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Rent payments for forest resources in Russia may grow since 2015

Metla Finland - 4 hours 59 min ago
Given the favourable market conditions, the Russian Forest Service intends to hike forest rent in order to increase the profitability of forestry, as Russian Forestry News reported. In 2009-2014, these rates remained unchanged. The draft resolution provides for the indexation of payment rates based on the forecasted level of inflation and taking into account the […]
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Global Trends Review, August 11-24, 2014: European construction is forecast to grow marginally by 2016; Chinese construction market risks are overblown

Metla Finland - 5 hours 20 min ago
Until 2016, growth in construction in Europe is mainly expected for the North and Baltic Sea region. Meanwhile, the unprecedented housing crisis in Southern Europe has at least hit the bottom. This is the forecast published during the 77th Euroconstruct Conference in Oslo, as Holzkurier reported. No big jumps are expected in the German-speaking countries. […]
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Huhtamaki acquires Interpac Packaging

Metla Finland - 5 hours 47 min ago
Huhtamaki has invested approximately EUR 7 million to acquire New Zealand based Interpac Packaging. The acquisition is part of the company’s plan to expand its product offering.
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REDD in the news: 18-24 August 2014

Metla Finland - 7 hours 36 min ago
REDD-Monitor’s weekly round up of the news on REDD, organised by date with short extracts (click on the title for the full article). REDD-Monitor’s news links on delicious.com are updated regularly. For past REDD in the news posts, click here. UN-REDD Publication Explores Assessments of Forest Governance Forests Policy & … read more
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NEW REPORT : Wood preservation with chemicals

Metla Finland - 7 hours 37 min ago
The Nordic Council of Ministers, the BAT Group under the Working Group for Sustainable Consumption and Production, has requested the consultant to prepare a report on Best Available Techniques (BAT) in wood preservation with chemicals in the Nordic countries. The … Continue reading →
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Lahti Energia and Valmet agree on further development of gasification technology

Metla Finland - 7 hours 45 min ago
One of the Finnish environmental technology flagship projects gaining international attention is the new gasification based waste-to-energy plant solution, developed by Valmet.
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Huhtamäki to acquire Interpac Packaging

Metla Finland - 7 hours 45 min ago
Huhtamaki has acquired Interpac Packaging Limited based in Auckland, New Zealand. Interpac manufactures folded carton packaging for the fast-moving consumer goods and retail products as well as the foodservice market in New Zealand.
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NEW REPORT: Wood preservation with chemicals

Metla Finland - 7 hours 49 min ago
News 01.09.2014

This new report highlights the Best Available Techniques (BAT) in wood preservation with chemicals in the Nordic countries. The Nordic wood preserving industry produces around 2.1 million m3 of impregnated wood per year, which is about one third of the total supply of pressure-treated wood in Europe. This report describes the present status of the used technologies, their emissions and impacts on the environment and technologies that can be considered BAT.

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Work starts on the Sylva Wood Centre

Metla Finland - 10 hours 3 min ago
Building work has begun on the first phase of our construction of the Sylva Wood Centre. A semi-derelict agricultural building is to be converted into an enterprise hub for wood-using businesses.
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Smallholder plantations to promote afforestation in off-reserve areas in Ghana

Metla Finland - 11 hours 8 min ago
In order for smallholder forest plantations in Ghana to be successful, incentives for managing secondary forests are needed, as well as an increased knowledge in marketing constraints, pests and disease management, the role of trees and a better definition of ownership of trees on farms. These were some of the conclusions withdrawn from the discussions during the inception workshop of the Landscape Restoration Project, organized by Tropenbos International on August 5, 2014 in Kumasi, Ghana.
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FSC listens to industry on Online Claims Platform

Metla Finland - 11 hours 41 min ago
Confor welcomes the recent decision from the international Forest Stewardship Council's Board of Directors to make their proposed Online Claims Platform voluntary. The platform (OCP) has been the subject...
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Ponsse net sales up 26.4 per cent in 1H 2014

Metla Finland - 13 hours 43 min ago
Finnish forest industry group Ponsse’s consolidated net sales for the 1H 2014 amounted to Euro 183.6 million, which is 26.4% more than in the comparison period. International business operations accounted for 73.5% of net sales, according to Lesprom Network.
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Web of mistrust snags forest-protection programs in Cambodia

Metla Finland - 14 hours 48 min ago

BOGOR, Indonesia — Fry a tarantula, save the rainforest? Forest-based goods such as bamboo, rattan, and yes, edible spiders — a delicacy in Cambodia — can provide an incentive to protect tropical forests in the Southeast Asian country. But formalized programs to promote sustainable trade in such products while boosting local people’s incomes have left... Read more

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If you don’t pay attention to gender you will fail

Metla Finland - 15 hours 52 min ago

To feed the estimated 9 billion people who are expected to inhabit our planet by 2015, we need to invest in women. “It’s not enough to say we are gender neutral,” said Catherine Bertini, as she delivered the Sir John Crawford Memorial Address in Canberra, Australia on 27 August 2014. “We need to constantly ask […]
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Private sector agroforestry model pays off for farmers in Laos

Metla Finland - 19 hours 48 min ago

The work of a private company in Lao PDR to develop agroforestry plantations that actively engage local communities is the topic of a post on the blog of the

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New climate-smart village for the Philippines

Metla Finland - 20 hours 11 min ago

A climate-smart village is to be established in Guinayangan in the Philippines Province of Quezon, to demonstrate how a food-secure village can also sustain the environment.

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Conserving indigenous plant resources for Africa’s future

Metla Finland - 20 hours 44 min ago

Scientists in East Africa are embarking on a 5-year project to conserve indigenous plant genetic resources for improved food security across the region.

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Trees to diversify and improve production in Rwanda

Metla Finland - 21 hours 4 min ago

Rwanda is set to receive a boost in funds to improve land management, local livelihoods and climate resilience.

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Scientists identify deforested idle land as source of Indonesia "haze" fires

Metla Finland - Sun, 2014-08-31 20:57
Reuters: A month after Singapore was shrouded in a thick haze produced by Indonesian fires in June 2013, scientist David Gaveau went to the source of the smoke in Riau province to survey the charred aftermath. News reports attributed the haze to slash-and-burn forest clearance to make way for oil palm plantations. But what Gaveau, a scientist with the Indonesia-based Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), discovered during his five days examining the still-smouldering ground on Sumatra island...
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