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Has Illegal logging dropped the last decade, we doubt...►

So, when talking about progress in combating of “illegal logging” by facts, two figures are necessary: the amount of illegal logging at the starting point (back at the beginning of the decade) and the current amount of illegal logging. Coming back to the statement of Nadine Laporte, we will compare figures with very different error bars. The confidence interval of the early figures is huge whilst the error bars of the recent figures are much smaller. It’s like comparing apples with oranges.

Is Conservation the main deal for REDD+? ►

The Sustainable Forest Management System of Austria could save those people who are directly affected by climate change processes such as REDD+, the fate of life in "reserves". And it also offers these people a smooth transition into a new era and the most extensive painless entry into a global world. It would leave them their dignity and they could continue to be proud making their living by their own hands work with their forests.

Is illegal logging the main source of deforestation? ►

There is stats published by UNFCCC in 2007 - Wood extraction for commercial timber (legal and illegal) counts for 14% of total deforestation & degradation activities - extract the legal part plus extract those parts of illegal timber not going to international sales - so what remains?

Do we have to stop deforestation at all costs? ►

“Just paying money for reducing deforestation and improving conservation practices measured by environmental records like carbon sequestration will not solve the problem – it will still worsen it!”


Survival of the fittest – also true for the forest, paper and packaging industry?►

Do you think global Pulp & Paper Industry is ready for the challenges of the 21th century? Or is it still on trial and error path?


Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the EU, FLEGT and REDD+ ►

Why is the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the EU fostering Deforestation or why is the EU fighting illegal logging but not deforestation?



14 years 2 months ago
Klimaschutzanschubfinanzierung für die Jahre 2010, 2011 und 2010 innerhalb der EU: Die EU hat bis 2012 in Kopenhagen eine jährliche Klimaschutzanschubfinanzierung von 2,4 Milliarden EUR zugesagt. Vor allem die drei großen EU-Länder Deutschland, Frankreich und Großbritannien zeigten beim EU-Gipfel ihre Bereitschaft, mit höheren Beträgen als bisher angenommen einzusteigen. Konkret kündigten in einer gemeinsamen Pressekonferenz der französische Staatspräsident Nicolas Sarkozy und der britische Premier Gordon Brown substanzielle Beiträge an. So plant Großbritannien demnach jährlich 550 Millionen...
14 years 2 months ago
A new study, launched on the eve of UNEP's Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum taking place in Bali, Indonesia, has analyzed the pledges of 60 developed and developing economies (more Information on the 11th Special Session of the UNEP GC/GMEF) These include Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation ( REDD ) which gained political support at the Copenhagen climate change meeting. REDD, which involves supporting developing countries to conserve rather than clear tropical forests, could make an important contribution not only to combating climate change...
14 years 3 months ago
Earnings or losses? Have a look how your favourites have performed recently... Fraser Papers Inc.Fraser Papers has posted a net loss of $13.1 million in its first quarter 2010. As a result of the sale of Fraser Papers' specialty papers assets to Twin Rivers Paper Company Inc. and the sale of their pulp mill in Thurso, Québec in April 2010, the operating results of these operations have been disclosed as "discontinued operations" in the Statements of Operations. Fraser Papers has filed its first quarter 2010 financial statements, including the related management discussion and analysis, on...
14 years 3 months ago
"Cutting down the worlds forests is responsible for about a fifth of global carbon emissions, but what many people may not realise is that this is linked to the illegal trade in timber. This is a major problem for many timber-producing countries in the developing world. It not only causes environmental damage, but costs governments billions of dollars in lost revenue, often involving corruption and funds armed conflict."  - this was stated by Mr Benn when having a speech at Chatham House on tackling deforestation (as reported by WebNewsWire, January 26, 2010). Mr Benn made the announcement on...
14 years 4 months ago
January 21, 2010: Copenhagen deal falters as just 20 countries of 192 sign up to declare their global warming strategies Read as well here... and here... But with just 10 days to go, only 20 countries out of 192 have signed up, with many clearly unready or unwilling to put their name to the document. Countries which have signed so far include India, Russia, Mexico, Australia, France and Norway. "You cannot have 192 countries involved in discussing all the details. You cannot have all countries all of the time in one room. You do have to safeguard transparency by allowing countries to...
14 years 7 months ago
In matters of: Bangkok, Day 5: Breaking News: Forests do not naturally grow in straight lines: Statement of Peter Wood of Global Witness: “SFM (sustainable forest management) is a European model of nice neat rows of trees that will be managed like a crop,” continues Wood. “We’re talking about the difference between antiques and Ikea.” It seems Mr. Wood has had never been to those countries who have established the system of sustainable forest management in fact: Austria, Germany and Switzerland. And Mr. Wood hasn't ever tried to understand the real principles of sustainable forest management...
14 years 8 months ago
Opponents have always maintained offset of carbon emissions like this...
14 years 8 months ago
Austrian Farmers have taken care of both - Farmland and Forests - since centuries because of the close interconnection of agriculture and forestry. Holistic land use management is obligatory for every Austrian farmer. Therefore it's not quite new for Austrian Farmers what the World Agroforestry Centre is concluding: Farmers around the globe are keen on planting and protecting trees on their farmland, new study shows. Important to give famers further incentives to plant trees, says World Agroforestry Center. Farmers should be seen as positive allies in the fight against climate change. They...
14 years 9 months ago
On the other hand, as one reads through this newsletter, one can see a number of clear pointers as to how the future is likely to look. These are: In the developed World the flag ship of global climate change regulation will be market based particularly cap and trade – see Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the US. Offsets seem to be envisaged as part of these schemes. The big question is will this be a common system of offsets under the UN, particularly the CDM, or a non-uniform country-by-country approach? Much work is underway to influence the design of such cap and trade schemes so...
14 years 9 months ago
October 2012, a note by the editor of ForestIndustries.EU: Although we wrote this article years ago, recent studies proof us to be right. The study "Forests or Agriculture: not necessarily an ‘all or nothing’ trade-off" came up with some interesting conclusions although the authors put higher emphasis on "emission reductions" than an "povertry reductions"... (read here as well); As of December 2012: First time we can read that forests are key to protecting economic growth and social progress and a landscape-based approach, which looks at the synergies and trade-offs of managing a broad...


by Dr. Radut