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GFIS - Sat, 21/10/2017 - 06:16

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A BC-Specific Species and Eco-Systems at Risk Legislation– An Opportunity for Policy Innovation

GFIS - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 23:54

Premier Horgan has tasked Environment Minister George Heyman to develop a new species at risk legislation for British Columbia. Coast Forest Products Association believes this creates an opportunity to generate made-in-BC policies and legislation which will account for the social, environmental and economic interests of British Columbians while managing species at risk. Coastal companies have a long history of science-based, responsible habitat management for species …

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COFI Announces Winners of Second Annual Forestry Photo Contest

GFIS - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 19:16

Vancouver, B.C. – The BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI), with media partner Canadian Forest Industries (CFI) Magazine today announced the winners of the 2017 Forestry Photo Contest. “For this year’s contest, we really wanted to showcase the significance of the forest industry to the people and communities throughout B.C.,” said Susan Yurkovich, President and […]

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Schweighofer Group focuses on its core business and sells its subsidiary Schweighofer Fiber GmbH to TowerBrook Capital Partners | 20 Oct 2017

International Forest Industries - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 15:23
  • TowerBrook plans future investments to further expand the mill’s capacities
  • Jörg Harbring continues as Managing Director – the ownership change will not affect the employees
  • In 2011 Schweighofer Group acquired unprofitable pulp mill in Hallein – invested more than EUR 60 million, thus securing 250 jobs and creating a profitable company with future growth potential
  • The Schweighofer Group enhances its focus on its core business of wood processing

The Schweighofer Group, one of Europe’s leading timber processing companies, focuses on its core business of wood processing and sells its subsidiary Schweighofer Fiber GmbH in Hallein, Austria. The closing of the transaction was on 12 September 2017. The company specialising in the production of viscose pulp is listed amongst the most profitable of the “Top 250” companies in Austria.

Schweighofer Fiber was acquired by TowerBrook Capital Partners, a company focusing on investing in medium-sized enterprises with future-oriented products. Jörg Harbring, who has served as the company’s Managing Director since 2004, will remain in his position and stands for the company’s continued development.

Internationally successful pulp dissolving mill The Schweighofer Group acquired the then unprofitable paper pulp mill in 2011. Following the clear strategic aim of developing an internationally successful dissolving pulp plant, Schweighofer invested a total of EUR 60 million to enable the production of viscose pulp. The new products were first sold at the beginning of 2013. Under the guidance of the Schweighofer Group, Schweighofer Fiber GmbH quickly managed its turnaround, securing 250 jobs. Today Schweighofer Fiber GmbH is among the most profitable 250 companies in Austria. The main market for viscose pulp is Asia where the products manufactured from local spruce in Hallein are heavily sought after.

Success story Hallein Gerald Schweighofer: “The pulp dissolving mill in Hallein is a success story in every aspect. We acquired the mill when it was in a difficult situation. Due to substantial investments we were able to render the mill profitable, thus securing the site and its employees. By doing so, we have clearly demonstrated our principle of combining economic, social and ecologic responsibility. The decision to sell this profitable production site is purely strategic: We will focus entirely on our core business of wood processing while resting assured that the plant in Hallein is well taken care of”.

 

Background information:
Viscose pulp dissolving mill Hallein: 1890
Founding of the cellulose factory “The Kellner-Partington Paper Pulp Co. Ltd.“

1917 – 1979       Norwegian era under the ownership of BORREGAARD

1979 – 1995       Hallein Papier AG under the ownership of the German PWA and the Austrian Länderbank

1995 – 1999       PWA taken over by the Swedish SCA and operative incorporation of the plant into SCA FINE PAPER

1999 – 2000       Refounding of MODO PAPER AB with the fine paper divisions of the Swedish groups SCA and MoDo

2000      Modo Paper AB sold to the Finnish group METSÄ-SERLA and plant incorporated into the “Industrial printing paper” division

2001      Name changes to M-real Corporation and M-real Hallein AG

2009      Paper production suspended

2011      Sale of the company to the Schweighofer Group

2012 – 2013        Conversion of the pulp mill to enable production of viscose

Employees: 240 employees
Plant size: 32 ha
Revenues 2016: EUR 143 mn
Investments 2012/2013: EUR 60 mn Pulp
Dissolving capacity: 150,000 tons p.a.
Wood consumption for pulp production: 900,000 cbm

Schweighofer Group The Schweighofer Group has its roots in a traditional Austrian family company with over 400 years of experience in wood processing. Today, the Group is primarily active in the wood processing industry but also in dissolving pulp production, forest management, bioenergy production and real estate. The industry division of the Schweighofer Group operates three sawmills and two wooden panel productions in Romania, one saw mill in Germany and a dissolving pulp production in Austria. It takes a leading role in the European timber-processing industry, currently employing around 3,500 employees. Holzindustrie Schweighofer exports products to over 70 countries worldwide

For further information please contact:
Thomas Huemer Head of Corporate Communications
Tel: +43 1 585 68 62 -24
E-mail: thomas.huemer@schweighofer.at

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Logged tropical rainforests still support biodiversity even when the heat is on

GFIS - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 15:22
Tropical rainforests continue to buffer wildlife from extreme temperatures even after logging, a new study has revealed.

One million trees to be planted on forest lands with regeneration difficulties | 20 Oct 2017

International Forest Industries - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 15:09

A multiannual project developed by the Association of Forest Administrators (AFA) and the “Ștefan cel Mare” University of Suceava with the support of Holzindustrie Schweighofer:

•7 years of planting and aftercare (from 2017 to 2024)
•One million trees to be planted
•Over one million euros invested
•The first planting operation will take place in November 2017
•An initiative open to private & community forest owners, and to the general public

The Association of Forest Administrators (AFA) and ”Ștefan cel Mare” University of Suceava, with the support of Holzindustrie Schweighofer, will help private and community forest owners regenerate degraded forest surfaces all over Romania in the next 7 years. Tomorrow`s Forest replanting project will have a strong positive impact on local communities actively involved in it, by substantially contributing to the conservation of forest resources, to the prevention of erosion, landslides and floods in the respective areas.

Tomorrow’s Forest responds to an urgent need for reforestation on private or local administrations’ properties. Forest lands were restituted in several stages and various situations have led to forest degradation in some cases. Subsidies are in place for afforestation of degraded agricultural land but not for replanting on such areas.

AAP will manage the replanting and aftercare works and University of Suceava will support the selection and replanting process on a scientific basis. Holzindustrie Schweighofer will provide project management, funding, volunteers, community outreach, and the educational component of the project and will contribute over 1 million euro for the flawless implementation of the project.

The replanting project is open to any private forest owner and village/city hall. Proposals can be submitted via www.padureademaine.ro, a platform where potential applicants and any stakeholders can find detailed information, the methodology and progress.

Replanting in forests administered by private forest management units takes place on about four thousand hectares each year. We’re launching Tomorrow`s Forest to address particular situations encountered in our activity, where forest owners, for various reasons, lack the capacity to regenerate their forests. – Dorel Fechete, Executive Director of AAP

I believe that if we want to change something and it is in our power to do so, not only we should do it, we have to do it. This is what responsibility is about and we have to start somewhere. What better start than planting seedlings, new lives that will shape future forests. It is our duty towards today’s forest and tomorrow’s generation. – Ciprian Palaghianu, Project Director from the “Ștefan cel Mare” University of Suceava, Forestry Faculty.

We need to replant now so that future generations get the environmental, social and economic benefits from those forests that will take decades to mature. Tomorrow’s Forest will cover all Romanian regions and planting will be done in order to restore natural forest vegetation in the selected areas. – said Ionuț Apostol, project manager.

We are committed to sustainable forestry in Romania and therefore actively support Tomorrow`s Forest, as a project that will help degraded land become forests again – says Dan Bănacu, General Manager, Holzindustrie Schweighofer Romania.

Replanting will take place in spring and/or autumn each year depending on locations, species an weather conditions while aftercare operations will continue for several years in all selected locations.

 

AAP background information
AAP is a non-governmental, apolitical, non-profit organization, the professional association of the forest administrators. The association was established in 2004 and it was granted public utility status in 2015. The members of the association are 104 private forest management units. The forest districts in the Association manage 1.5 million hectares of forest fund, property of local administrations (64%), legal persons (30%) and individuals (6%).

The “Stefan cel Mare” University of Suceava background information
The Forestry Faculty at the Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava has forestry science and research as its main fields of activity. The institution prepares forestry engineers for forest management, wood exploitation and transportation, primary industrialization and wood harvesting. The Forestry Faculty in Suceava is very active in scientific research and it develops numerous research projects on a national and European level, acting as a founding member of the European Forest Institute’s Regional Center for Central and Eastern Europe

Holzindustrie Schweighofer background information
The Schweighofer Group has its roots in a traditional Austrian family company with over 400 years of experience in wood processing. Today, the Group is primarily active in the wood processing industry, forest management, energy production from biomass and real estate. The industry division of the Schweighofer Group operates three sawmills and two wooden panel productions in Romania and a saw mill in Germany. It takes a leading role in the European timber-processing industry, currently employing around 3,500 employees. Holzindustrie Schweighofer exports products to over 70 countries worldwide.

For further information, please contact:
Ionuț Apostol, Project Manager
T: +40 372 422 717
M: +40 729 440 999
contact@padureademaine.ro

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Drones, IT and 3-D images to assist Komatsu | 20 Oct 2017

International Forest Industries - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 14:30

Building machinery maker Komatsu will bring its “smart” construction know-how into forestry operations, harnessing both drones and information and communication technology-equipped logging machines to improve efficiency by about 10 times.

Verification testing on the so-called “smart forestry” concept has recently started in central Japanese prefecture of Ishikawa. Images of a forest taken in 3-D by a drone will help analyze the concentration of trees, as well as their height and locations. While managing the terrain and machinery data via the cloud, Komatsu’s harvester — a hydraulic excavator with logging and delimbing functions — will be deployed to fell trees.

The mechanization of surveying and logging operations that have hitherto been done manually will contribute to labour saving. In the past, it took a day to survey a hectare of land, a task that involved four to five workers. A drone could finish the same process in half a day, and only one worker — who will control the vehicle — would be needed.

The logging process, which now requires more than 10 workers, would only need one worker under the smart forestry concept, meaning the new system would boost the efficiency of each task by around 10 times.

Komatsu is working to put the system into practical application as early as possible because: “Even though many manmade forests reach the perfect time for timber harvest, logging often does not proceed due to the labour shortage in Japan,” said Kiyoshi Mizuhara, a Komatsu senior executive officer.

In Europe, which pioneered the mechanisation of forestry operations, Komatsu will bolster the ICT functions for forestry machinery. The company plans to expand the productivity improvement services and maintenance contracts for forestry companies using the MaxiFleet service which manages data on machine’s operational status.

Source: asia.nikkei.com

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Global Land Outlook - working paper on energy and land

GFIS - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 12:44
Focali researcher Göran Berndes is one of the main authors of the Global Land Outlook working paper on energy and land use - one in a series focusing on the land-energy nexus. This paper identifies and compares the land impact of all terrestrial energy forms and provide recommendations on how to deliver a sustainable global energy system - hectare by hectare.

Colour marking of the wood is one part of many in the harvesting process | 20 Oct 2017

International Forest Industries - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 10:56

As colour marking is the foundation for delivering the right products to the sawmill and to minimise wastage, it is important that the paint is of the right quality. Komatsu CM has shown many advantages over competing brands in performance tests.

Colour marking facilitates the handling of the processed wood and is a prerequisite for the correct product being delivered to the sawmills. The quality of the paint is also an important prerequisite for this process to go smoothly and that no wood will go to waste.

An important factor is the colour intensity, where alcohol-based paints have a relatively low intensity while glycol-based paints have a medium intensity – both types, however, have problems with the colour spreading easily over the cut surface. Komatsu CM on the other hand, which is a water-based product, has a high intensity while the paint does not spread over the cut surface. This leads to clearer and more visible markings that help the operator while reducing colour consumption.

Something that can affect the final price of the product is if the paint has penetrated the wood and thus destroyed parts of it. Paint based on both alcohol and glycol have problems with the paint easily penetrating too deep into the wood, causing a lot of wastage for sawmills. Komatsu CM only adheres to the top layer of the wood, about 2-4 mm, resulting in a better end product. Another advantage is that Komatsu CM does not cause any corrosion, which is usually a problem with alcohol and glycol-based paints.

For both the environment at large and the operator’s work environment it is very important what the paint consists of. Glycol is hazardous to health while methanol belongs to the group of chemicals that are toxic alternatively can cause serious or long term health damage. Komatsu CM, on the other hand, is water-based with additives used in the food industry. It lacks warning signs all together and is completely harmless to humans and to the environment.

Overall, the tests show that Komatsu CM has great advantages in terms of quality and environment. The characteristics of the paint mean that consumption is lower compared to other brands, while improving the performance. In conclusion, Komatsu CM provides a good end product, something that both operators and machine owners as well as sawmills profit from.

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New Log Max dealer for Finland | 20 Oct 2017

International Forest Industries - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 10:41

Ove Ljungqvist (on the right in the photo) will assume the responsability for marketing, support and service of Log Max Harvesting heads and accessories in Finland

For sales and service, contacts are as follows;
Ove Ljungqvist
Solf Ängsväg 236
64 450 Solf Finland

For more information:
Lars Strömsund, +46 70 347 65 74
Ove Ljunqvist, +358 500 169 037

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Leadership transition to build on CIFOR’s success and impact

GFIS - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 09:59
Bogor (Indonesia), October 20, 2017 After five years as Director General for the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Peter...

Calls for help: Bialowieza–the last wild forest in Europe

GFIS - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 07:33

By Jan Carl Matysiak* It is a rare outstanding forest with an innumerable number of over 100 year old trees. It is one of the last places where you can find free roaming wisent. And it is the very last primeval forest in Europe. Bialowieza is on the border of Poland and Belarus. So you can only be left speechless when you hear Jan Szyszko Poland’s environmental minister. He stated ”The Białowieża forest was granted UNESCO natural heritage status illegally. …

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Role of women in sustainable conservation and local economic development celebrated in Bac Kan, Viet Nam

GFIS - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 07:00
Bac Kan, Viet Nam, 20th October 2017—National Women’s Day is an important date on the Vietnamese calendar when the contributions of women to their families and the local community are celebrated.

African Americans in Palm Springs neighborhood want ‘racist’ row of trees gone

GFIS - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 06:45

In Palm Springs, a row of tamarisk trees separates the Crossley Tracts, a historically black neighborhood, from a city golf course.

Innovative Pre-Fabricated Engineered Bamboo Houses

GFIS - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 06:05

New solutions for pre-fabricated engineered bamboo house design in China hopes to set the tone for future green construction. The house design, which was managed by INBAR’s long-term partner the International Centre for Bamboo and Rattan (ICBR), uses lightweight steel frames as load-bearing components, with bamboo-based panels as building enclosures, such as walls and roofs. […]

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Event: 2017 Sustainable Development Transition Forum (SDTF)

GFIS - Thu, 19/10/2017 - 23:14
The 2017 SDTF will build on the 2016 SDTF outcomes and insights and help create a bridge between the 2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and the 2018 HLPF. The event will also consider the sub-set of Goals that will be reviewed at HLPF 2018: SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), SDG 12 (Responsible Production and Consumption), and SDG 15 (Life on Land). The 2017 SDTF will include sessions focused on: Towards Sustainable Societies; Mainstreaming and Monitoring the SDGs; SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities; SDGs and Finance Transformation Towards Resilient Societies; and Exploring the SDG Nexus.

Brazilian Amazon lost 660,000 hectares of forest in last year

GFIS - Thu, 19/10/2017 - 18:07

Temer government claimed a victory as deforestation rate declines slightly, but green groups said announcement was no cause for celebration

The post Brazilian Amazon lost 660,000 hectares of forest in last year appeared first on Climate Home - climate change news.

Climate Mitigation Finance Update: First Emerging Economy Green Bond, Large Scale Forest Restoration in Amazonia

GFIS - Thu, 19/10/2017 - 17:47
Fiji has issued the first emerging market sovereign green bond. A multi-stakeholder partnership has announced a reforestation project aiming to restore 30,000 hectares of degraded Amazonian forest land by 2023. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has announced several sustainable energy projects in Egypt, Morocco, and Serbia. The European Investment Bank and the International Solar Alliance have announced a Joint Declaration to mobilize finance to develop and deploy affordable solar energy in solar rich countries.

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