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FAO Forestry Paper 154 - Forests and Energy
Jun 09, 2008

A new publication from FAO explores the relationship between forests and energy. It considers the present and future contribution of wood in the production of bioenergy as well as the effects of liquid biofuel crop development on forests. The paper begins with an overview of global energy supply and demand with projections to the year 2030. The contribution of wood energy is then considered in the context of a general discussion of a variety of bioenergy crops and their use in the production of first- and second-generation biofuels. The analysis evaluates the payoffs in developing different sources of bioenergy and the risks of land conversion. It also discusses market forces and ongoing technological innovations for wood energy production. Policy options and recommendations for bioenergy development are given, stressing the importance of integrated planning and monitoring of land use, and the transfer of advanced wood energy technologies to developing countries.

 FAO Forestry Paper 154

 
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity - Interim Report Released
May 30, 2008

The findings of the first phase of the study 'The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity' (TEEB) were  presented at the High-Level Segment of the Ninth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP-9) in Bonn, Germany, 28-30 May 2008. The study aims to evaluate the costs of the loss of biodiversity and the associated decline in ecosystem services worldwide, and compare them with the costs of effective conservation and sustainable use. The second phase of the study will run into 2009, and its final results will be presented at CBD COP-10 in 2010.

DG Environment

TEEB Interim Report

 
Europe cannot halt the loss of biodiversity without sustainable use of forests
May 22, 2008

Forests are home to a large number of the plant and animal species and therefore closely linked to the overall state of biodiversity in Europe. On the World Biodiversity Day, 22 May, the European Environment Agency draws attention to the growing demand for forest resources, including for bioenergy, which will exert greater pressures on forest biodiversity. Despite recent improvements, including increasing the amount of protected forest areas, several forest species remain threatened. A new EEA report (EEA Report No 3/2008: European forests — ecosystem conditions and sustainable use) points out the growing demand for forest resources, identifies major threats to the forest ecosystems across Europe and provides suggestions on how forest management could be improved to help halt loss of forest biological diversity.

EEA Press Release

EEA Report No 3/2008  

 

 
Global pulpwood prices reached new records in first quarter of 2008
May 21, 2008

Tight residual supply, higher fuel costs and unfavourable weather were all factors that pushed wood costs for the world’s pulp industry to new record levels in the first quarter of 2008. Wood costs went up in most of the 17 world regions covered by the market report Wood Resource Quarterly. One country that bucked the upward price trend was Russia, where higher log supply reduced wood costs by over 15% in the first quarter. Prices also fell in France where competition for smaller logs from sawmills and wood-based panel manufacturers eased early in the year resulting in more than 10% lower conifer fiber prices compared to the last quarter of 2007.

Press release

Wood Resource Quarterly
 
FSC Reviews Core Document - Invitation to Comment on Draft of Revised FSC Principles and Criteria
May 21, 2008

FSC invites all interested parties to comment on the first draft of the revised Principles and Criteria. The FSC Principles and Criteria is the core document for FSC forest management certification. As such, the Principles and Criteria can only be changed by a vote of the FSC membership. The 10 principles and 56 criteria form the basis for all FSC forest management policies and standards. The FSC Principles and Criteria describe how the forests have to be managed to meet the social, economic, ecological, cultural and spiritual needs of present and future generations. They include managerial aspects as well as environmental and social requirements.

FSC press release

 
Commission proposes to improve and streamline the European Environment Information System
May 09, 2008

European Commission press release 5 February 2008. 

Timely, reliable and relevant information on the state of environment is essential for sound policies. This includes information on how the climate is changing, whether European waters are improving and how nature is reacting to pollution and changing land use. Such information should be made available to all and be easily understood. To this end the Commission proposes to improve, modernise and streamline the present information systems by establishing a European Shared Environment Information System (SEIS). The objective of this system is to tie better together all existing data gathering and information flows using modern tools such as the internet and satellite technology. The objective is also to move away from paper based reporting and reports to a system where data is made available to the users at source in an open and transparent way.

Commission press release

More information about SEIS is available on the EC Environment website  

 
UNFF Web forum on forests, desertification and land degradation
May 07, 2008

The United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) secretariat have opened a web forum on 'Reversing loss of forest cover, preventing forest degradation and combating desertification'. The forum was opened on 5 May 2008 and will remain open until 30 May 2008. The aim of the forum is to enable stakeholders voice their opinions and share their experiences. The forum is the first of a series of three fora intended to gather information, data and perspectives on three issues as part of preparations for the Eighth Session of the UNFF. The three issues are: (1) forests and desertification and land degradation; (2) forests and biodiversity; and (3) forests and climate change.

UNFF web forum

 
Marcus Wallenberg Prize - Winner 2008 announced
Apr 18, 2008

The 2008 Marcus Wallenberg Prize has been awarded to Prof. Bjarne Holmbom and Mr. Christer Eckerman (of Åbo Akademi University, Åbo, Finland) for their breakthrough research and innovation creating a platform for large-scale separation, isolation, purification and applications of chemical components in wood.

MWP press release

 
Finland and Sweden are increasing imports of pulpwood
Apr 14, 2008

Pulpmills in Finland and Sweden are increasing imports of pulpwood as domestic wood fiber costs are reaching 15-year highs. High wood costs and the prospect of reduced log supply from Russia in the coming years forces many pulpmills in the Nordic countries to re-evaluate their wood fiber procurement strategies. Increasing wood chip imports from Latin America and North America together with higher domestic timber harvests can be expected in 2008, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ).

Papernet.se 

 
Attitudes of European citizens towards the environment
Mar 31, 2008

The DG Environment commissioned a public opinion survey to measure the opinions, attitudes and behaviour of Europeans towards the environment. The survey addressed the following broad themes: (1) General attitudes towards the environment; (2) Personal relationship with the environment; (3) Opinions on environment policies; (4) Information on the environment. The results are presented in terms of the European average and then also on a country-by-country basis. The survey was carried out in the 27 Member States of the European Union between the 13th November and 14th of December 2007. Nearly 27,000 respondents were interviewed face-to-face at their homes in their national languages.

http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/archives/eb_special_en.htm

 
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