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  • 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 ...

  • Fewer forests in our cars

    Ladies and gentlemen, It is my pleasure to welcome you to this Conference on the challenges of deforestation and forest degradation. Thank you for joining us and accepting to share your experience and perspective with us today. The topics we will address in these two days are challenging for all of us. Just a couple of months ago, I gave a keynote speech at the 2014 edition of the World Forests ...

  • Uganda: FAO mapping technologies help fill gaps in forest data

    FAO recently introduced new mapping technologies in Uganda that will help the country generate better, more useful forestry statistics and land cover maps. Forests and forest products are important to the livelihoods of many communities in Uganda. The new tools and information will help the government monitor national forest resources and make informed decisions regarding long-term forestry and ...

  • Saving the world`s forests: a technology revolution to curb illegal logging

    Our future is inextricably linked to forests. The social and economic benefits they provide are essential to realising a sustainable century. A key litmus test of our commitment to this future is our response to a growing, global threat: illegal logging and the criminal timber trade. Forests are vital source of biodiversity and livelihoods. More than 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their ...

  • PTR-TOF Technology Helps Understanding How Forests Grow Clouds

    In a paper published in the prestigious journal Science, CERN’s CLOUD experiment has shown that biogenic vapours emitted by trees and oxidised in the atmosphere have a significant impact on the formation of clouds, thus helping to cool the planet. Organic vapor concentrations ...


    By Ionicon Analytik Ges.m.b.H.

  • 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  ...

  • Sweden discovers diesel in its forests

    After six years of research and 300 million krona ($47 million CAD), Sweden's largest oil company Preem has announced it's latest alternative fuel will enter the domestic market in April 2011.  Preem Evolution Diesel is being touted as the world's first truly green diesel. While bio-fuel is not a new invention, it has been accompanied with controversy as the biomass is often derived from an ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • 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 ...

  • Preventing forest fires with tree power

    MIT researchers and colleagues are working to find out whether energy from trees can power a network of sensors to prevent spreading forest fires. What they learn also could raise the possibility of using trees as silent sentinels along the nation's borders to detect potential threats such as smuggled radioactive materials. The U.S. Forest Service currently predicts and tracks fires with a ...

  • Seaweed forests could help power tropical islands

    Harvesting seaweed ‘forests’ and feeding them into large underwater digesters could one day meet the world’s energy needs, with nine per cent of the ocean floor being enough to replace fossil fuels entirely, according to an ambitious idea. Even a more immediate and realistic use of seaweed — a major untapped resource ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Promising bio-future for Canada’s forest products industry

    A new study released today points to promising future for Canada's Forest Products Industry.   'The study, The Future Bio-pathways Project, focuses on the triple bottom line: clean energy, high employment and economic recovery. The results are clear - integrating the production of bio-products and bio-energy into the existing industry is a winner on all fronts,' says Avrim Lazar, ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • US forest industry recognizes outstanding recycling programs

    As paper recovery reaches an all-time high in the U.S., the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has honored a school, university, business and a community for their outstanding paper recycling efforts. The 2008 AF&PA Recycling Awards were presented during the industry’s 131st Annual Paper Week, where it was also announced that a record 56 percent of the paper consumed in ...

  • Greenhouse Gases Rise From Forests Damaged by Katrina

    Losses inflicted by Hurricane Katrina on Gulf Coast forest trees are great enough to cancel out a year's worth of new tree growth in other parts of the country, according to a new study led by biologist Jeffrey Chambers of Tulane University. 'The carbon that will be released as these trees decompose is enough to cancel out an entire year's worth of net gain by all U.S. forests. And this is only ...

  • Tropic Forest Dataset Available on ArcGIS Online

    Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) is using Esri's ArcGIS Online to make its new carbon stock datasets available to scientists and environmental experts throughout the world. Decision makers will be able to easily access this data and use GIS to study tropical ...


    By Esri

  • Guide for Business Drives Better Decisions on Forest Products

    The World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) today released the third edition of Sustainable Procurement of Wood and ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Cardamom crops affect forests, studies say

    Cultivation of cardamom, a high value spice crop, can take a toll on evergreen forests in tropical countries, independent studies in Sri Lanka and India have shown. Apart from disturbing biodiversity, cardamom ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 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. ...

  • Dynamic New Platform to Protect Forests Worldwide

    Managing the world's forest resources is today both a local and global undertaking, and technology has provided Global Forest Watch with an unprecedented opportunity to connect not only information and data but people, whether they be forest managers, businesses and private sector, or consumers across the globe. The World Resources Institute (WRI), Google,UNEP and a group of more than 40 ...

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