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One third of tropical timber traded worldwide is illegally sourced, new report finds

A new report presented at the Conference of the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP13) in Cancun last month indicates that one third of tropical timber traded globally comes from illegal deforestation.

As underlined by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), "the significant number stems from an increase of timber traded on domestic markets, which are less regulated and strict than international, export-oriented markets."

The study - coordinated by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) on behalf of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) - shows that bilateral trade agreements between producer and consumer countries- like the European Union’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Action Plan (FLEGT)– have prompted shifts in the timber trade from industrial export-oriented markets to small-scale logging operations for the domestic market.

"This pattern can be readily observed in Cameroon, Africa's largest exporter of tropical hardwood to the EU", explain CIFOR researchers. "Due to a lack of government regulation concerning the domestic wood sector, almost half of the country’s timber is sold on the black market."

Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment, one of the partner organizations supporting the assessment, comments: “Forestry crime including corporate crimes and illegal logging account for up to $152 billion every year, more than all official development aid combined."

Paolo Cerutti, one of the study’s key authors and a scientist at CIFOR, adds: “Illegal logging is complex. Before measures can be taken to curb it, preliminary work is needed to further assess the activity’s causes, complex dynamics, impacts and trade-offs. This was the mission behind our report."

The report - entitled "Illegal Logging and Related Timber Trade - Dimensions, Drivers, Impacts and Responses" - can be downloaded here.

 

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PEFC UK releases information sheet on Modern Slavery Act 2015

PEFC UK has produced a information sheet designed to help certified companies demonstrate compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. 

Section 54 of the Act entitled Transparency in Supply Chains is relevant to companies with a global turnover of over £36 million and which conduct business or part of a business in the United Kingdom.

All businesses which meet these criteria must publish a Slavery and Human Trafficking statement on their website with a prominent link to it from its home page. The statement should show the steps it has taken during the past financial year to ensure that slavery and human
trafficking has not taken place either in the company’s operations or its supply chain, both in the UK and abroad.

The information sheet shows how PEFC-certified companies and users of PEFC certified products (who may also have to comply with the legislation) can refer to PEFC’s certification standards to help demonstrate that forced labour has not been used in their certified products supply chain.

The publication can be downloaded from the PEFC UK website or can be obtained by e-mailing [email protected].

 

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Berkeley Professor Kevin O’Hara wins ICF Silvicultural Prize 2016

Kevin O’Hara, Professor of Silviculture at the University of California, Berkeley, has been awarded the 2016 Percy Stubbs, John Bolton King and Edward Garfitt Prize for Silviculture - for advancing our knowledge of silviculture.

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) honoured Professor O’Hara with this prestigious award in recognition of his paper entitled: What is close-to-nature silviculture in a changing world?, published in Forestry, volume 89(1): 1-6 – ICF’s respected international journal of forestry research, produced by Oxford University Press.

"The Editors believe this is an outstanding paper which demonstrates our knowledge of the subject. The paper is a model of clarity and has provided a real challenge to the policy and practice of silviculture." 

Professor O’Hara commented: "I'm very pleased and honoured to receive the 2016 Silvicultural Prize from the Institute of Chartered Foresters. I'm also gratified that the journal Forestry gave me the opportunity to present the science to challenge the status quo regarding emulating nature with silviculture."

Dr. Gary Kerr, Editor-in-Chief of Forestry, added: “Kevin’s paper is an important contribution because it challenges the doctrine of ‘close-to-nature’ silviculture and presents a vision for how silviculture can respond to the changes man has made to the natural environment.”

2016 Silvicultural Prize-winning paper is available to read in full on the Forestry website.

[Photo courtesy of Berkeley ESPM]

 

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Forestry Commission note explores alternative species for structural timber

The Forestry Commission has released a research note - entitled ‘Timber properties of noble fir, Norway spruce, western red cedar and western hemlock grown in Great Britain’ - exploring alternative species for structural timber.

According to the note, noble fir, Norway spruce, western red cedar and western hemlock grown in Britain could all produce acceptable returns of structural timber.

The recent increase in outbreaks of tree pests and diseases specific to particular species has led to an interest in diversification by planting a wider range of tree species to mitigate any risk to the softwood resource.

The note reports on the structural timber properties of these four species, which can produce merchantable volumes in reasonable time frames when grown in Great Britain, and compares the results with published values for British-grown Sitka spruce. It also notes that of these four species, western red cedar has the least desirable structural timber properties.

These species could therefore play a role in mitigating the British softwood timber industry’s exposure to the risks of relying on a small range of species.

 

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PEFC UK appoints French Export Manager Elisabeth Piveteau to its Board

Elisabeth Piveteau, UK & Ireland Export Manager at PiveteauBois, has been appointed new industry member to the PEFC UK Board.

PiveteauBois is one of France’s leading softwood sawmillers and manufacturers of timber products for the construction, landscaping and energy sectors and is France’s number one supplier of wood pellets. PiveteauBois is a family-run business with a deep passion for wood and over 65 years expertise of selecting the best quality softwood from certified forests in France and Poland. Its services include wood processing as well as designing, manufacturing and delivering high-quality and innovative timber products ranging from sawn timber, structural components and glulam to cladding, decking and UC4 fencing and landscaping products.

Elisabeth joined the family company after 20 years’ experience in sales and business development in the intellectual property and scientific information markets. She has previously worked at industry leaders Thomson Reuters, Lexis Nexis and Macmillan. Her mission at PiveteauBois is to develop and grow a customer base for its value-added products in the UK and Ireland in addition to raising awareness of France as Europe’s joint 4th largest softwood producer alongside Austria.

PEFC UK’s Executive Director Alun Watkins said: “We are honoured that Elisabeth has agreed to join us at PEFC UK.  We will benefit enormously from her knowledge of the French timber sector and this will enable us to better meet the expectations of one of our key stakeholder groups, those exporting to the UK market.”

Ms Piveteau commented: “I am delighted to have been asked to join the Board of PEFC UK. Representing a French company in the UK market, I recognise the importance of being able to supply our British customers with certified timber and provide them with assurances of responsible sourcing.  I am happy to be able to contribute to the valuable work PEFC does in promoting sustainable forest management around the world.”

 

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