timber News

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • UK Environment Minister Benn calls for tougher laws to tackle illegal logging

    Environment Secretary Hilary Benn will today (25 March) call for tougher European laws to tackle illegal logging. Mr Benn wants to make it an offence to import illegally produced timber into the European Union. Mr Benn said that the UK, as the world's fourth largest importer of timber, should lead by example when it comes to the timber Government buys. So from next week (1 April), under the ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • The Drive Towards Forest Certification in New Zealand

    “International customers are increasingly demanding wood to be sourced sustainably,” said Ben Gunneberg, Secretary General of PEFC, during a recent interview with Radio New Zealand’s Morning Rural News. “Not only are a growing number of countries demanding verification that timber has been sourced legally, but international companies are also playing ...


    By PEFC International

  • Government responds to report on illegal logging

    The Rudd Government has taken another step towards implementing its election promise to combat illegal logging. The Centre for International Economics (the CIE) today released its final report to inform the government's Regulation Impact Statement for the proposed new policy on illegally-logged timber. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke said the Rudd Government is ...


    By Australian Government

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