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EU delays release of Communication on Deforestation

While the European Commission delays the release of its Communication on Deforestation, external pressure mounts on the EU to mitigate its complicity in global deforestation. More than 600 European scientists asked the EU to reduce the impact of its consumption on Amazon deforestation
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Contributions of private forests to the US economy

Forest2Market recently completed an economic impact study for the National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) in the US, which quantifies the contribution that forestry-related industries make to state, regional and national economies, and analyzes the most forested regions of the Unite
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Fresh food packaging in fibre trays

Biodegradable food packaging from forest products is becoming increasingly popular in the UK. One of the products is the result of a partnership between Södra, Huhtamaki and Saladworks, and made possible by an EU project. Source: Timberbiz The FRESH project was started in 2016 with th
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Komatsu Forest builds future proof factory in Sweden

Komatsu Forest in Umeå, Sweden is implementing one of the largest investments in industrial Sweden. It will be a future-proof factory with a focus on sustainable production. The company’s investment strengthens the region’s position as a leader in the field of forest techn
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Africa to launch sustainable forestry management guide

Africa’s sustainable forestry management framework will be launched in early 2020 to guide the continent in sustainable exploitation of forest resources. Almami Dampha, senior policy officer at the African Union (AU) Commission, said that the framework has been developed to help
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Japan’s plywood imports drop to a record low

Japan’s March 2019 plywood imports dropped below 150,000 cubic metres, a record low. Plywood demand remains firm and more of the domestic demand is being met from domestic production from domestic raw materials as well as imported veneer. Source: Lesprom Year-on-year March import volu
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Forest offsets: is California on the brink of a serious mistake

Regulators of the California cap-and-trade system are debating the use of forestry carbon credits from activities outside the state to meet reduction targets. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have warned against it. Source: Timberbiz The Air Resources Board (ARB) is currently
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PEFC feedback required on Chain of Custody and Trademarks

PEFC is inviting stakeholders globally to provide feedback on the revised PEFC Chain of Custody and PEFC Trademarks standards. These two international standards are entering the last stage of revision. Comments, feedback and suggestions will ensure the standards meet the needs and exp
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EU and Vietnam ratify agreement on illegal logging

The EU and Vietnam have ratified a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade, to address illegal logging and promote trade in legal timber products. The Agreement will take effect on 1 June. Source: Timberbiz The announcement came on 8 May a
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US plywood stats show China drop, Vietnam up

US plywood imports from China fell 55.1% year-on-year in first quarter to 161.7 thousand m3 with import value declined 55.1% to US$129.3 million, according to USDA data. The import from Brazil decreased only 11.8% to 168.7 thousand m3 and country became the biggest supplier of plywood
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