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China’s ban on logging increases demand for foreign logs

A ban on commercial logging natural forests in China is expected to boost the country’s demand for foreign logs. A logging ban in China’s natural forests will likely increase its demand for foreign logs, but the impact on the Northwest’s timber market is uncertain. Source: Blue Mounta
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Fiji pushes for forest protection at climate conference

Fiji’s Minister for Economy and Climate Change says all countries need to prioritise forest protection and rehabilitation as well as financing of forest ecosystems. Source: Radio New Zealand Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum was speaking at the COP23 Climate Conference in Bonn, Germany. Mr Sa
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Wood panel market research report

The Global Engineered Wood Panel Market Research Report 2017-2022 provides a unique tool for evaluating the market, highlighting opportunities, and supporting strategic and tactical decision-making. Source: Technopow This report recognizes that in this rapidly-evolving and competitive
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Six Asian countries regulating timber imports

In the past 12 months, Japan, the Republic of Korea, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia have all taken steps to develop import regulations designed to keep illegally logged timber out of their markets. Source: Eco Business In most cases, timber import regulations give governments
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Australia may water down illegal timber

A 2017 study by the Global Financial Integrity ranked illegal logging as the third largest global crime in value, after counterfeiting and drug trafficking. Source: The Conversation Australia imports roughly $8.1 billion worth of timber products a year, and according to estimates from
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A new world’s largest CLT building

Work has been completed on a 10- storey carbon-neutral apartment complex in London’s Dalston, which architecture firm Waugh Thistleton claims is the “world’s largest cross-laminated timber building”. Source: Dezeen Not only is Dalston Works believed to use more
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Germany’s wood detectives spying on you

The words “endangered species” might make you think of tigers and panda bears. But in 183 countries, an international law also protects the wood from endangered trees — which can affect everything from kitchen tables to paper plates. Source: PRI The Convention on International Trade i
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APEC sows’ seeds for sustainable forestry

Ministers from APEC member economies are stepping up their push to salvage the majority of the world’s dwindling forests and the livelihoods of millions of people that depend on these resources as consumer demand in the region surges. Source: Timberbiz Ministers meeting in Seoul launc
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Logging the most dangerous job in America

There are several careers that put their workers’ lives in danger every day just by the nature of the job: police officers, fishermen and pilots, to name a few. But what is the job with the single highest fatality rate? Logging, by a mile. Sources: AOL, the Penny Hoarder According to
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Forest fires contribute to record loss of global tree cover

Forest fires in Brazil and Indonesia contributed to a record loss in global tree cover in 2016, equivalent to the size of New Zealand, that could accelerate deforestation blamed for climate change, an independent forest monitoring network said. Sources: Reuters, Scientific American Ma
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