• AfDB invests $14 million in restoration of degraded forests in Ghana

    The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) approved a $14 million senior loan through its private sector window to Form Ghana Ltd for restoration of degraded forest reserves through sustainably managed forest plantations.

  • Writer gets under skin of giant Congo FSC forest

    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 […]

  • NASA joins Gabonese forest analysis

    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 […]

  • Commission invests € 63.8 million in new environmental projects across Member States

    European – Press release Commission Brussels, 26 January 2016 New LIFE funding will help bring over € 1 billion of support to environmental plans across the EU. The European Commission today announced an investment of € 63.8 million for the first-ever “Integrated Projects” to be funded under the LIFE programme…

  • Germany, Norway, and the UK are spending US$5 billion to save tropical forests

    The governments of Germany, Norway, and the UK announced they would spend US$5 billion between 2015 and 2020 for protecting and restoring tropical forests, on occasion of the Climate Change Conference in Paris. The three countries are the biggest donors in international forest protection.

  • Greenpeace report: more than 1 million m3 of illegal wood in Romania in 2013 and 2014

    A Greenpeace report published in October says at least 1 million m3 of wood disappeared from Romania’s forest in 2013 and 2014 – mostly due to illegal logging. This means that three hectares of forest were destroyed ever hour.

  • Netherlands exceed certification target

    88% of all timber imported by members of the Netherlands Timber Trade Association (VVNH) was certified in 2014, says FSC/PEFC Certification Spotlight.

  • BM TRADA has been suspended from issuing FSC certificates in seven countries

    FSC accreditation body Accreditation Services International (ASI) has suspended Great Britain-based BM TRADA Certification Ltd from issuing FSC chain-of-custody (CoC) certificates in Germany, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus, and Russia.

  • FSC wants to more than double its share in forest-based trade

    FSC is planning to reach a share of 20% in global forest-based trade in the next five years, according to its Global Strategic Plan 2015-2020. The Plan was developed by FSC International’s Board of Directors in consultation with staff, members and stakeholders. 

  • GTF taking a closer look at European tropical timber trade

    The Global Timber Forum commissioned a series of interviews with European timber trade federation representatives this summer to gauge European companies’ key priorities and concerns regarding the tropical timber trade.