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Controlled pollination for tomorrow’s trees

Södra is using controlled pollination to breed trees for tomorrow’s forests – a new innovation, where nearly 2 million seedlings are being propagated to produce trees that are healthier and more resilient, with 30% faster growth than trees in today’s forests. Source: Timberbiz “This i
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Dutch construction company to grow its own trees

Dutch construction company VolkerWessels aims to climate-proof a minimum of 500 hectares of forests in the Netherlands during the next two years. To reach this goal, the company recently signed an agreement with FSC Netherlands. VolkerWessels wants to use wood from these climate-proof
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Russia now the world’s largest exporter of softwood

Russia has surpassed Canada to become the world’s largest exporter of softwood lumber in 2019 and is on track to ship almost 32 million m3 of lumber this year, representing 23% of globally traded lumber, reported Wood Resources International in its Wood Resource Quarterly. Source: Tim
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Australian building takes out first at world architecture event

Pingelly Recreation and Cultural Centre has won the Best Use of Certified Timber prize at the 2019 World Architecture Festival, held in Amsterdam. The centre also won the Imported Timber category at this year’s Australian Timber Design Awards. Source: Timberbiz The building is W
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New EU Forests for the Future Facility

Indufor, in a consortium led by Particip GmbH, Germany, will be starting the implementation of the EU technical assistance facility for improving sustainable forest management, also known as Forests For the Future Facility – F4. This new four-year facility will be funded from EU’s Ann
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Massive beetle impact in Europe has repercussions for global market

The rapid expansion of the spruce bark beetle, in combination with windstorms in Europe, has grown to a massive scale in just a few years, and the net impact is a huge timber salvage program, with far-reaching implications in global markets. Source: Timberbiz Exceptionally hot and dry
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Estonia timber prices falling as economy cools off

Timber prices in Estonia have started rapidly falling from their spring-time high. The situation is described by industry insiders as serious and likely to impact the entire forestry sector. A cooling of the global economy and widespread damaged to fir trees in central Europe are the
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New head of forest division for Stora Enso

Stora Enso has appointed Jari Suominen as EVP, Head of Forest division as of 1 January 2020. He will continue as a member of the Group Leadership Team. Mr Suominen has led Stora Enso’s Wood Products division since 2014. He has held several leadership positions in Stora Enso’s paper an
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Indonesia and EU forest governance plan is working

The EU and Indonesia embarked on an ambitious journey to improve forest governance and promote trade in legal timber over a decade ago. Recently the two parties celebrated the third anniversary of a key result in that work, the launch of the world’s first ‘FLEGT’ licensing scheme, gua
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UN Climate Change Conference – today it’s about forestry

PEFC will have an important role to play on the fourth day of the UN Climate Change Conference COP 25, currently underway in Madrid. Today is set to be devoted to analysing the role of forests in the face of climate change. Source: Timberbiz In addition to the negotiations on the redu
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