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Global Timber Forum looks to future at Rome summit

9th May 2016

A nursery in Ivory Coast. Picture courtesy Brooks Bros Timber

The Global Timber Forum (GTF) is a communications channel and facilitator, supporting the timber industry worldwide in its roles as supplier of the most sustainable and versatile building and manufacturing material and as guardian of a vital environmental resource. It has now unveiled key new developments and secured long-term funding to enhance its capabilities. This […]

Wood helps see clearly – Swedish researchers develop wood windows

26th April 2016

The transparent wood is made by removing the lignin in the wood veneer. Picture: KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Windows and solar panels could be made of transparent wood in the future. The new material is suitable for mass production.

300m wood skyscraper proposed for central London

26th April 2016

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The tallest timber tower yet has been proposed for central London, overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral. Currently the plans for the 80-storey, 300m tower from are described as ‘conceptual’ by their creators; researchers at the University of Cambridge Architectural Department, PLP Architects and timber construction specialist engineers Smith & Wallwork.  But they insist the building, or something […]

Writer gets under skin of giant Congo FSC forest

22nd April 2016

MJ IFO manages over 1 million ha of FSC certified concessions in Congo Brazzaville. Courtesy Danzer crop 4

In his latest book, Dutch specialist nature conservation and sustainability author and researcher Meindert Brouwer shows how effectively and efficiently managed forest and timber operations can balance the needs of business and the environment. Brouwer dedicates a whole chapter of his new book, Central African Forests Forever, to the IFO forest concession and timber operations in […]

FSC says German forestry and timber industry criticism is too ‘far-fetched’ for response

22nd April 2016

FSC certified wood. Picture courtesy of FSC Deutschland

“I would put the attack against FSC in the context of the current debate on satire”, says Lars Hoffmann, press spokesperson of FSC Germany. “It is too absurd for an official response”.

Indonesia on final straight to FLEGT licensing

21st April 2016

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Indonesia has cleared the last hurdle to delivering the first licensed timber under the EU Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) legality assurance scheme, according to a statement from Indonesian, European Commission and European Council presidents. In their joint announcement today from Brussels, Joko Widodo, Jean-Claude Juncker, and Donald Tusk said that Indonesia had […]

NASA joins Gabonese forest analysis

19th April 2016

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The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has joined with European and Gabonese partner agencies to map the density and carbon storage potential of Gabon’s forests. According to the NASA website, the American team brought two laser-radar equipped B200 aircraft (pictured above) and a C40 plane carrying specialist radar equipment to the task, with one specific instrument […]

Gabon’s battle for sustainable development

19th April 2016

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Despite Gabon’s progress in combating illegal logging, the new environment minster has been told to step up policing further. According to a report in Jeune Afrique, Minister for Environmental Protection and Natural Resources, Forest and Sea, Flora Mistoul, has been tasked with ‘making faster the household’ as one of the prime targets in her new post. […]

FSC and ITTO promote use of Lesser Known Species

30th March 2016

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FSC and ITTO have recently launched websites and databases to promote the use of Lesser Known Timber Species (LKTS). The aim is to develop a more diverse timber market to support sustainable forestry, improved pricing and regional development through the commercialisation of a greater variety of wood species.

Politicians want wood in UK Houses of Parliament refurb

24th March 2016

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The UK Houses of Parliament are set to undergo a multi-billion pound refurbishment and a cross-party group of politicians are calling for extensive use of timber in the work. The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) of members of parliament (MPs) on Timber Industries was only recently formed on the initiative of the Confederation of Timber […]

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News

EUTR – a work in progress with potential

24th February 2016

Implementation of the EU Timber Regulation has some way to go to ensure it is working to maximum effectiveness in blocking illegal timber from the EU. But it has achieved some tangible positives, both in the EU timber trade and among its overseas suppliers. It is still valid in terms of ‘EU added-value’ and has […]

Lacey and CITES in focus at IWPA World of Wood

17th February 2016

The International Wood Products Association (IWPA) 2016 World of Wood Convention will feature panel discussions on the latest in Lacey Act compliance and enforcement, plus CITES and the Paris Climate Agreement. The event , which is the 60th World of Wood Convention, takes place from April 5-8 in Austin Texas. An audience of 300 people, […]

Global Timber Forum looks to future at Rome summit

9th May 2016

A nursery in Ivory Coast. Picture courtesy Brooks Bros Timber

The Global Timber Forum (GTF) is a communications channel and facilitator, supporting the timber industry worldwide in its roles as supplier of the most sustainable and versatile building and manufacturing material and as guardian of a vital environmental resource. It has now unveiled key new developments and secured long-term funding to enhance its capabilities. This […]

Wood helps see clearly – Swedish researchers develop wood windows

26th April 2016

The transparent wood is made by removing the lignin in the wood veneer. Picture: KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Windows and solar panels could be made of transparent wood in the future. The new material is suitable for mass production.

300m wood skyscraper proposed for central London

26th April 2016

tower2 crop 3

The tallest timber tower yet has been proposed for central London, overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral. Currently the plans for the 80-storey, 300m tower from are described as ‘conceptual’ by their creators; researchers at the University of Cambridge Architectural Department, PLP Architects and timber construction specialist engineers Smith & Wallwork.  But they insist the building, or something […]

Writer gets under skin of giant Congo FSC forest

22nd April 2016

MJ IFO manages over 1 million ha of FSC certified concessions in Congo Brazzaville. Courtesy Danzer crop 4

In his latest book, Dutch specialist nature conservation and sustainability author and researcher Meindert Brouwer shows how effectively and efficiently managed forest and timber operations can balance the needs of business and the environment. Brouwer dedicates a whole chapter of his new book, Central African Forests Forever, to the IFO forest concession and timber operations in […]

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