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Rolling library car for lumber camps is newest exhibit at Fort Missoula museum

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-06-04 20:43

We’ve tucked away our image of the illiterate lumberjack into “comfortable history.”
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Zinke forestry bill would require lawsuit bonds, reduce timber-sale analysis

Global Forest Information Service - Thu, 2015-06-04 20:15

U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke introduced legislation requiring those who challenge Forest Service timber sales to post bonds with their lawsuits, simplifying collaborative forest projects to yes-or-no analyses and allowing state governments to fund national forest wildfire-prevention work.
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Zinke forestry bill would require lawsuit bonds, reduce timber-sale analysis

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-06-04 20:15

U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke introduced legislation requiring those who challenge Forest Service timber sales to post bonds with their lawsuits, simplifying collaborative forest projects to yes-or-no analyses and allowing state governments to fund national forest wildfire-prevention work.
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Rhinos And Other Large Herbivores At Risk Of Extinction

Global Forest Information Service - Thu, 2015-06-04 19:53

FES professor Bill Ripple was interviewed on NPR's Here & Now about his latest research on large herbivores.(more)

Additional Information: Here & Now interviewBill Ripple
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Rhinos And Other Large Herbivores At Risk Of Extinction

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-06-04 19:53

FES professor Bill Ripple was interviewed on NPR's Here & Now about his latest research on large herbivores.(more)

Additional Information: Here & Now interviewBill Ripple
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Douglas-fir trees the hardest hit in tree die-back

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-06-04 18:32

Landscape and forest trees are experiencing widespread dieback this spring according to Glenn Ahrens, Oregon State University Extension Forester for Marion County. "Browning or dieback is usually caused by weather-related stress, sometimes in combination with pests and diseases," he said.(more)

Additional Information: Full StoryGlenn Ahrens
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Sustainable Forestry Initiative – a trusted partner for nature conservation in Canada

SFI - Thu, 2015-06-04 18:22

Guest blog by: Eleanor Fast, Executive Director, Nature Canada


When I began work at Nature Canada six months ago I asked my team for a list of key partners who I should introduce myself to. Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) was in the list of most trusted partners, and when I met with the SFI team at their smart new Ottawa offices I quickly understood why.

Kathy Abusow, Andrew de Vries and the SFI Canada team embody what trusted partners are for Nature Canada – they believe in the importance of nature conservation to our future health and prosperity, they are always ready to sit down and discuss ideas, and are willing to take action to make things happen.

Not only do Nature Canada and SFI both care about conserving Canadian nature, we both care about inspiring the next generation of nature lovers, and we both see the value in profiling women as leaders in nature conservation. And those shared objectives have led to a number of successful partnerships.

In March, SFI was the lead sponsor and partner for an international workshop to discuss a conservation plan for the Canada Warbler that Nature Canada organized. It was inspiring to have SFI speak at the event and participate for the full two days as well as committing to being part of the ongoing conversation to protect this iconic species.

photo credit: Jake Wright, Hill Times

SFI was also one of the key sponsors for a second year on Nature Canada’s Women for Nature reception on Parliament Hill which featured MPs and Senators from all parties, and included a presentation from the Minister of Health about her personal love for nature. Andrew de Vries, VP at SFI spoke eloquently about SFI’s work in recognizing women leaders, but also about the important partnership between SFI and Nature Canada. We are delighted to honour Kathy Abusow as a founding member of Women for Nature.

“Trust” and “shared objectives” are buzzwords that are thrown around all to freely and are sometimes nothing more than empty words.  But when Nature Canada and SFI work together, trust and shared objectives really are at the heart of our successful and ongoing collaboration.

About Nature Canada:

Nature Canada is the oldest national nature conservation charity in Canada. Over the past 75 years, Nature Canada has helped protect over 63 million acres of parks and wildlife areas in Canada and countless species that depend on this habitat. Today, Nature Canada represents a network of more than 45,000 members and supporters and more than 350 nature organizations across the country, with affiliates in every province. Nature Canada focuses on effecting change on issues of national significance including bird conservation, citizen science and urban nature initiatives, and being a voice for nature at the federal level.

About Eleanor Fast: 

Eleanor Fast joined Nature Canada as Executive Director in October 2014. She brings to the position a passion for nature and extensive senior level experience in the not-for-profit and government sectors working in science policy, research, advocacy, communications and fundraising. Previously she has worked at the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Council of Canadian Academies, the Library of Parliament and the British High Commission in Ottawa. Eleanor completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in biodiversity at McGill University.

 

Sustainable Forestry Initiative – a trusted partner for nature conservation in Canada

External link - Thu, 2015-06-04 18:22

Guest blog by: Eleanor Fast, Executive Director, Nature Canada


When I began work at Nature Canada six months ago I asked my team for a list of key partners who I should introduce myself to. Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) was in the list of most trusted partners, and when I met with the SFI team at their smart new Ottawa offices I quickly understood why.

Kathy Abusow, Andrew de Vries and the SFI Canada team embody what trusted partners are for Nature Canada – they believe in the importance of nature conservation to our future health and prosperity, they are always ready to sit down and discuss ideas, and are willing to take action to make things happen.

Not only do Nature Canada and SFI both care about conserving Canadian nature, we both care about inspiring the next generation of nature lovers, and we both see the value in profiling women as leaders in nature conservation. And those shared objectives have led to a number of successful partnerships.

In March, SFI was the lead sponsor and partner for an international workshop to discuss a conservation plan for the Canada Warbler that Nature Canada organized. It was inspiring to have SFI speak at the event and participate for the full two days as well as committing to being part of the ongoing conversation to protect this iconic species.

photo credit: Jake Wright, Hill Times

SFI was also one of the key sponsors for a second year on Nature Canada’s Women for Nature reception on Parliament Hill which featured MPs and Senators from all parties, and included a presentation from the Minister of Health about her personal love for nature. Andrew de Vries, VP at SFI spoke eloquently about SFI’s work in recognizing women leaders, but also about the important partnership between SFI and Nature Canada. We are delighted to honour Kathy Abusow as a founding member of Women for Nature.

“Trust” and “shared objectives” are buzzwords that are thrown around all to freely and are sometimes nothing more than empty words.  But when Nature Canada and SFI work together, trust and shared objectives really are at the heart of our successful and ongoing collaboration.

About Nature Canada:

Nature Canada is the oldest national nature conservation charity in Canada. Over the past 75 years, Nature Canada has helped protect over 63 million acres of parks and wildlife areas in Canada and countless species that depend on this habitat. Today, Nature Canada represents a network of more than 45,000 members and supporters and more than 350 nature organizations across the country, with affiliates in every province. Nature Canada focuses on effecting change on issues of national significance including bird conservation, citizen science and urban nature initiatives, and being a voice for nature at the federal level.

About Eleanor Fast: 

Eleanor Fast joined Nature Canada as Executive Director in October 2014. She brings to the position a passion for nature and extensive senior level experience in the not-for-profit and government sectors working in science policy, research, advocacy, communications and fundraising. Previously she has worked at the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Council of Canadian Academies, the Library of Parliament and the British High Commission in Ottawa. Eleanor completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in biodiversity at McGill University.

 

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Seven new species of miniature frogs discovered in cloud forests of Brazil

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-06-04 18:08

Tiny frogs smaller in size than bumblebees have evolved with fewer fingers and toes to reduce their size to adapt to life on isolated mountaintops

Seven new species of miniature frog, smaller than bumblebees, have been discovered clinging to survival on isolated mountaintops in Brazil.

The largest of the new discoveries has a maximum adult length of just 13mm. The frogs, which are among the smallest land vertebrates, have evolved with fewer fingers and toes in order to reduce their size.

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GEF Reflects on Forests

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-06-04 17:52
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) released a summary of its support for forests that begins with its first project in Guyana in 1991 and culminates in the adoption of the GEF-6 forest strategy in 2014.
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UNEP-WCMC Annual Report Highlights Mapping of Global Ecosystem Assets

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-06-04 17:51
The UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) released its 2014 annual report, highlighting the Centre's work in support of biodiversity-related decision making, including the world's first mapping of marine and terrestrial ecosystem assets. In a foreword, UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner highlights the Centre's potential role in providing information tailored to the needs of decision makers, particularly within the emerging post-2015 development agenda effort.
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UNDP-GEF Annual Report Provides Performance Ratings of US$10.35 Billion in Projects

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-06-04 17:47
The UN Development Programme Global Environmental Finance Unit (UNDP-GEF) released its seventh annual performance report, providing progress and quality ratings of environment and sustainable development projects to the value of US$10.35 billion.
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Yes, I’m a tree-hugger. And you should be too | Patrick Barkham

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-06-04 16:58
It’s not the most original thing you can do for 30 Days Wild, but it is vital that we all reconnect with the natural world

I’ve just popped outside hugged a tree. It was a long and unexpectedly emotional embrace. I’ve admired this beech from afar since moving house last year but had, until now, neglected to get to know it properly.

I was reminded to do so by 30 Days Wild this week, a month-long campaign led by the Wildlife Trusts in which 11,000 people (and counting) have signed up to do something wild every day. Hugging a tree is probably the least original act among 101 ideas, such as discarding shoes and socks to feel grass beneath your feet or recording birdsong to make a wild ringtone. Those tweeting #randomactsofwildness have been watching tadpoles swimming through a cattle trough, or swerving the mower around buttercups in their lawn, or taking direct action – from liberating a trapped woodlouse to writing to their MP about an environmental issue.

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Herakles abandons all operations in Mundemba and Toko concession areas, Cameroon

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-06-04 15:13
4 June, 2015

Mundemba: May31, 2015 (SEFE/FR/MY01/2015)

Herakles Farms, a New York based investment Firm and the parent company of SG Sustainable Oils Cameroon (SGSOC) which has been under the spotlight of increasing local and international opposition for its intention to establish oil palm plantations in protected areas (including the iconic Korup National Park in south west Cameroon) has abandoned all operations in the Mundemba and Toko Subdivisions respectively and in Ndian Division on May 29, 2015.

The decision was announced to the few remaining workers of Fabe and Lipenja I, Batanga, nurseries on May 29, 2015. After their shifts, affected workers notified SEFE of developments. Workers confirmed that the announcement was made by a man who presented himself as the new CEO of the company. The workers said the reason given for suspending operations was to enable Herakles to intensify planting of palms in the Nguti area before returning to Mundemba and Toko concessions in 2017/2018. The company spokesman blamed current management for prioritising timber extraction over planting of palms. Considering their capabilities for carrying out planting this statement was seen as a tactical excuse for a dishonourable exit from the area.

In April, 2013 during a meeting with investors, Herakles announced their intention to sell their 73,000 ha concession in 2018. But a Presidential decree signed in November 2013, granted the company 19,843 ha of land lease for a 3 year probation period. The decree also demanded the company fulfil certain conditions which were not met, notably in the development of social facilities, conducting an environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) in the new concession, and payment of land rents to the tune of 200,000,000 FCFA. Treasury and local council officials have confirmed to SEFE that Herakles is yet to pay land rents demanded in the Presidential decrees of November 2013, yet are still operating in the area, in clear violation of the presidential order.

Some workers who solicited advice from SEFE say workers were awarded certificates of appreciation and asked to go to the Divisional Office of Labour, Mundemba to receive money. Workers were left unclear if these represented wages for the month of May or compensation for the entire period they have worked in the company. The letters handed to each of the worker simply stated that they should go to the labour office for payment without indicating the amount of money they would receive. 

This is not the first time that Herakles has laid off their workers without compensation. An official of the National Social Insurance Fund contacted in Mundemba confirmed Herakles has not registered a single worker in their office. Some of the workers who spoke to SEFE say they are disheartened because they were recently recalled to work and were laid off again a few days later. They vowed to go to the labour office to establish what monies they are due, as indicated in the letters handed to them, saying “we have lot of mistrust for Herakles”.

Last week the company laid off its managers and personnel at its Limbe office. SEFE sources say the company has shut down its Limbe office for good. Reports from the two villages of the Ngolo clan (Ikoti and Mobenge) indicate villagers are very happy with the news. Some weeks ago, communities in villages where Herakles wanted to proceed with extraction of timber forbade them to continue a land demarcation exercise. Tensions and tempers ran very high in Mundemba/ Toko concessions due to Herakles’ unilateral decision to take land from some villages the under names of other villages.

The Mundemba and Toko concession is located astride the Iconic Korup National Park and Rumpi Hills Forest Reserve. The latter being a complex watershed formation with all the freshwater from it draining into the Korup Park. Establishing a huge palm oil plantation in this area would have brought disastrous pollution resulting from pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides and sewage disposal; all affecting the health of animals in the Korup Park that depend on the water.

It is SEFE’s assessment that the Herakles project was simply a poorly conceived project, badly managed, in the wrong place.

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NB. For background information, the report "They want to take our bush" summarises the findings from an independent assessment by Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) of the processes employed by Herakles/SGSOC to obtain the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of communities to be affected by their palm oil development project in Mundemba and Nguti Subdivisions in South West Cameroon.

RELATED CONTENT The Green City Resolution is out! Green City Resolution 2014: Legal and Good Governance Considerations “They want to take our bush”: An independent assessment of processes employed by Herakles/SGSOC to obtain the Free, Prior and Informed Consent of communities to be affected by their palm oil development in South West Cameroon
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Guest Post: The carbon credits sold to private individuals as investments are worthless

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-06-04 14:22
In a post last week, I described the carbon credits sold by boiler room scammers to retail investors as “near-worthless”. Following the post, “XYZ” left a comment. “Near-worthless implies not 100% worthless,” he wrote. “Are you saying there is some worth in my carbon credits and if so who will … read more
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Managing Forests to Promote Environmental Services: Climate change adaptation and mitigation, water protection, biodiversity conservation, and soil quality maintenance

Upcoming events Metla - Thu, 2015-06-04 14:13
A Conference arranged by the Centre of Advanced Research on Environmental Services from Nordic Forest Ecosystems (CAR-ES II) Carbon sequestration, water protection and biodiversity are key environmental services provided by the Nordic and Baltic forests, and each of them are linked to soil properties and quality. Various types of forest management have different effects on these services, and knowledge on how the forest management can help maintain and enhance them is crucial to sound decision making in the forest sector and in policy development.
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ASEAN economic integration means huge challenges for trees, farmers and food supply

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-06-04 13:51
Ten Southeast Asian nations will form a single economic bloc at the end of 2015. Agroforestry, forestry and agricultural policies, implementation and law enforcement are lagging behind. The gap threatens millions of livelihoods, environmental safety and national abilities...
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Climate Smart Agriculture Programme

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-06-04 13:32
The Climate Smart Agriculture Programme (CSAP) is a three-year programme for East and Southern Africa. Funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), CSAP works with a broad range of organisations to support implementation of the Tripartite’s (COMESA, EAC … Continue reading →
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Crown Princess Victoria meets SCA's female team in Portugal

External link - Thu, 2015-06-04 11:00

HRH Crown Princess Victoria together with the Team SCA Crew

An announcement was made in August 2014, that Crown Princess Victoria would be godmother for Team SCA and the team's boat. On June 4 and 5, the Crown Princess will meet the team again in SCA's pavilion at the Race Village in Lisbon.

"We are honored that Crown Princess Victoria will visit our fantastic female sailors here in Portugal. The Crown Princess is a role model for many women across the globe. I am also proud that our female sailors - through their professionalism, strong team spirit and positive attitude - have inspired and continue to globally motivate many people," says Magnus Groth, CEO of SCA.

Team SCA is the only team in the Volvo Ocean Race comprising only women. The start was in October 2014 in Alicante, Spain and the finish is expected to take place in Gothenburg in June 2015. One of the reasons that SCA chose to enter a female team was the company's belief that all women across the world should have the same opportunities as men to participate in society - socially, educationally and professionally.

"We are delighted that Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden will be visiting us during our stop in Lisbon. SCA has given us a unique opportunity to participate in this race and having the Crown Princess as the Godmother of our crew and boat is an enormous honor. Her visit will further strengthen our motivation as we enter the remaining legs," says Dee Caffari, Team SCA.

SCA has undergone a major journey of transformation in recent years, completing a number of acquisitions and divestments around the world. Participation with the female Team SCA in the Volvo Ocean Race plays a key role in this journey, namely, to increase global awareness of SCA and its brands. As part of this initiative, SCA has carried out local CSR projects linked to health and hygiene. One example is the education of young girls and women about hygiene and menstruation in partnership with the UN agency, the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).

Follow Team SCA on www.teamsca.com

The attached images of the Crown Princess Victoria and Team SCA is from August 2014.

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Crown Princess Victoria meets SCA's female team in Portugal

SCA - Thu, 2015-06-04 11:00

HRH Crown Princess Victoria together with the Team SCA Crew

An announcement was made in August 2014, that Crown Princess Victoria would be godmother for Team SCA and the team's boat. On June 4 and 5, the Crown Princess will meet the team again in SCA's pavilion at the Race Village in Lisbon.

"We are honored that Crown Princess Victoria will visit our fantastic female sailors here in Portugal. The Crown Princess is a role model for many women across the globe. I am also proud that our female sailors - through their professionalism, strong team spirit and positive attitude - have inspired and continue to globally motivate many people," says Magnus Groth, CEO of SCA.

Team SCA is the only team in the Volvo Ocean Race comprising only women. The start was in October 2014 in Alicante, Spain and the finish is expected to take place in Gothenburg in June 2015. One of the reasons that SCA chose to enter a female team was the company's belief that all women across the world should have the same opportunities as men to participate in society - socially, educationally and professionally.

"We are delighted that Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden will be visiting us during our stop in Lisbon. SCA has given us a unique opportunity to participate in this race and having the Crown Princess as the Godmother of our crew and boat is an enormous honor. Her visit will further strengthen our motivation as we enter the remaining legs," says Dee Caffari, Team SCA.

SCA has undergone a major journey of transformation in recent years, completing a number of acquisitions and divestments around the world. Participation with the female Team SCA in the Volvo Ocean Race plays a key role in this journey, namely, to increase global awareness of SCA and its brands. As part of this initiative, SCA has carried out local CSR projects linked to health and hygiene. One example is the education of young girls and women about hygiene and menstruation in partnership with the UN agency, the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).

Follow Team SCA on www.teamsca.com

The attached images of the Crown Princess Victoria and Team SCA is from August 2014.

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