Archive for the 'Forestry Trends' Category

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is considering ways in which it could help countries to reach their climate change commitments through investments in forestry.
Participants from developing and developed countries took part in a “ground-breaking” workshop in Bali where they brainstormed how the GCF could make the most of progress in developing countries to address [...]

China’s investments in Brazilian export products – including forestry, other agribusiness and food – have increased significantly over the past decade, new research suggests.
The latest edition of the Panorama Internacional of the Foundation of Economics and Statistics (FEE) shows that Chinese investment in Brazilian exports totalled $51.7 billion between the years 2005 and 2016, [...]

Sequestering carbon dioxide is only one of the crucial climate solutions inherent to the world’s forests, according to a new study that revealed forest conservation may be more important than first thought.
Experts have long stated that deforestation can lead to both increased direct emissions and the removal of a valuable carbon sponge, but a new [...]

Forest management officials in Vietnam has announced the country’s aim to increase nationwide forest coverage to 42 per cent by the year 2020, and 45 per cent by 2030.
The targets are set to be introduced as part of the REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) programme, which has recently been approved by Prime Minister [...]

More than 18,300 hectares of forestry were sold across UK last year at a total value of £83 million, marking the best period for the sector since the 1980s, according to a new industry report.
Speaking at the launch of a report published by Savills and Scottish Woodlands, Savills’ head of forestry investment James Adamson stated [...]

The Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has announced that it is pushing for the full implementation of a forest conservation strategy aimed at helping to reduce the impact of climate change across the country.
DENR’s Forest Management Bureau (FMB), which is working alongside the German government’s Environment Ministry, is reportedly aiming to implement [...]

Brazil is in recession but the country’s agriculture sector is powering ahead, adding R$52.9 billion to the economy in the final quarter of 2016 – the best result since the first three months of 2015, in positive news for forestry investment.
Figures from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) show that Brazil’s agricultural GDP [...]

Green energy firm Ecotricity says it will donate up to £50 to a new conservation fund designed to support conservation in England’s woods and forests for every new customer who switches to its service.
The firm, the leading energy firm in the UK, has pledged the money for anyone who signs up to the company’s green [...]

The Common Agricultural Policy may have “shut forestry out” of UK rural policy thinking for years but Brexit offers a chance to change all that, trade body Confor says.
The trade group told a senior minister of Westminster’s negotiating team that a post-Brexit forestry sector could unlock jobs and investment, reduce the impact of climate change [...]

Ireland’s forestry sector is set to double in size and create thousands of new jobs on the back of a €200 million injection programme in what will be positive news for people interested in forestry investment trends. reports that the announcement of two new large-scale investment programmes has the potential to create 5,000 new forestry [...]

More and more countries are sending licensed timber products to the UK under a scheme designed to stop the sale of illegal timber in the EU.
Indonesia’s first shipment of wood licensed under the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) scheme is currently on its way to the UK, and many other operators are following [...]

Scottish government praised for forestry focus

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

The Scottish government has a much better understanding of the importance of forestry to the country’s economy than it has for decades, industry body Confor has said.
Its chief executive, Stuart Goodall, said forestry is now regarded as a”high political priority” with its scale and importance well understood.
After giving evidence to the Rural Economy and Connectivity [...]

The government is set to be seven years late in hitting its target of planting 11 million trees, forecasts from industry body Confor suggest.
Confor said government ministers including Andrea Leadsom and her predecessor Elizabeth Truss have repeatedly said that 11 million trees will be planted in the 2015-2020 parliamentary term.
But analysis of Forestry Commission statistics [...]

English Carbon Fund welcomed

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

The forestry industry is pleased an additional £19 million has been invested to support productive planting in England.
Confor said it “strongly welcomed” the announcement by the government.
The money will support the creation of new woodlands over 30 hectares, helping to meet future carbon targets.
“Confor has lobbied hard for greater productive tree planting, and this additional [...]

Consultation on Forestry Commission set to end

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

A consultation that could alter the way forests are managed in Scotland is set to end.
The Scottish government’s proposals include creating a new body to manage the country’s forests, new legislation and a Holyrood Forestry Division.
While some forests are managed on a UK-wide level, Scotland’s government wants devolution of the sector, which is worth £1 [...]

Small agriculture projects have the potential to damage the rainforests, a new study has found.
A researcher at Lund University in Sweden mapped the effects of smaller farmers on forests in south-east Asia and found significant long-term effects on environmental impact, biodiversity and the economy.
Yann Clough, a researcher at the Faculty of Science at Lund, has [...]

Air pollution is a growing problem in urban areas all over the world. How to solve the problem? Planting more trees could be a good – and cost-effective – way to do it, according to new research.
A study by a team at the US-based Nature Conservancy found that when particulate matter is close to a [...]

This week I’ve read that Confor, the sustainable forestry organisation, is calling on the government to put more money in so we can grow more trees, boosting the forestry sector and helping us comply with the recent Paris Agreement on greenhouse gas emissions in the process.
Well, hurrah. About time too. A committed, modern, forward-thinking approach [...]

Deforestation in Brazil ‘going undetected’

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Brazilian landowners are clearing more rainforest than government figures would suggest, a study by US researchers shows.
A team at Brown University found that an area of the Amazon rainforest about the size of Puerto Rico was cleared between 2008 and 2012 – but it wasn’t picked up by Brazil’s official deforestation monitoring tool, known as [...]

Rebecca Evans, Food and Farming Deputy Minister, has announced details of the new Wales Rural Development Programme.
The new programme agreed between the European Commission and the Welsh Government includes initiatives aimed at managing and sustaining forests as well as improving rural community developments.
It has been allocated over £400 million throughout its lifetime. Initial sign ups [...]