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Wallstreet Journal | 7 years 3 months ago

BLUE LAKE, Calif.—Malodorous brown smoke from a power plant enveloped this logging town on April 29, 2010, and several hundred residents fled until it passed. Six months later, the plant got $5.4 million from a federal program to promote environmentally preferable alternatives to fossil fuel.

The Economist | 7 years 3 months ago

FREE lunches, economists insist, are rare. In one sense—related to the opportunity cost of sitting down to eat when you could be doing something more productive—they are right. In another, though, complimentary feasts are rather common. As are free clean water, fuel, air-conditioning, pest control...

Forest Talk | 7 years 3 months ago

Quebec‘s new 2012-2017 Forest Sector Transformation Strategy was unveiled Monday by the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune (MRNF). The Strategy aims to adapt and strengthen the province’s forest sector by diversification, innovation, and adaptation.  The Strategy recognizes that...

Forest Talk | 7 years 3 months ago

Montreal riot police have been sent 5 hours north of Montreal to the area where the Algonquin First Nation of Barriere Lake are protesting Resolute Forest Products‘ logging activity. For the past 2 weeks, members of the Algonquin First Nations of Barriere Lake have been camping out along the...

7 years 3 months ago

Many policymakers argue that property rights decrease deforestation. Some theoretical papers also make this prediction, arguing that property rights decrease discount rates applied to a long-term investment in forestry. However, the effect is theoretically ambiguous. The paper takes a novel...

Forest Talk | 7 years 3 months ago

British Columbia is now protecting an additional 14,750 hectares of old growth forest on the Sunshine Coast. These old growth management areas were established under the Land Act, following public consultation and discussions with First Nations, forestry companies and local stakeholders. The new...

7 years 3 months ago

The effects of deforestation on the Earth are massive. Land is routinely cleared and degraded for agriculture and the production of wood and paper products. National Geographic calls this plight a “forest Holocaust,” reporting that more than 80 percent of the planet’s natural forests have been lost...

Forestry-Invest | 7 years 3 months ago

The world’s largest timber investment management organisation (TIMO), Hancock Timber Resources Group, and Molpus Woodland Group, have bought a 1.88 million acre plantation from Oregon’s Forest Capital Partners. Hancock, which is based in Boston, has purchased some 1.35 million acres of timberland,...

OPIC | 7 years 3 months ago

The first political risk insurance contract for a Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) project, provided by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) to Terra Global Capital for a project in Cambodia, has been awarded the Sustainable Forestry Transaction of the Year...

ForestTalk | 7 years 3 months ago

The Vancouver Sun is reporting that the salvage logging (Kalamitätsnutzung) of the beetle-killed pine forests in British Columbia is being blamed for moose populations in the interior crashing by up to 70%. To salvage log the dead pine, harvesters had no limits imposed on the size of the clearcuts...

PaperIndex Times | 7 years 3 months ago

Muttenz, Switzerland, Jul 20, 2012 - Clariant, the Swiss specialty chemicals company, today inaugurated Germany's biggest pilot plant for the production of climate-friendly cellulose ethanol from agricultural waste. Located in Straubing, Bavaria and supported by the Bavarian government and the...

Forest Carbon Asia | 7 years 4 months ago

The sustainability of REDD+ initiatives will depend heavily on whether there is an adequate determination of local as well as national beneficiaries. REDD+ offers a unique opportunity for new benefit streams for local communities.

Forest Carbon Asia | 7 years 4 months ago

Benefit sharing is central to achieving the objectives of REDD+. For REDD+, benefit sharing covers how carbon revenues are to be assigned and shared among all stakeholders involved in meeting REDD+ goals. In practice, benefits need to be shared prior to receiving carbon revenues.

Live Mint | 7 years 4 months ago

Mumbai: Sustainable forestry-focused private equity (PE) firm, Global Environment Fund (GEF), has raised a Rs. 700 crore, small and medium enterprises (SME)-focused South Asia fund dedicated to India—the first niche fund of its kind in the country.

Directions Magazine | 7 years 4 months ago

UK satellite imaging company DMCii has successfully led a multi-disciplinary consortium to win a place on the Department for International Development (DfID) Forest Governance Markets and Climate (FGMC) Framework Agreement. This means they will be able to bid for projects to monitor forest...

Environmental Leader | 7 years 4 months ago

Asia Pulp & Paper has pledged that by 2020 all of its suppliers will be certified under the voluntary Indonesian sustainable forest management scheme.

Mail&Guardian | 7 years 4 months ago

Multinational companies are queuing up to do business in Gabon, despite questions being raised about the validity of President Ali Bongo Ondimba’s rule. Among these are South African companies, including Sustainable Forestry Management, run by conservationist Alan Bernstein. It  entered Gabon in...

Pambazuka | 7 years 4 months ago

As evening falls, Albertina Francisco*, a farmer from the Nhambita community in Sofala province, Mozambique, returns home. She is tired after another day of work at her machamba (a term used in Mozambique to refer to a patch of farmland). In addition to looking after the maize, mapira (a type of...

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