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NEPCon launches new Data Hub to help companies source legal timber

NEPCon has launched its NEPCon Sourcing Hub, one of the biggest and most detailed collections of forest-related risk assessments available on the market.

All information on the Sourcing Hub is free for anyone to use and to download and aims to help companies meet due diligence requirements of market regulation such as the EU Timber Regulation. The Hub contains assessments of the risks of illegal timber production and trade in 62 countries, covering 87% of global timber production.

Alongside providing detailed data on timber, the Sourcing Hub contains risk assessments for palm oil, soy and beef addressing environmental, social and legality risks in 10 countries. The System identifies all legislation applicable to harvesting, transport and trade in each country, divided up into 21 different areas of law that are applicable to the EU Timber Regulation.

The Hub also lists the documents that are legally required for harvesting, transport and trade in each country, such as harvest permits, transport permits and business licences. Where the risks of illegality vary for different types of forest, the Tool also gives a separate risk conclusion. For example, if timber from one geographical area of a country has fewer risks than another, or if timber from plantations has fewer risks than timber from natural forests, the Hub is able to identify this. 

The Hub is funded by the European Commission; the UK Department for International Development; Danida, part of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Forest Stewardship CouncilTM; and NEPCon.

“We’ve designed the NEPCon Sourcing Hub to make it as simple as possible for companies to carry out the due diligence they’re required to do by the EU Timber Regulation,” said Alexandra Banks, Forest Legality Expert. “By helping companies source legal timber, the NEPCon Sourcing Hub will help the legal timber trade around the world prosper.”

For a video presentation of the Hub, click here.

NEPCon is also holding free training workshops on the EU Timber Regulation and the NEPCon Sourcing Hub in 12 EU countries in the autumn, as part of its legality projects. Find out more here.

 

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Forest Enterprise England stats show substantial increase in timber incomes

Forest Enterprise England - the independent executive agency sponsored by the Forestry Commission to manage the nation’s forest estate - has released its production statistics from the 2016/2017 harvesting programme.

The data - summarised in the infographics here and contained in the Organisation's annual report - show standing sales vs direct production and the markets for the direct production.

Simon Hodgson, Forest Enterprise Chief Executive commented: “This has been our best year ever for timber income raising £38.9 million and meeting our published commitment by despatching 1.428 million cubic metres overbark standing. This is a credit to our marketing and sales team and the Forest Districts."

“We have had two significant boosts this year: modernising our e-sales system; and a very successful hardwood timber auction that saw record prices paid for our high quality sawlogs. The increased income was also undoubtedly supported by the lower value of sterling.

“Although the first updated e-sales went well, our July e-sales did suffer from a technical glitch and I apologise to our customers for any inconvenience this may have caused."

“Offering a high standard, professional service to our timber customers and achieving the best price for our product remain key to improving our bottom line.”

Forest Enterprise England has also launched an online survey - available here - to gather feedback from its timber customers on the service provided. 

The online consultation is anonymous and will remain open until Thursday 31st August. Participants who wish to leave their email address could win a £50 Amazon voucher.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/forestry-enterprise-england-stats-show-substantial-increase-timber-incomes]

Grown In Britain celebrates its 4th Birthday with British-grown timber Survey

Grown In Britain, the British-grown timber marketing campaign, turns 4 years old today.

In celebration of its anniversary, Grown in Britain has launched its first annual survey for the construction supply chain and wood-using industries, open to all, available at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/38HCDNM.

The Campaign can now rely on the support of nearly 200 organisations in fifteen different sectors from construction companies to wildlife organisations.

Its licensing system, assuring British wood origins along supply chains, accounts for an area of British forest equivalent to around 345,000 football pitches. That's like saying Grown in Britain has now licensed enough timber to fill Big Ben 395 times.

With much of the British-grown timber supply base on board, along with major constructor contractors, Grown in Britain is now concentrating on connecting British timber supply chains. The campaign recently signed a strategic promotional partnership with the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and is working closely with the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) on promotional projects for British-grown timber.

“Positive perceptions of British timber along the supply chains to market are crucial to the continuing development of the industry,” says Grown in Britain CEO Dougal Driver.

“The views of builders’ and timber merchants, joinery and furniture producers, builders and landscapers, and designers using wood will influence where we take the campaign in the next four years. We encourage everyone to get involved and take the anniversary survey. In less time than it takes to drink a mug of coffee you’ll have made a contribution to the future of Britain’s timber industries,” Mr Driver adds.
 

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/grown-britain-celebrates-its-4th-birthday-british-grown-timber-survey]

AHEC unveils interactive map showing US Hardwood Forests' volumes, growth and removals

The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) has launched an interactive map showing hardwood forests' growth, removal and volume in the United States.

The map displays data collected by the U.S. Forest Service on a national, state and county level providing regularly updated information for most of the main commercial American hardwood species.

“It’s a dynamic tool that accurately reflects what’s going on in the forest and it will dramatically change the way we promote the sustainability of American hardwoods,” said Mike Snow, AHEC executive director.

It’s a new way for communicating environmental credentials and will make it easier for architects, designers and wood industries to demonstrate the sustainability of the timber they use.”

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/ahec-unveils-interactive-map-showing-us-hardwood-forests-volumes-growth-and-removals]

Double certified forests on the rise, joint PEFC / FSC data report

The two largest forest certification schemes - PEFC and FSC - have agreed to jointly collect and publish data on double certification, starting from 2016 onwards.

More than 69 million hectares (or 16%) of all certified forests globally are double certified to both PEFC and FSC. This is an increase of 30 million hectares compared to data collected by PEFC in 2012.

Double certification exists because foresters in different parts of the world have chosen to use both PEFC and FSC certification for their forest management units to prove their sustainable forest management practices. As their respective certified forest area appears in both the PEFC and the FSC statistics, this has led to inflated numbers of the total global certified area. 

PEFC and FSC therefore decided to work together to provide a more accurate and mutually agreed estimate for the total global certified area.

"From a global point of view, resources invested in certifying already certified forest area are resources that are not invested in certifying new forest area as sustainably managed," said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International.

"Our common goal should be to expand sustainable forest management and to increase the availability of certified forest products. Adding one label on top of another label doesn't help us in achieving this objective," added Mr. Gunneberg.

"One cause of double certification is market access, and here companies have a role to play: by accepting both PEFC and FSC, they remove the pressure on forest owners to double certify.”

“In turn, this will help precious financial resources to be focused on expanding certification to forests that are not yet certified to either system," Mr. Gunneberg concluded.  

The mutually agreed data on double certification provides reliable information on the extent of the total global certified forest area to intergovernmental processes and global initiatives such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other interested parties.

The data collected for 2016 shows that double certification exists in 28 countries. Removing double certification from the statistics shows that a total of 429 million hectares of forests are certified globally. 70% of these forests have a PEFC certificate.

With this agreement, FSC and PEFC also wish to avoid misunderstandings about the current statistics on forest certification when the data from FSC and PEFC are added up.

An estimate of PEFC&FSC certified forest area in 2016 by country is available here.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/double-certified-forests-rise-joint-pefc-fsc-data-report]

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