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Asia Plantation Capital reports US$53.5m in turnover

GFIS - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 13:20
Asia Plantation Capital announced a significant rise in turnover across the group since 2012 for its financial year of 2013. Achieving a new revenue peak of US$53.5 million, the company attributes this to a corporate strategy of ensuring all plantations projects it invests in and undertakes will deliver high value end market products.

REDD in the news: 15-21 September 2014

GFIS - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 12:54
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. 15 September 2014 Big corporates leading the … read more

Show Them the Money

REDD monitor news - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 12:41
By Frances Seymour, Center For Global Development, 16 September 2014 | Denizens of Climate World are gearing up for the “Climate Summit” being hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in New York on September 23rd... A new CGD Working Paper by Marigold Norman and Smita Nakhooda of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) runs the numbers. The paper provides a wealth of charts and graphs analysing flows of international REDD+ finance to date by source, destination, vehicle, timing, stage of disbursement, and other factors that draw back the curtain on the current landscape of funding for forests and climate change. A few highlights: Aggregate pledges and investments from both the public and private sectors are estimated to be more than US$8.7 billion for the period between 2006 and March 2014. While the authors deem this amount to be “significant”, it’s not so different from the $8 billion pledged for the World Bank/FAO Tropical Forestry Action Plan way back in 1985...

Tla'amin First Nation and City of Powell River complete transaction to purchase Catalyst Paper's interest in the PRSC Limited Partnership

Canadian Forestindustries News II - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 12:00
POWELL RIVER, BC, Sept. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - The Tla'amin First Nation and City of Powell River have completed the transaction to purchase Catalyst Paper Corporation's interest in the PRSC Limited P...

Environment: 17 companies nominated for the 2014 European Business Awards for the Environment

GFIS - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 12:00
European Commission Press release Brussels, 22 September 2014 Rome, 19 September– The shortlist for the 2014 European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE) has been revealed, following a two-day jury meeting in Rome, Italy. The 17 finalists come from 10 countries.

Innovative campaign promotes success from within

GFIS - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 11:26
Ha Noi, 22nd September 2014—A groundbreaking campaign is being launched in Viet Nam on World Rhino Day to promote the importance of individual character, determination and will as the secrets to success. The “Strength of Chi” campaign is based on the concept of “Chi” (“Will”) within Vietnamese culture, signifying the power of what lies within. 

Andritz receives new order from Guangdong Shaoneng Group

GFIS - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 11:17
Andritz has received new order to supply a PrimeLineCOMPACT II tissue machine with steel Yankee to Guangdong Shaoneng Group’s facility at Shao Guan in Guangdong Province, China.

Top Negotiators To Lead Webinar Series On Land-Use In Climate Talks

REDD monitor news - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 10:43
Ecosystem Marketplace, 17 September 2014 | Marcelo Rocha and Peter Iversen are fixtures at climate talks. They co-chair the contact group focused on Land Use, Land-Use-Change, and Forestry (LULUCF), and both represent their respective countries – Rocha for Brazil and Iversen for Denmark – on various land-use issues. Throughout October, they will be hosting a series of webinars designed to bring people up to speed on the state of land-use negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The four webinars are based on the Understanding Land Use in the UNFCCC guide that Rocha and Iversen authored along with Donna Lee, a Senior Advisor at Climate Focus. The guide and upcoming webinars are meant to unpack the complexities of the land-use sector and help negotiators, policy makers, project developers and others through the process. The guide provides clear and concise explanations on how land use is accounted and reported within the UNFCCC...

[Indonesia] Malaysian firm fined, executives get prison for role in forest fires

REDD monitor news - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 10:36
By Hasyim Widhiarto, The Jakarta Post, 11 September 2014 | A Malaysian manager at plantation firm PT ADEI Plantation and Industry, a unit of Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad, was found guilty on Tuesday of causing forest fires in Riau last year that led to haze choking neighboring Singapore and Malaysia. The Pelalawan District Court in Riau sentenced ADEI general manager Danesuvaran KR Singam to a year in prison and the option of paying Rp 2 billion (US$168,800) or serving an additional two months in jail for violating Article 99 (1) of the 2009 Environmental Protection and Management Law. “The defendant was negligent in his supervisory role of the estate. He should have actively prevented irresponsible parties from slipping into the estate and setting the fires,” presiding judge Donovan Pendapotan said.

Guyana reports drop in deforestation for 2013

REDD monitor news - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 10:33
Stabroek News, 20 September 2014 | Guyana has recorded a decrease in the rate of deforestation for last year and the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment is crediting new technology and more responsible and low-impact mining practices. The Ministry yesterday announced that the deforestation rate fell from 0.079% for 2012 to 0.068% for 2013, according to interim results from the 4th Annual Assessment of Deforestation and Forest Degradation under the Monitoring Reporting and Verification System (MRVS) for REDD+. [R-M: Subscription needed.]

Imperative: Regain momentum in reducing deforestation emissions

GFIS - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 10:18

Louis Verchot and Peter Howson call for moves on deforestation emissions

The post Imperative: Regain momentum in reducing deforestation emissions appeared first on Forests Climate Change.

[Guyana] Rupununi communities move for land extensions

REDD monitor news - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 09:41
Stabroek News, 21 September 2014 | Concerned at the granting of land for various reasons including large tracts of forest to controversial logging company Baishanlin and others, three North Rupununi communities have applied for extensions to their land. “We have been using these lands and waters for hundreds of years. We feel pain when we see the government giving our land to the foreign logging companies. We feel hurt when government will not give us the indigenous people our land title,” one villager was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the non-governmental organisation Justice Institute Guyana. Following a recent training programme, Apoteri, Rewa and Crashwater claimed extensions to their lands using the Amerindian Act 2006. The Amerindian communities expressed serious concern about the giving out of large tracts of forest to Baishanlin and other foreign companies, while they are still waiting for their traditional rights to be respected, the statement said.

Fires Spread Across Indonesia as Parliament Approves Haze Treaty

REDD monitor news - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 09:40
By Susan Minnemeyer, Andika Putraditama, James Anderson, Nigel Sizer and Cecelia Song, World Resources Institute, 18 September 2014 | Earlier this week, Indonesia’s parliament ratified the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution—12 years after first signing the agreement to reduce haze pollution from land and forest fires in Southeast Asia. The ratification of the treaty, combined with Singapore’s new Transboundary Haze Pollution Act, sends a clear and overdue signal that illegal land and forest fires in Indonesia, and the resulting regional haze pollution, will no longer be tolerated. Ratification of the law comes not a moment too soon. This week, fires flared across southern Sumatra and West and Central Kalimantan, jeopardizing Indonesia’s forests and the communities and wildlife that call these regions home. And because a tropical cyclone altered the wind direction, haze and smoke returned again to Singapore.

[Guyana] Amerindian leaders for talks on miners’ challenge to land extensions

REDD monitor news - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 09:39
Stabroek News, 21 September 2014 | Head of the National Toshaos Council Derrick John says that Amerindian leaders from across the country will soon discuss a proposed action by miners to challenge the Amerindian Land Titling (ALT) project in court and they would likely ask President Donald Ramotar to intervene. “We are concerned,” John told Stabroek News yesterday. “If they do challenge the project, it would not be fair.” He echoed statements by representatives of Amerindian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that Amerindians depend on the land to live. “Our lands mean a lot to us,” he said pointing out that many Amerindians sustain themselves by farming as well as hunting and fishing. At the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) Annual General Meeting on September 11, the organisation signalled its intention to strenuously oppose extensions for Amerindian lands and disclosed that it has set up a fund and hired lawyers in anticipation of future court action.

[Guyana] Over 160 Amerindian villages to tap development funding

REDD monitor news - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 09:37
Stabroek News, 20 September 2014 | Over 160 Amerindian communities are expected to benefit from access to funding to support their development with the signing of a $1.3 billion agreement between the government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Thursday. Minister of Finance Dr. Ashni Singh, Minister of Amerindian Affairs Pauline Sukhai and UNDP Resident Representative and UN Coordinator Khadija Musa signed the agreement at the Guyana International Conference Centre to facilitate Phase II of the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) Amerindian Development Fund (ADF) Project.

Time is right for global focus on forest land rights

REDD monitor news - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 09:36
By Mark Kinver, BBC News, 19 September 2014 | Recognising the land rights of local people could provide cost-effective protection for many of the world's tropical forests, a report says. But existing initiatives to tackle deforestation were poorly suited to deal with the issue, it added. However, there was an "unprecedented opportunity" to act as more nations were willing to acknowledge indigenous peoples' right to own and control land. The report will be presented at the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. The document, produced by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) and the Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education, warned that growing pressure for land and resources was threatening the long-term future of communities that depended on tropical forests for their livelihoods.

Dr. Unger’s Four Scientific Fouls

REDD monitor news - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 09:35
By Michael Wolosin, Climate Advisers, 20 September 2014 | An OpEd in today’s New York Times by Yale professor of atmospheric chemistry Nadine Unger starts with the headline “To Save the Planet, Don’t Plant Trees.” The article claims that – contrary to both conventional wisdom and the scientific consensus – planting trees and conserving forests is not an effective solution to climate change. While the headline is eye-catching, and attacking conventional wisdom can attract an editor’s attention, the article’s conclusions simply do not have the backing of science. There are at least four major scientific fouls that need to be called.

To Save the Planet, Don’t Plant Trees

REDD monitor news - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 09:34
By Nadine Unger, New York Times, 19 September 2014 | As international leaders gather in New York next week for a United Nations climate summit, they will be preoccupied with how to tackle the rising rate of carbon emissions. To mitigate the crisis, one measure they are likely to promote is reducing deforestation and planting trees. A landmark deal to support sustainable forestry was a heralded success story of the last international climate talks, in Warsaw last year. Western nations, including the United States, Britain and Norway, handed over millions of dollars to developing countries to kick-start programs to reduce tropical deforestation. More funds are promised. Deforestation accounts for about 20 percent of global emissions of carbon dioxide. The assumption is that planting trees and avoiding further deforestation provides a convenient carbon capture and storage facility on the land. That is the conventional wisdom. But the conventional wisdom is wrong.

Fire Causes Temporary Shut Down Of Greenpac And Norampac Niagara Falls Containerboard Mills

PaperIndex TimesNews - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 09:19
KINGSEY FALLS, QC, Sept. 21, 2014 - Cascades announces the temporary shutdown of the Greenpac and Norampac Niagara Falls containerboard mills following a fire that occurred on Saturday September 20, 2014, in the old corrugated containers (OCC) stock piles located outside of the mills....

Voith rebuilds disk filters at WEIG-Karton

GFIS - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 09:15
European recycled board manufacturer, WEIG-Karton, had appointed Voith to rebuild disk filters at its plant in Mayen, Germany.

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