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Swedish Royal family plants for CIFOR in Indonesia

Indonesia, Sweden and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) share the vision of a more sustainable world, in which forestry research and innovation play a critical role. Source: Timberbiz Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden visited CIFOR’s global headquarters
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New forests found by scientists

A team of scientists has found new areas of forest equivalent to 60% of the size of Australia. Source: ECU Daily According to the latest statistics from the World Bank, there was an estimated forest area worldwide of just under 40 million km2, increasing the estimated forest cover glo
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Komatsu to launch new products at Elmia

Komatsu Forest is planning to present several new products at Elmia Wood. Exactly which ones will only be revealed at the fair.  Source: Timberbiz “We’re coming with a new machine, harvester head innovations and some new technical solutions,” Annelie Persson, communications manager at
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Aussie forwarder champ takes on the world

The world championship of, the Forwarder World Cup will be held at Elmia with Australian Michael Scott representing the country. Source: Timberbiz Entrants from 11 countries are currently registered for the world championship, the Forwarder World Cup, including Aussie Michael Scott. F
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ANZ Cambodian partner accused of illegal logging

The ANZ has distanced itself from reports its local partner in a Cambodia joint-venture bank has been accused of illegal logging. Source: ABC News Twelve years ago, the ANZ teamed up with Cambodian conglomerate the Royal Group to form ANZ Royal. Their 45% partner in the bank is one of
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Solomon Island logged to unsustainable levels

The forests of the Solomon Islands forests have been logged to unsustainable levels, according to the Permanent Secretary of Forestry and Research. Source: Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation Speaking to SIBC News Vaeno Vigulu said the country’s forests had suffered due to the ma
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Crackdown on imported wooden furniture

The Australian Government is being urged to check wooden furniture imported from Vietnam, after the discovery of a massive illegal logging operation. Source: ABC News Investigators say logs from national parks in Cambodia are being smuggled across the border to Vietnam, where they are
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Trudeau talks while Trump tweets

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told US President Donald Trump in a telephone call that he “refuted the baseless allegations” that persuaded Washington to slap a 20% tariff on softwood timber from Canada, according to the Prime Minister’s office. Source: The Australian Mr Trude
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Asia Pacific trade agreement needs forestry protection

In an era of rising anti-globalisation and protectionism, countries in the Asia-Pacific region have turned their eyes to the China-backed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Source: Eco Business The regional free trade proposal aims to reduce barriers for trade and inv
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US homebuilder stocks fall after Trump tariffs

Homebuilder stocks fell on concern new tariffs by the Trump administration on Canadian softwood lumber imports will raise costs. Source: CNBC News The iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (ITB) fell about 1%. PulteGroup’s stock closed down almost 4%, and Toll Brothers shares ended the d
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