Ivy club leaving do for the insect sodality

Global Forest Information Service - 2 hours 42 min ago
Wenlock Edge, Shropshire Hoverflies, greenbottles and wasps are drawn to the ivy flowers for a last-ditch nectar binge

Under high blue skies, where the path runs against the wood, there’s a hum like strip-light static. It comes from the wings of hoverflies and wasps feeding on ivy flowers. In hedges and trees the curious, yellow knucklebone jacks of the ivy flowers draw insects to a last-ditch nectar binge. This may be the insects’ leaving do. As the light is held in their wings like flakes of mica or shreds of cellophane, they may or may not know that the itinerant hoverflies, greenbottles, ragged small tortoiseshell butterflies, and whole sisterhood of wasps that have fed together on a succession of spring, summer and autumn flowers, are doomed.

Frost is forecast and, unlikely though it feels, winter is already in the hills. The Clee Hills and the Berwyn range way over in the west are topped with snow. While the insects make the most of their ivy flower moment, there is a louder, more insistent hornets’ chorus filling the air. A pair of chainsaws sing in the field. Trunks and branches are sawn and round by round, cheese by cheese, loaded on to a pick-up. There are two lime trees down. The other year a storm broke into the little grove of limes planted in the field more than 100 years ago. The trees had grown together with a single domed crown but storm damage bit a hole in it and over the last couple of weeks the winter storms Abigail and Barney have each poked a finger in, stirred it around until two trees fell out.

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Sustainable investment in Africa starts with the law

Global Forest Information Service - 2 hours 55 min ago

Legal frameworks in Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania suggest ways that investments in landscapes can contribute to sustainable development.

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Forest health includes fighting fire with fire 

Global Forest Information Service - 5 hours 14 min ago

California forests give us clean water, clean air, wildlife habitat, lumber and recreation.
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TRAFFIC and Tencent sign agreement to tackle illicit wildlife trade through social media networks

Global Forest Information Service - 8 hours 23 min ago

© Sammi Li/TRAFFICCambridge, UK, 24th November 2015—TRAFFIC and Tencent, a leading provider of Internet value-added services in China, today signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on tackling illegal wildlife trade carried out through WeChat and Tencent’s other online platforms.

Under the terms of the MoU, the two organizations pledged zero tolerance towards the advertising and sale of illegal wildlife products on Tencent’s platforms and agreed to work on public education and distribution of messaging to dissuade users from engaging in illegal wildlife trade. Creative messaging will be developed and distributed through online ads, apps and social media channels to influence users to refuse illicit wildlife parts and products. By the third quarter of 2015, WeChat had more than 650 million monthly active user accounts in China and abroad.

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Thailand repatriates smuggled orangutans to Indonesia

Global Forest Information Service - 9 hours 6 min ago

Bangkok, Thailand, 12th November 2015 – After a lengthy wait in Thailand, 14 smuggled orangutans finally left for home in Indonesia today. 

The orangutans which were rescued from the illegal trade and have been cared for by Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) for the last five years.  Today the 12 orangutans and two offspring born in captivity received a high level send off at the Don Mueang Military Airport.

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Houston East End Greenbelt-Green Ambassadors awarded highest USDA honor

Global Forest Information Service - Tue, 2015-11-24 23:14

Nov. 24, 201 5 — HOUSTON, Texas — Going green can change the world; one community at a time. The mission to spread this message brought national recognition to the Green Ambassadors and Texas A&M Forest Service. Earlier this month, Green Ambassadors from the Latino Legacy program working on the Houston

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In the face of climate change, investing in forests promises to strengthen water supply resilience in Tegucigalpa

Global Forest Information Service - Tue, 2015-11-24 20:47

A rising number of cities around the globe are facing crisis-level constraints in water access, highlighting the pervasive and immediate consequences of climate change. Honduras’ capital, Tegucigalpa, is one such flashpoint. The city’s water utility currently meets less than half of residents’ demand for water – some of the city’s one million residents receive water only once a week.


Tegucigalpa’s problems have followed a common pattern: urbanization and population growth are rapidly increasing the demand for resource resources, while also encroaching on the natural systems that provide those resources. As in other cities, forestland around Tegucigalpa has rapidly diminished, revealing the high costs of losing forestland for water supply and for resilience in the face of the changing conditions created by climate change more broadly.


A recent paper by PROFOR in collaboration with CATIE and CIFOR looks at the potential role of forest preservation and restoration to reverse this pattern, boosting Tegucigalpa’s water supply and making it more resilient in the face of climate change.

A rising number of cities around the globe are facing crisis-level constraints in water access, highlighting the pervasive and immediate consequences of climate change. Honduras’ capital, Tegucigalpa, is one such flashpoint. The city’s water utility currently meets less than half of residents’ demand for water – some of the city’s one million residents receive water only once a week.

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Influence of GM feedstock products for industrial livestock farming and related pesticides on human health and the environment

Global Forest Information Service - Tue, 2015-11-24 20:13

By Svetlana Abramovich*

Genetically modified food (GM food) has been a hot topic since its first discovery. Various experiments of genetic engineering with organisms may seem progressive and even well known for the modern science but most of us consume GMOs without even knowing it, as we consume meat and dairy products produced with GM feedstocks. This article will highlight what GM feedstocks are and what consequences they have on the health and the environment of both who produce and consume ...

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Chile and Latvia Seek PEFC Re-endorsement: Public Consultation Open

Global Forest Information Service - Tue, 2015-11-24 19:25
The CERTFOR Chile System and the Latvia PEFC Certification Scheme have become the latest systems to seek PEFC endorsement for the third time. Stakeholders globally are invited to provide feedback on their compliance with PEFC International's Sustainability Benchmarks by 18 January 2016. The...

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Standing Committee on Finance Reports to COP 21

Global Forest Information Service - Tue, 2015-11-24 17:26
The Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) has submitted information on the outcomes of its work in 2015 to the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) in advance of its 21st session. The COP will consider the report under its agenda item on matters relating to finance. The report (FCCC/CP/2015/8) covers, inter alia, the meetings, forums and virtual forum of the SCF, the development of a working paper on coherence and coordination of forest finance, and work on the biennial assessment and overview of climate finance flows.
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Indigenous peoples in Guyana call for strong protections for customary land rights and application of FPIC in timber trade agreement with the EU

Global Forest Information Service - Tue, 2015-11-24 16:16
24 November, 2015

In two newly released reports, indigenous leaders point out that the current concession allocations system in Guyana is unjust, severely flawed and facilitated by a national legal framework that does not fully respect their internationally protected rights to their customary lands and resources.

The foreign companies come and they have legal rights and we the people who have been living here all the time do not have legal rights.” [Resident, Kwebanna village]

One of the reports summarises views collected by the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) in a series of community workshops carried out in 2014 and 2015 as a part of an EU and UK Aid-funded project: “Promoting the effective participation of indigenous peoples in the FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement process in Guyana”.

The first report emphasises how the forest is an integral part of indigenous peoples' culture, livelihood and way of life – it is central to their physical, psychological, economic and spiritual wellbeing. Without the forest, their very futures are in jeopardy:

"We cannot live without the forest. Without it we cannot exist.” [Resident, Barabina village].

“The forest gives us fresh air and we depend on it for everything we need - for our livelihood, hunting, fishing and medicine.“ [Resident Bethany village]

The second report captures the proceedings of a seminar organised by the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) under the same project to discuss the concept of ‘legality’ in the FLEGT VPA. The event, held in Georgetown at the start of 2015, brought together representatives from government, civil society, indigenous communities and legal experts with the aim of enhancing national capacity to construct a robust Legality Assurance System built on principles of participation, transparency and human rights.

International human rights lawyer, Anouska Perram of the Forest Peoples Programme, recommended in her presentation to the seminar that in order to create lasting legal certainty around the VPA process, it is essential to improve the coherence and consistency between customary, national and international law.

Both reports present a number of community recommendations for the Guyana FLEGT VPA, including that all disputes involving indigenous peoples’ customary lands must be resolved according to the internationally protected rights of indigenous peoples to their lands and resources before the VPA is signed. Community representatives urge that no forest concession be allocated fully or partly on customary land of an Amerindian community, whether titled or untitled, without the free prior and informed consent of the community and without a benefit sharing agreement between the concession holder and the community.

Other recommendations relate to the importance of ensuring full and effective participation for indigenous peoples in the VPA process and generally in the development of national laws, policies, systems and initiatives that may affect them. To allow sufficient time for the above recommendations to be met, indigenous representatives call for the timeline in the VPA roadmap to be extended.

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SNAP Quebec welcomes Alain Branchaud as new Executive Director

Global Forest Information Service - Tue, 2015-11-24 15:39
Montréal, November 23, 2015 - It is with great pleasure that the president of SNAP Quebec, Hughes Imbeault-Téreault, welcomes biologist Alain Branchaud to the Executive Director role. Alain will be bringing 20 years of conservation experience to the team.
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First Minister renews commitment to planting targets at major global event

Global Forest Information Service - Tue, 2015-11-24 15:22
Confor has welcomed the renewed commitment by Nicola Sturgeon to create 100,000 hectares of new woodland in Scotland by 2022. The First Minister made the...
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Price cuts for several deinking and <br> high RCP grades in France

Global Forest Information Service - Tue, 2015-11-24 15:20
Prices have moved downward on the French recovered paper market in November. While the ordinary...
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GD board prices point down in Italy

Global Forest Information Service - Tue, 2015-11-24 15:02
Slow demand and rising supply have left their mark on GD board prices on the market in Italy. EUWID...
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Heinzel will restart PM 10 at Laakirchen in mid-December

Global Forest Information Service - Tue, 2015-11-24 13:48
The SC paper machine PM 10 at Laakirchen Papier is scheduled to re-start on 16 December 2015...
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10 views on the future of REDD+

Global Forest Information Service - Tue, 2015-11-24 13:40

Ahead of the UN climate change conference in Paris, experts from across the globe give their take on what's next for REDD+.

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Communities in the páramos: local knowledge and capacities for the management of strategic ecosystems

Global Forest Information Service - Tue, 2015-11-24 13:13
Strengthening the local knowledge and the capacities is a strategy that enhances the management of strategic ecosystems as it has been demonstrated by the results obtained in the project Communities of the páramos.
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As Indonesia burns, its government moves to increase forest destruction

Global Forest Information Service - Tue, 2015-11-24 12:35

Another fire in Indonesian Borneo (photo by David Gilbert/Greenpeace)

ALERT today issued a press release decrying a recent initiative by Indonesia and Malaysia to force large palm oil corporations to abandon their ‘no deforestation’ pledges.

The press release coincided with a hard-hitting article published today in The Conversation by ALERT director Bill Laurance.

At a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (November 21), Indonesia and Malaysia formed the "Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries".  Together, the two nations produce 85 percent of the world’s palm oil.

“A key goal of this Coalition is to force corporations that produce or use palm oil to revert to the bad old days — to destroy large tracts of forest for oil palm plantations,” said Laurance.

“It’s astonishing to see an initiative like this just as Indonesia has been suffering the worst fire crisis in its history,” said Laurance.  "There are so many fires the archipelago looks like an over-lit Christmas tree."

Fires detected in a single week in Indonesia (from Global Forest Watch)

“Haze from Indonesian fires has been so bad that schools and airports have been closed repeatedly across Southeast Asia, and some 500,000 people have suffered respiratory distress,” said Thomas Lovejoy, an ALERT member and former environmental advisor to three U.S. presidents.

Struggling to breathe in Singapore

In the last two years, many major forest-exploiting corporations have pledged not to destroy more forest, after coming under growing pressure from consumers and environmental groups.

“By 2020, Indonesia alone plans to clear 14 million hectares of additional land for oil palm and other uses,” said Lian Pin Koh, another ALERT member.  “The no-deforestation agreements stand in the way of these plans, so Indonesia and Malaysia are attempting to scuttle them with their new Coalition."

“Indonesia is destroying its rainforests faster than any other tropical nation,” said Koh.  “In my opinion this new Coalition is a giant step backward.”

Indonesia's forests and peat-lands are among the biologically richest in the world, and also harbor huge stores of carbon.  During its peak, the rampant burning of carbon-rich peat-lands alone was producing as much carbon emissions as the entire United States.

Imperiled denizen of the Indonesian rainforest (photo (c) Rhett Butler/Mongabay)

“I predict that any corporation rash enough to backslide on its hard-won no-deforestation pledge will be targeted by environmental groups and punished by consumers,” said Laurance.

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Alpine mountains host the 3rd European Forest Week

Global Forest Information Service - Tue, 2015-11-24 12:13

The 3rd European Forest Week (EFW), held back-to-back with Silva 2015, the joint session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) and the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC), took place 2-6 November 2015 in Engelberg, Switzerland.


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