timber News

  • EPDs for Australian timber products

    PE INTERNATIONAL partners with the Timber Development Association (TDA) in Australia to create Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for six Australian timber products. “These EPDs are an exciting step forward for our industry as they will help demonstrate to users the strong environmental credentials of timber and allow it to be compared like-for-like with other construction products" ...


    By thinkstep

  • New timber regulation comes into force

    On 3 March, new legislation comes into effect to counter the trade in illegal timber. The new EU Timber regulation will affect everyone in the wood trade. It prohibits the placing of illegally harvested timber on the European market in an effort to tackle the problem of illegal logging across the world. Illegal logging has severe economic, environmental and social impacts: it is associated with ...

  • NEPCon Launches Standard for Legal Timber Sourcing Ahead of EU Timber Regulation

    NEPCon unveiled the LegalSource Standard at the Chatham House meeting on illegal logging last Friday. The standard offers a system for benchmarking business practices against operational due diligence criteria. It has been designed to match the requirements of the EU Timber Regulation, the US Lacey Act and the Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill. Certification against the standard allows ...


  • Progress on Europe-wide ban on illegally-logged timber

    A ban on illegal timber entering the EU market has moved a step closer this week. Currently it is not against the law to sell timber in the EU that was chopped down illegally in its country of origin. However, the Council of the EU has signalled its approval for legislation that will close this loophole by putting a ban on illegal timber entering the EU market. Environment ...

  • Initiative: Carbon-credit dollars for timber lots

    For most of Oregon's history, the forests like the ones near Paul Nys' house were places where a landowner could get wealthy. Cultivated from seed, rows of trees were grown to a healthy middle age and then chopped down, buzzed into lumber at sawmills and shipped out. Over the years, the retired schoolteacher has had many offers to buy his property, like many other landowners in the state's timber ...


    By Associated Press

  • House passes bill to hasten timber projects in forests

    The House passed a bill Thursday designed to improve the health of national forests by scaling back the environmental reviews that go into some timbering projects and discouraging lawsuits that delay projects. The goal is to speed up timber harvests and underbrush removal that the U.S. Forest Service deems necessary to improve the health of national forests, which are taking a hit from drought, ...


    By Associated Press

  • UK government leads way on buying sustainable timber

    Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has announced that from 1 April 2010 new social criteria will be added to the UK Government’s timber procurement policy, to add to the existing requirement that all Government bought timber is legal and sustainable. Central Government is estimated to purchase 20 per cent of all timber bought in the UK.  This figure rises to 40 per cent when local ...


  • Russia plans timber tracking to control illegal logging

    By 2011 there will be a unified information system in operation in Russia for controlling timber circulation that may help the government combat illegal logging, according to a report in 'Russian Forestry Review' magazine. The new system was announced by Valery Roshchupkin, head of the Russian Ministry of Natural Resource's Federal Agency for Forestry, or Rosleskhoz, at a meeting of the ...

  • 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

  • Extension of Prado Museum in Madrid Includes FSC-Certified Timber

    UTE El Prado (Dragados S.A. y Constructora San José S.A.) extension of the Prado Museum leads the way for certified timber in Spanish construction The extension of the Prado, Spain’s premier art museum, is the first major Spanish building project to include significant amounts of certified sustainable timber according to international environment organization the Rainforest Alliance1. The ...


  • Ivory and Illegal Timber Seized in INTERPOL-coordinated Operation across Africa

    More than 240 kg of elephant ivory and 856 timber logs have been seized and 660 people arrested during an INTERPOL-coordinated operation combating ivory trafficking and illegal logging across Southern and Eastern Africa. As part of INTERPOL's Project Wisdom and Project Leaf, the operation jointly targeted ivory smuggling and illegal logging, with smugglers often concealing ivory inside charcoal ...

  • Multifunctional forests - balancing timber, water and carbon sink needs air

    Traditionally, forests have needed different management programmes depending on their purpose, for example, whether the priority is to maximise their value in terms of timber, water or as a carbon sink. However, the integration of these values in management strategies has become increasingly important. A new study has explored one means of achieving this, by placing an economic value on fresh ...

  • Carbon canopy initiative aims to sustain Appalachian forests for climate and certified timber

    While much has been written from a theoretical perspective about markets for ecosystem services, few on-the-ground projects currently exist. Yet the projects that do exist provide one of the best windows onto what actually works in practice. That’s why WRI has issued a new brief, Insights from the Field: Forests for ...

  • New rules on illegal timber come into force across EU

    New rules to prevent illegal timber being sold on the European market have come into force across the EU. The legislation will strengthen efforts to halt illegal logging which causes serious environmental damage and biodiversity loss and undermines the efforts of those trying to manage forests responsibly. The Regulation, which was first proposed by the Commission in 2008, was adopted by the EU ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • African countries agree to curb illegal timber trade in the Congo Basin

    Governments from Africa's main timber producing countries, together with timber industry representatives and civil society organizations agreed to jointly combat illegal timber trade in the Congo Basin, FAO said today following an international wood industry meeting in Brazzaville. Covering an area of 300 million hectares, the Congo Basin harbours the world's second largest tropical forest. It is ...

  • EU and Indonesia sign historic deal to curb illegal timber

    Today the European Union and Indonesia signed a historic trade agreement which will contribute to halting the trade in illegal timber. Under the agreement, only verified legal timber and timber products will be exported to the EU. Indonesia is the first Asian country to enter into such an agreement, and by far the largest Asian timber exporter to the EU. European Environment Commissioner Janez ...

  • EU and Indonesia sign historic deal to curb illegal timber

    Today the European Union and Indonesia signed a historic trade agreement which will contribute to halting the trade in illegal timber. Under the agreement, only verified legal timber and timber products will be exported to the EU. Indonesia is the first Asian country to enter into such an agreement, and by far the largest Asian timber ...


    By European Commission

  • Ecologix Resource Group Commences Relationship With Leading Timber Import Company

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/07/10 -- Ecologix Resource Group (OTCBB: EXRG) announced today it has commenced a relationship with a leading timber importer based in India. The Company has received an initial order for approximately 400 cubic meters of sawn timber and logs, or roughly $250,000 USD value, from a leading international timber importer. Ecologix expects this order to be ...


  • Illegal Trade in Wildlife and Timber Products Finances Criminal and Militia Groups, Threatening Security and Sustainable Development

    Global environmental crime, worth up to US$213 billion each year, is helping finance criminal, militia and terrorist groups and threatening the security and sustainable development of many nations, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and INTERPOL. The Environmental Crime Crisis, a rapid response assessment, was released during the first ...

  • Ahlstrom´s Due Diligence System for EU Timber Regulation now verified by SGS

    Ahlstrom Corporation PRESS RELEASE May 3, 2013 at 9.30  Ahlstrom, a global high performance fiber-based materials company, announces that the company's Due Diligence System for EU Timber Regulation is verified by a third party. The EU Timber Regulation (995/2010) entered into force on March 3, 2013 and requires operators to have a Due Diligence System to prevent them to place ...


    By Ahlstrom-Munksjö

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