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Africa's tropical forests could be next in line as global food demand grows
27 July, 2017
The conversation
At a bare floored restaurant on the edge of the Dja Faunal Reserve in Cameroon, I asked the owner what there was to eat. She gestured to a poster on the wall. It was an illustrated guide of 44 animal species under threat from poaching and over-hunting. read more
Green Climate Fund steps up to reduce deforestation and forest degradation
26 July, 2017
CIFOR
South Korea - The Green Climate Fund (GCF) recently adopted two new decisions intended to reduce global emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, as well as to support forest restoration and conservation in developing countries via REDD+. read more
Time To End Subsidies That Are Destroying Forests
26 July, 2017
Huffington post
Something is destroying our forests. In tropical regions alone, we lose an area of forest the size of Austria every year. It is not demand from the forestry sector that is doing this. It is demand for commodities like beef, soy and palm oil. Most of our forests are being felled because of what's in our refrigerators. read more
Using forests to manage carbon: a heated debate
26 July, 2017
The conversation
The best way of managing trees and forests for climate change and accounting for contributions of forests and forestry activities in carbon budgets remains hotly contested. Forests can either take up carbon dioxide (CO₂) or release more CO₂ into the atmosphere. read more
Brazil to open 860,000 acres of protected Amazon forest
25 July, 2017
Timberbiz
The Brazilian environment ministry is proposing the release of 860,000 acres in the National Forest of Jamanxim for agricultural use, mining and logging. The government's order was a compromise measure after protests from local residents and ecologists who claim that the bill could lead to further deforestation. read more
Atlantic forestry experts on lookout for arrival of destructive invasive insect
20 July, 2017
Local Express
Forestry experts in Atlantic Canada are getting ready for the arrival of a new, invasive species that has destroyed millions of ash trees in other parts of Canada. The emerald ash borer is a non-native pest from Asia. Forestry experts in Atlantic Canada are getting ready for the arrival of a new, invasive species... read more
Climate change blamed as EU'S forest fires treble in 2017
20 July, 2017
euro news
The number of forest fires in the EU has trebled so far this year, according to figures obtained by Euronews, affecting an area nearly the size of Luxembourg. There have been 677 blazes in 2017 - a huge increase on the 215 the bloc saw annually on average over the previous eight years. read more
Pine tree seedlings in short supply
18 July, 2017
Friday Offcuts
A shortage of pine tree seedlings after a poor growing season for tree nurseries has hit some NZ forest owners and farm foresters. Patrick Murray, who is owner of Murray's Nurseries at Woodville in Tararua, said he had turned down orders of 1.2 million pines. read more
Satellites put plantation water use into context
18 July, 2017
Friday offcuts
Forest plantation managers can better understand water use and the potential impact of different forest management approaches by integrating satellite based water consumption estimates, according to research co-funded by the FWPA. read more
Forests as food
17 July, 2017
CIFOR
It's a bit ironic that while wild foraged ingredients are increasingly popping up on Michelin-starred menus around the world, the communities who have traditionally subsisted on these foods are consuming them less and less. Baobab fruit and bush mango for vitamins and minerals... read more
Luxury brands could be harming the worlds forests
6 July, 2017
WWF
The world's forests are rapidly being wiped out, with an area the size of a football pitch lost every 2 seconds. This is why it's important for companies to source all their timber and wood products from well-managed forests that do not contribute towards global deforestation. read more
Portugal looks at Aussie style fire warnings
5 July, 2017
Timberbiz
Fire experts in Portugal are citing the need for Australian-style warning systems after the most devastating blaze in decades left 62 people dead. Locals in the town of Pedrogao Grande are struggling to understand how so many people died as they tried to flee the inferno. read more
Stricter water restrictions for Cape Town now in effect
5 July, 2017
Bizcommunity
The City of Cape Town has implemented Level 4b water restrictions with effect from July 2017 as dam levels remain critically low and reserves need to be built up during winter for the expected harsh summer months ahead. In supporting Level 4b restrictions, the city requires all water users... read more

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