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Latest timber industry news, updated Tuesdays and Thursdays.

NZ forestry minister addresses AFPA

New Zealand’s Minister of Forestry, Hon Shane Jones addressed an Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) dinner in Canberra recently via video-link from New Zealand, where he discussed his own country’s target to plant one billion new trees, similar to Australia’s goal. Source:
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FSC forest certification standard made for Australia

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has developed a new forest certification standard specifically for Australia to support the sustainable management of forests across the country. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz FSC Australia’s National Forest Stewardship Standard joins the ex
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UK Government to prioritise the timber industry post Brexit

During a Westminster Hall debate on leaving the EU, UK’s Environment Minister David Rutley MP committed to “strengthening the timber trade” during a parliamentary debate on the implications of Brexit on the timber industry. Source: Timberbiz Describing the industry as a “real priority
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Congos and Indonesia to preserve and manage peatlands

Environment ministers responsible for three peatland-rich countries in the tropics said they would work to preserve and manage peatlands sustainably in their respective nations. Source: Timberbiz Representatives of Governments of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, an
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Partnership signed between Vietnam’s VNGO and FLEGT

The network of Vietnamese Non-governmental Organisations on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (VNGO-FLEGT) has welcomed the official signing by Vietnam and the European Union (EU) of their Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA). Source: Timberbiz The official signing of the
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Newly appointed Responsible Wood directors talk certification

Fresh from their appointment to the board, Patrizia Torelli and Willie van Niekerk discuss the Responsible Wood certification scheme now and into the future. Source: Timberbiz New director Patrizia Torelli, who as CEO of the Australasian Furnishing Association (AFA) has been an energe
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Scion’s fire research now accessible

All of Scion’s rural fire research is now in one easy-to-find place with a new website initiated by Scion’s Rural Fire Research Team to make their work more accessible. Source: Timberbiz This new website will aid the rural fire fighting community in New Zealand, as well as their wide
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Farm forestry an act of ‘mild desperation’

A proposal for large scale tree planting on sheep and beef farms is an act of “mild desperation” by government officials looking for ways to achieve its carbon zero goal by 2050, says an industry spokesman. Source: Stuff NZ New Zealand sheep and beef farmers say their indu
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Forest research investments for forest RD&E

Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) is collaboratively funding a suite of forest research investment plans to inform and promote investment in forest research, development and extension (RD&E). Source: Timberbiz FWPA Forest Research Manager Jodie Mason has been working for t
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