Governments have pledged $4 billion in finance for projects to protect forests through the intergovernmental REDD+ Partnership.
REDD agreement sends glimmer of hope to private sector
FAO’s State of the World’s Forests Calls for Positive Interactions Between Agriculture and Forestry
It is not necessary to cut down forests to produce more food. Promoting more positive interactions between agriculture and forestry can stop deforestation, build sustainable agricultural systems and improve food security. This is the key message of `The State of the World`s Forests` (SOFO), the flagship publication of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), presented at the opening of the 23rd session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO). Focusing on `Forests and Agriculture: Land-use Challenges...
USDA announces availability of BCAP funding for farmers, foresters and ranchers
On May 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) had resumed incentives for farmers and foresters producing biomass for renewable energy and biobased products. BCAP has $3 million in available funding for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The program was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, and supports growers who produce energy biomass crops, or deliver forest and agriculture residues to a USDA-approved bioenergy or bioproducts...
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Do you have experience in sustainable forest management? Are you ready and eager to get involved in our standards revision process? Thensign upto join our Expert Forum for Sustainable Forest Management. The SFM Expert Forum is the chance for you to comment and discuss the specific issues around the PEFC SFM Standard (PEFC ST 1003:2010) and its revision. It will feature a moderated discussion forum to gather first-hand information, as well as advice on specific topics, such non-wood forest products. The Forum...
African Grey Parrots Drastically Drop in Numbers
Throughout west and central Africa, African Greys have been disappearing due to forest loss and pet trade. Bird-X Inc., provider of humane bird control solutions, discusses a recent blog referencing the event. As stated inBird-X’s recent blogposted on February 8th, 2016, there has been a noticeable decrease in African Grey parrots throughout the forests of Africa. Even places like Ghana have realized the difficulty in spotting members of this once flourishing population. According toNational Geographic,...
European Cities once again look to PEFC-certified forests for their Christmas Trees!
As has become our tradition, we end the year with Christmas trees! Cities across Europe have once again turned to local, PEFC-certified forests for their trees, ensuring that the chosen tree has come from a well-managed, sustainable forest. London’s festive season kicked off in sustainable style with the lighting of the iconicTrafalgar SquareChristmas Tree. This year`s Christmas tree, a traditional annual gift from Norway to the people of London, is 25m high and more than 100 years old. The Norwegian...