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FSC extends transition period for national standards

The coronavirus pandemic has been an obstacle for certification bodies that cannot conduct audits as usual. It also makes it difficult for certificate holders to adjust their operational systems to conform with the requirements of new normative documents. Source: Timberbiz To support
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Indonesia’s trade exhibition for woodworking & machinery rescheduled for 2021

Indonesia’s largest trade exhibition for the furniture production industry, The International Furniture Manufacturing Components Exhibition and Woodworking Machinery Exhibition (IFMAC & WOODMAC) is being rescheduled to October 12 – 15 next year. Source: Timberbiz PT Wahana K
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Canada invests in forestry sector hard hit by COVID-19

Natural Resources Canada is investing in the forestry sector’s COVID-19 economic recovery by launching calls for proposals for programs that will support the sector. This call comes as Canada’s forestry sector has been one of the hardest hit by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Source: T
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PEFC survey – your views on forest certification

PEFC is committed to supporting and improving service delivery for members, certificate holders and stakeholders. Accordingly, they are conducting a short survey to get a deeper understanding of what is relevant and important when it comes to forest certification. Source: Timberbiz Th
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FSC International flow-on financial effects of COVID-19

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, FSC International has expressed concern regarding the financial risks posed by continuing extended shutdowns across the 90 plus countries using FSC for certification. Source: Timberbiz The financial risks to FSC stem from: The global nature of the
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Forest products sector remains strong internationally

The Coronavirus Epidemic has negatively impacted the supply chains for numerous industry sectors worldwide the past few months. Many commodity products saw reduced trade during March and April, a result of reduced demand, closures of manufacturing facilities to protect workers, constr
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TerraMatch the Tinder for tree growing

Tree planting was at the top of the international agenda in early 2020 when the World Economic Forum announced the Trillion Trees initiative, an effort to protect and plant enough trees to fight climate change and transform rural economies. Source: Timberbiz Many other companies and f
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Opinion: David Elstone – Canada faces demands to end old growth logging

It’s outrageous to demand an end to old-growth logging without acknowledging the impact to people and communities. For decades, even more so over the past year, there have been many catastrophic headlines trumpeting the rhetoric from environmentalists who state that British Colu
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International Softwood Conference goes digital in 2020

The European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF) and the European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry (EOS) have announced that the 68th International Softwood Conference (ISC), which was originally planned in Helsinki from 6-9 October 2020, will now take place digitally in a compact form
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Robotics experts get jobs at Caterpillar

Caterpillar has acquired select assets and hired employees from San Francisco, California-based robot and autonomy technology solutions company Marble Robot. The acquisition is part of Caterpillar’s automation and autonomy strategy and demonstrates its commitment to the next generatio
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