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Undisturbed ancient rainforest in an African volcano

Standing in a pit in the red soil of a mountaintop forest in northern Mozambique, Dr Simon Willcock was dirty but very excited. “Undisturbed forest is incredibly rare,” he said. “That is why we scaled a 125-metre-tall cliff with a pickaxe.”  Source: The Guardian Willcock, from Bangor
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DNA database will trace illegal logging

Jakub Bednarek headed into the forest near his home in Leavenworth, Washington, and collected samples of maple leaves to send to a lab for DNA analysis. Mr Bednarek, who also works as a biologist in his day job, is one of 150 volunteers in a project that stretches along the Pacific Co
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Demand for sawn softwood remains satisfactory in Europe

The sawn softwood production of most European sawmills is currently at a high level due to the increased demand for structural timber in Europe and continuing brisk demand in the USA and China, among others. Source: Euwid This can be seen in the 2017/2018 Annual Report of the European
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Big Buddy Bike

Last year we heard about the Draisine 200.0, a one-off wooden electric balance bike for adults. Well, if you wished that you could buy something like it, now is your chance. Source: New Atlas The Slovenian-made Big Buddy Bike has a tempered wooden frame, it’s adult-sized, and it
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EU and Laos forest law enforcement talks

The European Union (EU) and Laos have held their second round of face-to-face‑negotiations on a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT). Sources: Timberbiz, EU FLEGT The talks took place in the Lao capital Vientiane from 4-7 June 2
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The Timber Tax Bombshell for Britain

The UK timber industry faces a potential “Billion Pound Brexit Bill” if Britain leaves the EU Customs Union, the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) said in a statement. Source: Timberbiz “Some 90% of timber used in construction is imported from Europe, which British timber supplies are ins
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Growth of global wooden furniture market

Technavio analysts forecast the global wooden furniture market to grow at a CAGR of almost 5% during the period 2018-2022, according to their latest market research report. Source: Business Wire The increasing adoption of eco-friendly furniture is one of the major trends being witness
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Japan’s wood exports increased in 2017

Japan’s value of wood products export in 2017 was 32,647 million yen, 37% more than 2016. Source: Lesprom The main factor is increased export of logs to China and rapid expansion of cedar lumber export to the US market, as ITTO reported. Log exports to China were 776,004 cubic metres,
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Debt-driven deforestation

The Cambodian rosewood had stood for hundreds of years, but its value finally proved too hard to resist and the giant tree came crashing down — inside a protected forest. Sources: Reuters, VOANews It’s unclear exactly who was behind the felling — nobody has been charged — but it
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Tropical log imports to China up 6%

China’s tropical log imports in 2017 totalled 9.65 million cubic metres up 6% year-on-year and accounted for 17% of the national total, a year-on-year decline of 2 percentage points. Source: Lesprom The value of tropical log imports in 2017 was US$2.846 billion reflecting a 17% rise,
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