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FSC General Assembly to be held in October 2017 | Vancouver, Canada

The next FSC General Assembly will take place from 8th to 13th October 2017 in Vancouver, Canada.

Held every three years, the event aims to gather FSC international members to discuss the challenges and solutions of responsible forest management, and the future direction of the organization.

The FSC General Assembly 2017 will be the 8th assembly of members in the history of the organization. The first general assembly took place in 1996 in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Members submit motions months before the general assembly begins. Motions are then discussed and debated, before being voted on by all delegates.

To give an equal say to these different voices, FSC membership is divided into three different chambers – environmental, social and economic, which are further split into sub-chambers of global North and South. Voting on the motions is based on the three-chamber system, with equal voting power given to each chamber. 

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UK Forest Market Report 2016 to be unveiled at two events in London and Edinburgh

Tilhill Forestry and John Clegg & Co will launch the UK Forest Market Report 2016 at two different events in London and Edinburgh on 16th and 17th November 2016.

The 2016 edition of the Report - including a review of woodlands and commercial broadleaf crops - will be revealed to a diverse audience of woodland owners, investors, lawyers, landowners and other representatives of the UK forest industry.

Forestry investment experts from both companies will highlight the key issues contained within the UK Forest Market Report as well as providing comment on the IPD findings of returns in UK forestry of 10.8 per cent for the year ending 31 December 2015.

The launch events will also encourage lively debates around questions such as:

  • How important is forestry to our economy?
  • What might happen to forestry grants and what is the current situation?
  • How can you make money from a mixed broadleaf crop?
  • What impact is Brexit having on British timber imports and exports?

To register for the launch event or to ask for a copy of the Report, contact Call Sarah Clay, Tilhill Forestry [01892 861008, [email protected]] or Carol Dixon, John Clegg & Co [0131 2298800 [email protected]].

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/uk-forest-market-report-2016-be-unveiled-two-events-london-and-edinburgh]

FAO launches Forest Action Day to raise awareness of woodlands role against climate change

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO) has launched its Forest Action Day Campaign for today 8 November 2016.

The initiative aims to increase awareness of the importance of forests worldwide in view of the Marrakech Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP22) currently taking place in Morocco.

By joining the campaign, companies, organisations and ordinary citizens will support FAO plea to governments to take action to protect, restore and sustainably manage the world’s forests.

"Forests matter in the fight against climate change. They absorb and store carbon as they grow, removing emissions from the atmosphere. Even wood products keep carbon safely locked up for the duration of their lifespan", say the Campaign organisers.

"But deforestation and forest degradation have the opposite effect, releasing carbon back into the atmosphere. Currently, deforestation and forest degradation account for up to 12 percent of global carbon emissions – that’s more than all of the world’s planes, trains, cars and ships combined."

"To put a stop to global warming, we need to halt deforestation, restore degraded forests, and ensure all types of forest are managed sustainably."

To join the Forest Action Day, think about what forests mean to you and compose a simple message beginning with the phrase “#ForestsMatter to me because….”

Post on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook adding the hashtags #ForestActionDay and #COP22

If you like, you could also record a short video of your favourite forest on your smartphone or take a photo to add to your post. FAO will compile a collection of the messages and share the best ones via @FAOForestry Twitter.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/fao-launches-forest-action-day-raise-awareness-woodlands-role-against-climate-change]

PEFC UK to run stakeholder seminars on Sustainable forest management certification

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is running two seminars in the New Year to help participants gain a clearer understanding of sustainable forest management certification.

Key personnel from certified companies such as Chain of Custody administrators, marketing and sales are invited to attend these seminars covering a wide range of topics including Chain of Custody certification, the use of the PEFC label and the market drivers for certified forest products.

The possible dates are:

London - Wednesday 11 January

Birmingham - Wednesday 18 January

The workshops are free to attend but places are strictly limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis, so early registration is recommended.

For more information, download the pdf form or contact [email protected].

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/pefc-uk-run-two-seminars-sustainable-forest-management-certification]

PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue | 17-18 November 2016 | Bali, Indonesia

PEFC International will hold its next Stakeholder Dialogue event on 17-18 November 2016 in Bali, Indonesia.

The two-day meeting will focus on how the forest sector and forest certification can better contribute to sustainable landscapes for sustainable livelihoods.

Main discussion topics include:

  • Empowering and integrating smallholders to support deforestation free, sustainable supply chains
  • Meeting the growing global demand for wood: improving productivity & expanding the resource base
  • Transferring lessons and exploring synergies across commodities for sustainable landscapes and rural economic growth

The dialogue will open with two distinguished experts providing diverse views on how to ‘bridge the gap’ and better achieve sustainability across forests, agriculture and food security. 

Dr. Terry Sunderland, Principle Scientist at CIFOR, will explain his insights on how landscape approaches can provide a framework to reconcile competition between productive land-uses and environmental and development trade-offs.

He will go on to highlight new findings that underscore the importance of forests for many aspects of sustainable development, people’s nutrition among them.

Dr. Sadanandan Nambiar AO, (formerly, Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO, Australia) will argue that improving the productivity and profitability of forests and trees is central to achieving sustainability across landscapes and livelihoods.

For Dr. Nambiar, certification must sharpen its focus on economic sustainability. The production, processing and use of more wood is critical for poverty reduction and a contributor to climate change mitigation, and he will challenge whether certification systems currently act as a catalyst for rural development in tree-based landscapes.

Registration to the event will close on 12 October 2016. 

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