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SFI progress report shows 500 partner organizations coming together for future forests

GFIS - Di, 28/06/2016 - 15:20
2016 SFI Progress Report tells the story of how responsible forestry is helping improve our shared quality of life. The 400 different conservation and research projects reported by SFI Program Participants in 2015

Governance of landscapes, forests and people

GFIS - Di, 28/06/2016 - 14:54
Forested landscapes worldwide are increasingly integrated in global processes of trade, market development, resource exploitation and climate change. Site-based or community level approaches can no longer cope with these issues which exceed the local sphere of influence. Although landscapes are usually considered to be appropriate levels to negotiate land use options, they are rarely recognised as units of political- administrative decision making, hence do not have any formal place in decentralised structures of states. At the same time, governance is no longer monopolised by governments, but has increasingly become a shared responsibility of civil society groups and private sector actors. Many of these actors are experimenting with their newly assigned roles as co-developers and implementers of landscape governance. This course challenges forest and nature management professionals to adopt an integrative perspective, to look beyond the forest, and build bridges between the public and the private sector. In this course we focus on the development of institutional development at landscape level including multistakeholder platforms and networks, and financial support mechanisms to guide landscape dynamics on the ground.

Experts agree to enhanced international DNA testing of rhinos at South African Workshop

GFIS - Di, 28/06/2016 - 13:46
Pretoria, South Africa, 28th June 2016—The international expansion of rhino horn DNA testing was announced at the RhODIS®; Rhino DNA Scientific workshop  in South Africa at Kruger National Park and the University of Pretoria’s Veterinary Genetics Lab (VGL) which concluded on Friday.

Register now for the PEFC Chain of Custody Expert Forum!

GFIS - Di, 28/06/2016 - 11:33
It’s not too late to take part in our standards revision process. If you have experience in Chain of Custody certification and implementation, and are ready and eager to get involved in the process, then we need you in our Expert Forum for PEFC Chain of Custody! The CoC Expert Forum is the...

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On land and in space, understanding the impacts of fires

GFIS - Di, 28/06/2016 - 10:51

To measure greenhouse gas emissions from the fires in maritime Southeast Asia in 2015, a variety of methods and expertise coalesced

Indonesia’s East Kalimantan Province Commits to New Green Growth Pathway

GFIS - Di, 28/06/2016 - 08:29

By Justin Adams, Global Managing Director of Lands at The Nature Conservancy and Rizal Algamar, Indonesia Country Program Director at The Nature Conservancy Earlier this month, more than 1,000 people gathered for World Environment Day in Samarinda, the capital of Indonesia’s East Kalimantan province. It was a moment – shared by millions of people all over […]

Food for thought from the land of a thousand hills

GFIS - Di, 28/06/2016 - 08:03

Gordon Conway, Imperial College London On my most recent visit to Rwanda, it was evident that farmers there are beginning to do well. I have visited the country on a number of occasions over the past ten years, and each time I am impressed to see significant improvements in the lives of ordinary people. With […]

REDD+, transformational change and the promise of performance-based payments: a qualitative comparative analysis

GFIS - Di, 28/06/2016 - 02:56

Authors: Brockhaus, M.; Korhonen-Kurki, K.; Sehring, J.; Di Gregorio, M.; Assembe-Mvondo, S.;Babon, A.; Bekele, M.; Gebara, M.F.; Khatri, D.B.; Kambire, H.; Kengoum Djiegni, F.; Kweka, D.;Menton, M.; Moeliono, M.; Paudel, N.S.; Pham, T.T.; Resosudarmo, I.A.P.; Sitoe, A.; Wunder, S.; Zida, M. Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) has emerged as a promising climate change mitigation mechanism in developing […]

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Trade Mission Aimed to Accelerate Expansion of Indian Market

GFIS - Di, 28/06/2016 - 01:58
Continued development of markets for British Columbia’s coastal forest products is a key priority for Coast Forest Products Association.  As part of Coast Forest’s work to advance such opportunities for our industry, President and CEO, Rick Jeffery embarked on a six-day trade mission to India in May. Organized by Forestry Innovation Investment (FII) Mumbai, the mission was comprised of 15 senior-level representatives from Natural Resources …

Anthony S. Davis named Associate Dean for Research

GFIS - Di, 28/06/2016 - 01:53

The Oregon State University College of Forestry has named Anthony S. Davis as associate dean for research. Davis joins OSU from the University of Idaho, where he served as the director of the Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research and as an associate professor of native plant... (more)

New fire boss moves into Forest Service regional office 

GFIS - Di, 28/06/2016 - 01:51

The new fire and aviation manager for U.S. Forest Service Region 1 hasn’t even been in office a week and he already has a tactical challenge scheduled on his calendar this summer.

Protected: Finding Solutions, for Today and Tomorrow, to Address Residual Wood Fibre

GFIS - Di, 28/06/2016 - 01:14
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Welcome Magdalena Bojarska - our wood botanist.

GFIS - Di, 28/06/2016 - 01:00
‘Using wood anatomy to identify levels of non-compliance in wood products, under EU Timber Regulations (2013)’.

FAS Capacity-Building Efforts in Central America Yield Benefits There and at Home

GFIS - Mo, 27/06/2016 - 19:00
Pablo Chacón, a young Guatemalan farmer who is studying agroforestry at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Turrialba, Costa Rica, can now show the people in his home community how livestock grazing and hardwood forests can co-exist and prosper. Earlier this month, he told me and other Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) [...]

Restoring Socio-Ecological and Socio-Economic Relationships in the Miombo Region

GFIS - Mo, 27/06/2016 - 17:42
Venue:  Maputo, Mozambique

The Miombo Network will convene a meeting on Restoring the Socio-Ecological and Socio-Economic Relationships in the Miombo Woodlands, July 27-29, 2016 at the Eduardo Mondlane University, in Maputo, Mozambique. The miombo woodlands are the most extensive warm dry forest type in southern Africa, covering 2.7 million km2 across seven countries in southern Africa. The miombo woodlands play critical ecological, economic and social roles, for example, they supports the livelihoods of more than 65 million people in the region.

The Miombo Network will convene a meeting on Restoring the Socio-Ecological and Socio-Economic Relationships in the Miombo Woodlands, July 27-29, 2016 at the Eduardo Mondlane University, in Maputo, Mozambique. The miombo woodlands are the most extensive warm dry forest type in southern Africa, covering 2.7 million km2 across seven countries in southern Africa. The miombo woodlands play critical ecological, economic and social roles, for example, they supports the livelihoods of more than 65 million people in the region.

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Sustainable Landscapes for Sustainable Livelihoods: the 2016 PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue

GFIS - Mo, 27/06/2016 - 16:48
Join us in vibrant Bali, Indonesia, for the 2016 PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue ‘Sustainable Landscapes for Sustainable Livelihoods:  harnessing the power of forest certification and sustainable supply chains'. Our two-day dialogue, taking place on 17-18 November 2016, will build clarity...

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Forests on drained agricultural peatland are potentially large sources of greenhouse gases – insights from a full rotation period simulation

GFIS - Mo, 27/06/2016 - 16:42
New article co-authored by Focali member Åsa Kasimir published in Biogeosciences. Through a PhD project by Hongxing He funded by the Swedish Energy Agency performed at the department of Earth Sciences at the University of Gothenburg, they show that forest production on drained peat soil is a large source of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.

REDD in the news: 20-26 June 2016

GFIS - Mo, 27/06/2016 - 16:33
REDD-Monitor’s round-up of the week’s news on forests, climate change, and REDD. For regular updates, visit REDD-Monitor’s “REDD in the news” page, or follow @reddmonitor on Twitter.   How Women’s Participation in Customary Forest and Land Governance in the DRC is being restricted By Larissa Stiem and Torsten Krause, Focali, … read more

Buyers beware of trash and run: Melka group plans to sell off controversial oil palm plantations operations in the Peruvian Amazon

GFIS - Mo, 27/06/2016 - 16:08
27 June, 2016

27 June 2016: On 23 June, and no doubt in response to the growing challenges to their operations in Ucayali from the Peruvian government, Peruvian civil society and affected communities,  the Melka group decided to put their properties up for sale in a public auction.

FPP has written a letter to the editor of the Jakarta Post where the auctions were advertised.The proposed sale of these properties in Peru reflects a trend in the palm oil sector whereby companies professing to uphold sustainability and business ‘best practice’, in line with RSPO and IFC standards, choose to sell off their properties when they are caught violating the standards or the law.

This illustrates the urgent need for additional government regulations, in both host and home countries, to hold transnational companies to account for their legal, human rights and environmental violations. In the meantime, prospective buyers should beware.

 

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