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Woodlands Dairy signs the Forest Stewardship Council Vancouver Declaration
14 December, 2017
FSC
Woodlands Dairy a local, Eastern Cape based processor of farm fresh milk, who produce, and package high quality dairy products has become one of the signatories of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) "Vancouver Declaration" which was launched on 10 October 2017. read more
China Timber Supply Outlook
14 December, 2017
RISI
See what's next for the world's largest importer of logs and woodfiber The 6th edition of the China Timber Supply Outlook shows you: Historical trends in China's need for imported woodfiber, in the form of logs, lumber, wood panels, woodchips and pulp. read more
Global Timber and Wood Products Market Update
14 December, 2017
Wood resources
A news brief from Wood Resources International LLC Record high prices for softwood lumber in North America in the 3Q/17 and rising lumber export prices in Sweden, Finland and Russia as lumber demand picks up in key markets, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. read more
The Global Forest Industry in the 3Q/2017
11 December, 2017
Sawlog prices were up in most regions of the world in the 3Q/17. The price increases from the 2Q/17 were generally smaller in the local currencies than in US dollar terms because of the weakening US dollar, according to the latest Wood Resource Quarterly. read more
The forest industry in the US Northwest have been struggling to build log inventories for the winter season
1 December, 2017
wood resources international
Increased competition for small-diameter logs in the four states of the US Pacific Northwest has resulted in a higher share of logs being consumed by sawmills, thus leaving many pulpmills with low log inventory levels going into the 4Q/17, reports the North American Wood Fiber Review.
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Brazil : Exports from the planted tree sector surpass US$ 7 billion through October 2017 (+10.9%)
30 November, 2017
IBA
From January to October of 2017, pulp exports rose 2.9% in comparison with the same period of the previous year, reaching 16.0 million tons sold; exports of wood panels increased by 29.4%, with 1.1 million cubic meters directed toward foreign markets... read more
Half of hardwood chips traded in the Pacific Rim have been destined for China in the 1H/17
24 November, 2017
Wood resources international
Pulpmills in China and Japan continue to rely on large volumes of imported hardwood wood chips from a number of countries around the Pacific Rim. The biggest changes in trade over the past five years, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly, have been the increase... read more
Forest Initiatives Announced in Bonn Target Sustainable Management, Emissions Reductions
23 November, 2017
IISD
Among other forest-related announcements at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, stakeholders launched the Global Platform for the New York Declaration on Forests, and national REDD+ strategies for Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda. read more
Gender balance shifting in B.C. forestry as more women enter industry
23 November, 2017
Gender balance
The gender balance has recently started to tip in British Columbia's forestry industry as more women occupy leadership positions and complete post-secondary studies in one of the province's key sectors. Sally Aitken, associate dean of forestry at the University of British Columbia... read more
Papua New Guinea forestry sector at risk
23 November, 2017
Forestry sector at risk
PNG Forest Industries Association (PNGFIA) executive officer Bob Tate, has warned that the forestry industry is on the brink of disaster, due to weak global prices and rising taxes. Thousands of landowners have already witnessed forestry projects shutting down and royalties disappearing... read more
These Tree-Planting Drones Are About To Start An Entire Forest From The Sky
20 November, 2017
Forests from the sky
Villages have spent years replanting mangroves along the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar. Now their work will go much faster, with some help from above. For the past five years, a group of villagers in the delta of the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar has painstakingly planted... read more
Six Asian countries regulating timber imports
13 November, 2017
Timber imports
In the past 12 months, Japan, the Republic of Korea, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia have all taken steps to develop import regulations designed to keep illegally logged timber out of their markets. In most cases, timber import regulations give governments the power... read more
UNFCCC, FAO and IFAD Outline Challenges and Opportunities for Agriculture and Forestry at COP 23
10 November, 2017
IISD
Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) are responsible for almost one quarter of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Reducing emissions from agriculture, food systems and forestry, therefore features high on the agenda of the Bonn Climate Conference. read more
Lucrative log markets in China have resulted in a tripling of softwood log export volumes from Australia the past four years, reports WRQ
7 November, 2017
Wood resources international
Timberland owners in Australia are increasingly exploring opportunities for the exportation of logs as an alternative to selling logs in the domestic market. From 2012 to 2016, the export volume was up 300%, and 2017 is likely to set a new record high. read more
Brazilian planted tree industry - Trade balance for the sector grows 12.1%
27 October, 2017
IBA
The trade balance for the Brazilian planted tree industry surpassed US$ 5.5 billion from January to September of 2017, a growth of 12.1% compared to the same period of 2016. During the first nine months of the year, the industry recorded US$ 6.3 billion in exports... read more
Radiata pine genome assembly completed - a world first
27 October, 2017
Scion
In a world first, Scion scientists have completed a draft assembly of the radiata pine genome. This marks the beginning of a new era of precision forestry for a critically important species. Dr Emily Telfer, who leads the project, says, "The completion of the genome assembly... read more
Australia increasing log exports
25 October, 2017
Timberbiz
Timberland owners in Australia are increasingly exploring opportunities for the exportation of logs as an alternative to selling logs in the domestic market. From 2012 to 2016, the export volume was up 300%, and 2017 is likely to set a new record high. read more
NZ forestry to hit speed bumps
25 October, 2017
Timberbiz
New Zealand's forestry sector is heading into 2018 with some speed wobbles, following stellar times during the past almost two years. Chinese demand and an easing in competition from some other countries has seen forestry notch up some its best log export prices in years... read more
World first ground-breaking research announced for forestry industry
20 October, 2017
Ground breaking research
A world-first scientific breakthrough that could revolutionise the forestry industry was announced at the Forest Growers Research Conference in Christchurch. Scion scientists revealed at the conference on Tuesday that they have completed a "draft assembly" of the radiata pine genome... read more
Slash and build: Study aids forestry biofuel industry
13 October, 2017
Washington State
Researchers from Washington State University, along with those from Oregon State University and the University of Montana, have recently devised refined methods to estimate the amount of forest residue - the leftovers from trees after logging - that is available for wood-based biorefineries to use. read more
Three RISI Special Studies of global markets
4 October, 2017
RISI

Essential Intelligence, Actionable Forecasts: Look Inside Fiber and Timberland Markets

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Brazil: Production and exports of forest products grow in 2017
3 October, 2017
IBA
The results for exports and production from the planted tree sector are positive for the first eight months of 2017. In comparison with this same period last year, exports of pulp rose 4.9%, wood panels 30.4%, and paper 0.6%. This performance led to growth in the production of pulp and paper... read more
Lumber production costs in Brazil, Russia and Finland have fallen in 2017
27 September, 2017
Wood resources international
The sawmill margins to cover non-wood costs and profits have been squeezed in a number of countries in the first half of 2017 because of relatively higher raw-material costs and lower lumber prices, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. read more
Choosing the right stand densities and tree genetics
27 September, 2017
Friday offcuts
Forest owners and managers can increase log quality, yield and total value by up to $16,000 per hectare by choosing the right tree spacing and best genetically improved tree stocks for their forest stands. A team of Scion scientists in New Zealand have carried out end-of-rotation assessments. read more
Increased demand for softwood lumber worldwide has pushed prices upward, particularly in the US and China
18 September, 2017
Wood Resources
International trade of softwood lumber is on pace to a new record high in 2017 if the trend from the first six months of 2017 continues in the 2H/17. Of the ten largest lumber-exporting countries in the world, Russia, Finland, Austria and Ukraine increased shipments read more
Cenários Ibá: Positive balance trade balance for the Brazilian forest sector grew 9.5%
6 September, 2017
IBA
September 5, 2017 - From January to July 2017, the trade surplus for the Brazilian planted tree sector reached US$ 4.2 billion, a 9.5% increase over the US$ 3.8 billion attained during same period last year. This is mainly the result of ongoing investments in the sector. read more
The Global Forest Industry in the 2Q/2017
6 September, 2017
Wood resources international
Excerpts from the 2Q 2017 issue of the Wood Resource Quarterly. To subscribe to the full 56-page market report, please visit www.woodprices.com, WRQ - 30 Years of Global Wood Price Reporting  Special report: Global Sawmill Production Cost Margins 2005-2017. read more
Ibá publishes annual balance sheet for the Brazilian planted tree industry
30 August, 2017
IBA
August 29, 2017 - The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá) released its 2017 Annual Report, which presents economic, social, and environmental indicators for 2016 in the Brazilian planted tree sector; the report shows that this sector which produces trees for industrial use is a worldwide reference read more
Market ready DNA screening technology for eucalypts
29 August, 2017
Friday offcuts
A project led by researcher Gondwana Genomics Pty Ltd has completed a key test of new DNA marker technology for commercial applications. The project is aimed at implementing MAS to rapidly increase productivity in Australia's major plantation eucalypts. read more
Wood raw-material costs for European pulpmills continued to slide in early 2017
16 August, 2017
Wood resources international
The European pulp industry has become much more competitive in the international pulp and paper market the past five years with wood fiber costs, which account for 55-65% of the production costs, having fallen more than in most other regions of the world, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. read more
Some cities have started tracking how much money their trees are earning them each year
15 August, 2017
Business Insider
Your parents were wrong: money does grow on trees. Cities routinely rake up tens of millions of dollars from their urban forests annually in ways that are not always obvious. Leafy canopies lower summer air conditioning bills, but more shade also means less blade to maintain thousands of acres of grass. read more
Why Hong Kong is scared of trees: the fight for urban forestry
15 August, 2017
South China morning post
With the responsibility for planting new trees in the hands of civil servants and a fixation on the danger of falling trees, is it any wonder the city lags behind the rest of the world when it comes to ‘greening'? The Chinese city of Liuzhou has begun construction of a pioneering "forest city"... read more
Chinese government-owned forestry firm prepares to log young trees and ship them offshore
15 August, 2017
stuff
Northland wood processors are upset overseas companies are taking local trees before New Zealand-owned businesses have a chance to access them, and shipping unmilled logs straight to Shanghai. A meeting is being held between local processors and China Forestry Group... read more
Sawlog prices in Brazil have gone up over the past 12 months after 5 years in decline
14 August, 2017
Wood resources international
Stronger wood product exports from Brazil have resulted in higher demand for logs and increasing sawlog prices during 2016 and early 2017, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Despite the recent price increases, current prices are below the long-term trend lines in the local currency.  read more
Old-growth trees to be 'woodchipped, wasted' under specialty timber access plan
8 August, 2017
ABC News
Tasmania's Wilderness Society is warning six out of every 10 trees cut down as part of a state government plan to unlock special species timber will be unusable. The Government released a draft plan for public consultation which sets out future access to special species timber. read more
US firms buying timber from illegal PNG logging: NGO
8 August, 2017
The Citizen
American consumers may be fuelling logging linked to illegal land grabs in Papua New Guinea which have devastated local communities and the world's third largest tropical rain forest, Global Witness said Tuesday. Timber logged in the impoverished Pacific nation... read more
Guidelines for Forestry Monitoring to Support Achievement of Global Goals
8 August, 2017
IISD
According to Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) data, only 45 countries worldwide were able to assess changes in forest area and characteristics through consecutive systematic national forest inventories in 2010. The ‘Voluntary Guidelines on Forest Monitoring,' published by FAO... read more
CIFOR takes research results on forestry sector’s impact in Cameroon to National Assembly
7 August, 2017
CIFOR
The Cameroon branch of the Network of Parliamentarians for the Sustainable Management of the Forests Ecosystems of Central Africa (REPAR) organized a plenary session on political science to garner insight into the value of biodiversity in the country in order to better tailor laws to actual needs. read more
The fiber costs for pellet plants have declined with the US & Canadian Pellet Feedstock Price Indices reaching their lowest levels in 4 years
7 August, 2017
Wood resources
With the feed stock shifting towards lower cost fiber, including industry & forest residues, total wood costs for pellet manufacturers fell during 2016 & early 2017, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. The PFPI price indices for the US & Canada have fallen 16% & 26%, respectively since 2013. read more
PEFC certification strengthens in NZ
2 August, 2017
Timberbiz
Illegal forest management practices are a global problem. Governments and markets around the world are increasingly requiring proof of legality for harvested wood products. This has created a demand for labelling and endorsement of sustainably managed and legally harvested read more
Predicting optimal stand density in NZ plantations
2 August, 2017
Friday Offcuts
Radiata pine when it is planted too closely together grows tall and spindly while wide spacing encourages branch growth and land may be underutilised. Somewhere in between is an optimum final crop stand density that allows forest owners and growers to maximise the volume and value of the logs produced. read more
The value of logs exported from New Zealand in the 1Q/17 was almost three times as high as the value of exported lumber
2 August, 2017
Wood resources international
Over 50% of the timber harvest in New Zealand is being exported in log form. However, some sawmills in the country have taken advantage of the growing demand for softwood lumber in the US the past few years, with the total export value having gone up 37% from 2012 to 2016. read more
Forest and water conservation go hand in hand – and partners see eye to eye
27 July, 2017
CIFOR
The launch of the Water Towers project in Nairobi last May was special, as members of the audience were also encouraged to present their projects."If you're really interested in building a synergy with people, you have to have them talk about what they're doing," explained Esther Mwangi. read more
Forest Land Management Market Future Demand, Growth, Share and Analysis with forecast 2024
27 July, 2017
Open PR
The forest cover across the globe is shrinking due to rapid urbanization and industrialization. Forest Land Management is the process of management, conservation, development, restoration and maintenance of forest land. Forest Land Management involves forest administration... read more
CIFOR-USAID study abroad program supports development of Indonesia’s next generation of forestry experts
26 July, 2017
CIFOR
Young Indonesian leaders in forestry management, biodiversity conservation and land-use policy  have been given the opportunity to develop expertise through a master's program managed by CIFOR and funded by USAID that places students in masters degree programs at four US universities... read more
Private sector must get involved in afforestation initiatives – AFF
26 July, 2017
Joy online
International non-governmental organization, African Forests Forum says the continent's ecology will be restored if private businesses get involved in afforestation initiatives. Executive Secretary of AFF, Professor Godwin Kowero said Africa stands a chance of profiting from tree plantation programmes... read more
Trade balance for the forest sector has 4.9% surplus
24 July, 2017
IBA
The trade balance for the Brazilian planted tree industry reached US$2.9 billion from January to May of 2017, growth of 4.9% compared to the same period last year. During the year, the sector accumulated total exports of US$ 3.3 billion, 3.2% higher than the same period in 2016. read more
Climate Finance Update – Adaptation: Disaster & Climate Risks in Agriculture, Forestry & Tourism in the Spotlight
20 July, 2017
IISD
During the month of June, measures aimed at adaptation and improved resilience to disaster and climate risks in the agricultural, forestry and tourism sectors received support in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. Several countries in Africa secured funding for drought-related emergencies. read more
Europeans Importing More Timber From Conflict Zones
20 July, 2017
Ecosystem market place
EU timber imports from conflict countries, which are at high risk of being illegal, have increased 14 percent, despite the European Union's Timber Regulation (EUTR) legislation's requirement that companies ensure that only legal timber enters the EU market, according to a new Forest Trends report. read more
Smallholder farmers in Kenya in the race against climate change
17 July, 2017
Bizcommunity
By adopting agroforestry and improved agricultural practices, a community in western Kenya has increased their income and improved their living standards. They are now training other farmers to do the same. Smallholder farms make up most of the remote village of Siwot in Kericho County. read more

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