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Collective effort toward more sustainable forestry management in Viet Nam

GFIS - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 15:33

Viet Nam steps up efforts to put smallholders’ forest communities at the forefront of its sustainable forest management program through UN REDD+ and partnerships with the private sector.   By Anoushka Carter and Johanna Gammelgaard In Viet Nam,...

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GFC Annual Report 2017

GFIS - Sun, 20/05/2018 - 20:10

We are happy to share our 2017 Annual Report: “In Defence of Real Forests and their Communities”. As a global coalition, we have come far. Founded in 2000 with just 19 members, the Global Forest Coalition has since succeeded in bringing together 94 diverse organisations from 62 countries. Together, we work to defend the world’s forests and forest peoples, threatened by a dangerous consumer culture that is promoted by transnational corporations. But nature is not a commodity, and life is …

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Russian Timber Journal 04-2018: In 2017, the production of plywood in Russia reduced for the first time in 9 years, VEB once again confirmed plans to invest into pulp production in the Krasnoyarsk region, Accounts Chamber of Russia found violations in...

GFIS - Sat, 19/05/2018 - 15:49
In 2017, the plywood production volume in Russia reduced for the first time since 2009 by 2.2% (YoY) to 3.7 million m3. The main reason for the decline in production: deficit of wood raw materials caused by failure to fulfill supply plans due to weather conditions in summer-fall timber harvesting season. Export sales in 2017 […]

CEPI position on the update of a Circular Bioeconomy Strategy

GFIS - Fri, 18/05/2018 - 15:09

The European pulp and paper sector has a long expertise in bioeconomy and has a significant role in providing solutions to many global challenges such as climate change, urbanization and ageing with using sustainable renewable materials. The European pulp and paper sector also offers easily recyclable solutions and answers to EU Circular Economy, Strategy on plastics in the circular economy and the UN Paris Agreement. Our sector operates in a circular way and resource efficiency is at the core of our operations. The growth volume of forests in Europe exceeds their use. Ensuring the growth of forests and their sustainable use is an important part of sustainable bioeconomy.

In its “2050 Roadmap to a low-carbon bioeconomy”, CEPI foresees that a growing part of the value added generated by the pulp and paper industry in Europe will come from breakthrough technologies and from the provision of a wider range of bio-based products, beyond pulp and paper. These products will contribute simultaneously to:

• a massive reduction of greenhouse gas emissions,
• substituting fossil-based materials,
• a transformation from a fossil-dependant economy to a renewable economy,
• fulfilling a number of sustainability challenges (as identified by the United Nations with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)).


To achieve a competitive circular bioeconomy, stable and enabling policy conditions in various fields (including environment, infrastructure, transport, energy, agriculture, etc.) must be in place. The review of the 2012 European Bioeconomy Strategy provides the opportunity to set up such conditions. CEPI welcomes it and wants to be an active partner in preparing a new Circular bioeconomy strategy for Europe:



The assets of our industry in the circular bioeconomy:

1. What did the existing strategy deliver that the paper industry welcomes?
As confirmed in the review of the 2012 Strategy that has been publicised in November 2017 , the strategy has deliverd several positive results that the European paper industry welcomes.
Its mere existence has raised awareness on the likely benefits that the bioeconomy can bring to Europe’s economy and environment and therefore placed it on the policy radar screens. It has enabled the setup of an Institutional Public-Private Partnership, the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI-JU), endowed with a EUR 3.7 billion budget over 7 years to support research, innovation, demonstration and flagship installations, and which has proved to be a success.
It has also triggered the development of several national and regional bioeconomy strategies that further amplify and tailor the benefits of the bioeconomy to the local circumstances.

2. The bioeconomy potential to address grand societal challenges
The smart development of a circular bioeconomy in Europe will contribute to remedy a number of critical environmental, economic and social challenges. Renewable and recyclable bio-based products:
• must be part of the climate change mitigation policies, thanks to their ability to store carbon, but also to avoid emissions of greenhouse gases from fossil-based or GHG intensive products that they are replacing
• help take environmental responsibility and achieve economic benefits through self-sufficiency (use of mainly locally sourced renewable resources and recycled resources).
• help limit the extraction and depletion of non-renewable resources.
• can reduce the amount of waste landfilled or spread in the environment (land and sea) thanks to their recyclability, but also their biodegradability and compostability.
• contribute to rural development and livelihood, as they depend on natural renewable resources growing on land and in the marine environment.

3. Towards a successful circular bioeconomy strategy
What makes the paper industry unique is both the renewable biomass and recyclable feedstocks , grown , renewed and recycled in Europe. This contributes to a genuinely circular bioeconomy. In order to enhance the contribution and benefits of the circular bioeconomy to Europe’s economy and environment, CEPI calls on the EU to put further emphasis in the updated strategy on:
• Increasing the availability and mobilisation of biomass (including its transport): this requires notably the promotion of active forest management, the redress of policies that distort biomass supply chains and the adjustment of waste legislation to promote the recycling and recovery of waste and notably of the biomass in the waste.
• Boosting investors’ confidence, notably by de-risking investments made in Europe, and directing EU money (ESIF, EFSI, Research and Innovation) to sustainable sectors in a predictable and stable manner.
• Easing access to markets for a wide range of bio-based products by lifting obstacles to their circulation within the single market and by indicating clear preference for sustainable, circular and bio-based products.

4. Implementing concrete, measurable and time-bound actions
Next to updating the strategy, the related Action Plan must focus on a limited number of actionable and realistic actions that should be implemented in the short term.
• Capitalising on its current success (investments triggered, SME participation, leapfrogging innovations, …), the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking must be reconducted with at least the same budget.
• Research and innovation must remain a priority of the EU. The next Framework Programme for Research must factor in a “mission” that targets the climate challenge thanks to sustainable renewable resources.
• The development of a sustainable and circular bioeconomy must be a shared ambition across the European Institutions. Synergies and leverages within complementary policy initiatives
must be seeked and enhanced, especially when it comes to the Circular Economy Package and the Climate and Energy policies.
• There must be mechanisms established – e.g. under rural development policy of the CAP –to boost the sustainable production of biomass, allowing for sharing the benefits of the bioeconomy between biomass producers and bio-based industries, while taking care of land, soil, water and biodiversity.
• Separate collection and sorting of biodegradable waste streams (incl. paper and board products) must become the standard and waste lanfilling must be effectively drastically restricted or banned in order to increase both the quality and quantity of waste feedstocks that can be recycled into high value bio-based products.
• Specific funding programmes (including venture capital) should be established to support technology transfer and entrepreneurial iniatives.
• While there exist already provisions for greening public procurement, such policy must also prescribe a preference for bio-based products (inspired by the US Bio-preferred programme). As public buyers, the EU Institutions themselves can already play an exemplary role.
• It is also of utmost importance to overcome misconceptions and misunderstandings concerning the bioeconomy. Ensuring the rapid availability of undisputable data and facts on the expected environmental, climate, social and economic benefits of the bioeconomy and bio-based products, is a must in order to raise awareness and promote the bioeconomy across Europe’s society at large.

1Review of the 2012 European Bioeconomy Strategy, European Commission, Directorate General For Research and Innovation, November 2017, https://publications.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/a8130...


Record profit for Sumitomo Forestry’s NZ unit

International Forest Industries - Fri, 18/05/2018 - 13:36
Sumitomo Forestry NZ, the local unit of the Japanese timber conglomerate, posted a record profit last year after buying the timber plantations of US forestry investor Hancock in 2016 to secure more supply for its wood processing plant.

The timber company , Sumitomo Forestry NZ posted a profit of $48.9 million in the year ended Dec. 31, 2017, from a loss of $18.4 million a year earlier when its earnings were hurt by a $62 million reduction in the value of its plantations, according to its latest financial accounts.

Sumitomo’s 2016 accounts included nine months of contribution from Hancock’s Tasman Pine Forests which it bought for $369 million. Sumitomo’s NZ forests were valued at about $310 million in 2017, up from $296 million in 2016 and just $24 million in 2015, its accounts showed.

Sumitomo set up wood processor Nelson Pine Industries outside of Richmond, near Nelson, some three decades ago. The plant is one of the world’s largest single-site medium-density fibreboard (MDF) makers, most of which is exported under the GoldenEdge brand, and it also manufactures laminated veneer lumber (LVL).

The company already had about 5,000 hectares of forest and the Hancock purchase gave it freehold interest in about 20,437 hectares of forest land and leasehold interest in about 155 hectares of forest land in the Nelson/Tasman region.

For Sumitomo, securing supply of wood helped shore up its existing investment in manufacturing at a time when increased demand from China has been pushing up the price of logs and prompting many forest owners to ship their raw logs to Asia’s largest economy.

Globally, wood is seeing somewhat of a resurgence, and Sumitomo is jumping on the trend, announcing plans earlier this year to build the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper, dubbed the W350, in Tokyo. The planned 70-storey building will be a hybrid of mostly wood and steel and will include stores, offices, hotels and private homes.

The company’s New Zealand unit didn’t pay a dividend to its parent this year, or last year, according to its accounts. They show the last dividend payment of $46.5 million was paid in the 2015 financial year.

Source: BusinessDesk

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Austria, Canada, UK and Uruguay achieve PEFC re-endorsement

GFIS - Fri, 18/05/2018 - 13:05
The Austrian, Canadian, UK and Uruguayan national forest certification systems have successfully achieved PEFC re-endorsement, confirming they continue to meet our globally recognized Sustainability Benchmarks. Combined, these four systems account for over 40 million hectares of sustainably...

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Canadians work together to improve forestry safety

International Forest Industries - Fri, 18/05/2018 - 12:45

The CEO of the BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC), Rob Moonen, and the President and CEO of FPInnovations, Stéphane Renou, have announced that the two organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work collaboratively on enhancing safety performance in the forest industry by sharing leading, innovative scientific and technical applications.

Under the MOU, individual projects and financial support agreements for specific activities will be identified through consultation between the two parties, with FPInnovations providing research expertise and non-proprietary technical resources or materials to assist the BCFSC in improving or expanding the support it provides to the forest industry to reduce serious injuries and fatalities.

Examples that are currently underway include a steep slope harvesting calculator, feller buncher rollover analysis, fatigue and distraction technologies, a winch-assist harvester best practice manual and body cams for fallers.

About the BCFSC
The British Columbia Forest Safety Council is a not-for-profit health and safety association (HSA) for forest harvesting, sawmills and pellet manufacturing in British Columbia. The organization is directed by industry and provides training, information, guidance, safety advisor advocacy, safety reviews and audits to industry. The focus is on preventing fatalities and injuries by supporting industry participants implement best practice performance. Safety is good business. See www.bcforestsafe.org.

About FPInnovations
FPInnovations is a not-for-profit leader that specializes in the creation of scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest sector’s global competitiveness and responds to the priority needs of its industry members and government partners. FPInnovations’ R&D laboratories are located in Québec City, Montréal and Vancouver, and it has technology transfer offices across Canada. For more information about FPInnovations, visit: www.fpinnovations.ca

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Australia’s plantations going backwards

International Forest Industries - Fri, 18/05/2018 - 12:03
Federal Government figures released yesterday (Abares) showing a continuing decline in Australia’s plantation timber estate, should be a wakeup call for policy makers, according to Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA), Mr Ross Hampton.

The ABARES report graphically shows the decline in available timber for domestic processing and continues a troubling trajectory of several years. The Australian plantation statistics 2018 update released by ABARES shows that in 2016-17, Australia’s total commercial plantation area was 1,955,100 hectares, down 19,700 or 1 per cent.

“This is a crisis”, said Mr Hampton. “Nowhere in the world is there large-scale tree planting without government policy backing. We urgently need to grow to about 2.4 million hectares if we are to keep pace with housing growth and ensure the viability of our mills and processing plants and the towns they underpin”.

“We already import the timber used to frame about 60,000 houses a year. We have a constant deficit in wood products as a nation of about AU$2 billion. For a nation with ample land and expertise this is a travesty. Plantations use about half a per cent of agricultural land. Adding another 400,000 hectares would take that to about 0.6 per cent.”.

“AFPA welcomes the AU$20 million set out in last week’s Federal Budget towards the Federal Government’s National Forestry Industry Plan, but it is unclear yet just how the Government plans to generate a new round of tree planting. Industry presumes this will be addressed in the release of the full plan later this year.

“Without more trees to support our sawmilling, processing and pulp, paper and packaging businesses, and the jobs they provide, everything else we do is just skirting the real issue,” Mr Hampton concluded.

AFPA Media Release found here.

ABARES; Australian plantation statistics  2018 update can be found here.

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How planting trees can protect cocoa plants against climate change

GFIS - Fri, 18/05/2018 - 11:59

Worldwide, areas suitable for cocoa production are predicted to shrink by up to 20-30% over the next 30 years. This is because cocoa trees are already struggling to cope with drier, hotter conditions – attributed in large part to climate change.

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Forestry advisory group established in NZ

International Forest Industries - Fri, 18/05/2018 - 11:26
New Zealand’s Forestry Minister Shane Jones on Friday announced the formation of a new Ministerial advisory group to provide independent advice about the forestry sector and how Government and industry can work together to deliver outcomes for New Zealand. The Forestry Ministerial Advisory Group is made up of ten forestry experts who will provide industry perspectives and advice to help meet New Zealand’s forestry goals, including the One Billion Tree Programme.

“The group has been selected for their expertise in a wide range of disciplines that I believe are necessary to deliver New Zealand’s forestry goals,” Shane Jones said. “They will provide direct industry perspectives on a range of topics, including research, commercial and conservation forestry, local government, farm-forestry, wood processing, education and research”.

“The group will provide insights on the performance of the overall forestry system, along with advice on future trends, risks and issues. I have initially tasked the Forestry Ministerial Advisory Group to focus on supporting Te Uru Rakau to deliver the One Billion Trees planting programme.

“The group will be chaired by Dr Warren Parker, Chair of the New Zealand Conservation Authority and the former Chief Executive Officer of Scion and Landcare Research. Warren brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and is well-placed to chair the group”. The advisory group includes;

Dr Warren Parker
Dr Parker is the Chair of the New Zealand Conservation Authority and the former Chief Executive Officer at Scion. Prior to that he was Chief Executive Officer of Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research. He has been a board member and director of several technology development firms and research and industry consortia and is currently a member of the Predator Free 2050, Farmlands Cooperative, Genomics Aotearoa and Quayside Holdings Boards, and the Advisory Board for Griffith Enterprises.

James Palmer
Mr Palmer is the Chief Executive of Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. Before this he held various positions at the Ministry for Primary Industries, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and between 2005 and 2008 he served as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity. In the early 2000s he was an adviser and senior private secretary to the deputy Prime Minister.

David Rhodes
Mr Rhodes is currently Chief Executive Officer for the Forest Owners Association (FOA) – the peak industry body representing the owners of New Zealand’s commercial plantation forests for all aspects of planation forestry. He is the Forest Growers’ Levy Trust Secretariat, a member of the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations, the Forest Stewardship Council and the Chair of the UN Food and Agriculture Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries.

Robert Green
Mr Green is the CEO of Timberlands Ltd, a forest management company servicing to the Kaingaroa Timberlands Partnership. Previously he held the CEO position (2011- 2016) and Director for Sales and Contracting (2009 – 2011) of VicForests, Australia. Before this he was a Divisional Manager for Snavely Forest Products in San Francisco, USA. Mr Green brings extensive experience in hardwood and softwood, plantation and natural forestry, as well as experience in primary and secondary processing, import, export and distribution.

Gina Solomon
Ms Solomon (Ngai Tahu / Ngati Kuri) is a Director of the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust. She was appointed to this position by the Minister of Conservation after consultation with the Minister of Maori Development. She has extensive community and iwi involvement and is a committed conservationist. She sits on a number of boards and trusts including the Kaikoura zone committee for the Canterbury water management strategy, Nelson/Marlborough Conservation Board, the Kaikoura Marine Guardians Te Korowai o Te Tai o Karokura, and the Hutton’s Shearwater Charitable Trust.

Henare Walker
Mr Walker is the General Manager of Summit Forests New Zealand Limited (Summit Forests). Summit Forests is a New Zealand is a registered subsidiary company of the Sumitomo Corporation, manages the harvest of approximately 600,000 tonnes per annum from it forest estate primarily in Northland. Prior to his current position Mr Walker held a range of roles in the finance sector.

Dr Charlotte Severne
Dr Charlotte Severne of Ngati Tuwharetoa and Ngai Tuhoe, is a geologist, former chief scientist for oceans and Maori development at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research and most recently Deputy Vice-Chancellor M?ori and Communities at Lincoln University and Massey University’s Assistant Vice-Chancellor Maori and Pasifika. She has a number of Tuwharetoa governance roles including chair of the Lake Rotoaira Trusts (Forest and Lake) and deputy chair of the Opepe Farm Trust. She is a ministerial appointment on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Science Board.

Brian Stanley
Mr Stanley was the General Manager (Fibre) at Oji Fibre Solutions and is the incumbent Chairman of WoodCo and the Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association. He has an extensive senior management background in the forestry and pulp and paper industries in New Zealand including periods in NZ Forest Service, Tasman Pulp & Paper Company Limited and the Carter Holt Harvey group.

Fiona Kingsford
Ms Kingsford is the CEO of Competenz – the primary industry training organisation for a range of industries supporting the forestry sector. Her career with Competenz has included positions such as General Manager of Organisational Development, General Manager Trade Training, and General Manager Strategy and Transformation before being appointed to CEO in January 2016. Ms Kingsford has an Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Business Studies, as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Business and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Auckland.

Neil Cullen
Mr Cullen is the current president of the Farm Forestry Association and a lifelong farmer. He has a wealth of practical experience of land management and he brings a deep understanding of both farming and forestry and insights into what is required to persuade landholders to convert more land into forest.

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Urgent help needed for those affected by the dam tragedy in Colombia

GFIS - Fri, 18/05/2018 - 01:37

The hidroituango, hydroelectric project in the department of Antioquia is the largest infrastructure currently running in the country. Since April 28, technical failures have occurred for the plugging of the Cauca river tunnel, which has generated an emergency due to the overflowing of the river, putting at risk the lives, houses, livelihoods and work of thousands of families. On May 16, the powerhouse dam, in trying to evacuate the accumulated water, collapsed, causing a catastrophe that could become the most …

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A Real-Life Enchanted Forest

GFIS - Thu, 17/05/2018 - 20:53
Finding echoes of Japan’s ancient past, and of the woodlands of Hayao Miyazaki’s animated masterpiece “Princess Mononoke,” deep among the trees of Yakushima island.

FAO Launches Voluntary Guidelines on Forest Concessions

GFIS - Thu, 17/05/2018 - 19:45
The guidelines titled, 'Making Forest Concessions in the Tropics Work to Achieve the 2030 Agenda: Voluntary Guidelines,' were published by FAO in collaboration with the European Forest Institute, and are a product of the Forest Concessions Initiative. Developed through a consultative process and building on best practices of forest concessions around the world, the guidelines offer a framework for planning, implementing and monitoring forest concessions to support sustainable forest management and SDG achievement.

Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit Stresses Cooperation, Governance and Enforcement

GFIS - Thu, 17/05/2018 - 19:21
The 2018 Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit took place from 23-25 April 2018, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. More than 1,200 participants from 40 countries discussed issues related to forest conservation, livelihoods, and finance and investment.

Saving Species project launched in Viet Nam

GFIS - Thu, 17/05/2018 - 18:13
Hanoi, Viet Nam, May 2018—Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) officially launched the USAID Saving Species project this month.

Monitoring of tropical trees in face of climate change

GFIS - Thu, 17/05/2018 - 16:23
Experts have challenged the principle that tropical ecosystems are aseasonal -- after discovering regular cycles in fruiting, flowering and leafing in such climates.

Critically endangered South American forests were planted by ancient peoples

GFIS - Thu, 17/05/2018 - 14:18
Critically endangered South American forests thought to be the result of climate change were actually spread by ancient communities, archaeologists have found.

Convention Workplan

GFIS - Thu, 17/05/2018 - 13:18

Dear ICP Forests Community,

as a Programme under the Air Convention (CLRTAP) our work has preliminarily to be seen within the context of the Convention work. In order to facilitate access to key documents elaborated by the Working Group on Effects (WGE) and adopted by the Executive Body of the Convention here the link to the most recent workplan is given:…


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