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VPAs are „a tool for fixing gaps in governance“, says FERN

27th April 2015

VPAs are „a tool for fixing gaps in governance“, says FERN

The environmental NGO FERN has analysed the FLEGT VPA process in five African countries in terms of transparency and discovered a range of encouraging signs. Transparency gains achieved as a part of the VPA process have, according to FERN, contributed to halting forest loss and increased rights of communities and indigenous peoples. 

Tall timber is the future urban solution

24th April 2015

Tall timber is the future urban solution

Tall building and especially tall building are a potential solution for meeting growing future needs for high density, low environmental impact urban housing development. 

 

Global Timber Forum is now live on twitter

23rd April 2015

Global Timber Forum is now live on twitter

The Global Timber Forum has launched a twitter page - @GTFTimberForum.

US forest restoration project hits 300,000 acres

21st April 2015

US forest restoration project hits 300,000 acres

The USA's largest landscape-scale forest restoration project, the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) in the Coconino and Kaibab forests of Arizona, has now completed work across a 300,000 acre area.

Tropical forest challenges and opportunities in focus

20th April 2015

Tropical forest challenges and opportunities in focus

Key areas of action for improving environmental performance and impacts of the tropical forest sector, and its commercial outlook, form the focus of new reports from the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO).

Organised crime profits from DRC illegal timber

17th April 2015

International organised crime is taking 98% of the profit from illegal trade in timber and other commodities in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

New Zealand deforestation dispute

16th April 2015

New Zealand's government and opposition Green Party are making conflicting statements on the country's deforestation rate.

Lumber Liquidators distributes 10,000 flooring air test kits

15th April 2015

It is reported that 10,000 people have now applied for free air safety test kits being distributed by US wood flooring retail giant Lumber Liquidators.

Stockholm’s decade of wood home development

15th April 2015

Stockholm’s decade of wood home development

A major timber-based construction programme is planned for Stockholm, which could see 6,000 dwellings built in a decade.

Stakeholders worldwide give their views on value of FLEGT

12th March 2015

Stakeholders worldwide give their views on value of FLEGT

Environmental NGO FERN has launched an online video giving stakeholders worldwide the opportunity to share their views on the value of the EU Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership programme (FLEGT VPA).

WWF wants EU buying sustainable timber only by 2020

11th March 2015

WWF wants EU buying sustainable timber only by 2020
The WWF is looking to take its new UK Forests Campaign, urging strict EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) enforcement and companies to commit to sustainable timber sourcing,  Europe-wide.
Vienna's Hoho dwarfs existing timber buildings

10th March 2015

The 14-storey timber building currently under construction in Bergen, Norway will likely not hold the title of the world’s tallest timber building for very long: The Austrian real estate firm Kerbler Holding announced at the end of February that it will go ahead with plans to build an 84m, 24-storey wooden skyscraper in Vienna.

Study indicates Lacey is working

5th March 2015

Study indicates Lacey is working

New research supports claims that the US Lacey Act is successfully curbing access of illegal timber from South America and Asia to the American market.

Visualising wood’s carbon credentials

26th February 2015

The UK Wood for Good marketing campaign has commissioned a series of short films to broadcast the message of forestry and timber construction’s carbon credentials to a wider audience.

Europe’s tallest timber building nears completion

26th February 2015

Europe’s tallest timber building nears completion

A ten-storey hybrid timber and steel framed apartment building is on schedule to be complete in coming weeks.  It will become Europe’s tallest cross laminated timber-based (CLT) building and the joint tallest in the world, alongside Melbourne’s Forte Tower. 

Danes make timber a YouTube hit

23rd February 2015

Danes make timber a YouTube hit

A series of promotional  animations from The Danish Wood Initiative (DWI) have been downloaded more than 80,000 times on YouTube.

German importers' appeals on EUTR wenge seizures rejected

23rd February 2015

German importers' appeals on EUTR wenge seizures rejected

Objections filed by two importers against the seizure of wenge logs by Germany’s EU Timber Regulation Competent Authority the BLE have been thrown out.

News

News

VPAs are „a tool for fixing gaps in governance“, says FERN

27th April 2015

VPAs are „a tool for fixing gaps in governance“, says FERN

The environmental NGO FERN has analysed the FLEGT VPA process in five African countries in terms of transparency and discovered a range of encouraging signs. Transparency gains achieved as a part of the VPA process have, according to FERN, contributed to halting forest loss and increased rights of communities and indigenous peoples. 

German timber-trade turnover up 4.3%

27th April 2015

The German timber trade Federation GD Holz reports a positive trend for 2014: across all product groups, turnover increased by 4.3%. GD Holz says that business was good during most of last year, but particularly in the spring.

Global forest loss reversed, but deforestation in tropics continues

24th April 2015

The total amount of vegetation globally has increased by almost 4 billion tonnes of carbon since 2003. These findings, based on analysis of almost 20 years of satellite data, were published by a team of scientists in Nature Climate Change.

Tall timber is the future urban solution

24th April 2015

Tall timber is the future urban solution

Tall building and especially tall building are a potential solution for meeting growing future needs for high density, low environmental impact urban housing development. 

 

Forum

Forum

The certification price conundrum

Last update 3 days ago

Wood is good for you - official!

Last update on 16th April 2015

FSC aims to fill the loopholes

Last update on 26th March 2015

Congo log levy funds social projects

Last update on 18th March 2015

Events

Events

Global Timber Forum Summit 2015

9th to 11th June 2015

The timber sector’s new international networking and communications platform takes place in Shanghai, China, from June 9-11.