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  • FAO place the spotlight on forest monitoring

    With global concern growing over deforestation, loss of carbon stored in forests and the role of forests in climate change, the spotlight has been turned on forest monitoring in a bid to safeguard forests and monitor emissions from deforestation. Earlier this year, countries and FAO reconfirmed their commitment to jointly prepare the next Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA), a comprehensive ...

  • The Role of Forest Carbon in Emerging Ecomarkets Will be Significant

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va., — Forest carbon will play a significant role in emerging environmental markets designed to address climate change, despite the reluctance of some countries to accept forest carbon offsets, predicted environmental economics expert Ricardo Bayon at a seminar for forestry professionals representing all facets of the industry. “Forest carbon has been ostracized by the world’s ...


    By ImageTree Corporation

  • Improving livelihoods for poorer forest dwellers in Nepal

    Community forestry in Nepal claims to be a successful model of participatory, community-based forest management, and there is considerable evidence that it is improving forest protection and regeneration. However, community forestry makes only a limited contribution to improving rural livelihoods. New research suggests that social factors may be limiting the access of poorer households to ...

  • Building the foundation for REDD+: Recommendations for Durban on Forest Monitoring

    Though forests play an essential role in international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the development of systems to monitor deforestation and forest degradation has been slow. This is due to the demanding technical requirements and the large capacity gaps in many countries. ...

  • Growth-oriented logging: a new concept in forest management

    Deforestation in the tropics has both local and global effects, but conservation remains a major challenge. New research describes a method for measuring tree growth and timber harvesting, which can lead to sustainable management of tropical timber resources. The method tailors cutting cycles according to accurate growth rates of different tree species. Research explored the Mamirauá Sustainable ...

  • NACF: Mississippi Foresters Anticipate Biomass Boost

    HOUSTON - Mississippi tree farmers look forward to new biomass facilities in the state providing a new market for wood, according to an article published Saturday in the Clarion-Ledger. The Jackson, Miss.-based paper reported that the state's future as a biomass and biofuels hub was one of the topics discussed at a forestry summit last Friday at the Old Capitol Museum hosted by Lt. Gov. Phil ...

  • Forest carbon scheme gains support, faces hurdles

    Among the few policy agreements to emerge from December's United Nations climate summit was recognition of the 'immediate' need to sequester more greenhouse gases in forests through a mechanism known as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, or REDD.  The ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • FAO sets standards to improve national forest monitoring systems

    FAO has launched free software tools that it hopes will improve the way many developing nations monitor the state of their forests to tackle deforestation and climate change. The tools are designed to assist countries through the entire lifecycle of a forest inventory - from assessment, design and field ...

  • Azavea Awarded USDA SBIR Grants to Support Urban Forestry Inventory, Ecosystem Modeling and Prioritization

    Azavea, an award-winning geospatial analysis (GIS) software development company, was awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to create software tools that will assist in prioritizing urban forestry planting initiatives and a Phase II SBIR grant to expand on OpenTreeMap, the open source software for collaborative, geography-enabled urban tree inventory. The grants are ...


  • What Woodland owners should know about forest carbon offsets in the U.S. South

    A new issue brief, released today by the World Resources Institute and the Pacific Forest Trust, looks at the economic opportunities for southern landowners created by emerging forest carbon offset markets. This new revenue stream can offer real rewards to landowners who steward their forests for climate benefits. ...

  • EBRD and FAO set pathway to sustainable forestry investment in the Russian Federation’s Far East

    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have joined forces to promote viable forestry investment and innovation in the Russian Federation's Far East based on sustainable use of forest resources. An Investment Roadmap, defining the pathway to sustainable investments in the region's forest industry, was ...

  • Groundbreaking study finds the `hotspots` most responsible for deforestation

    A new collaborative study by WRI and other researchers finds that much of the world’s deforestation is isolated in a handful of “hotspots,” not spread out over many nations and many locations. In fact, this study showed that over half the world’s deforestation (in this study only clear-cut are monitored) is happening in just two locations: 48% is occurring in Brazil, with another 13% concentrated ...

  • Greenhouse Gas Report to Assist Producers Facing Climate Challenges

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a report that, for the first time, provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and carbon storage from various land management and conservation activities. The report, titled Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture and Forestry: Methods for Entity-Scale Inventory, will help ...

  • Satellites help map soil carbon flux

    Changes in soil carbon occur with changes in land management. Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee investigated quantifying soil carbon changes over large regions. They integrated remote sensing products with a national carbon accounting framework in a project funded by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Office of Earth Science. Results ...

  • India launches mega research initiative on soot

    India has launched an exhaustive study on the source, distribution and impact of soot released into its air — especially on climate and glaciers — that will help evidence-based policy-making. The five-year research agenda will involve about 250 scientists from institutes under the department of space, ministry of earth sciences and ministry of environment and forests at an estimated ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • James River equipment joins Morbark family

    James River Equipment, specializing in heavy equipment sales, service and parts, is now the authorized dealer of Morbark industrial equipment in all of Virginia and North Carolina and two counties in South Carolina. In business for over 30 years, James River Equipment has 25 locations throughout Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. They sell and service a full range of equipment in many ...


    By Morbark, LLC

  • Intensive grassland farming could have deep effects: sequestering significantly less soil carbon

    Huge amounts of soil carbon have been discovered up to 1 metre below grassland in a recent UK study. Yet most carbon inventories do not assess soil deeper than 30 cm. Furthermore, this research suggests that intensive management of grassland, involving high rates of fertiliser use and livestock grazing, may deplete carbon at these depths. Globally, soil contains more carbon than all the ...

  • Western's Annual Results Show Significant Improvement; Net Income for 2010 Improved by $103 Million Over 2009

    Western Forest Products Inc. (TSX: WEF) - 2010 HIGHLIGHTS -- Generated positive EBITDA of $47.7 million, an $82.5 million improvement over 2009 EBITDA -- Achieved net income of $27.7 million for the year, a $103.0 million improvement over 2009 -- Increased liquidity to $84.6 million compared to $37.3 million a year ago -- Net debt to capitalization reduced to ...


    By Marketwire

  • Generating Business Value from GHG Management

    Companies around the world are responding to government, investor, and customer pressures by implementing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) management plans.  A key challenge in the implementation of these plans is identifying a strong business case in order to justify the costs entailed, and to ensure that the approach can be sustained financially in the long run. As I will discuss in detail during the ...


    By SCS Global Services

  • Bion - Kreider Project Grand Opening Follow Up

    Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc. (OTC: BNET) and Kreider Farms recently held the grand opening of Bion's livestock waste treatment project that utilizes its patented micro-aerobic digestion technology to reduce environmental impacts to the Chesapeake Bay. The event was held at the Kreider Farms dairy facility in Manheim, Lancaster ...

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