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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

Timber buildings reach market share of more than 16%

31st March 2015

Timber frame construction in Germany has continued to grow last year, with a plus in building permits of 1.2% to 15,787 detached and semi-detached houses.

Forest conversion for commercial agriculture drives deforestation in Myanmar

31st March 2015

Forest conversion for commercial agriculture drives deforestation in Myanmar

An analysis carried out by Forest Trends reveals that the Government of Myanmar has increased the land area allocated for large-scale private agribusiness concessions by 170% between 2010 and 2013.

Fern calls for EU action plan for agricultural products

31st March 2015

A new NGO report highlights land clearance and conversion to agriculture as a key factor in deforestation.

Germany now has more than 1 million m3 of FSC certified forests

20th March 2015

Germany now has more than 1 million m3 of FSC certified forests

FSC certification in German forests has crossed the 1 million m3 threshold in March, which means that roughly 10% of the country’s forests are now certified. And the trend towards more sustainable forest management continues, according to FSC Germany. 

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.