forest productivity improvement News

  • All for forests, forests for all!

    An unprecedented large group of governments, companies, NGOs and indigenous peoples groups called for action to protect and restore the world’s forests. In a declaration launched at this week’s UN climate talks in New York, targets ...


    By Wetlands International

  • 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 ...

  • Membership opens for GreenBlue’s forest products working group

    Sustainability nonprofit GreenBlue has opened membership for its newly formed Forest Products Working Group, which brings together leading companies that rely on paper, wood, and other forest products to share their knowledge and develop new solutions for making their businesses more sustainable. The group was first publicly announced in October 2011 with eight founding members: Avery Dennison ...

  • 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 ...

  • Preserving biodiversity in European forests

    At present, to safeguard biodiversity around a quarter of Europe’s forests is not harvested. Between 2000 and 2005, protected forest areas were increased by almost 40 per cent in area. In addition, farmers have converted significant areas of agricultural land to forests. However, this can sometimes have negative effects: intensification measures such as peat land drainage, fertilisation, genetic ...

  • Restoring forests: an opportunity for Africa

    New research shows that Africa offers some of the greatest opportunities globally for restoring forests. This post originally appeared on Mongabay. Tropical forest news last week was dominated by Indonesia and Brazil. Forest clearing has surged over the past year in parts of ...

  • Forest resources in the EU

    A new Forest Strategy responding to the new challenges facing forests and the forest sector has been published by the European Commission today, which underlines the importance of forest resources in the EU. The EU currently contains 5 % of the world's forests and EU forests have continuously expanded for over 60 years, although recently ...

  • Forest industries a priority in Europe

    The European Commission has adopted a 19-point plan to address the challenges facing forest-based industries, which are adapting to deal with increased global competition, climate change and energy and wood supply availability. Important competitiveness challenges cover innovation, access to non-EU markets and high energy and transport costs. Moreover, the access to and availability of new and ...

  • Ministries Need to Collaborate to Ensure Continued Productivity of Farmland and Forests in ECA

    As economies in the ECA region grow, farm and forest productivity will need to keep pace with rising consumer and industrial demand for food and wood.  But doing so by pushing natural resources beyond their limits can be disastrous. Governments in the region have taken steps to address this issue, but they – ministries of environment in partnership with others such as agriculture, forestry ...


    By The World Bank

  • Quebec government unveils strategy to transform forest products industry

    The Government of Quebec has unveiled a new five-year strategy to transform the province's forest products industry. Quebec's Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife and Minister responsible for the Northern Plan, Clément Gignac announced the policy shift at a press conference in Three Rivers today. "This strategy suggests avenues for structuring the forest industry sector a modern, ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Flushing our forests down the toilet

    Worldwide, the equivalent of almost 270,000 trees is either flushed or dumped in landfills every day and roughly 10 percent of that total is attributable to toilet paper. Meanwhile, growing populations, adoption of Western lifestyles, and sanitation improvements in developing countries are driving the increased use of toilet paper. According to the latest issue ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Forests are key to the greening of European economies

    European countries are encouraged to apply the principles of a green economy in the forest sector by 2020, FAO and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) said today at the opening of the European Forest Week (9-13 December) in Rovaniemi, Finland. Europe's forest ministers and other high-level delegates from 40 countries ...

  • 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

  • Flushing our forests down the toilet

    Washington, D.C.-Worldwide, the equivalent of almost 270,000 trees is either flushed or dumped in landfills every day and roughly 10 percent of that total is attributable to toilet paper. Meanwhile, growing populations, adoption of Western lifestyles, and sanitation improvements in developing countries are driving the increased use of toilet paper. According to the ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Putting People at the Centre of Forest Policies - The State of the World`s Forests (SOFO)

    Countries should put more policy emphasis on maintaining and enhancing the vital contributions of forests to livelihoods, food, health and energy, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. FAO's flagship publication The State of the World's Forests(SOFO), presented today at the opening of the 22nd Session of the  ...

  • Indonesia’s Moratorium: an opportunity for forests and industry

    A highly anticipated two-year moratorium on new forest conversion permits could bring fundamental improvements to forest and land management in Indonesia. In mid-2011, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is expected to sign a Presidential Decree for the implementation of a two-year moratorium on issuing new permits for conversion of natural forest and ...

  • Indonesia steps up audits of operations in peatlands and forests

    Wetlands International welcomes new commitments by the Indonesia government to strengthen law enforcement of the moratorium on new permits to develop peatlands and primary forests. Indonesia's REDD+ agency is auditing 18 companies to check for proper licensing of companies operating in peatlands and rainforests. Illegal licenses will be revoked. The environment ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Indonesia’s ambitious forest moratorium moves forward

    A summary of key elements, and unanswered questions, in Indonesia’s recent moratorium on new forest permits. On May 20, 2011, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono signed a Presidential Instruction (“decree”) putting into effect ...

  • Managed forests and renewable wood reduce greenhouse gases

    Forests, and the wood-products they produce, can absorb or produce highly variable amounts of CO2, depending on how they are managed. New research provides guidelines for harvesting forests, while limiting greenhouse gas emissions. Wood is a renewable resource and the greatest environmental benefits from using wood occur when it is used first in the construction industry, and then recycled, if ...

  • 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 ...

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