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Why keep Africa’s dryland forests alive?

GFIS - Fri, 14/09/2018 - 12:23

Small holder farmers from 6,000 Malian households have restored 320 hectares of land through a combination of on-farm natural tree regeneration, water harvesting, moisture retention technologies, improved soil filtration, and enhanced soil humus. This is just one of...

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CEPI Annual Statistics - limited assurance Deloitte

GFIS - Fri, 14/09/2018 - 09:13

Deloitte has been engaged by the Confederation of European Paper Industries (“CEPI”) to issue a limited assurance statement on the data quality rating method CEPI applies on a selection of core indicators published in the “2017 CEPI annual statistics report”, “2016 Environment statistics report” and the “Key Statistics Report”, being a summarizing public report in which the most relevant indicators are published. The core indicators covered by our assurance statement and the detailed data quality rating made by CEPI can be retrieved in Appendix 1 and 2 to our Assurance Statement. The data quality rating method applied by CEPI is based on Product Footprint Category Rules (PFCR) for paper, developed by the European Commission’s DG Environment (see Appendix 2 to our Assurance Statement).

The full limited assurance statement can be consulted at the link at the bottom of this page.

Otherwise for more information you may contact Bernard Lombard, Industrial Policy Director at b.lombard@cepi.org or by phone at (+32) 2 627 49 22

Congratulations to Kasmira Cockerill

GFIS - Thu, 13/09/2018 - 21:58
Congratulations to Kasmira Cockerill for winning best student presentation at the North American Congress for Conservation Biology based on her research paper co-authored with Dr. Shannon Hagerman, Supervisor.

CPAWS welcomes Canada’s first marine National Wildlife Area for BC’s Scott Islands

GFIS - Thu, 13/09/2018 - 20:30
Vancouver, BC – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes today’s announcement regarding the establishment of Scott Islands marine National Wildlife Area (mNWA). This announcement comes after nearly 17 years of consultation with federal, provincial, and First Nations governments, as well as various stakeholder groups, including CPAWS. As Canada’s first marine National Wildlife Area, its aim is to protect and conserve the millions of seabirds and other marine life that breed, forage, and overwinter at the Scott Islands.

UN Secretary-General Urges Leadership to Face “Direct Existential Threat” of Climate Change

GFIS - Thu, 13/09/2018 - 20:06
Guterres underscored that if we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the point where “runaway climate change” can be avoided. He called for shifting from dependence on fossil fuels towards cleaner energy and away from deforestation to more efficient use of resources. Guterres urged leaders to use every opportunity between now and the Katowice Climate Change Conference, to resolve remaining sticking points. Luis Alfonso de Alba, Mexico, will serve as the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy to lead preparations for the UN 2019 Climate Summit.

Research Finds Collective Forestlands Key to Meeting Climate Mitigation Targets

GFIS - Thu, 13/09/2018 - 19:50
The baseline study, described as “the most comprehensive assessment to date of carbon storage in documented community lands worldwide,” points out that one third of the forest carbon documented in the study is located in areas where indigenous peoples and local communities lack formal recognition of their tenure rights, “putting them, their lands, and the carbon stored therein at risk”. Indigenous peoples and local communities manage at least 17 percent, or 293,061 metric tons, of carbon stored in the collective forestlands of indigenous peoples and local communities, which is equivalent to 33 times the global energy emissions in 2017. The report states that this global estimate is “five times greater than shown in a previous analysis of aboveground tropical forest carbon”.

Global Commission Finds Bold Climate Action Could Deliver US$26 Trillion by 2030

GFIS - Thu, 13/09/2018 - 19:36
The report finds that significant technological and market progress over the last decade has been driving the shift to a new climate economy, with real benefits in terms of new jobs, economic savings, competitiveness and market opportunities, as well as improved well-being for people globally. The publication highlights opportunities in five economic systems: 1) energy, 2) cities, 3) food and land use, 4) water and 5) industry. The report explains that the next two-three years represent a critical window when many policy and investment decisions shaping the next 10-15 years will be taken.

Discover the finalists for the Best Use of Certified Timber Prize III

GFIS - Thu, 13/09/2018 - 18:55
We proudly present two more finalists for the World Architecture Festival’s Best Use of Certified Timber Prize: a mobile university building that is too well loved to be relocated and a chapel that brings the beauty of traditional Belarusian churches to London. Macquarie University Incubator –...

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Launch event: “Achieving the Global Goals through agroforestry”

GFIS - Thu, 13/09/2018 - 11:26
To feed a growing population, combat climate change, and preserve biodiversity, there is a need to develop sustainable agriculture systems. Agroforestry is a pathway towards this. But why is it not used more? Why is it not more visible in strategies and budgets? Agroforestry Network partners and Fores invite you to discuss this at the official report launch on October 1.

Climate change may drive 10 percent of amphibian species in the Atlantic Rainforest to extinction

GFIS - Thu, 13/09/2018 - 02:24
Climate conditions forecast for 2050 and 2070 will be potentially lethal to species less adapted to climate variation, according to Brazilian researchers.

Studio in the Woods

GFIS - Wed, 12/09/2018 - 23:18
The Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA), a leading timber authority in the UK, is passionate about driving forward the understanding and use of timber and timber products in the design and construction of quality buildings. Source: Timberbiz To start students on their lifelong journey, TRADA has produced a comprehensive suite of Learning Resources, runs annual multi-disciplinary competitions and has a University Engagement Manager, Tabitha Binding, as the first point of contact for ‘tomorrow’s timber talent’. Ms Binding’s background in manufacturing, supply-chains and construction has given her the firm belief that hands-on design and make projects add an essential dimension beyond classroom learning. As part of her role she aims to engage with, encourage and promote more hands-on learning. Kate Darby, a part-time lecturer at Cardiff University of Architecture, invited Ms Binding to attend Studio in the Woods 2018 to see how one group of practitioners have developed this concept. Established in 2005, Studio in the Woods is an ongoing education and research project founded and convened by Piers Taylor (Invisible Studio) with Kate Darby (Kate Darby Architects), Meredith Bowles (Mole) and Gianni Botsford (Gianni Botsford Architects) as a vehicle to test ideas through making at 1:1. Each year, the founders are joined by a number of practitioners and academics in leading workshops with participants over 3 or 4 days. The 2018 studio ran from 5–8 July and was hosted this year by the Wyre Community Land Trust and the Guild of Saint George at Ruskin Land in Shropshire. The woodland is 99% oak and sits on land originally gifted to John Ruskin (1819-1900) when he established the Guild of St George in the 1870s. The founding aim of the Guild was to acquire land and – through labour, wind and water power – bring it into useful production. The focus of the studio was the exploration of future uses for the timber of the Wyre Forest, which is predominately oak and has been unmanaged for a number of years. Participants split into six groups, and over the three and a half days selected their building materials, conceived their designs and then constructed them. Critical feedback on the six designs was given on the last day by Niall McLaughlin, Robert Mull, Peter Clegg and Ted Cullinan. The 60 participants from varied backgrounds included a number of university students. Jamie Rest, who is returning to Sheffield University to study for his RIBA part 2 after his years out in practise with Architype, said: “Making is an essential skill in architecture yet we rarely physically engage in the act of building. Making by hand and at full-scale forces us to understand materials and how they come together in a way that is perhaps difficult to be taught in an academic context. By seeing making as part of the design process as opposed to ‘making the design’, projects are often enhanced as a result of the happy accidents and discoveries that are made along the way.” Starting with oak as the raw material, the six groups explored enhancing the experience, a series of evening talks were given by Niall McLaughlin on his architectural work, Dr Rachel Dickinson on Ruskin (Principal Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University), Charley Brentnall on oak and traditional timber framing and Piers Taylor on the role of making in design. “Watching the participants working directly with the timber and seeing their surprise as to how long oak trees take to grow, understanding the principals of woodland management for timber production, seeing how the logs are sawn, feeling the timbers density and weight and marvelling at its adaptability across the breadth of designs, confirms my perception that partaking in experiences like this adds a depth of understanding and a sensitivity to the use of timber as a material when they go on to using it in their own projects,” Ms Binding said. “Attending Studio in the Woods was a real privilege and I can highly recommend taking part in 2019.” Studio in the Woods is now part of the Global Free Unit Network which has a number of ‘classrooms’ globally where power is handed back to the student and learning can take place outside of the framework of conventional academic institutions.

Metsa and 4H forge forestry relationships

GFIS - Wed, 12/09/2018 - 23:17
Metsä Group has started cooperation with the Finnish 4H Organisation to strengthen young people’s relationship with forests and widen their understanding of forestry and the possibilities it offers. Source: Timberbiz “Metsä Group is an important player in Finnish society. We employ a wide variety of jobs around the country and export products manufactured in Finland to international markets,” Juha Laine, SVP, Communications, Metsä Group said “Finnish forestry operates on a sustainable basis and its future outlook is very bright. The cooperation with the Finnish 4H aims to strengthen young peoples’ understanding of the economical, ecological and social significance of forestry as well as promote the excellent prospects the industry has to offer for the future both in Finland and globally.” Metsä Group is a main partner within forestry in 4H’s Business Lab in Helsinki. The Business Lab is a new concept for young people interested in entrepreneurship. The Business Lab is a novel type of hub for peer learning and communication that is equipped with the latest technological solutions. The long term goal of 4H is to build Business Lab to a nationwide concept in Finland. “We appreciate that Metsä Group cooperates with us to develop and expand the 4H Business Lab concept right from the beginning,” Tomi Alakoski, CEO, Finnish 4H Organisation said. “I believe that this cooperation will be significant for developing our young people’s relationship with forests. It also strengthens their path to entrepreneurship.” Metsä Group also supports the forest-day visits that the Finnish 4H annually organises for about 35,000 pupils and students in various parts of Finland. The purpose of these days is to offer young people a versatile forest experience. In addition to supporting the Business Labs and forest-day visits, Metsä Group, in cooperation with 4H, also offers young people the opportunity to visit the Group’s production units or forest sites in Finland, as well as supporting entrepreneurship education for young people.

No-deal Brexit papers released affect the timber industry

GFIS - Wed, 12/09/2018 - 23:17
The UK Government has published a series of papers offering guidance to allow business to make preparations in the unlikely event of a “no deal” Brexit. So far, 25 papers have been released. Source: Timberbiz, TTF Timber Trade Federation (TTF) UK has scanned the papers for content relevant to its members and would like to draw attention to the following three items, each of which the TTF has been lobbying hard on to get members views and concerns heard by policymakers. TTF said that in particular, it was good to see the Government has listened to the timber industry and its campaign to ensure that our sector is not penalised by a VAT bombshell after Brexit. However, many further challenges still remain. The three key areas identified are as follows: VAT for businesses if there’s no Brexit deal The government has conceded that upfront payments won’t be feasible and have pledged not to impose this in the case of no deal: “If the UK leaves the EU without an agreement, the government will introduce postponed accounting for import VAT on goods brought into the UK. This means that UK VAT registered businesses importing goods to the UK will be able to account for import VAT on their VAT return, rather than paying import VAT on or soon after the time that the goods arrive at the UK border. This will apply both to imports from the EU and non-EU countries.” Trading with the EU if there’s no Brexit deal The government has said that in a no deal scenario one consequence would be “businesses having to apply the same customs and excise rules to goods moving between the UK and the EU as currently apply in cases where goods move between the UK and a country outside of the EU”. The document sets out what steps businesses will need to follow in this scenario. TTF members importing from outside the EU will be very familiar with these rules and the customs declaration procedures to apply them. Clearly the volume of declarations will increase substantially and so TTF will be working closely with customs to mitigate as far as possible the extra cost and work required. Classifying your goods in the UK Trade Tariff if there’s a no Brexit deal Once again TTF members importing from outside the EU will be very familiar with this process, and the duty rates which currently apply. This paper confirms that if no deal is reached than similar duty rates would need to be applied to products arriving from European countries. Fortunately, many wood products, for example sawn or PAR Softwood and Hardwood would remain duty free regardless of their source. The biggest potential impact of no deal in terms of duty rates would be for imported European woodbased panels which could incur rates of up to 10%.

Nominations for FWPA non-executive directors

GFIS - Wed, 12/09/2018 - 23:15
Forests & Wood Products Australia (FWPA) has announced the nomination of two new candidates and the re-nomination of two sitting directors for the board of FWPA. The two new candidates for a non-executive director role are Katie Fowden and Craig Taylor. Source: Timberbiz Ms Fowden is the Strategic Relations Manager for Hyne Timber, where a significant part of her role is the promotion of the company’s brand, products and the industry more broadly. Ms Fowden’s background is in advocacy, government liaison, policy and corporate communications. Her skills and experience align closely with the aims and objectives of FWPA. She is also currently a non-executive director of Responsible Wood. Mr Taylor has more than 30 years’ management and consulting experience in primary industries, sustainable resource management, supply chain management and sales and marketing, mostly in the plantation forestry sector. He is director and pPrincipal of The Fifth Estate Consultancy, providing strategy, business development and investment advice to businesses in the resources and primary production sectors. Mr Taylor was advisor to Hancock Natural Resource Group for the sale of the Tasman Bay Forests Company assets. He has provided strategy development and investment advice to Australia and New Zealand’s largest forest and wood products companies. Two current directors, John Simon and Stephen Dadd, have also been re-nominated. Voting will take place at the FWPA AGM on 31 October.

Private Forests Tasmania forum

GFIS - Wed, 12/09/2018 - 23:15
Private Forests Tasmania’s Chief Executive Officer, Penny Wells, will be a panel member discussing ‘Where the forest industry is travelling in Tasmania and what the future looks like’ at the inaugural Tasmanian Forests and Forest Products Network’s (TFFPN) Forum. Source: Timberbiz ‘Sustaining Communities – The Good Wood Industry’ forum will be held at the Tailrace Centre, Launceston on 21 September 2018. The Forum will encourage a new and exciting conversation across the forest and related industries in Tasmania and is expected to attract over 150 industry representatives.  It is expected that attendees will come from a large cross section working across all aspects of forestry and related industries throughout Tasmania. The event is $45.00 – TFFPN member or $60.00 – non members, to register www.tffpn.com.au or contact Naomi admin@tffpn.com.au

Juken NZ to cut jobs and upgrade mill

GFIS - Wed, 12/09/2018 - 23:14
Forestry and wood processing company, Juken New Zealand Ltd (JNL) announced a proposal to modernise its Kaitaia Triboard mill. The company is proposing to make a significant investment over the next few years to upgrade and modernise the mill. Source: Timberbiz The mill’s engineered wood Triboard product is globally unique and is used to build houses. The proposal to make the 30-year old mill modern, safer and return it to profitability will see a shut down across parts of the mill to carry out the upgrade, a change to a more efficient operating structure, and investment in new technology and machinery to streamline production. JNL has met with employees at the mill to start consulting with them on the proposal and the potential changes. The company employs around 250 full time staff across Northland. New Zealand General Manager of JNL, Dave Hilliard, says that although the proposal involves some hard decisions, it will give certainty to the Northland community about the long-term future of the mill. “The Triboard mill is important to JNL and to Kaitaia, and we want to keep it open for the long-term, which is why we’re proposing to make a multi-million dollar investment in upgrading the site. “This investment will result in a modern, safer and more efficient mill which can continue to be one of Kaitaia’s largest employers well into the future. “We are being upfront though that the steps required to be taken to address the mill’s issues are unfortunately likely to result in some job losses,” he said. Mr Hilliard says that there are three major issues relating to plant, people, and production that currently make it hard for the mill to operate in a sustainable way. “The mill’s machinery and technology is old, despite investment in recent years the site presents Health and Safety challenges that need to be urgently addressed, and the mill’s production is severely constrained by inadequate and uncertain log supply in Northland. Because of these issues, the mill is making a substantial loss,” Mr Hillard said. “The plan we have begun consulting our people at the Triboard mill on today will modernise the mill and address the key issues in these three areas. The changes aimed at streamlining production are likely to impact staffing levels. “Juken employs around 250 full-time staff across its Northland operations. These proposed changes would reduce numbers of full-time employees at the Triboard mill. However, the final number of roles impacted won’t be known until consultation with staff and unions has been completed and a final decision made.” One of the major issues facing the mill is a shortage of logs from Northland forests and an uncertain supply picture in the future. Security of log supply in Northland is not an issue JNL can fix on its own said Mr Hilliard. “We are in early but constructive discussions with the Government about the shortage and how it can be solved. This is an issue that is impacting all Northland mills and creating real uncertainty around wood processing in the region. “I’d like to acknowledge the efforts of the Minister of Forestry, the Hon Shane Jones who is actively working with us to help resolve the supply shortage and is a strong advocate for the forestry sector.” Juken will now undertake a two-week consultation period with staff in Kaitaia. After that, it will consider feedback on the proposed changes before making any final decisions on the future structure of the Triboard Mill.

Top 5: Market Points from IndustryEdge

GFIS - Wed, 12/09/2018 - 23:13
Every month, IndustryEdge publishes Wood Market Edge, Australia’s only forestry and wood products market and trade analysis, and supplies its customers with hundreds of unique data products, advisory and consulting services. Find out more at www.industryedge.com.au 73,359 m3 – imports of dressed saw softwood products in July 2018 AUDFob188.49/bdmt – average price of Australia’s hardwood chip exports in July USD0.7151 – Australia’s exchange rate slipped further on 7th September as US/China trade tensions impact global commodity trade important to Australia 0.9% – Australia’s economic growth in the June quarter compared with the March quarter, and by 3.4% over the full year 311,500 tonnes – imports of pulp to Australia in 2017-18 were all used to manufacture toilet paper and facial tissues

Wood Dust in NSW

GFIS - Wed, 12/09/2018 - 23:12
Responsible Wood will spread the sustainable forest message at a unique event at Bungendore and Queenbeyan in NSW from October 17 to 21 – Wood Dust: the International Timber and Woodworking Festival. Source: Timberbiz Marketing and communications officer for Responsible Wood Jason Ross said the event provided an excellent venue to further promote home-grown wood as a certified and sustainable chain-of-custody choice among the nation’s wood workers. Mike Ford, publisher of Australian Wood Review, said the Wood Dust format was refreshingly new to the wood working scene. “For some years conventional ways of attracting visitors to events has been languishing and on the steady decline,” he said. “There has been a growing consensus among wood work vendors that something new was required in order to recapture the interest of the wood working market and hopefully go some way to attract new people too. “I think Wood Dust will achieve this by offering a new combination of attractions such as lectures, masterclasses, an extraordinary exhibition of fine furniture in Studio Furniture 2018 at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery and a timber and tool marketplace.” Wood Dust, to be opened by NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro, promises entertainment such as axe throwing and live music, special exhibits including a Luthiers Lane and spoon carving workshops, good food, coffee and craft beer – all in a rural setting to further add to the atmosphere. The event has a range of international woodworking celebrities including Thomas Lie Nielsen of Lie Nielsen Tools, Vic Tesolin from Veritas, Matt Kenney from Fine Woodworking Magazine, and master craftsmen Michael Fortune, David Haig, Bern Chandley, Bob Howard, Carol Russell and Andy Buck.

VicForests Trailblazer awarded Jolly Medal

GFIS - Wed, 12/09/2018 - 23:09
VicForests is celebrating the announcement of its general manager of strategy and business development, Anne Geary, as the winner of the Institute of Foresters of Australia’s NW Jolly Medal for 2018. Source: Timberbiz The NW Jolly Medal is one of the forestry profession’s highest and most prestigious award and recognises outstanding service and dedication to the profession of forestry across the nation.  Ms Geary received this award in recognition of her more than 35 years of service working in the native timber and forestry products industries.  The award recognises her extensive career and leadership having worked across a broad range of roles including in operational forestry, forest planning, lecturing, contracting and business development.  Ms Geary was one of the first women to receive a forestry degree in Victoria, graduating with a Bachelor of Forest Science from the University of Melbourne in 1982. She was also one of the first four women to break into the male bastion of the Forests Commission Victoria, opening the doors for more women to pursue a career in forestry in the decades to follow.  VicForests Chief Executive Officer, Nathan Trushell, said Ms Geary was a stalwart of the organisation and the industry, more broadly.  “Anne is an integral part of the VicForests team who brings a wealth of expertise, experience and dedication to everything she does,” Mr Trushell said  “Anne has been with VicForests since its formation in 2004 and has worked in a number of different roles across the business. She has worked as a strategic planner, auctions manager and Executive Director before being appointed general manager of strategy and business development in 2018.  “She is a truly outstanding woman who has achieved so much in what has typically been a male dominated industry. In particular, Anne has been an exceptional leader and mentor to so many across the business and a source of valued counsel whose advice is always thoughtful, considered and accurate.  “I cannot think of a more deserving recipient for this year’s award.”  Ms Geary said she was humbled to receive the NW Jolly Medal and paid tribute to those who mentored and supported her throughout her career.  “Forestry is not just a job for me but an important part of my life,” she said. “When you work in a field where so many people extend themselves above and beyond the parameters of their job descriptions, you develop a huge attachment to the industry and the work you do. “My interest and passion for forestry commenced at a very young age where I spent much of my time in the forest with my father who was both a farmer and an apiarist who developed my love of botany. The NW Jolly Medal is named in recognition of Norman William Jolly in acknowledgement of his contributions to the development of forestry as a profession in the first half of the 20th Century. Ms Geary received her award at the recent IFA Forests for healthy cities, farms and people Conference in Canberra.

A billion trees for Australia in new Liberal plan

GFIS - Wed, 12/09/2018 - 23:08
Australia’s renewable timber and wood-fibre industry will be better prepared for future challenges and opportunities with the support of the Australian Government’s National Forest Industries Plan – Growing a better Australia. Source: Timberbiz Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud and Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Senator Richard Colbeck have announced the release of the new $20 million dollar plan. “The goal of this plan is clear: a billion new plantation trees,” Minister Littleproud said. “A key theme which came up during consultation was Australia will need to plant a billion new trees over the next decade to meet demand in 2050, particularly sawlogs for building and construction. “The Coalition has heard this loud and clear.  “I’m also excited about the potential for jobs in Indigenous communities.” Minister Colbeck said the delivery of the plan will underpin growth in the renewable timber and wood-fibre industry, provide the vision and certainty for Australia’s sustainable forestry industries, and support the sustainable forestry industries as long-term growth engines for regional Australia. “The goal and the actions contained in the plan will provide industry with the certainty it needs to invest in its own future and be prepared for the many challenges as well as opportunities ahead,” Minister Colbeck said. “But only through investing in the future can the forestry industry continue to build on its achievements to secure the economic and social wellbeing of Australia. “That is why in this year’s Federal Budget, the government announced $20 million over four years to 2021–22 to support the implementation of the plan. We will also continue to negotiate and implement improved 20-year rolling Regional Forest Agreements with relevant state governments. “The plan will also support sustainable access to native forests to supply highly valued appearance grade wood products such as flooring, stair treads, furniture, boat building and architectural veneers and features. “There are huge opportunities for Indigenous employment and we will be working with interested Indigenous communities to unlock potential timber supply and deliver economic returns to landholders. “The forest industry is in a strong position to continue to grow and prosper, and the Coalition Government will be there every step of the way.” The National Forestry Industry Plan – Growing a better Australia is available at http://www.agriculture.gov.au/forestry 

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