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  • Vineland researchers develop new propagation trays

    Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is revolutionizing propagation  systems for the nursery sector through a tray design supporting superior tree root  growth. There is an increasing demand for container tree seedling production  – plug trays  – in North America and a greater focus on higher quality root architecture. Many  current propagation ...

  • Trees show that growing is not putting on weight!

    An international consortium led by scientists of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) has shown that mechanisms involved in tree growth are in action at different times. First, the tree gets bigger due to the production and enlargement of woody cells; then the cell walls are reinforced, which increases the tree’s mass. These results, published in Nature Plants on ...

  • Forest Certification to Help Ensure the Sustainable Use of Southern Mediterranean Forests

    Desertification is one of the major environmental problems faced by Maghreb. The sustainable use of forests in these countries would help to mitigate and adapt to this global change. This is why MENFRI, the Mediterranean Network of Forestry Research and Innovation, gathered together forestry experts in Barcelona this summer to discuss opportunities and challenges ...


    By PEFC International

  • China Adopts New Forest Certification Regulation

    The China Forest Certification Council (CFCC) has announced that the Chinese Government has passed and is enacting immediately its new national forest certification regulations. These important rules set out the scope, framework, and requirements for all forest certifications operating in China. All forest certification activities must comply with the ...


    By PEFC International

  • European trees planted in China to identify potentially invasive species in our forests

    Most of the exotic species which attack plants in Europe now come from Asia. INRA scientists, together with teams from the Academy of Sciences in Beijing and the Forestry University in Zhejiang have devised a new method for detecting potential invaders in their region of origin before they are introduced on another continent. European sentinel trees were planted in China for four years, and ...

  • New WWF Study Highlights Strength of PEFC in Sustainable Forest Management

    A new report released by WWF last week clearly shows that PEFC forest management requirements are to a large extent aligned with WWF’s own vision and objectives, demonstrated by PEFC meeting more than two-thirds of the WWF CAT indicators. The WWF Certification Assessment Tool (CAT) is a formalized methodology to evaluate and compare standards and certification systems based on WWF’s ...


    By PEFC International

  • Doubt cast on partial logging’s climate mitigation role

    Partially logged forests may be emitting more carbon than was previously assumed, raising doubts about the ability of selective logging to reduce global warming. A study, published on 28 April in Environmental Research Letters, shows that ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • New EU Forest Strategy: Better Management can Boost Rural Jobs, say MEPs

    The new EU forest strategy must focus on managing forests sustainably, promoting efficient use of the raw materials that they produce, and boosting the competitiveness of forest-related industry so as to create jobs, says a non-legislative resolution voted by Parliament on Tuesday. "The new EU forest strategy is a much-needed response to growing demands on forests and significant societal ...


    By European Parliament

  • Woodlands revival adds new piece to carbon cycle puzzle

    Despite continuing concern about the fate of iconic rainforests, new research shows that the world’s forests have stored away an extra 4 billion tonnes of carbon in the last dozen years and the total amount of woodland has increased worldwide since 2003. The encouraging news comes from Australian scientists, who report ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Working Together for the Development of Sustainable Forest Management in the Mediterranean Basin

    The development and extension of sustainable “Mediterranean forest” management is set to be the focus of a new collaboration between PEFC, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, and MENFRI, the Mediterranean Network of Forestry Research and Innovation. At last year’s PEFC Forest Certification Week ...


    By PEFC International

  • USDA Announces Release of Report Charting Path to Commercialization of Cellulosic Nanomaterials

    On November 24, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has released a report that details the pathway to commercializing affordable, renewable, and biodegradable cellulose nanomaterials from trees. The report, entitled Cellulose Nanomaterials -- A ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Reliable method of determining biomass and carbon stocks in forests

    Terrestrial laser scanning is a technique that allows the structure of vegetation to be 3D-mapped to the millimetre. A first research project in Australia has shown that this technique can be used to more accurately determine the biomass of trees; far more so than the methods currently in use. This makes it an important development in the monitoring of carbon stocks for worldwide climate ...

  • Protecting forests alone will not halt land-use change emissions

    Global forest conservation measures meant to mitigate climate change are likely to drive massive cropland expansion into shrublands or savannahs to satisfy the ever-growing hunger for arable land. The consequent changes in land use could cause substantial greenhouse gas emissions, a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change shows. In contrast to previous assumptions, conservation schemes ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Protecting forests alone would not halt land-use change emissions

    Global forest conservation measures meant to mitigate climate change are likely to drive massive cropland expansion into shrublands or savannahs to satisfy the ever-growing hunger for arable land. The consequent changes in land use could cause substantial greenhouse gas emissions, a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change shows. In contrast to previous assumptions, conservation schemes ...

  • Drowned tropical forests add to climate change

    Big dams built in the tropics to produce hydroelectricity have long been highly controversial − and data gathered in Laos by a French team studying methane emissions confirms that dams can add to global warming, not reduce it. In many rocky regions low on vegetation and population, such as in Iceland and other northern mountainous regions, the production of electricity from hydropower ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Catchment Management to Support Livelihoods and Peace in North Darfur

    Over the past half-century, Sudan's Darfur region has experienced rapid population growth, periodic drought and, since 2003, a cycle of conflict that has displaced over two million people from their villages, many of whom now live in Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps near the towns- putting pressure on the region's natural environment as people concentrate and compete for finite resources. ...

  • Climate change damages Europe’s forests

    Climate change is here, it’s happening now, and for the last few decades it has been demonstrably bad news for many of Europe’s forests. An international team of researchers say in a report from the European Forest Institute that climate change is altering the environment, and it is long-lived ecosystems like forests that are particularly ...


    By Climate News Network

  • PEFC Takes Center Stage at Leading European Timber Tradeshow

    Early June saw PEFC International take to the stage at Europe’s leading timber tradeshow, Carrefour International du Bois, to discuss PEFC certification and tropical wood. Taking place every two years in Nantes, France, the Carrefour International du Bois brings together over 500 exhibitors and 10,000 visitors from ...


    By PEFC International

  • PEFC Strengthens Presence at European Union Level

    In recognition of the significant role that theEuropean Union (EU) is playing in advancing sustainable forest management, PEFC International has appointment Xavier Noyon as its Brussels-based EU Representative to contribute to and engage in processes impacting responsible forestry in the EU. Commenting on the ...


    By PEFC International

  • Last Chance to Contribute to the Global Public Consultation of Tropical Appendix

    Only a few days remain until the 1 July 2014 deadline for stakeholders worldwide to contribute to the global public consultation of PEFC ST 1003:2010, Appendix 2, Guidelines for interpretation for some natural forests, including tropical forests. The Appendix is based on the recognition that ...


    By PEFC International

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