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Brazilian Expoforest draws more than 220 participating companies

International Forest Industries - 2 hours 21 min ago
The Brazilian forestry market is one of the few segments that do not directly reflect the country’s economic situation. Even with the threat of recession and political scandals abounding, the forestry sector exported over $7.7 billion in 2017. This figure represents an 11% growth from the previous year. With excellent soil and climate conditions, Brazil arises as a key player in the global scenario of forestry production. This is largely thanks to two foreign species – pine and eucalyptus – which have adapted extremely well to the country’s conditions.

Expoforest is a part of Forestry Demo Fairs (FDF), a specialized board responsible for ensuring quality and safety in the world’s larges dynamic forestry fair. In this group, Expoforest stands alongside Asturforesta (Spain), EKO-LAS (Poland), Elmia Wood (Sweden), Euroforest (France), FinnMETKO (Finland) and KWF-Tagung (Germany).

Brazil’s territory covers 8,516,000 km² (or 2.104 billion acres). According to Ibá (the Brazilian Tree Industry), the country’s most representative forestry association, only 7.84 million hectares (19.373 million acres) are occupied by planted forests – a mere 0.92% of the country’s land. Pine and eucalyptus species represent the majority of planted trees – over 90%. Conifers (pine) represent 20% of planted areas, whereas eucalyptus forests account for 71%.

The rapid growth of eucalyptus and pine species in Brazilian lands is the most important factor motivating these planted areas, as well as research and investments in these species. In 2016, Brazil led the global forestry productivity ranking, averaging 35.7 m3/hectare per year for planted eucalyptus forests; and 30.5 m3/hectare per year for planted pine forests, according to the most relevant companies in the sector. On average, the eucalyptus production cycle is 7 years long, and 15 years for pine.

In order to present present this promising market to investors worldwide, as well as showcase what Brazilian silviculture does best and attract new technologies from the world’s most important timber producing countries, the Expoforest – Brazilian Forestry Fair was created. The fourth edition of the world’s largest dynamic forestry fair in 2018 takes place from April 11th to 13th, in Santa Rita do Passa Quatro, a town within the greater Ribeirão Preto area in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. The event will be held in 200-hectare cloned eucalyptus forest belonging to International Paper.

“We believe Expoforest 2018 will once again prove to be a great opportunity to gather the world’s entire timber production chain and demonstrate once and for all the sheer strengths of the forestry sector in Brazil and in the world,” says Jorge R. Malinovski, president director of Malinovski, the company behind Expoforest. At the moment, still a few months away from the event itself, 226 companies are already confirmed exhibitors for the fair, and they are getting ready to present their new product launches, technologies and trends covering the entire timber production cycle. According to Malinovski, over 30,000 visitors – from Brazil and other countries with long-standing tradition in forestry – are expected during the three days of the event.

According to the organizers of the exhibition, in its last edition, held in 2014, over 208 exhibitors were present, showcasing new machinery, equipment and technology employed in timber production from planted forests. In total, 25,107 specialized visitors from Brazil and 27 other countries were present at the fair, resulting in $48 million in business transactions.

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Places to Watch: 3 Regions of Forest at Risk Right Now

GFIS - 2 hours 58 min ago
By Mikaela Weisse and Katie Fletcher Places to Watch is an initiative that uses weekly GLAD alerts on Global Forest Watch to spot changes in forests around the globe and identify the most consequential cases of recent deforestation. By pairing deforestation alerts with expert interpretation of satellite imagery, credible descriptions of what is happening on the […]

Logset and PESA sign a dealership agreement

International Forest Industries - 3 hours 10 min ago
Finnish forest machine manufacturer Logset Oy and Brazilian heavy equipment dealer PESA (Paraná Equipamentos S/A) have signed a dealership agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, PESA will sell Logset machines, parts and services for the products manufactured by Logset. PESA’s territory of action covers the Southern Brazilian states of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul. Through Logset forest machines, PESA gains technology leadership in CTL systems. Logset machines fit perfectly to PESA’s CAT machine range.

“We’ve wanted to improve our presence in Brazil for some time, and the talks we had with PESA developed smoothly into an agreement. The Brazilian forestry is expanding fast.

The Southern Brazilian states are rich in pine, which suits Logset’s harvester heads perfectly. For the Southern eucalyptus areas, the Logset TH65 Euca is the perfect match with excellent debarking results.

PESA is a partner with an existing customer base, capable and motivated personnel, and excellent resources, including their own rental fleet, for starting a successful collaboration with Logset. We were convinced by their product support capability, and their CAT machines fit well as base machines for our TH heads.

I believe that Brazil will become an even more important market for Logset,” says Tapio Nikkanen, Chairman of the board.

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Stella-Jones reports 4Q sales increase of 10.4%

International Forest Industries - 3 hours 51 min ago
Stella-Jones Inc. announced financial results for its 4Q and fiscal year ended December 31, 2017. 4Q 2017 sales amounted to $377.4 million, representing an increase of 10.4% from $341.7 million a year ago. Operating income totalled $29 million, or 7.7% of sales, in the 4Q 2017, versus $28.2 million, or 8.2% of sales, last year. The increase in absolute dollars reflects higher business activity, while the decrease as a percentage of sales is mainly attributable to the sales mix within each product category and softer pricing in certain regions.

Stellar-Jones 4Q 2017 net income was $51.1 million, or $0.74 per diluted share, up from $18.5 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, in the prior year. The increase reflects the aforementioned tax benefit.

FY 2017 sales reached $1.89 billion, up 2.6% from last year’s sales of $1.84 billion. FY 2017 operating income was $207.4 million, or 11.0% of sales, compared with $233.2 million, or 12.7% of sales, in 2016. The decrease as a percentage of sales is mainly attributable to lower selling prices for railway ties, a less favourable geographical mix in the utility pole category and increased untreated lumber costs in the residential lumber category. These factors were partially offset by a reduction in selling and administrative expenses, as well as favourable year-over-year variations in certain provisions and in foreign exchange gains and losses.

Net income for 2017 increased 9.1% to $167.9 million, or $2.42 per diluted share, up from $153.9 million, or $2.22 per diluted share, in 2016. The year-over-year increase reflects a one-off non-cash tax benefit of $30 million recorded in the 4Q resulting from the remeasurement of deferred tax liabilities following a reduction in the U.S. top federal corporate income tax rate.

Stella-Jones Inc. is a leading producer and marketer of pressure treated wood products. The Company supplies North America’s railroad operators with railway ties and timbers, and the continent’s electrical utilities and telecommunication companies with utility poles.

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Kebony appoints Matthew Hodjera as technical and special projects manager for U.S.

International Forest Industries - 4 hours 20 min ago
Kebony has appointed Matthew Hodjera as technical and special projects manager for the United States. Hodjera, who’s had a professional relationship with Kebony since 2011, will be responsible for strengthening the scope and depth of service and support for Kebony’s fast-growing American AEC customer base. He will manage project-specific support, product resources, environmental and performance certifications, testing and development.

Originally from Toronto, Hodjera has extensive experience in both the architecture/design and international business worlds. Prior to joining Kebony, for nearly eight years he was principal of Hodjera Architectural Products, where he identified, sourced, and supplied modern, sustainable and dynamic products and finishes for today’s commercial interiors.

Prior to that he was director of international sales and distribution for Lumicor, a major manufacturer of architectural resin panels. Under Hodjera’s direction, Lumicor’s International Division was the fastest growing business unit in the company. Hodjera currently resides in Seattle.

Kebony is a Norwegian company which aims to be the leading wood brand and technology organisation. Underpinned by proven timber modification technologies, it produces an enhanced wood of a superior quality that is both environmentally friendly and cost-effective.

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Day of Real Forests

GFIS - 4 hours 26 min ago

By the Global Forest Coalition 21 March 2018: Today is the international day of forests. The United Nations General Assembly designated this day as such with the hope that humankind would raise awareness about and celebrate forests. This year’s theme is “Forests and Sustainable Cities”. It seeks to inspire us to make our cities greener and healthier. By 2050, the number of people living in cities will rise to 6 billion, and so will their consumer demands upon forests. We …

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Brazil’s largest pulp producers Suzano and Fibria to merge

International Forest Industries - 5 hours 27 min ago
Brazil’s largest pulp producers, Suzano Papel E Celulose S.A. and Fibria Cellulose announced, the controlling shareholders of Suzano Holding S.A. and Fibria Celulose S.A. have agreed to a merger of the two companies. Under the proposed terms of the deal: Suzano being entitled to the total share capital of Fibria; and Fibria’s shareholders receiving, in exchange for each common share of Fibria the amount of R$ 52,50 (fifty two Brazilian reais and fifty cents), adjusted by CDI from March 15, 2018 up until the effective payment date, to be paid in one installment on the closing date of the transaction; and 0,4611 common share issued by Suzano to be delivered on the closing date of the deal.

The closing of the transaction is subject to certain conditions typical to transactions of this nature, including the approval by antitrust authorities in Brazil and in other jurisdictions.

Fibria is the world leader in eucalyptus pulp production with an annual pulp production capacity of 7.25 million tons.

Suzano is the second largest eucalyptus pulp producer and the fifth largest market pulp producer in the world.

The terms and conditions of the transaction are detailed in the Material Fact notice filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil (CVM) and also available on the Investor Relations website of Fibria, at: https://ri.fibria.com.br/fck_temp/mala_direta/file/FRFinal_Port%201.pdf

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Mass mobilisation: boosting businesses and protecting forests

GFIS - 9 hours 4 min ago

As Phase I of the Forest and Farm Facility partnership closes, Duncan Macqueen reflects on its impressive achievements and the role that the mass mobilisation of forest and farm producers has played in its success.

The Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) met in February, in an unusually snow-clad Rome, to plan for its Phase II (PDF) and celebrate the achievements of Phase I (2014-18). 

The steering committee was gratified by the scale of impact: the partnership has exceeded all expectations. Here, I explore how and why.

Financing forest producers: the story so far

FFF is a partnership between FAO, IIED, IUCN and Agricord contributing to the climate-resilient landscapes and improved livelihoods demanded by the Sustainable Development Goals. But its real constituency are the women and men, smallholder families, indigenous peoples and local communities with strong relationships to forest landscapes. 

FFF's niche is the direct financing of Forest and Farm Producer Organisations (FFPOs) for business and policy engagement, bypassing inefficient intermediaries. Its motto is 'organise to thrive'.

Since 2014, FFF has channelled funds directly to 947 FFPOs, primarily in 10 partner countries, but including three regional and three global federations spanning 30 more. In total, these organisations represent more than 30 million forest and farm producers.

Phase one success: improving livelihoods  

Since 2014, FFF has delivered on its objective to 'improve livelihoods through strengthening of sustainable forest and farm business' by facilitating links between 279 group businesses and 80 new financial or business service providers, as well as offering its own market analysis and development training. As a result:

  • 262 businesses added value, diversified products and increased income, and 
  • More than 158 FFPOs accessed new finance.

Following 17 international FFF peer-to-peer exchanges, 56 FFPO businesses have adopted improved practice, design, plans or systems. 

This is real change for hundreds of thousands of people: ranges of increased livelihood incomes documented for members of FFPO businesses are, for example, between 35-50% in Gambia, 46-65% in Kenya, 12-18% in Myanmar, 30-50% in Nicaragua and 10-20% in Vietnam. Several outliers show increases of 500-1,000% in Bolivia, Gambia and Myanmar. 

Livelihoods are also more secure, with added value and/or product diversification improving both economic and climate resilience. This has been documented for more than 30 value chains including: bamboo, broom grass products, charcoal, cinnamon, cocoa, coffee, craft, ecotourism, elephant foot yam, furniture, green tea, mangrove fish, honey, juice, livestock, mushrooms, palm heart, palm thatch, pomelo, pottery (wood fired), star-anise, sawn timber, tree nurseries, rattan, sterculia resin, and vegetables.

Phase I success: better governance  

To meet a second key objective – FFPOs shaping more supportive governance – FFF has facilitated the establishment of (or greater FFPO representation on) 51 policy platforms at national or regional level.

Direct targeted engagement in policy processes by 140 FFPO representatives across 10 countries led to 33 changes in policies, rules or regulations in favour of FFPO interests. Women were among the FPPO representatives from all 10 nations. A further 18 policy changes can be attributed to the indirect effects of FFF in-country activities. 

Among the more impressive gains were the creation or shaping of major new incentive programmes for FFPO businesses in Bolivia, Guatemala and Vietnam, collectively worth more than US$100 million – four times the total expenditure of FFF. 

Direct FFPO engagement also secured the widespread and substantial handovers of forest land tenure, notably in the Gambia and Myanmar. 

Strength in numbers

Mass mobilisation is the motor driving these achievements; they are possible because FFF's own goals and approaches serve those of the vast FFPO membership they support. 

But while much is held common, there is diversity. With limited resources, FFF has employed different approaches to facilitation in highly variable contexts:

  • In Liberia, Vietnam and Zambia, farmer unions engaged their members to improve tree-based business opportunities and policies
  • In Kenya, Guatemala and Nepal, federations of forest smallholders were brought together to deliver better business and policy outcomes
  • In Bolivia, cooperatives in the key cocoa and coffee sectors were the main entry points
  • In Gambia engagement was structured around a strong national agriculture and natural resource policy platform, and 
  • In Myanmar and Nicaragua, work focused on building bottom-up local community group business capabilities and helping regional level associations to engage with policy processes. 

While contexts and approaches have varied, the outcomes have been much the same: a focus on strengthening producer organisations works!

Sharing the know-how

Phase I proved that mass mobilisation can open direct routes to sustainable business and policy change, and we are keen to share everything we have learned. Technical know-how from FFF's work to date is available in more than 50 written products, from policy briefings to practical toolkits. 

Our resources on the global scope and scale of FFPOs, how to prioritise support, how to structure collective business organisations and how to improve their risk management have been complemented by presentations, videos, web stories, press releases, blogs, a Twitter feed and infographics, all available on the FFF website

Most recently, IIED has been helping FFF facilitators and FFPOs to advance their understanding of how to incubate locally controlled forest businesses. When allied with mass mobilisation, such technical approaches can at least partially explain the rapid advances in improved livelihoods and climate resilient landscapes. 

No wonder more than 40 countries have applied to join FFF in Phase II, with new donors beginning to express interest in joining the Swedish and Finnish governments in supporting upcoming work. 

Duncan Macqueen (duncan.macqueen@iied.org) is principal researcher in IIED's Natural Resources research group.

Press: Bamboo – the green gold

GFIS - 10 hours 43 min ago

[Translation of the article ‘Bambus – das grüne Gold’, by Michael Radunski, in Technology Review‚ ‘TR Mondo’ section, March 2018, p.78] Bamboo has been used by man since earliest times in many different ways. It is an indispensable part of Chinese culture – whether as a motif in paintings, as an ingredient in the kitchen, […]

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Plenty in common

GFIS - Mon, 19/03/2018 - 23:00

Private investment in community-owned resources is a little-explored pathway to sustainable development

New pheromone insight may help predict mountain pine beetle outbreaks

GFIS - Mon, 19/03/2018 - 20:01
Researchers at the University of British Columbia have shed new light on how mountain pine beetles produce an important pheromone called trans-verbenol, which could aid in efforts to better predict outbreaks.

Amazon deforestation is close to tipping point

GFIS - Mon, 19/03/2018 - 17:42
Scientists considered climate change and indiscriminate use of fire to calculate that deforestation rates ranging from 20 percent to 25 percent could turn Amazon's hydrological cycle unable to support its ecosystem.

Five reasons to celebrate forests today

GFIS - Mon, 19/03/2018 - 06:09

Happy International Day of Forests! Here are five reasons to celebrate.

Restarting Nepal’s forestry sector

GFIS - Sun, 18/03/2018 - 23:00

Will federalism lead to better forest management?

Higher-end critical wildfire conditions will be present over portions of Western Texas and the Panhandle

GFIS - Sat, 17/03/2018 - 21:16

Higher-end critical wildfire conditions will be present over portions of Western Texas and the Panhandle tomorrow, March 18. There is a high probability of significant wildfire outbreak or a weather phenomenon called a Southern Plains Wildfire Outbreak. 

‘Rewilding’ Missing Carnivores May Help Restore Some Landscapes

GFIS - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 22:04

“We’re just uncovering these effects of large carnivores at the same time their populations are declining and are at risk,” said William Ripple, an ecologist at Oregon State University. He’s found that if you rewild some carnivores, or return them back to lost ranges, a cascade of ecological...(more)

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Soil fungi may help determine the resilience of forests to environmental change

GFIS - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 20:38
A major new study reveals that soil fungi could play a significant role in the ability of forests to adapt to environmental change.

Forests are a fantastic place to inspire photography

GFIS - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 12:55
This month Aleš Krivec, a runner up in our 2017 ‘Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ photo contest, explains how a trip to the mountains to photograph daffodils led him to take the stunning ‘In the Fog’. How do you feel about forests? “The forest is where...

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