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CPAWS welcomes new Minister of Fisheries, Oceans,  and the Canadian Coast Guard

GFIS - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 16:35
CPAWS welcomes the recent appointment of a new Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard (DFO). We congratulate the new Minister on the promotion from his previous role as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Farm ponds offer a unique integrated solution for Kitui County, Kenya

GFIS - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 13:21

Farm ponds are quickly emerging as novel hubs for integrated, climate-smart technologies promoted through the Drylands Development programme in the vast semi-arid landscapes of Kitui County in eastern Kenya Water shortage occasioned by prolonged drought has been a...

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We should rediscover the joy of being in the forest

GFIS - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 11:18
This July we hear from Paolo Salvadori, a runner up in our 2017 ‘Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ photo contest, as he explains how forests inspire him and why they are the perfect place for taking pictures. How do you feel about forests? Whenever I have the opportunity to...

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Letter to European Commission on EU timber regulation

GFIS - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 11:10


European forest-based industries call on the extension of the scope of the EU Timber Regulation to ensure that wood-based products sold on the European market are safe from illegal logging regardless of their origin.

Sent to:

Ms. Elżbieta Bieńkowska
European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Mr. Karmenu Vella
European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
Ms. Cecilia Malmström
European Commissioner for Trade

Dear Commissioners,

The EU Timber Regulation (995/2010/EU) is one of the key measures of the European Union to combat illegal logging. It aims to prevent wood and wood-based products that derive from illegally logged forests to enter the European market.

Wood and a large part of wood-based products are already covered by the Regulation. The European forest-based industries, as operators or traders under the Regulation, have already put in place the required due diligence systems for the wood or wood-based products that they are placing on the European market.

Regrettably, several wood-based products are not yet in the scope of the Regulation. Millions of euros worth of wood-based products are therefore still entering the European market without any assurance on their legality.

This not only creates a significant environmental loophole in the Regulation but it also distorts competition between wood-based products produced in the European Union with compliant raw material and wood-based products produced outside the European Union which can be freely imported and placed on the European market regardless of the origin of the raw material.

The EU Timber Regulation helps to secure legal sourcing of products sold on the European market. Illegal logging blemishes the reputation of the forest-based industries and the image of wood-based products. It is not acceptable that the reputation of European companies is tarnished because of illegally sourced imported products put on the European market. Moreover, it is important that European consumers can trust that any wood-based products found on the European market have been sourced legally.

The European Union should ensure that wood-based products on the European market are safe from illegal logging regardless of their origin. We therefore call on the European Commission to revise without further delay the scope of the EU Timber Regulation and extend it to wood-based products, such as printed matter, which are so far not covered.
Additionally, we invite the European Commission to include under the scope of the EUTR regulation tree like products, such as bamboo, whose illegal sourcing and extraction is causing deforestation and environmental degradation.
Furthermore, the European Commission should coordinate more consistent enforcement of the EU Timber Regulation.
We thank you for your consideration and remain at your disposal for further discussions on this matter with you or your respective services.
 

The State of Jurisdictional Sustainability preview now available

GFIS - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 03:29

Spanning 39 primarily first-level subnational political and administrative divisions (e.g., province, state, etc.) in 12 tropical countries, The State of...

The post The State of Jurisdictional Sustainability preview now available appeared first on Center for International Forestry Research.

CIFOR signs MOU with Sriwijaya University

GFIS - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 03:20

BOGOR (20 July, 2018) – Continuing their commitment to explore opportunities to restoring degraded peatlands through the paludiculture technique in...

The post CIFOR signs MOU with Sriwijaya University appeared first on Center for International Forestry Research.

Building stronger, climate-resilient farming and forest communities

GFIS - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 00:00

Millions of small-scale farmers and foresters will be able to better protect their lands from the impacts of climate change, and improve their livelihoods thanks to renewed global efforts announced today on the sidelines of World Forest Week (COFO24).


Forest producer organizations can play vital role in design and delivery of social protection

GFIS - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 00:00

Forest producer organizations could play a key role in the delivery and development of social protection programmes according to two new FAO Forestry Working Papers released at a World Forest Week side event at FAO headquarters in Rome.


FAO and the Natural Resources Institute Finland sign memorandum of understanding

GFIS - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 00:00

A memorandum of understanding was signed today between FAO and the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) that focuses on the provision of joint support to strengthen capacities in the sustainable and integrated management of natural resources in order to forge closer links in the key areas of climate change, food security and the Sustainable Development Goals.


REDD is “no silver bullet”, admits Ola Elvestuen Norway’s Minister of Climate and Environment

GFIS - Thu, 19/07/2018 - 21:21
Last month saw the Oslo Tropical Forest Forum 2018, 10 years after REDD was included in the Bali Road Map, at the UN climate negotiations in December 2007. “The goal of the forum is to celebrate results and identify remaining challenges,” according to the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation’s website about the event. This post […]

Stakeholder Report 'Measures up' UK Performance on SDGs

GFIS - Thu, 19/07/2018 - 18:44
UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development launched the report ‘Measuring up: How the UK is performing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals’. The report offers a comprehensive stakeholder review of SDG delivery in the UK, covering 143 of the 169 targets. The report notes that although the UK’s Single Departmental Plans are a practical way of delegating authority, they could reduce recognitions of interlinkages across the Goals and targets, thereby siloing efforts or reducing their effectiveness.

Google and UN Environment Partner on Data for Global Goals

GFIS - Thu, 19/07/2018 - 18:00
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment) and Google have announced a partnership that combines environmental science and big data to expand knowledge on the impacts of human activity on global ecosystems. The partnership will initially focus on freshwater ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes.

High-Level Consultations Take Stock of Strategies to Accelerate SDG 15.3

GFIS - Thu, 19/07/2018 - 17:51
On the sidelines of the HLPF Ministerial Segment, Canada, Iceland, Germany and Namibia hosted a high-level consultation on addressing the challenges of drought in the context of achieving LDN. Parallel to the HLPF, a High-Level Dialogue on Sand and Dust Storms (SDS) convened during the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly. At the First Global LDN Forum in Seoul, Korea, a 'Peace Forest Initiative' was proposed as one possible approach for simultaneously contributing to LDN and post-conflict recovery.

Tropical timber, bamboo and rattan could help bridge supply gap for environmentally friendly materials  

GFIS - Thu, 19/07/2018 - 17:00
Participants in the Global Bamboo Congress 2018 (BARC2018) held late last month agreed that the tropical timber and bamboo and rattan sectors need to work together to meet the increasing demand for forest products due to population growth, close the supply gap for sustainable building materials, and conserve tropical forests. There was consensus that tropical timber, bamboo and rattan co-exist and complement each other as commodities, and the ecosystems of which they are part play important roles in climate-change mitigation and adaptation. As an important first step towards greater interaction between the sectors, ITTO and the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) during BARC2018 to strengthen cooperation between the two organizations.

Monkeys benefit from the nut-cracking abilities of chimpanzees and hogs

GFIS - Thu, 19/07/2018 - 16:12
Researchers describe for the first time the scavenging behavior of mangabey monkeys, guinea fowls, and squirrels on energy-rich nut remnants cracked by chimpanzees and red river hogs. The team used data collected by camera traps in the rain forest of Tai National Park in Ivory Coast. The results reveal new unknown interactions between different species and increase our understanding of the complex community of animals foraging around tropical nut trees.

Colombia peace deal brings new threat to country's rainforest

GFIS - Thu, 19/07/2018 - 14:54
The historic peace treaty in Colombia which brought an end to half a century of violence has led to mass deforestation. Once FARC soldiers were disarmed, it led to a vacuum of power which is being exploited by large landowners who are now deforesting the area at an alarming rate to make way for farms and for the illegal growth of coca crops. An ecologically significant region of Colombia, is now at risk of disappearing.

Cooling forest rainbow water vital contributor to farmer livelihoods

GFIS - Thu, 19/07/2018 - 14:14

This blog was first published on the website of Landscape News Forests are widely recognized as critical to essential ecosystem services like clean water and air, but some of their greatest benefits are invisible to the human eye...

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Conifex Timber completes acquisition of sawmills in the U.S. South

International Forest Industries - Thu, 19/07/2018 - 12:51

Conifex Timber Inc. has completed the acquisition of the Suwannee sawmill in Cross City, Florida and the Caddo River sawmill in Glenwood, Arkansas.

Ken Shields, Conifex’s President and CEO, stated: “As a result of this acquisition, our total annual lumber production capacity has increased by approximately 50% to 1.1 billion board feet and our total annual production capacity in the U.S. South has increased by approximately 200% to 550 million board feet.”

Conifex and its subsidiaries’ primary business currently includes timber harvesting, reforestation, forest management, sawmilling logs into lumber and wood chips, and value added lumber finishing and distribution.

Photo: Ken Shields, Conifex’s President and CEO

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Announced Position: Head of PCC

GFIS - Thu, 19/07/2018 - 11:17

Dear all,

The position of the Head of PCC is announced by the Thuenen Institute to be filled according to the conditions described in the linked advertisement: 18-164-WO-engl.pdf. Please, consider an application by yourself or forward the application to those who might be interested.

Best…

Spotlight #60 – Creating a virtuous circle in forest operations

GFIS - Thu, 19/07/2018 - 09:02
PDF for download   A newly published study entitled Sustainable Forest Operations (SFO): A new paradigm in a changing world and climate, indicates that “climate change, as well as the increasing demand for forest products, requires a rethinking of forest operations in terms of sustainability.” The study suggests that the SFO concept provides integrated perspectives […]

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