a hot topic in relation to land rights.

Back in 2014 the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) lit a slow burning fuse. They published a report recognising Maya people's collective rights to land traditionally used and occupied in Toledo.

Based on this report, the Maya Leaders Alliance and Toledo Alcaldes Association (TAA) brought legal action against the government on behalf of 38 communities. In 2007, the Supreme Court of Belize ordered the government to recognise indigenous land rights and demarcate and title their land.

In 2010, the Supreme Court clarified that the judgement applied to Maya throughout the southern region of Toledo. It also issued an injunction prohibiting natural resource use concessions throughout Toledo. The government appealed but lost the case in 2013. Following a further appeal to the Caribbean Courts of Justice (CCJ), the final ruling in April 2015 was that Mayan traditional land rights constitute property equal in legitimacy to any other form of property under Belizean law.

Promoting locally-controlled forestry

The government also published a new forest policy in 2015 promoting commercial forest use on community-owned and managed land for both timber and non-timber production. It advocates small forest product processing enterprises and expanding agroforestry and private forests on private farm land.

What is clear is that the era in which commercial forestry in Belize was exclusively the preserve of large-scale forest business is coming to an end. It is being replaced by a more balanced mix of forest enterprise that includes both large industrial businesses and smaller community businesses.

With the changing control over forest land have come inevitable tensions between different groups. Finding constructive routes to reduce such tensions is important.

Addressing the common threat of uncontrolled wild fires may provide just such a route. Rather bizarrely, it involves communities actually setting fire to the forest (albeit at an appropriate time). Here's how it works.

The Toledo Institute for Environment and Development (TIDE) and University of Edinburgh (UoE) are training local communities in how to use pre-emptive controlled burning to prevent severe uncontrolled wild fires during the driest months. This will benefit existing large-scale forest businesses and support the work of the Forest Department, which wants to limit the damage from forest fires.

But communities may now also wish to become involved in fire management because now, at last, they are beginning to feel some ownership over the forest resource itself.

Finding business opportunities

IIED has been brought in to support the development of community forest businesses as part of the "Conservation of pine woodland biodiversity in Belize through community fire management" initiative.

The idea is basically this. The greater the commercial returns from sustainable forest use, the greater the incentive to protect the forests from intense dry-season fire (through more benign controlled wet-season fires).

And the more the forests are protected from intense dry season fires, the richer the savannah forest resource will become. Biodiversity and people will both win.

So, business development and fire management within forest communities are now sharply in focus.

Seeding a new business

One possible opportunity is to develop the palmetto seed business.

Palmetto (Acoelorraphe wrightii) is a rather shapely palm, which grows 5-8m tall in clumps in tropical Savannah from South East Mexico to Northern Costa Rica (and also in Cuba). Palmettos are known to flower and seed readily after burning but are vulnerable to fire impacts. Flowers and berries can be destroyed by dry-season fires.

Palmetto seeds are an important food source for many birds and animals, including the iconic and endangered Yellow-headed parrot (Amazona oratrix). Intense dry season fires are therefore a threat to both Palmetto palms and the Yellow-headed parrot.

The solution may be found in developing businesses in concert with good fire management practices such as avoiding burning in the dry season.

And a new business opportunity is emerging. Palmetto seeds, also known as 'Popta', are increasingly being harvested for the extraction of a chemical compound which is believed to be beneficial in common prostate gland ailments. The market is large and lucrative. And local communities are already supplying a single trader with an export permit for the product.

Fire management is known to increase the regeneration, and safeguard the Popta for harvesting. So provided this can be done in a sustainable way, business development and the conservation of biodiversity can go hand in hand.

As a first step along that road, the Forest Farm Facility (FFF) has offered to include leading Popta collectors in an exchange visit with a well-established Guatemalan community cooperative (FEDECOVERA) that manufactures coffee, cacao, cardamom, timber and even runs an eco-tourism business.

The FFF supports forest-farm producer organisation for business and policy representation – and already supports a highly successful programme in Guatemala – through which a national alliance of community forest producers have shaped national financial incentive programmes to the benefits of millions of their members.

The idea is to link community leaders from Belize to that programme and expose them to the benefits of collective action, such as the capacity to negotiate better prices, share and thereby reduce costs, broaden their market networks, and have the strength in numbers to influence decision-makers. They will learn the organisation structures that have delivered successful business models in Guatemala – hoping that there may be ways of applying that to Popta.

The outcomes could be good news for both the communities of Toledo and the Yellow-headed parrot.

Duncan Macqueen (duncan.macqueen@iied.org) is a principal researcher in the forest team within IIED's Natural Resources Group.

Two Sides and Dovetail Partners' new study shows paperless initiatives do not save trees

GFIS - Mo, 08/02/2016 - 06:00
Today, Two Sides North America released a new study outlining key facts on why paperless initiatives do not save trees. Findings point to mounting evidence that loss of markets for paper and other wood products, a large portion of which are produced from wood harvested on privately-owned land, increases the risk of forest loss. The study was conducted by Dovetail Partners, an environmental think-tank specializing in forestry research and analysis.

WhatWood: Russian softwood lumber prices fell by 22% in 2015

GFIS - Mo, 08/02/2016 - 00:32
In 2015, sales of softwood lumber from Russia to foreign markets increased by 5% to 22.4 million m3, but the average value fell by $753 million to $2.7 billion. General decline in prices amounted to 22% in dollar terms. China, the major market for Russian softwood lumber, increased deliveries by 18% to 9.8 million m3, […]

FRIM, Sime Darby to work on biodiversity conservation

GFIS - So, 07/02/2016 - 20:18
5 February 2016 (Friday) – Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) has signed a Memorandum of Collaboration (MOC) with Sime Darby Plantation today to collaborate in research and development (R&D) on forest biodiversity conservation, particularly ex-situ conservation of endangered, rare and threatened forest tree plants species. The MOC also aims to share knowledge on matters on […]

Hauling logs: Crews working to complete Horse Lick Timber Sale project before spring

GFIS - So, 07/02/2016 - 20:11

Morning begins hours before first light for William Parke.

Russian timber industry news #1-2016

GFIS - So, 07/02/2016 - 16:38
- From 1 January 2016, the Russian government prohibited organizations under the jurisdiction of Turkey or controlled by citizens of Turkey to engage in a whole complex of works and services, including wood processing, construction, architecture and design. The corresponding regulation from December 29, 2015 has been published on the website of the government. - […]

Global timber market review #1-2016

GFIS - So, 07/02/2016 - 16:33
- UK’s forestry, wood and wood products sector is picking up after five years of low demand and little expansion, according to the UK Timber Trade Federation Statistical Review. A 10% rise in UK timber and panel products consumption takes total figure in 2014 to nearly 16 million m3. - Finnish sawmills are seeking for […]


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