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Nov. 22, 2011; Eco-Business.com: By Jenny Marusiak. "Major retailers and manufacturers need to take urgent action to ensure they only buy palm oil that is certified to be green or sustainable, according to a report released on Tuesday by non-governmental organisation WWF International.

The NGO’s Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard for 2011 found that while many companies with commitments to purchasing sustainable palm oil have made progress since the last assessment in 2009, a significant number will fall short of their targets if they do not pick up the pace.

'There are options available for almost any company to buy certified sustainable palm oil. Yet the WWF Palm Oil Buyers’ Scorecard shows that only half of the palm oil used by the companies we assessed is sustainable,' said WWF policy officer Adam Harrison in a statement.

Palm oil, produced primarily in the tropical regions of Asia and Africa, is widely used as a vegetable oil and in making packaged foods and healthcare products. Read more... . external_link

Nov. 10, 2011; Monsters and Critics.com: By Ahmad Pathoni. "JAKARTA -- An Indonesian pulp and paper company accused by Greenpeace of helping destroy the country's rainforests has been on the defensive after the global environmental group announced more companies were cutting ties with it.

Greenpeace said last week that seven major companies, including toymaker Hasbro Inc, New Zealand's largest group of department stores The Warehouse Group Ltd and luxury pen maker Montblanc International GmbH had decided to stop buying from Asia Pulp & Paper Co (APP).

Greenpeace said it had found extensive clearance of rainforests inside APP plantations on Sumatra island, including areas mapped as habitat for the endangered Sumatran tiger.

'APP must stop the destruction of natural forests and peatland conversions,' said Bustar Maitar, Greenpeace South-East Asia forest campaigner. 'From the perspective of climate change, what APP is doing is far from being sustainable forest management.' Read more... . external_link

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"Controversial Pulping Industry Expands: Lands For Pine And Eucalyptus Trees Increase As Country Grows Cellulose Business"

Feb. 10, 2011; Latin America Press: "URUGUAY -- The diplomatic dispute between Uruguay and its neighbor Argentina over a large paper pulping plant along the shared border not only did not derail the business, but Uruguay is taking steps to expand the controversial cellulose industry, a move that could put in jeopardy one of the country´s main resources: land.

On Jan. 18, Montes del Plata de Uruguay, a consortium of forestry companies Arauco of Chile and the Swedish-Finnish Stora Enso, signed a US$1.9 billion - the largest single private investment in Uruguay´s history — contract to build a pulping complex in Conchillas in the southeastern Colonia department.

The project, which includes a pulping mill and a port for cellulose exports, would produce 1.3 million metric tons a year from its estimated start date in 2013." Read more... . external_link

"Cut Down To Size: Forestry - Timber Production Threatened"

Feb. 10, 2011; Financial Mail: "South Africa is near the limit of its timber production capacity, warn forestry experts. It is a looming problem masked by lower demand, especially from the construction industry, says Cori Ham, a lecturer at Stellenbosch University’s department of forest & wood science.

The forestry industry wants to expand, says Roy Southey, chairman of industry body Forestry South Africa’s marketing arm, the Wood Foundation. But the number of trees that can be planted is limited by climatic conditions.

Constraints include other land uses such as crop farming and conservation. These have helped drive the area under commercial forests down from a peak of over 1,5mha in the late 1990s to 1,28mha in 2009, or about 1% of SA’s total land area. All indigenous forests - 300000ha in total - are now conservation areas, says Southey." Read more... . external_link

"DENR Relieves 11 Personnel For Failure To Stop Illegal Logging"

Feb. 10, 2011; Philippine Information Agency: "CALAMBA CITY -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Calabarzon ordered the relief of 11 personnel assigned in the province of Quezon for failure to watch out the illegal logging activities in some parts of the province.

Regional Executive Director (RED) Nilo Tamoria signed the relief papers of Celedonio Dapla, community environment and natural resources officer based in Pagbilao who has the jurisdiction also of Mauban. The town is known transshipment point of illegal forest products coming from Sierra Madre Mountain, Isabela and Cagayan provinces.

Culpable for negligence of duties which affected the anti-illegal logging operations of DENR in the province, CENRO Dapla was ordered to report to the DENR regional office in this city. He was replaced by Los Banos, Laguna officer-in-charge CENRO Emiliano Leviste." Read more... . external_link

"Palm Oil Deal Aims To Save Forests And Carbon"

Feb. 08, 2011; BBC News: "A major palm oil producer is joining forces with environmental campaigners in a bid to ramp up forest protection. The giant Indonesian company Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) has agreed to work within new standards aimed at saving forests that store a lot of carbon.

International environment group The Forest Trust (TFT) is partnering the company and will monitor compliance. The palm oil industry has regularly been accused of destroying old-growth forest as demand rockets.

The new deal expands on existing standards agreed under the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), an international alliance of producers, processors, retailers and environment groups." Read more... . external_link

"Ex-Forestry Boss Victorious In 'Moving Trees' Case"

Dec. 21, 2010; Brudirect: "BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN -- A forestry boss who landed in jail for six months because he pretended a deep sea fish finding gear he ordered was for birds has emerged victorious this time around, in the curious case of 'moving' trees.

Former Director of Forestry, Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Chuchu, who lost his job and had gone to jail six months because of the fish finder case, however, has now been successful in another case.

That is because he won the second case in which he was accused of moving trees illegally from the Forestry Department Nursery for which he was dragged to court twice." Read more... . external_link

"Naezon Denies Logging Connections"

Dec. 21, 2010; Solomon Star News: "WALTON Naezon has rejected claims made by the Anthony Veke led camp on the eve of the Guadalcanal Province premier's election.

Veke's group who are based at the Pacific Casino at the moment claimed Mr Naezon promised $11,000 to $15,000 to lure its members to his camp currently based at Honiara Hotel.

They also alleged Naezon sought the services of former Guadalcanal militants to round up Provincial members and display hefty amounts of money to lure them to his camp. The group claimed Naezon was doing this with the backing of Malaysian loggers in the country. However, Naezon denied any influence of loggers in Guadalcanal politics and any involvement of ex-militants." Read more... . external_link

"Appeal Against Acquittal Of Ex-Forestry Director Rejected"

Dec. 20, 2010; Brudirect: "BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN -- The Court of Appeal has dismissed the public prosecutor's appeal against the acquittal of a former director of Forestry Department who was charged for misappropriating 100 Asoka trees.

During the trial, the public prosecutor alleged that the respondent, Hj Abdul Rahman Hj Chuchu, dishonestly misappropriated the $6,500 trees which were the property of the Forestry Department on April 18, 2001.

Hj Abdul Rahman was acquitted by the Intermediate Court on January 9, when the judge accepted the respondent's belief that the arrangement he made was beneficial to the department and appropriate." Read more... . external_link

"First Forestry Festival To Be Held In Vietnam - Vietnam’s first timber and forest product festival will be held in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh province from March 26-29"

Dec. 20, 2010; VOV News: "So far 12 provinces and cities, 125 businesses planning 350 stalls, consulates and businesses from the Netherlands, the UK, France, Japan, China and Russia as well as other international organisations have all registered to take part in the event.

The information was released at a press briefing in Quy Nhon City on December 20 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Information and Communications, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Vietnam Timber and Forest Product Association, the Binh Dinh provincial People’s Committee and the Dat Vo Media and Advertising Company.

During the festival, there will be a Vietnamese timber and forest product exhibition, a Vietnamese ornamental plant festival, two seminars on forestry, trade promotion activities, and a ceremony to honour outstanding people in the forestry sector and present forestry Guinness records. There will also be outdoor art performances, a cultural and cuisine festival, a drawing contest, a photo exhibition on forest protection, and a badminton tournament for timber and forest product businesses." Read more... . external_link

"The Evolution Of Newspapers"

Dec. 20, 2010; Stabroek News: "OPINION -– A decade from now, perhaps even sooner, newsprint may be as marginal to our daily lives as video cassettes and vinyl records. This is one of several scenarios intimated by ‘The Evolution of News and the Internet’ – a June 2010 report published by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Given the widespread setbacks which newspapers in Britain and the US have recently suffered this is not exactly startling news, but the report shows that although we are moving rapidly into a new phase of the information age – one that may be defined by corporate struggles to monetize content that “wants to be free” – much of our debate over the implementation of the new technology – data discrimination, net neutrality, paywalls – may be ignoring larger concerns that would result from the disappearance of traditional media.

The report considers the current clash of “information providers with very different trajectories (TV, newspapers and Internet companies) [who] are now competing head-on in a global online news environment.” This contest has given rise to several consequential paradoxes. For although the Internet has given many newspapers (including this one) huge new readerships, the difficulties of translating these new audiences into reliable revenue streams has often induced panic. Instead of playing to their traditional strengths as newsgatherers, many Americas and British newspapers have streamlined themselves to better merge into the infotainment industry. In recent years they have disposed of nearly everything that gave them their distinctive character. Local news coverage has been scaled back, foreign bureaus closed, feature writing has been tilted towards the interests of modern celebrity culture, and many papers have simply stopped running book reviews. As a result, during crises in which a strong identity might have saved them, the traditional press has been too willing to surrender itself to the “global online news environment.”

Viewed through an economic lens this may not seem like cause for alarm. After all, newspapers are businesses like any other and they too deserve to face the rigours of ‘creative destruction’ –the Marxian term which Joseph Schumpeter placed at the centre of capitalism’s genius for reinvention and innovation. If fierce competition forces newspapers to adapt to a new environment then something better is likely to emerge." Read more... . external_link

"800 'Mother Trees' As Seed Sources Identified"

Dec. 19, 2010; Manila Bulletin: "MANILA, Philippines – A mining firm in South Cotabato Sunday identified at least 800 “mother trees” in various areas in Mindanao as seed sources for its tree nurseries and reforestation project.

The Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI), contractor of the Tampakan Copper-Gold Mining Project in Tampakan, South Cotabato, said a certain mother tree or seed-bearer is important in the firm’s propagation of quality seedlings for its reforestation project.

Under the Forestry Sector Administrative Order No. 09, a mother tree is 'one selected from among the forest stand from which to gather seeds for propagation purposes'." Read more... . external_link

"Chombo-linked Firm In Lupane Logging Debt"

Dec. 19, 2010; The Standard: "BULAWAYO —- The Lupane Rural District Council (LRDC) has cancelled a timber-logging contract for a company allegedly linked to a cabinet minister over failure to pay royalties amounting to about US$120 000 dating back from last year.

Information gleaned from various sources also show that the council cancelled the timber-logging contract for Platinum Timbers for failure to honour its contractual obligations.

The company won the tender to harvest timber sometime in 2006 after Minister of Local Government, Urban and Rural Development, Ignatious Chombo, allegedly ordered the Lupane Rural District Council (RDC) to grant it a timber concession." Read more... . external_link

"Israel’s Yemin Orde Youth Village Rises From The Ashes: Residents Return To Ruins Of Homes, Classrooms, But Rebuilding Has Already begun"

Dec. 19, 2010; The Media Line: "The first thing they did was run to the sports field to get a good look. The view was shocking. The surrounding Carmel Mountain forest, which had encircled and shaded the Yemin Orde Youth Village, was gone. Just soot and burned trunks remained.

A week after the devastating forest fire raged through the village in the worst natural disaster in Israel’s history, the students were returning. They were this year’s senior class and vanguard of this 57-year-old institution, and they had come first to start picking up the pieces.

Hugging the students as they arrived was Assi Tamayet, an Ethiopian-born teacher, who lived on the village and had stayed behind to try and fight the fire but in vain. His home as well as two dozen houses, classrooms, the library and dormitories went up in flames." Read more... . external_link

"Fears Growing Over Land Grabs: Foreigners Buying Here; Japan May Be Tardy Overseas"

Dec. 18, 2010; The Japan Times: "When the news first broke in June that a Hong Kong-based investor had two years earlier purchased more than 50 hectares of forest in Kucchan, near the Niseko ski resort in Hokkaido, shock waves ran through local residents.

Then in September, the Hokkaido government confirmed that several other parcels covering more than 400 hectares were also in the hands of foreign investors.

Since then, fears have been growing that foreign interests are increasingly buying up aquifers in Hokkaido. "Water is apparently one of their targets, along with lumber. But trees have the ability to absorb carbon dioxide and sustain biodiversity," said Hideki Hirano of the Tokyo Foundation and the chief researcher behind two reports raising alarm bells about the increase in foreign ownership of Japan's forests." Read more... . external_link

"Carmel Forest – Plant Or Wait? Forestry Experts Caution That Best Road To Recovery After Worst Wildfire In Israel's History May Be To Do Nothing And Let Nature Take Its Course; Idea Running Into Resistance"

Dec. 16, 2010; YNet News: "For more than a century, planting trees in this mostly desert land has been an act of almost spiritual importance, starting with those who helped create the State of Israel.

So, the emotional response to the worst wildfire in the country's history, which tore through one of its few natural forests over the weekend and killed 42 people, has been to seek to replant – and donations are pouring in from around the world.

But forestry experts caution that the best road to recovery for the Carmel forest may be to do nothing and let nature take its course – an idea that is running into resistance." Read more... . external_link

"The Smoke From Mount Carmel"

Dec. 16, 2010; Today's Zaman: "When I was alerted to the news that Mount Carmel was burning, I felt true sorrow as I had the good fortune to visit Haifa in 2006 and was able to enjoy the beauty the forests of Mount Carmel offered to visitors. Haifa is indeed, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful cities in the whole Mediterranean.

I did joke with my friends then and likened it to Izmir. In any case, when it became clear that there were dozens of deaths due to the forest fire raging through the mountain hills of Carmel it was clear that a serious ecological and human disaster was at hand. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not hesitate for a moment to extend a helping hand to beat the raging fire. When Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu briefed him on the fire, he immediately ordered our Foreign Ministry to contact its Israeli counterpart and see whether Turkish aid was welcome. As soon as the news arrived that the response was positive, Prime Minister Erdogan ordered Environment and Forestry Minister Veysel Eroglu to immediately send two firefighting aircraft to Israel.

My understanding is that the arrival of the two planes was welcomed in Israel and along with assistance from other countries was instrumental in bringing the fire that ruined that beautiful mountain forest under control. As regrettable and devastating as the fire was for the inhabitants of Mount Carmel, the solidarity shown reminded us that even glimpses of a different region generate hope. Turks have been impacted by the human losses involved. This is because not only have we also suffered from immense forest fires ourselves, but also because of the emergence of a humanitarian concern in the midst of our tense bilateral relations. It is clear that there is an opportunity that needs to be built upon. The Israeli government is aware of what needs to be done to put relations back on track." Read more... . external_link

"After Israeli Fire, A Hands-off Approach To The Forestland"

Dec. 14, 2010; JTA: "JERUSALEM -- Omri Boneh has been in a daze since the massive fire in Israel's Carmel Forest.

The director of the northern region of Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund, Boneh saw decades of the agency’s work destroyed in the four-day inferno, which reduced swaths of the verdant forest in northern Israel to a black, dead landscape. Boneh had personally planted thousands of the trees over a 25-year career as a forester on Mount Carmel.

But Boneh, whose name means “build” in Hebrew, doesn’t want to dwell on the past; he’s already thinking about the future. The first step for rehabilitating the forest, Boneh says, is waiting, allowing nature to take its course. It’s called natural regeneration." Read more... . external_link

"Act Now To Save Forests"

Dec. 14, 2010; The Star Online: "IT is indeed bad news that permits have been issued to log forest reserves in Sabah.

Two statements stand out, one from the Sabah Environmental Protection Association (Sepa) and a reply from the Forestry and Wildlife departments.

The association expressed deep concern that 4,000ha of reserves are targeted for “limited” logging and they worry that allowing logging in a forest will result in the area being degraded to an extent that the authorities will eventually convert it into another oil palm plantation." Read more... . external_link

"Preserving Forests Pays In A Warming World -- Here’s One Way To Pay For Forest Protection"

Dec. 14, 2010; The Star Online: "DEEP in the flooded jungles of southern Borneo, muddy peat oozes underfoot like jello, threatening to consume anyone who tries to walk even a few yards into the thick, steaming forest.

Hard to imagine this brown, gooey stuff could become a new global currency worth billions a year, much less an important tool in the fight against climate change.

Yet this is a new frontier for business, says Bali-based consultant Rezal Kusumaatmadja, and a new way to pay for conservation efforts in a world facing ever more pressure on the land to grow food and extract timber, coal and other resources." Read more... . external_link

"Brazil Cuts Down Illegal Logging In The Amazon"

Dec. 13, 2010; RFID News: "Trees in the Amazon rain forest are being equipped with microchips to record data and cut down on illegal logging, according to a story on Reuters.

The microchip attached to each tree’s base holds data about its location, size and who cut it down. It gives vital information on the tree’s history from the point it was felled to the sawmill that processed and sold the wood.

The tagging system enables buyers to ensure the wood bought from illegal loggers responsible for destroying huge areas of the forest each year." Read more... . external_link

"Hunting Permits Raise Roar"

Dec. 13, 2010; The Star Online: "KOTA KINABALU: Sabah environmental groups are concerned about a move by the state Forestry Department to allow limited logging and hunting activities at selected forest reserves in interior districts.

Sabah Environmental Protection Association president Wong Tack said the department should not allow any form of hunting until they had determined the number of wildlife in the area.

He reminded the state government that there was a dearth of wildlife in forests near settlements." Read more... . external_link

"Investors Exploring Forest Lands"

Dec. 13, 2010; Manila Bulletin: "DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Another set of investors from South Korea has indicated their interest in setting up businesses in the forestry sector and has identified some regions in Mindanao where their factories would be situated, a government official said Monday.

Hardinado Patnugot, regional technical director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Forestry Management Service, said at least 200 hectares of land in Caraga Region, Davao, and Bukidnon have been marketed to the foreign investors during their visit in South Korea.

“They initially wanted to invest in Caraga to set up lumber production plantations,” Patnugot disclosed." Read more... . external_link

"Korean Investors Eyeing Forestry Ventures"

Dec. 13, 2010; Philippine Information Agency: "Sixteen Korean investors are eyeing forestry investments in some areas of Mindanao, specifically Davao and Caraga regions.

Forestry Management Services (FMS) regional technical director Hardinando Patnugot bared these developments after the team's visit in Korea last week.

The FMS office is now preparing investment packages for the estimated 200 hectare in the Davao region." Read more... . external_link

"Less Logs For Japanese Market"

Dec. 13, 2010; FORDAQ: "In the first eight months of 2010, log exports from Sarawak amounted to 2.7 million cu.m. Out of the total log export volume, India took 1.48 million cu.m, China 434,000 cu.m, Taiwan P.o.C 353,000 cu.m, and Japan 250,000 cu.m. The Japanese Lumber Reports (JLR) notes that Japan is no longer the main player in the Southeast Asian log market.

In 2009, log production in Sabah totalled 4.3 million cu.m. This year, production is far less at 1.3 million cu.m in the first six months of 2010. As a result of low supply and aggressive sourcing by Chinese companies, log prices tend to rise. In addition, the rainy season is expected to further curtail log supply, reports JLR.

In Sabah, kapur log prices fetched US$270 per cu.m, up US$2-3 per cu.m from October. Sabah keruing log prices stood at US$247 per cu.m for regular and US$270-280 per cu.m for sawmill quality (diameter 70-80 cm & up)." Read more... . external_link

"Nigeria: A Thriving Wood Business"

Dec. 13, 2010; AllAfrica: "Timber dealers in Jikwoyi's main wood factory cry out to the authorities to assist them in acquiring a more expansive permanent site, as the grounds they are currently on becomes over crowded due to influx of more merchants.

There are about two things the small town is noted for, albeit others may want to argue to the contrary. Jikwoyi, a suburb of the federal capital territory, FCT which is a few kilometers from the popular Nyanya area of the capital city, is noted for a blossoming night life that is equaled only by a few other enclaves.

It is also known by many FCT inhabitants to host a massive wood factory that gives employment to hundreds of residents who live in the area and beyond. The factory which is located along the snaking road that links other suburban areas like Orozo, Pyegi, Karu and Karshi amongst others, is always a beehive of activities on any day of the week." Read more... . external_link

"Streamlining Allocation: It Has To Begin With Segregating Genuine Sawmills From The Sham Ones"

Dec. 13, 2010; Kuensel OnLine: "It is an exiguous resource this timber that has recently raised a ruckus among sawmill owners, wood-based businesses and contractors.

As the country surges into undreamed of construction activities, so has the demand for timber; and agriculture and forests ministry officials feel at sea with this economics.

While Bhutanese contractors, who mostly undertake government projects that prescribe a certain deadline, demand in writing from sawmill owners, who supply the timber that Bhutanese structures require in ample amounts, a statement whenever they were unable to supply the resource." Read more... . external_link

"Warm Praise For Cancun Deal To Stop Logging"

Dec. 13, 2010; Australian Broadcasting Corporation News: "One of the key agreements from the Cancun climate summit is a deal to pay poor countries to stop chopping down their rainforests.

The agreement, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD), was completed at the weekend.

It is still unclear where the funds will come from, but some countries like Norway and Australia are already putting money into Indonesia to stop the destruction of rainforests." Read more... . external_link

"Guyana: Mixed Timber Price Trends"

Dec. 12, 2010; FORDAQ: "During the period under review, there were some exports of greenheart logs in fair and sawmill qualities. Purpleheart log prices remained relatively stable for all qualities while mora log prices were down.

For sawnwood, undressed greenheart prices were favourable for the prime, select and sound qualities. Undressed purpleheart prices slipped while mora prices continued to hold.

Dressed greenheart top-end prices rose from US$890 per cu.m to US$1,450 per cu.m, but the exported volumes were small. Prices for dressed purpleheart remained steady in the period under review." Read more... . external_link

"High-yielding Trees To Be Planted In 15 Districts"

Dec. 12, 2010; The Times Of India: "LUCKNOW: To plant high-quality tree-species in state is the priority of forest department. There is an increase in the demand for timber but it could not be met. There is a growing deficit due to lesser supply of timber. The high-yielding types like sheesham and teak are being planted in several districts to bridge the gap.

The biotic pressure on forests in state is constantly rising. There is also a big section of population dependent on forests for their livelihood.

The state is already running a Joint Forest Management (JFM) scheme to incorporate this section of population in the active management of forest." Read more... . external_link

"Luck To Determine Allotment: Against Their Will, Sawmillers Decide To Settle For NRDCL Deal"

Dec. 12, 2010; Kuensel OnLine: "Bhutanese contractors and sawmillers have suggested numerous ways to ensure that timber, in short supply from booming construction activities today, was made available.

From a free market to unrestricted auctioning to permissions to fell more trees, they suggested all.

Ignoring them all, the natural resource development corporation has begun a lucky-dip system instead." Read more... . external_link

"Arkhangelsk Timber Yard Crying Out For Help"

Dec. 09, 2010; Barents Nova: "The settlement of Brevennik (population - 10,000 people, Arkhangelsk region) is on the brink of bankruptcy. The only local bread-winner, timber yard # 23, may be sold out as a bulk of scrap metal because of inflexible bank creditors.

The timber yard has been recently modernized and has proper assets for work and production, still its activities are frozen by the bank Rossiysky Kapital.

'In 2008 we fully modernized our facilities, says the yard director, Aleksander Vantsov, to Rusnord. With the help of foreign investors and bank funds we constructed a new plant and furnished it with new equipment to become one of the leaders in Arkhangelsk in the sphere of timber. The plant was expected to employ over 500 people. Unfortunately, the global crisis destroyed the timber market for a whole year. We had to reorganize our credit from Rossiysky Kapital bank that helped us purchase 30% of our new equipment (200 mln RUB). Instead of restructuring the yard's debts, the bank insisted on immediate payback despite the fact that the bank has received 8 bln RUB from Russian Gvt to restructure the debts of the companies like ours, says Vantsov. According to him, the company would pay back all the credit within two years of work, but it is now paralyzed by the bank'." Read more... . external_link

"New Logging Methods Protect Jaguars"

Dec. 09, 2010; World News Report: "One of the topics of the U.N. climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, centered on a new approach to logging in Mexican jungles that is protecting jaguars and other endangered species.

Using a new system referred to as community forest management, land ownership is given to local villagers so that they harvest timber more conscientiously and damage the forest less than industrial loggers.

In the attempt to create sustainable forestry, part of the climate talks were aimed at creating incentive for native foresters to log carefully since rampant deforestation releases dangerous amounts of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere." Read more... . external_link

"Forest Deal Pending, May Be Stalled By Other Issues: REDD Is Ripe For The Picking In Cancun"

Dec. 08, 2010; The Nature Conservancy: "CANCUN, MEXICO - Countries are poised to adopt an agreement to protect forests worldwide at the UN climate change talks in Cancun. With three days left in the 16th meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the conference is considering decisions to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) and to increase forests in rich countries.

“REDD is the lowest hanging fruit for a positive outcome in Cancun,” said Duncan Marsh, international climate change policy director for The Nature Conservancy. “There is an impressive level of consensus around a very solid agreement.”

Momentum for forests is building outside the negotiations as well. Today, Mexican President Felipe Calderón is presenting the country’s vision for REDD, including a newly announced regional partnership between the three states of the Yucatan Peninsula, where The Nature Conservancy works with communal forests called ejidos. The three other project sites will be in Jalisco, Chiapas and the Cutzamala Basin, where Mexico City gets 30 percent of its water." Read more... . external_link

"Forest Preservation Is Opportunity For UEA To Offset Emissions"

Dec. 08, 2010; The National: "While the climate change negotiations in Cancun are unlikely to result in a global cap on greenhouse gas emissions, forward motion is possible in many key areas. Among them, forest preservation is the brightest spot for progress in what has now become a very dreary policy forecast.

For wealthy nations like the United Arab Emirates, forest preservation provides an opportunity to offset emissions in a significant way. While the recent focus has been on carbon capture and storage technologies, the UAE might also explore this method of shrinking its carbon footprint - which has been singled out as the largest in the world per capita." Read more... . external_link

"The Missing Delegate at Cancun: Indigenous Peoples"

Dec. 08, 2010; National Geographic: "Forest set-asides are at the heart of the United Nations' climate negotiations, but a Native American restoration specialist says it will get the wrong people out of the woods.

As nearly 200 delegates gather at the Conference of the Parties in Cancun, Mexico, writer Dennis Martinez points out that Indigenous peoples and their advocates have no official seat among nations, and yet have experienced the worst impacts of climate change. To solve the problem, delegates of the wealthy nations have a climate-mitigation plan of choice -- carbon offsets embodied in a program called Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD). But for healthy and stable ecosystems, Martinez finds that it fails to measure up to an overlooked method: continued indigenous stewardship.

This essay by Dennis Martinez is part of a two-part series on REDD and indigenous communities produced by the media NGO Project Word, and featuring a companion story by Ruxandra Guidi." Read more... . external_link

"South Africa To Host The World Forestry Congress"

Dec. 08, 2010; BuaNews: "PRETORIA - For the first time in its 85-year history, the World Forestry Congress by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations is to be hosted on African soil.

The congress, to be held in 2015, will be hosted by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on behalf of the South African government at the Durban International Convention Centre.

The first World Forestry Congress was held in Rome in 1926 and has generally taken place every six years since then." Read more... . external_link

"Indonesia's Billion-Dollar Climate Experiment: Can Rich Nations Pay A Corruption-Riddled Government To Protect Its Rainforests?"

Dec. 07, 2010; Slate Magazine: "On a humid afternoon in Sungai Tohor, a coastal village in Sumatra's Riau province, 50 or so men are packed into a town-hall conference room.

They sit in neat rows of blue plastic chairs, many clad in knee-high rubber boots, loose-fitting polo shirts, and baggy pants—the casual uniform of an Indonesian farmer.

Women and children peer in through open windows and doors. There's excitement in the air, thanks to a gaggle of visiting journalists and enviros who have come to discuss the fate of the village—and a way of life now under siege." Read more... . external_link

"Forest Carbon Market Faces Bolivian Barrier at UN Climate Talks"

Dec. 06, 2010; Bloomberg: "Bolivia is objecting to the creation of a United Nations carbon market that would allow richer nations to offset their greenhouse gas emissions by protecting forests in developing countries.

The Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation program would set out how to measure forest carbon stocks and how to fund their protection. It builds on UN draft decisions that allow for the use of carbon markets to reduce emissions. Bolivia says it doesn’t want the market mechanisms influencing what’s done in forests." Read more... . external_link

"Israeli Leaders Criticized For Handling Of Deadly Forest Fire"

Dec. 05, 2010; The Toronto Globe and Mail: "Israeli officials came under sharp criticism Sunday for their handling of the country's deadliest wildfire ever, prompting critics to ask whether the nation's leaders can cope with more serious challenges, like rocket attacks and a nuclear-armed Iran.

Israelis have been riveted to round-the-clock coverage of the blaze, which has claimed 41 lives and devastated one of the few forests in this arid country. The site of bumbling leaders and overwhelmed rescuers turning to the outside world for help sparked anger." Read more... . external_link

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