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NRW and Ford collaboration for new woodland in Wales

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has joined forces with the Ford Motor Company to create the new woodland on the site of the former Coegnant Colliery and Maesteg Washery in the Upper Llynfi Valley, a project funded by the Welsh Government Nature Fund.

The partnership will see the two organisations work with local people over the next 10 years to develop and maintain the woods. The Llynfi project aims not only to improve the environment of the Llynfi Valley by increasing biodiversity, reducing water run-off and absorbing pollution but will also encourage people to spend more time outside and increase their activity levels.

Work to convert the 30 hectare site began earlier this month when diggers moved in to prepare the ground ready for the planting of 60,000 trees over the winter.

“The Llynfi project gives us the opportunity to show how we can take forward the sustainable management of natural resources and deliver benefits for local communities", said Emyr Roberts, Chief Executive of Natural Resources Wales. “Having green spaces on our doorstep is not just good for wildlife, it also helps people feel better about their community and provides an area to unwind and exercise."

ATIBT to represent tropical wood industry at XIV World Forestry Congress

ATIBT (Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux) will take part in the XIV World Forestry Congress in Durban (South Africa), from 7 to 11 September 2015.

The organisation will make sure the tropical wood industry is duly represented at this major event, the most important and inclusive gathering of the global forest community. Significantly 2,000  participants have already registered.

Under the aegis of FAO of the United Nations and the host country, the congress takes place every six years. The debates are open to people from all countries, regions and walks of life, with a view to ensuring that everyone shares the same vision and strategy for the sustainable future of forests and forestry.