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Event: IUFRO 2018 Posadas

GFIS - 5 hours 7 min ago
The IUFRO 2018 Posadas Conference on 'Adaptive Management for Forested Landscapes in transformation' will highlight the accelerated environmental changes in this era of the Anthropocene. The Conference will address issues arising from the transformation of forests in response to the pressures of globalization, population growth, resource scarcity and ecological degradation. It will also discuss how biodiversity is essential to human well-being, and the loss of species and degradation of ecosystems, as well as the status of the achievement of global goals on biodiversity. The Conference will also consider the ecological, economic, and functional values of landscapes with a view to improving planning and decision-making; and operational solutions that can reconcile biodiversity conservation in the light of increasing demands on natural resources and land.

New group forms to focus on watershed, forest restoration

GFIS - 5 hours 27 min ago

A new group has formed to address possible progress for watershed and forest restoration and the private industries tied to those projects.

Trial Landscapes Investment and Finance Toolkit Launched

GFIS - Tue, 23/01/2018 - 18:14
EcoAgriculture Partners and IUCN Netherlands have launched a trial version of the Landscape Investment and Finance Toolkit (LIFT), aimed at helping multi-stakeholder platforms access financing for integrated landscape management plans. The toolkit comprises a set of three modules that guide users through the process of defining, developing, and finding finance for their landscape priorities.

Follow our social media posts of the “International Symposium on the Promotion of Deforestation-Free Global Supply Chains to Contribute to Halting Deforestation”

GFIS - Tue, 23/01/2018 - 16:00
As the “International Symposium on the Promotion of Deforestation-Free Global Supply Chains to Contribute to Halting Deforestation” is underway follow our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter postings on the developments of this important event co-organized by ITTO; the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), which aims at increasing the understanding of deforestation-free supply chains, disseminating good practices by the private sector in Japan and elsewhere towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and scaling up zero-deforestation initiatives.

Canadian lumber production up 1.2% in October 2017 | 23 Jan 2018

International Forest Industries - Tue, 23/01/2018 - 12:34

Canada’s lumber production rose 6.3% from September to 5 991.0 thousand cubic metres of lumber in October. Production was 1.2% higher than in October 2016, reports Statistics Canada.

Sawmills shipped 5 884.0 thousand cubic metres of lumber in October, up 1.1% from September and 0.3% higher than in October 2016.

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Terex Ecotec making strides in Ireland with appointment of McHale Plant Sales | 23 Jan 2018

International Forest Industries - Tue, 23/01/2018 - 12:13

Following the successes of 2017, recycling equipment specialists, Terex Ecotec are quick off the mark in 2018 with the appointment of McHale Plant Sales as exclusive distribution partner for Ireland, North and South. The company will also be an authorised service provider for the products, as the Ecotec brand continues its global expansion.

McHale Plant Sales is one of Ireland’s leading plant and machinery distributors with a strong presence in constructions, civil works, quarrying, forestry and agriculture sectors and a customer base that includes many leading firms active in the environmental recycling and waste management activities. With a history that dates back to its establishment in 1952, McHale Plant Sales operates on an all-island basis from headquarters in Birdhill, near Limerick City in Ireland’s mid west region, and from a sales and technical support centre situated on the east coast of Ireland at Rathcoole, near Dublin City.

Commenting on their recent appointment Tim Shanahan, Managing Director said, “Honoured to be appointed to represent Terex Ecotec products in Ireland, North and South, we in McHale Plant Sales look forward to applying the full weight of our organisation to the task of building on the excellent position that the Terex Ecotec range currently holds within the marketplace”.

“In addition to our work in sales and marketing, a major focus of our effort will be to communicate to customers the technical, service and parts support that we are geared to provide within sectors of industry that are expected to grow even more significantly in the years ahead” he said.

Conor Hegarty, International Sales Director for Terex Ecotec commented “We are delighted to welcome McHale Plant Sales to our growing distribution network, who are uniquely positioned to provide localised coverage in our home market. This is a great opportunity for us to work with this highly experienced business, to expand and strengthen our foothold in Ireland.  We are committed to delivering high quality products, offering superior customer support and only partner with the best distributors who have the ability to react quickly to customer requirements.”

“The opportunity and potential that exists within the buoyant Irish market excites us and we are confident that McHale Plant Sales are well placed to capitalise on this, having already successfully placed a TDS 820 Slow Speed Shredder into the largest independent waste management operation in Northern Ireland, River Ridge in recent weeks. Operating across multi-sites River Ridge offers a broad range of collection, treatment and diversion from landfill solutions to many of NI’s local authorities, public bodies and private operations” he added.

Terex Ecotec has achieved significant growth and development and today offer a world class, full mobile product portfolio of chipping, shredding, screening and composting equipment. Additionally, a range of waste handlers efficiently load material into the Ecotec equipment to maximise throughput capabilities.

Irish customers can buy with confidence – Local Service, Local Parts and Local Experts.

To learn more about Terex Ecotec’s full line of environmental equipment visit www.terex.com/ecotec

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Sonoco Leads Fortune’s Most Admired Companies, Packaging Sector

PaperIndex TimesNews - Tue, 23/01/2018 - 11:59
HARTSVILLE, S.C., Jan. 22, 2018 -- Sonoco (NYSE:SON), one of the largest global diversified packaging companies, has been selected for Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies in the packaging sector, and named first in its industry. Among industry peers, Sonoco ranked first in nearly every category – including Innovation, Use of Corporate Assets, Social Responsibility, Financial Soundness, Long-term Investment Value, Quality of Products/Services and Global Competitiveness.

“We are honored to lead the packaging sector this year on Fortune’s Most Admired list,” said Jack Sanders, Sonoco president and CEO. “At Sonoco, we’re guided by the principle of Better Packaging. Better Life. Our goal is to improve the lives of all our stakeholders – including our customers, the consumers who use our packaging, our shareholders and our employees – through innovative packaging and a solid long-term growth strategy.”

Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies list is the definitive report card on corporate reputations. Executives, directors and analysts rate companies in their own industry on nine criteria, from investment value to social responsibility. A company’s score must rank in the top half of its industry survey to be listed.

Learn more about Fortune's World's Most Admired Companies.

About Sonoco
Founded in 1899, Sonoco is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging and packaging supply chain services. With annualized net sales of approximately $5 billion, the Company has 20,000 employees working in more than 300 facilities in 33 countries, serving many of the world’s best known brands in some 85 nations. For more information on the Company, visit our website at www.sonoco.com.

Caraustar Announces a $50 Per Ton Price Increase on All Uncoated Recycled Paperboard (URB) Grades

PaperIndex TimesNews - Tue, 23/01/2018 - 11:58
ATLANTA, Jan. 22, 2018 -- Caraustar Industries, Inc. announced a price increase of $50 per ton on all uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) grades. The increase on the uncoated recycle board grades will be effective starting with shipments on February 26, 2018.

The increase is in response to strong market dynamics and inflationary cost pressures in transportation (both inbound and outbound), chemicals and other material inputs.

About Caraustar Industries: Caraustar Industries, Inc. is one of North America's largest integrated manufacturers of 100% recycled paperboard and converted paperboard products. The company is a socially responsible corporation, is committed to environmentally sound practices and is dedicated to providing customers with outstanding value through innovative products and services. Caraustar has developed its leadership position in the industry through diversification and integration from raw materials to finished products. Caraustar serves the four principal recycled boxboard product end-use markets: tubes and cores; folding cartons; gypsum facing paper and specialty paperboard products. For additional information on Caraustar, please visit the company's website at www.caraustar.com.

Essity Ranked One Of The World’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies

PaperIndex TimesNews - Tue, 23/01/2018 - 11:56
Essity* has been recognized as one of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies by Corporate Knights. The recognition was presented in connection with World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.The ranking is based on publicly disclosed data from 2016 based on up to 17 key performance indicators (KPIs) covering environmental, social and governance relative to company peers. A total of 5,994 publicly listed companies with gross revenue of minimum USD 1 billion have been analyzed, encompassing all sectors and industries. The global 100 companies come from 22 countries, where Essity is one of five Swedish companies on the list.

“We are proud to be ranked as one of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies. This is a recognition to Essity’s sustainable business strategy, our ability to deliver on our objectives and the Group’s transparency to stakeholders”, says Magnus Groth, CEO and President of Essity.

The global 100 companies demonstrate the strong linkage between the delivery of superior value for society and the generation of superior financial performance, having outperformed its benchmark (the MSCI All Country World index) by close to a third between 2005 and 2017.

“For Essity, sustainability has always been a business driver. Knowing there is a strong link between sustainability and profitability, we continue to strive for improvement on all levels and never settle”, says Magnus Groth.

Corporate Knights is a business and society magazine with a research division that produces rankings and financial product ratings based on corporate sustainability performance. This is the 14th annual ranking, drawing attention to leading companies’ sustainability work.

Read more on www.corporateknights.com/global100

* In June 2017, SCA was split into two separate companies. The hygiene and health business, representing 85 % of the total net sales, is now listed under the name Essity and the forest industry retained the name SCA. This ranking is based on SCA’s data from 2016, when the two operations were under the same company name.

For further information, please contact:

Henrik Sjöström, Media Relations Manager, +46 (0)727 – 15 77 85, henrik.sjostrom@essity.com

Essity is a leading global hygiene and health company that develops, produces and sells Personal Care (Baby Care, Feminine Care, Incontinence Products and Medical Solutions), Consumer Tissue and Professional Hygiene products and solutions. Our vision is; Dedicated to improving well-being through leading hygiene and health solutions. Sales are conducted in approximately 150 countries under many strong brands, including the leading global brands TENA and Tork, and other brands, such as Leukoplast, Libero, Libresse, Lotus, Nosotras, Saba, Tempo, Vinda and Zewa. Essity has about 48,000 employees and net sales in 2016 amounted to approximately SEK 101bn (EUR 10.7bn). The business operations are based on a sustainable business model with focus on value creation for people and nature. The company has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. Essity used to be part of the SCA Group. More information at www.essity.com.

Caterpillar Named One Of Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies In 2018 | 23 Jan 2018

International Forest Industries - Tue, 23/01/2018 - 11:56

We are proud to be named to Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies® 2018 list. This year, Caterpillar is ranked number 43. Caterpillar has appeared in the Top 50 All-Stars list for 17 consecutive years.

“We welcome this recognition as one of the world’s most admired companies,” said CEO Jim Umpleby. “This honor belongs to our people, the dedicated Caterpillar employees who help our customers build a better world.”

To determine the Top 50 All-Stars, Korn Ferry Hay Group asked the respondents to select the 10 companies they admired most. Unlike with the industry rankings, respondents could pick any company in any industry while selecting their top 10 companies. We’re honored to have been included in many respondents’ top 10 lists.

Visit fortune.com to see the full list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.

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NZ timber prices set to soar | 23 Jan 2018

International Forest Industries - Tue, 23/01/2018 - 11:17

Steady and strong competition from foreign buyers for New Zealand logs is forcing raw material prices up for local timber processors. The New Zealand Timber Industry Federation says that log prices have already risen by 25% to the local market over the past five years and sawmills are preparing for further predicted log cost increases over the first half of 2018.

Logs are a sawmill’s biggest single cost so the financial impact is significant. Local sawn timber prices have not kept pace with the recent log cost increases. Timber prices have risen by just 7% in the last five years.

Log volumes and prices for export and domestic markets are now reaching the highest levels ever recorded in a market that appears to be stable and not speculative. Log supply to local sawmills is competing with the strong export markets, especially China, as that market continues to grow.

New Zealand exporters have spent decades pushing Radiata Pine as a species and product. Overseas buyers now understand and appreciate the many potential uses of Radiata Pine. This is fuelling the demand and making Radiata Pine a preferred species in many cases.

The latest survey conducted by Scion (http://www.scionresearch.com)) “New Zealand Log Price Outlook – November 2017” released 1 January 2018, predicts that log prices will rise in February and continue to increase until May before levelling out.

The New Zealand Timber Industry Federation says that timber prices will increase as sawmills look to secure sufficient log supply to keep mills running and to recover the increased log costs. Buyers of finished timber products anticipate future price increases.

Source: NZTIF

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Forest inventory tools enhance decision support say experts | 23 Jan 2018

International Forest Industries - Tue, 23/01/2018 - 11:12

Vancouver, BC – Internationally, inventory mapping for foresters has benefited considerably from developments in drone and lidar technologies. Many senior forest managers are now focused on how the new systems deliver better deicsion-making by foresters on the ground out in the woods.

Service providers understand that forest managers need a way to tailor the data being collected to the questions they need answered. They need practical outcomes regardless of the techologies being employed to turn forest data into useful information. Both providers and users need clear goals to deploy the right solutions. Forestry technology solutions are now widely available and well-supported internationally.

Several international experts and foresters are coming together from countries with strong technical networks to a new forestry technology conference in early March 2018. The ForestTECHX 2018 conference will provide leading managers and technical staff from key forestry companies with a timely and independent overview of lidar, geomatics and data collection tools.

Vancouver-based conference organizer, Anthony Robinson from Logging & Sawmilling Journal says, “We’ve been seeing a positive response from western forest companies to our line-up of speakers. Service provider interest has been running high as well – which allowed us to add two further technical experts to our one-day conference.”

Zack Parisa, MFS is the founder and president of SilviaTerra. In his work with forestry companies in the US and abroad, Zack observed radical discrepancies in inventory practices across the industry and saw situations where millions of dollars were lost because of poor information. In response, Zack developed and patented a new process which uses remotely-sensed imagery to make cruising far more efficient.

The focus for this year’s series will be on “unlocking the true value of data” for forest operations. Key themes for this year’s event will include:

  • How virtual reality tools are delivering gains
  • How skill sets are changing for managers
  • How leading loggers are using harvester data
  • Learnings from reconciling remote sensing data in the field
  • Practical application of robotics and sensors by forest managers
  • Better ways to store, process and manage ‘big data’
  • New mobile forest apps
  • New GIS applications.

The 2018 ForestTECHX conference runs 6-7th March at the Executive Airport Plaza Hotel in Richmond, BC.

For full details to register see: https://foresttechx.events

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Event: 3rd Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit

GFIS - Tue, 23/01/2018 - 06:02

At the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, the Government of Indonesia announced that it would host the 3rd Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit, from 23-25 April 2018, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

The 2018 Summit will provide a platform to progress activities to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, to progress implementation of the Paris Agreement, and for government collaboration. The Asia-Pacific Rainforest Partnership works with governments, the private sector, and civil society to support the implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and REDD+ in the region.

The power of ‘sasi’: A sustainable taboo

GFIS - Tue, 23/01/2018 - 00:00

How sticks, signs and crucifixes help manage forests in Maluku, Indonesia

A destructive beetle has jumped the Rockies

GFIS - Mon, 22/01/2018 - 18:34

One expert worries it could kill a vast area of Canadian forest.

Temporary Change in Leadership at College of Forestry

GFIS - Mon, 22/01/2018 - 18:28

Dean Thomas Maness announced this week his intention to begin immediately an approximate six-month change in responsibilities to attend to personal matters. As a result, from January 17 to June 30, Executive Associate Dean Anthony S. Davis will serve as acting dean of the college(more)

Additional Information: OSU Press ReleaseAnthony S. Davis

New guidelines to support monitoring and evaluation of demand reduction efforts

GFIS - Mon, 22/01/2018 - 18:03
Cambridge, UK, 22 January 2018—TRAFFIC today launched Monitoring and Evaluation Good Practice Guidelines, a new resource to support the Social and Behavioural Change Communications (SBCC) Community of Practice in strengthening their approaches to demand reduction monitoring, evaluation, impact measurement and adaptive management.

Call for papers to the 6th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists

GFIS - Mon, 22/01/2018 - 15:09
The five day congress, 25-29 June 2018 in Gothenburg, now call for papers in all areas of environmental and natural resource economics for presentation, as well as proposals for thematic and policy sessions. Deadline for application the 31st of January.

Taking root together

GFIS - Mon, 22/01/2018 - 15:00

Ketchum Global Research & Analytics (KGRA) fielded an online survey to better understand the attitudes, feelings and perceptions of key stakeholder groups – Influential Americans and Environmental Champions – around issues related to the your sector’s work and values.

BioWiseTrans meeting: Collaboration for Nordic Bioeconomy

GFIS - Mon, 22/01/2018 - 13:20
  Nordic bioeconomy is strengthened through science–stakeholder collaboration. That is the view of the SNS network BioWiseTrans, and the network contributed to that in their first meeting.   The meeting of the BioWiseTrans network, coordinated by Nordregio, took place 8-10 January in the picturesque region of North Karelia in Eastern…

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