Industry Events

ICF 'Innovation for Change' conference | 2-3 May 2018 | Edinburgh

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) will be holding its 'Innovation for Change – New drivers for tomorrow’s forestry' conference at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 2-3 May 2018.

The event is set to focus on the impact of a fourth industrial revolution, one fusing science and technology so fast that it’s now hard to keep pace. The programme will explore not just how it affects the way we operate and the changes that will bring to the forestry and arboricultural sector, but also the human shifts of mind set and ethics quite unlike anything we’ve experienced before.

'Innovation for Change' will be opened by Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing MSP.  Other speakers include: Fiona Lickorish, Cranfield University (strategic foresight to manage change); Prof Tariq Butt, Swansea University (biopesticide-based tree pest controls); Prof John Mackay, University of Oxford (biotechnology and tree breeding); Jeremie Leonard, BioCarbon Engineering (unmanned aerial vehicles); Prof Iain H Woodhouse, University of Edinburgh and Carbomap (remote sensing innovations); Juan Suárez-Minguez, Forest Research (detection of tree stress by thermal imagery); Sharon Hosegood FICFor, Sharon Hosegood Associates Ltd (radar surveys of urban tree roots); and Prof Stefano Pascucci, University of Exeter Business School (Circular Economy).

FPInnovations, where Francis Charette is Associate Research Leader, are specialists in creating innovative scientific solutions for forestry. During his presentation on the opening day of the conference, Francis will talk about the benefits and challenges of automation in forestry; one of the many areas where we will also have to consider ethics when we look at our future workforce.

Commenting on the significance of the Institute’s 2018 National Conference, Chair and ICF Associate member Chris Hamill said: “Our working environment is becoming increasingly competitive, meaning identification of emerging innovation is fundamental to staying ahead of the game. It’s an all-round foundation that we’re laying – not just in technology and science, but also in how we sensitively approach challenges, such as the human impact of a changing sector."

“The Institute’s calls for us to continually improve, and the National Conference offers just that - a proven platform for knowledge exchange that you can use. All part of maintaining excellence in our industry.”

For more info and registration, click here.

View this event on the CTI Industry Calendar.

 

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PEFC UK to hold two free workshops on sustainable forest management and Chain of Custody

PEFC UK will be holding two different seminars in February designed to provide a clear understanding of what lies behind the PEFC label and why certification and Chain of Custody is so important.

These free workshops will explain the certification procedures behind PEFC certification. Delegates are also invited to participate in discussing the challenges, benefits and business opportunities that PEFC Chain of Custody certification presents.

Attendees will have a choice of two city centre venues: 

  • London: Tuesday 6th February 2018
    CVO, Society Building, 8 All Saints Street, London, N1 9RL
  • Newcastle: Tuesday 13th February 2018
    Royal Station Hotel, Neville Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 5DH

For more info and to book your place, download the form here and send it to [email protected]

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/pefc-uk-hold-two-free-workshops-sustainable-forest-management-and-chain-custody]

New Charter for Trees to be launched at Lincoln Castle on 6 November 2017

On Monday 6 November 2017, on the 800th anniversary of the 1217 Charter of the Forest, the new Charter for Trees, Woods and People will be launched at Lincoln Castle – home to one of the two remaining 1217 Charters of the Forest. It will then rest in the Lincolnshire Archives.

After a gathering on Castle Hill at around 5pm, a lantern procession into Lincoln Castle will unveil the Tree Charter Champion Pole representing the Tree Charter. The pole is carved by artist Simon Clements from Grown in Britain oak, showcasing words by poet Harriet Fraser. Visitors can also view the Charter for Trees, Woods and People, written in oak gall ink by calligrapher Patricia Lovett, alongside the 1217 Charter of the Forest in the Castle's Magna Carta vault.

Following this will be an opportunity to sign the Tree Charter, talks at Speakers’ Corner, live music, woodcrafts, artwork by Assemble, and a historical exhibition of the 1217 Charter of the Forest.

The call for a Tree Charter was initiated in 2015 by the Woodland Trust in response to the crisis facing trees and woods in the UK. It aims at "building a people-powered movement for trees." More than 70 organisations (including the Confederation of Timber Industries) and 300 local community groups answered the call and helped to collect over 60,000 tree stories from people across the UK, demonstrating the important role that trees play in their lives. These stories were read and shared, and helped to define the 10 Principles of the Tree Charter, ensuring that it stands for every tree and every person in the UK.

  1. Nature: Thriving habitats for diverse species;
  2. Planting: Planting for the future
  3. Arts & Heritage: Celebrating the cultural impacts of trees
  4. Utility & Livelihoods: A thriving forestry sector that delivers for the UK
  5. Protection: Better protection for important trees and woods
  6. Planning: Enhancing new developments with trees
  7. Health & Wellbeing: Understanding and using the natural health benefits of trees
  8. People & Access to Trees: Access to trees for everyone
  9. Coping with Threats: Addressing threats to woods and trees through good management
  10. Environment: Strengthening landscapes with woods and trees

Over 100,000 people have already pledged their support to the Tree Charter. Click here to sign the petition.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/new-charter-trees-be-launched-lincoln-castle-6-november-2017]

FAO Meeting: Sustainable Wood for a Sustainable World | 31 October - 1 November | Rome, Italy

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in conjunction with its Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI) and its partners, is organizing the Global Meeting ‘Sustainable Wood for a Sustainable World’ (SW4SW), to take place at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy from 31 October to 1 November 2017.

Partner organizations include the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST), the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), the World Bank (WB) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Participants will discuss the societal benefits from sustainable wood value chains and the challenges that hamper the realization of their full contribution to sustainable development. Focus will be given to the business model of sustainable wood production, with an emphasis on the linkages between sustainable forest management, value chains, livelihoods, investments and financing mechanisms.

FAO aims to engage state and non-state actors in a global debate on strategies and actions to raise awareness, trigger policies and increase investments to strengthen sustainable wood production and consumption. One expected outcome from the event is a set of agreed-upon conclusions to feed into other policy dialogues. This will help to ensure the full realization of socio-economic and environmental benefits of sustainable wood and its contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Download the meeting agenda here.

To register for the event SW4SW, click here.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/fao-meeting-sustainable-wood-sustainable-world-31-october-1-november-rome]

PEFC Forest Certification Week | 13-17 November 2017 | Helsinki, Finland

The PEFC Forest Certification Week 2017 will take place in Helsinki, Finland, from 13 to 17 November 2017.

The event includes the PEFC General Assembly along with meetings and workshops and comes to a close with the two-day PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue, open to everybody.

The General Assembly is made up of all the members of PEFC and is the organisation's highest authority and decision-making body. PEFC members will have the opportunity to vote on key decisions such as endorsements, international standards, new members, statutes and budget. 

PEFC Week has also grown to feature one of the most important annual public dialogues on the future of forest certification and sustainable forest management: the PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue.

This year, PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue's theme will be 'Making Certification SMART' focusing on how new and emerging technologies can support forest certification. 

The registration deadline is 31 October 2017.

View the events on CTI & Timber Industry Calendar.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/pefc-forest-certification-week-13-17-november-2017-helsinki-finland]

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