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From Paris to Marrakech: forests, climate change and REDD+ in Southeast Asia

GFIS - Mi, 07/12/2016 - 06:26

The implications of international agreements on the ten countries that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and their extensive forests was explained at an Experts Dialogue in Indonesia   The Paris Agreement is a global deal...

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New Forest 500 analysis shows that 2020 deforestation goals are unlikely to be achieved

GFIS - Mi, 07/12/2016 - 05:57

In its third set of annual results, the Global Canopy Programme’s Forest 500 initiative concludes that more government and financial institution action is needed to help companies achieve deforestation-free supply chains Press Release, 5th December, 2016, Oxford, UK: The Global Canopy Programme’s ‘Forest 500’ released its 2016 results analysing the deforestation policies of the most […]

The Dark Side of the Forest

GFIS - Mi, 07/12/2016 - 04:09

Illegal logging is causing massive economic damage to developing countries, and organized crime networks are increasingly involved in the lucrative plunder of the planet’s forests By Tim Christophersen When you shop at your local mall for furniture, or paper, have you ever considered whether these wood products come from legal sources? A recent report by […]

CIFOR scientists bringing latest research to CBD COP13

GFIS - Mi, 07/12/2016 - 03:40
A delegation of scientists from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) will be presenting their latest research at the...

Oil palm-community conflict mapping in Indonesia: A case for better community liaison in planning for development initiatives

GFIS - Mi, 07/12/2016 - 01:54

Authors: Abram, N.K.; Meijaard, E.; Wilson, K.A.; Davis, J.T.; Wells, J.A.; Ancrenaz, M.; Budiharta, S.;Durrant, A.; Fakhruzzi, A.; Runting, R.K.; Gaveau, D.L.A.; Mengersen, K. Conflict between large-scale oil-palm producers and local communities is widespread in palm-oil producer nations. With a potential doubling of oil-palm cultivation in Indonesia in the next ten years it is likely that conflicts between the palm-oil […]

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Conservation for climate change, leaders seek action

GFIS - Di, 06/12/2016 - 19:30
Leaders of the conservation community in Canada submitted a letter to the Prime Minister and Premiers urging them to recognize the important role of Canada's terrestrial and marine ecosystems in reducing emissions, and helping all species, including humans, adapt to a changing climate.

Collaborative groups seek common ground in new ‘umbrella’ organization

GFIS - Di, 06/12/2016 - 18:32

Collaborative groups working throughout Montana’s forests are looking for common ground with each other in a new organization.

Thinning project pitched to save big pines in Oregon forest 

GFIS - Di, 06/12/2016 - 18:10

The 10-mile ribbon of Highway 62 as it shoots through the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest between Prospect and Union Creek has the viewscapes that make tree-lovers and city-dwellers all wish they had moon roofs.

How the aviation sector’s carbon offset plans will undermine the Paris Agreement

GFIS - Di, 06/12/2016 - 18:01
A recent article by Kate Wheeling in Pacific Standard magazine highlights four ways that the aviation sector’s carbon market proposals could undermine the Paris Agreement. The article points out that, “as the rest of the world is cutting back, aviation’s climate plan includes increasing emissions.” Jane Hupe is head of the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s […]

Rayonier President & CEO to Speak at Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2016 Paper, Packaging and Builders Conference

Forest Products IIII - Di, 06/12/2016 - 15:17
[Business Wire] - Rayonier announced today that David L. Nunes, President and CEO, will speak at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2016 Paper, Packaging and Builders Conference in Boston, MA on December 14, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.

In South Carolina, Coyotes Not a Threat to Adult Deer

GFIS - Di, 06/12/2016 - 14:00
In parts of the northeastern U.S., white-tailed deer populations have ballooned. Not so in parts of the southeastern U.S., such as South Carolina, where the statewide deer population has been declining for about 12 years. “In the Southeast, coyotes often…Read more ›

Legality of wood harvested during sanitary (salvage) logging needs thorough verification. Joint statement by WWF Russia and Greenpeace Russia

GFIS - Di, 06/12/2016 - 13:08
Legality of wood harvested during sanitary (salvage) logging needs thorough verification Joint statement by WWF Russia and Greenpeace Russia Sanitary (salvage) logging accounts for about 1/6 of the total volume of wood harvested annually in Russia. According to the Russian State Statistics Service, in the period 2011-2016 sanitary (salvage) logging, both in selective and clearcut form, produced on average 32.1 million cubic meters of wood per year, out of a total annual harvest for the same period of 197.8 million cubic meters. In theory, sanitary (salvage) logging involves cutting dead or damaged forest stands, usually with the goal of halting the spread of pests and diseases. But in practice, sanitary logging is often used only as a mechanism to get around various prohibitions and restrictions on timber harvesting, especially in protected areas and so-called “protective forests” (riparian buffers, urban green zones, etc.), This results in the exceeding of the permitted logging volume or violation of timber harvesting regulations. The experience of our organizations in different regions of Russia shows that the main motive for the authorization of sanitary logging is a desire to harvest wood in those forests where that is normally not allowed, including due to legal restrictions. Selective sanitary logging often takes the form of skimming the cream (selecting the most economically valuable timber trees), and often leads to decline in the biological stability and productivity of forest stands, and their degradation. Sanitary clearcuts are often identical to commercial clearcuts, with the only difference being that limitations concerning environmental or social functions of forests are often not taken into consideration. There are cases when sanitary logging has been carried out responsibly and competently, but this is not common practice. In addition, we have observed cases when large-scale sanitary logging was planned for a long time in advance (before the expiring of official regional forest management plans), and led to dramatic exceeding of the normal annual allowable cut of timber established by forestry regulations. Russian law enforcement agencies confirm the high level of criminalization of sanitary logging. Abuse of sanitary logging for commercial purposes figures prominently among the most high-profile cases of illegal logging uncovered by the authorities in the past several years. At the same time, wood harvested as a result of sanitary logging, with rare exceptions, is purchased by consumers and exporters together with wood from any other type of logging. Among its purchasers are processors who strive to be law-abiding and responsible, including those acting within the framework of forest certification and international anti-illegal logging legislation. As a rule, permits for sanitary logging are issued without visible violations, and it is often only during field inspections that gross violations of Russian law are detected. In the coming years further deterioration of the situation is possible due to a draft federal law prepared by the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources that would abandon restrictions on sanitary clearcutting in riparian zones and in forests within the Central ecological zone within Baikal's natural territories (which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site). We believe that if wood from the Russian Federation was harvested using sanitary logging there is a very great risk that it was harvested with significant violations of national legislation (i.e. illegally). We also note that the problems of the abuse of sanitary logging (selection of the most economically valuable timber trees rather than sick, damaged or dying trees, with resulting declines in biological stability and stand productivity) are also widely observed during abuse of another sylvicultural practice: so-called “intermediate logging” in mature stands. These facts should be considered during wood supply audits in the framework of voluntary forest certification (including FSC) and during the confirmation of the legal origin of wood, including within the framework of the European Regulation 995/2010 requirements for wood and the US Lacey Act). Greenpeace Russia and WWF Russia call on: all responsible forest managers to strictly avoid the abuse of sanitary logging in violation of national legislation, as well as from conducting forest tending ("intermediate logging") in mature and over-mature forest stands; all responsible consumers and processors of wood to refuse to purchase wood harvested during sanitary logging and forest tending ("intermediate logging") of mature stands, without the organization of thorough field investigation of their legality. December 6, 2016 Nikolay Shmatkov, Forest Program Director, WWF Russia Alexey Yaroshenko, Forest Unit Head, Greenpeace Russia О необходимости особенно тщательной проверки законности заготавливаемой при санитарно-оздоровительных мероприятиях древесины. Совместное заявление WWF России и Гринпис России (PDF, in Russian) Legality of wood harvested during sanitary (salvage) logging needs thorough verification. Joint statement by WWF Russia and Greenpeace Russia (PDF, in English)

Making Sense of Research – Research for Practical Application in Land Management

GFIS - Di, 06/12/2016 - 11:41

Application-focused book with the findings of international research on sustainable land management presented at the global Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) According to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, twelve million hectares of fertile, arable land is lost each and every year. Soils are suffering from aridization, salination and overuse. This means that the loss […]

Reflections on COP22 and gender

GFIS - Di, 06/12/2016 - 10:31

A key decision made in Morocco signals promise, but progress remains

Whole forests can migrate to better environments

GFIS - Di, 06/12/2016 - 07:43

Migration is tough for all living things.

New York City mapped all of its trees and calculated the economic benefits of every single one

GFIS - Di, 06/12/2016 - 07:39

TreesCount! gathered 2,300 volunteers in 2015 to learn about the trees in their environment, what state they are in, what care they need, what their measurements are, and how they benefit the surrounding community, etc.

Learning from women’s and men’s perspectives on agroforestry to enhance climate change strategies and actions in Latin America

GFIS - Di, 06/12/2016 - 03:30

By Tatiana Gumucio How does consideration of women’s and men’s uses of and benefits from forest and tree resources make a difference for successful agroforestry strategies targeting climate change adaptation and mitigation? This was a key question addressed by a recent webinar on “Gender, Agroforestry and Climate Change in Latin America,” carried out through the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, […]

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Implementation of CITES for bushmeat species and its impacts on local livelihoods in Colombia

GFIS - Di, 06/12/2016 - 02:11

Authors: Juanita, G.; Sebastian, R.; Van Vliet, N. Key messages In 2016, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) developed a handbook to guide parties in the rapid evaluation of bushmeat trade across their borders, to rapidly assess the impacts on local […]

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