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 ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...


    By Marketwire

  • 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

  • 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 Corporation

  • FireIce Successfully Used by US Forest Service to Control Timber Fire in Washington State

    GelTech Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB: GLTC), creators of FireIce, a revolutionary water-enhancing fire suppressant that has the potential to change current firefighting techniques globally, announced that FireIce was chosen over water and long term retardant to combat the Mount Barney fire burning in heavy timber north of Winthrop, Washington in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. FireIce was ...


    By Marketwire

  • CITES conference takes decisive action to halt decline of tropical timber, sharks, manta rays and a wide range of other plants and animals

    Rapidly rising demand for these precious tropical hardwoods has led to serious concerns that unregulated logging is depleting populations of already rare species. The triennial World's Wildlife Conference closed today with robust measures adopted to protect precious timber and marine species from overexploitation. 170 governments have turned to CITES to ensure the legal, sustainable and traceable ...

  • New EUTR white paper from SGS

    SGS published a white paper on Forestry last February 2013. The white paper titled “UnderstandingRegulation (EU) 995/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council” talks about a technical review of the obligations that apply to operators when placing timber and timber products on the market and the implementation requirements for due diligence systems. The purpose ...


    By SGS

  • Cocoa farmers may boost yields by intercropping

    Growing cocoa with other crops on the same plot boosts the productivity of cocoa farms, compared with growing cocoa alone, a study has found. The researchers, from the University of Queensland, Australia, say their study is one of the first to quantitatively examine the effects of crop diversity on the ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 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 ...

  • Carbon credits for forestry management

    A recent study has investigated two carbon credit payment schemes which the authors say could provide incentives for forest managers to increase forest land and lengthen rotation time between harvests. There are a number of reasons for ensuring the upkeep of forests, including promoting biodiversity and providing social and cultural benefits, such as recreational opportunities. The ...

  • Commission unveils package to tackle illegal logging and deforestation

    The European Commission today unveiled two important initiatives to protect forests globally. The package comprises a legislative proposal to reduce the risk of illegal timber and timber products entering the EU market and a Communication setting out the Commission's proposals for tackling tropical deforestation. Illegal logging and deforestation have serious environmental implications, ...


    By European Commission

  • Managing logging for biodiversity

    Forest management should safeguard biodiversity as well as focusing on harvesting timber, a new report from South East Asia argues. Despite many initiatives such as codes of practice, criteria and indicators and certification schemes, guidelines and standards remain vague and lack quantitative targets. Illegal logging, poor management and deforestation continue to cause severe environmental ...

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