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Event: IUCN World Conservation Congress

GFIS - 4 hours 57 min ago
The 2020 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress will be held in Marseille, France. The last Congress convened in 2016 in Hawai'i, US, and was attended by approximately 10,000 participants from 192 countries. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of outcomes from the 2016 Congress is here.

Discussing bamboo, BARC and Europe

GFIS - 5 hours 23 min ago

Representatives from INBAR Member states and European countries attended INBAR’s final pre-Congress event 24 May 2017 – Embassy representatives from Member states of INBAR and the European Union, including the Ambassadors for Burundi and Cameroon, were among those attending an event on ‘Bamboo, Rattan and the SDGs: the road to the Global Bamboo and Rattan […]

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When the dinosaurs died, so did forests -- and tree-dwelling birds

GFIS - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 20:17
Sixty-six million years ago, the world burned. An asteroid crashed to Earth with a force one million times larger than the largest atomic bomb, causing the extinction of the dinosaurs. But dinosaurs weren't the only ones that got hit hard -- in a new study, scientists learned that the planet's forests were decimated, leading to the extinction of tree-dwelling birds.

UNGA Adopts Resolution on Global Environment Pact

GFIS - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 19:10
By the resolution, UNGA requests the Secretary-General to submit a report that identifies and assesses possible gaps in international environmental law and environment-related instruments. It also decides to establish a working group to consider that report and discuss possible options, which may include the convening of an intergovernmental conference to adopt an international instrument.

Stakeholders Make Recommendations for HLPF 2018, SDG Implementation

GFIS - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 19:05
The UN Secretariat has compiled the executive summaries of discussion papers submitted by Major Groups and Other Stakeholders for the 2018 HLPF. The note includes contributions from: Women; Children and Youth; NGOs; Local Authorities; Workers and Trade Unions; Business and Industry; Scientific and Technological Community; the Education and academia stakeholder group; Persons with disabilities; Volunteer groups; Older persons; Asia-Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism (AP-RCEM); and Together 2030. Children and Youth request agreement on a universal protocol on plastics, “building on the work of UN Environment Assembly."

Without forests, our mother earth could not exist

GFIS - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 16:10
Light in the Forest by Fabio Bercorpi is this month’s photo in the spotlight. This beautiful image rewarded Fabio with a runner up position in our 2017 ‘Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ photo contest. Tell us about the photo I took this photo during a misty morning. It...

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Winner: Grand Chief Herb Norwegian awarded Glen Davis Conservation Leadership Prize

GFIS - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 15:37
World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada) and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) are honoured to announce that unparalleled conservation leader Grand Chief Herb Norwegian, 66, of Dehcho First Nations is the winner of the 2018 $10,000 Glen Davis Conservation Leadership Prize.

SNS-Nordgen Forest scholarships: The full list

GFIS - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 15:09
Here is the full list of the funded activities this year! SNS and NordGen Forest have decided who will get the scholarships this year.   Every year SNS and NordGen Forest scholarships funds activities that contribute to common Nordic benefit by supporting education, continuing education and knowledge exchange for persons…

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GFIS - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 14:38

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GFIS - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 13:09

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Norway at loggerheads with DR Congo over forest protection payments

GFIS - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 11:52

International donors have frozen funding to conserve the world's second largest rainforest, with the DRC environment minister said to have gone "rogue"

The post Norway at loggerheads with DR Congo over forest protection payments appeared first on Climate Home News.

China's Belt & Road is "Environmentally Riskiest Venture Ever"

GFIS - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 04:43

Investors worldwide are in a feeding frenzy — revolving around China’s Belt & Road scheme to push massive infrastructure and extractive industries across 70 nations spanning half of the planet.

Not one person in a thousand understands what this gambit will involve. 

In an interview published yesterday, ALERT director Bill Laurance argues that this is the environmentally riskiest venture ever undertaken

The interview is here.  It takes 2 minutes to read. 

Laurance also did a brief podcast yesterday on the Belt & Road.  If it doesn't alarm you, then you don't have a pulse.

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We need your help to spread the word globally.  These are the URLs.  Please send them to anyone who'd be interested.

Interview: https://nexusmedianews.com/chinas-global-infrastructure-initiative-could-be-an-environmental-catastrophe-25a40e2d1000

Podcast: http://thesustainabilityagenda.com/episode-45-shocking-detrimental-environmental-impact-chinas-belt-road-intiative-interview-professor-bill-laurancedistinguished-research-professor-james-cook-university/

We only have the briefest window of time to slow this charging behemoth.

OFO donates timber to St Mary’s

GFIS - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 02:17
The team at OneFortyOne Wood Products was delighted to help Boandik St Mary’s recently with their fundraising efforts by donating assorted timber cut-offs from the Jubilee Highway Sawmill. Source: Timberbiz The donated timber has been crafted into handmade children’s furniture and toys and sold by the fundraising committee to the public, with the sale proceeds used for the benefit of residents and staff at St Mary’s. “When Boandik St Mary’s contacted us, we were more than happy to help. It is good to see our local timber offcuts being used to support an important community facility,” OFO’s Jubilee Sawmill Site Manager, Paul Hartung said. Boandik’s Karen Osborne said: “We have raised over $40,000 in the past 8-9 years through our volunteer fundraising group. The money raised has directly supported residents and staff by purchasing items such as nursing equipment, palliative equipment, garden seating and mobility items, just to name a few.” Boandik has furniture maker and master craftsman Syd Mahoney on hand to craft the various items. Syd’s wife is a resident of St Mary’s and he has been part of the wood working project for a couple of years making children’s furniture, toys and bird houses to order. “Thanks to the support of OFO and the other companies who donate to our project, we are able to put 100% of the profits back into Boandik St Mary’s,” said Ms Osborne.

Environmental standards may lead to use of consultants

GFIS - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 02:17
The launch of environmental standards in New Zealand for plantation forestry will ensure uniformity across councils, but may lead to an increase in the use of consultants. Sources: Otago Daily Times, New Zealand Herald, Southern Rural Life Rural consultants and rare galaxiids could benefit from the new National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NESPF) introduced on 1 May. Farm Forestry New Zealand president Neil Cullen said the standards had taken seven years to come into effect. The requirements were “not onerous” but it would probably mean farmers would more likely use consultants to manage their harvest. “The NESPF was initiated by large forestry corporates who were dealing with about 30 different councils, all which had different rules,” Mr Cullen said. “They wanted a standard set of rules throughout the country and it is beneficial in that respect.” “Returns from forestry are very good and I don’t think the new requirements are going to add that much to the costs.” he said. He said the standards would impact farmers wishing to harvest or plant plantations. The standards included risk assessment calculators for erosion, wilding conifers and fish spawning. The Otago Regional Council has some tougher rules than those outlined by the standards, especially when dealing with rare galaxiids that live in many of the streams in the region. Farmers must use a fishing spawning indicator, available on the MPI website, which determines if rare galaxiids, eels and other waterlife will be affected. “There are rules about stream crossings and culverts, which have to be fish-friendly. In some places where the galaxiids survive upstream, it is because culverts are set higher and do not allow trout through [which eat the galaxiids],” Mr Cullen said. The standards also covered afforestation, pruning and thinning, earthworks, forestry quarrying, harvesting, mechanical land preparation and replanting. “When harvesting, they have to have a harvest management plan available for the Otago Regional Council if they ask for one.” A harvest plan looks at areas such as access, impact on waterways and earthworks effects on the environment. “If planning a new forest, farmers have to use the wilding pine calculator on the Ministry of Primary Industries’ website to calculate the risk of wildings before planting.” There was also an erosion susceptibility calculator, which determined how prone a specific area was to erosion. “That does not really affect Otago and Southland, as we haven’t got any highly erodable country down here.” A NESPF workshop will be held at Rosebank Lodge in Balclutha on 29 May from 9am to noon.

Optimising fire resistance in timber

GFIS - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 02:16
Boss Fire & Safety, has released a whitepaper Optimising fire resistance in timber for interior applications that discusses the importance of internal materials in terms of fire hazards and standards. Source: Timberbiz Timber is conventionally thought of as a material best suited for use in structural applications or as external cladding. However, the recent popularity of the ‘Scandinavian’ (or ‘natural’) aesthetic has seen an increasing use of timber in decorative or architectural applications. The most popular examples of this are the decorative use of cross-laminate timber (ClT), and the use of timber panels as wall or ceiling linings. Before specifying timber for interior applications, a number of factors must be considered. Crucially, timber that is used as a wall or ceiling lining is subject to a number of fire-resistance standards which, while different to the standards for structural or exterior use, are just as stringent. While fire performance for structural or exterior timber is oriented toward resistance to heat sources and preventing the spread of fire along the building envelope, fire performance for interior timber has a different focus. Timber used as a wall or ceiling lining must limit the internal spread of fire and inhibit the production of smoke. Performance in this regard is measured as a combination of three key indices: resistance to ignition, ability to limit or stop the spread of flames, and minimisation of smoke production. In this whitepaper, Boss Fire & Safety explains the fire-resistance standards that must be satisfied before timber can be deemed suitable for interior application as a wall or ceiling lining. The company also discusses how timber can be optimised for maximum performance in this regard. A copy of the whitepaper is available on their website www.bossfire.com.au  

Mark Thomson responsible for judging architecture in Amsterdam

GFIS - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 02:15
Award-winning Brisbane eco-architect Mark Thomson and Responsible Wood Director has been appointed to the international judging panel at the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam, the world’s largest global gathering of the architectural elite. Source: Timberbiz The festival, dedicated to celebrating, sharing and inspiring outstanding architecture, is the only architecture event where keynote talks from the industry’s most influential figures sit alongside live judging presentations from more than 500 award finalists. The festival is on from 28-30 November in the Netherlands’ capital and attracts more than 2000 of the world’s most senior architects and clients and includes an international product exhibition. The event this year introduces for the first time a Best Use of Certified Timber Prize awarded for completed buildings and supported by the Program for Endorsement for Forest Certification. Mark Thomson, a director of Responsible Wood, founded Eco Effective Solutions in 2010 and has undertaken architectural refurbishment projects and environmental consulting over a wide range of built project types. He has a national reputation for championing sustainable design and development as a practising architect, commercial interior designer and environmental consultant. He is the immediate past president of the Australian Green Development Forum, a faculty member of the Green Building Council of Australia and was formerly the corporate sustainability principal for the Schiavello Group of companies, Australia’s largest commercial furniture systems manufacturer and construction organisation. In the certified timber contest, a special jury, including a PEFC representative, will identify entries that have used certified timber in an innovative, educational or artistic manner. “Certified timber provides architects confidence that their specified timber has been sourced from sustainably managed forests and best practice supply-chain organisations,” PEFC CEO and secretary-general Ben Gunneberg said. Short-listed architects will be contacted to confirm that the timber specified and used in the project originates from certified sources demonstrating leadership in sustainable design. The winner will be announced at the festival dinner on 30 November.

Hermal is a shot in the arm for Tasmania

GFIS - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 02:14
So far, more than 500 people and businesses have shown interest in the Hermal Group’s $190 million Cross Laminated Plantation timber mill and production facility to be built in Tasmania. Source: Timberbiz There have been 350 inquires about employment opportunities at the mill, and 150 businesses who have offered to help complete work on the project. The ground-breaking project gives a significant boost to business confidence in the region and the forestry industry. Once complete, the new facility will be Australia’s largest plantation-based hardwood mill and the first ever hardwood cross-laminated production plant. It was announced last week that the 80-hectare facility will be located in Hampshire, in Tasmania’s North-West. The Hermal Group has advised that they will lodge a Development Application with the Burnie City Council and the company has committed to an open and transparent approach to the regulatory process. This will involve information sessions with the local community. The Hodgman Liberal Government has given its full support to this game-changing project and the hundreds of jobs it will provide in the North-West. The government will also provide a $13 million grant and training support, and a loan of up to $30 million will also be available for the project.


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