Halting deforestation could be the cheapest way to save the planet from climate change. But will the REDD agreement preserve forests or will it merely provide a fig leaf?
REDD Ink - So many words, so little progress
New FAO guidelines to help countries better monitor their forest resources
FAO has developed new guidelines aimed at helping countries develop strong National Forest Monitoring Systems, which are key to measure progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To fulfil their pledges under the Paris Climate Agreement and Agenda 2030 countries are expected to collect more detailed forestry data. This not only includes information on the size and growth or decline of their forests, but also key aspects of sustainable forest management, such as the role of forests in the conservati...
Hitachi Showcases New Foresters at DEMO International 2016
Anything and everything to do with forestry operations was found at DEMO International, one of North America’s largest and most distinctive outdoor equipment shows, held Sept. 22-24, 2016. The flagship event of the Canadian Woodlands Forum, DEMO International is held every four years in a different location. For the first time in 16 years, the show returned to Western Canada and was hosted in Maple Ridge, B.C. Thousands of visitors to the Hitachi booth at DEMO got a sneak peek of the new Foresters:...
The Forest Products Association of Canada and the Canadian Wood Council bullfrogpower Head Offices as part of “30 by 30” Climate Challenge
Bullfrog Power, Canada’s leading green energy provider, is announcing a new partnership that will see both the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and the Canadian Wood Council (CWC) choose 100 per cent green electricity and 100 per cent green natural gas for their head offices in Ottawa. The commitment, announced in conjunction with the industry’s National Forest Week celebrations, builds on FPAC’s ambitious “30 by 30” Climate Challenge that proposes to remove 30 megatonnes...
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...