Archive for the 'Forestry Research' 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 [...]

Climate change offers a huge opportunity to attract funds into low-carbon investments and sustainable forestry, create jobs and boost economic growth, according to experts.
However, in spite of trillions of dollars that could potentially be made available for climate investments and the success of poorer countries such as India in sustainable energy schemes, it will [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Forests that die because of deforestation, drought, heat or beetle infestations could significantly impact ecosystems far beyond their local environment, according to researchers at the University of Washington (UW).
Wiping out an entire forest can have significant effects on global climate patterns and alter vegetation on the other side of the world, the team found.
“When trees [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

February 23 marks the first opportunity for regional leaders to come together and explore how a new global deal on climate change is relevant to both forestry management and the area of Asia-Pacific.
Among the important issues, is finding collaborative ways between the countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve efforts to combat climate change. [...]

More than one hundred civil society organisations and networks have called for bioenergy to be excluded from the next EU Renewable Energy Directive.
A declaration has been published by one hundred and fifteen organisations and networks from all over the globe to urge the form of energy to be removed from the directive. Their arguments [...]

The US Forest Service and USDA Natural Resources Conversation Service (NRCS) have released a statement announcing a federal investment to the tune of $40 million to aid in the restoration and maintenance of forests in the state of Alabama.
The fund is aimed at preventing future wildfire threats, protecting wildlife habitats and supporting rural businesses, [...]

The tree farm said to be the forerunner of sustainable forestry is celebrating 75 years since its establishment.
The Clemons Tree Farm near Montesano in Grays Harbor County, Washington state, was the first tree farm in North America to be certified under the American Tree Farm System. Today, Washington state has 35 tree farms that [...]

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), the largest supplier of pulp and paper in the world, has announced that it is to add a further project to the Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) it adopted in 2013.
The organisation will build a $10 million programme to boost the economic development of 500 small villages located close to its [...]

One of the world’s leading forest certification schemes has endorsed New Zealand’s Forest Certification Scheme, meaning that sustainable forestry can now be promoted across New Zealand through independent, third-party certification.
The Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), agreed to certify New Zealand’s scheme earlier this week in Switzerland. Dr Andrew McEwen, chair of the NZ [...]