Five steps to stimulating demand for sustainable products in a competitive marketplace

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Responsibly sourced timber is better for the environment, better for business and better for everyone involved in the timber trade, but how do we communicate that to consumers? In this article Justin Smith, Head of Sustainability at Woolworths Group, provides five tips on how to successfully market sustainably and responsibly sourced products.

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Why the future success of the timber trade depends on your customers’ confidence

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Tropical timber production rose again last year – a good sign for the industry – but how do we capitalise on this post-recession growth period, and how do we overcome the negative public image of the tropical timber trade? Jose Canchaya, Business Manager at Maderacre SAC, explains why trust – from supplier to consumer – is key to the long-term success of the tropical timber industry.

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Let’s talk about Woodfuels

Woman at charcoal factory

Woman at charcoal factory

An estimated 90 percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s population depend on firewood and charcoal for cooking. Governments seek to make ‘modern’ cooking technologies accessible to their people. However, such energy transitions will take significant time, resources and cultural shift. In the meantime, woodfuels will continue to play an important role in the energy mix.

Suggesting woodfuels could even be a sustainable and modern energy source is a hot topic. They have the negative reputation of being a dirty fuel, ‘low-tech’, an energy source of the past. A shift in perception is needed to act on political, investment and regulatory interventions.

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Side event: Toward a roadmap for sustainable landscapes investments at scale — Inputs from forestry science

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The capital is ready. The project ideas are there. It’s time to scale up.

Don’t miss out on this side event at FAO World Forestry Congress in Durban: On the 9th of September, from 12:45 until 14:15 in the 11CDE meeting room, you will be able to have your say in the future of finance for forests and land use.

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Los bosques nos integran a todos

Bosque semiárido del Parque Chaqueño, Argentina

Bosque semiárido del Parque Chaqueño, Argentina

Sin importar la disciplina científica a la que nos dediquemos, cuando se trata de los bosques, todos tenemos algo para aportar desde la base de nuestra formación. Teniendo en cuenta la cantidad de especies que habitan los bosques, los bienes y servicios que proveen y la cantidad de gente que vive en ellos, es posible trabajar en infinidad de aplicaciones que permitan un mayor aprovechamiento y rentabilidad.

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Five Ingredients to a Thriving Community Forestry Enterprise

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Mama Hadija Makokoto is a resident of Nainokwe – one of the first villages in south-eastern Tanzania to benefit from sustainably managing local forests
with MCDI’s support

“Before, local people weren’t aware of the importance of the forest… I know the importance of the forest, so I will protect it.”

These are the words of Mama Hadija Makokoto, one of 40,000 Tanzanians that the Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative has empowered to take control of, manage and benefit from local forests.

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Geothermal vs. Smart Grid As the Prospective Renewable Energy Source In Indonesia While Maintaining Its Economic Growth

Forests in Lombok

Forests in Lombok

Related to my first article on the Indonesia climate condition, as one of Asia’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases, Indonesia has already started its targeted and monitored programs in mitigation and the use of renewable energy.

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Hidden Treasure in a Christmas tree!

Hildegardia barteri tree during fruiting

Hildegardia barteri tree during fruiting

I bet you, it’s more than the beauty seen on the outside of this tree species found in West Africa; it’s called Krobo Christmas tree. There is a hidden treasure that gives multiple benefits from this species. Aside the aesthetic value it adds to the environment, one of the hidden potentials discovered is what you and I can hardly do without everyday of our life. You wonder what this could be? Here are questions that give clues about what it is.

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Le berceau kabyle en liège

Un berceau ancestral

Un berceau ancestral

Il fut un temps où l’enfant kabyle naissait dans une maison traditionnelle où il vivra des années dans un berceau tout particulier qui a accompagné toutes les naissances.

Cette maison au style rudimentaire faite en pierres et en terre renfermait en son sein un berceau unique fabriqué artisanalement en liège. Ce berceau venait de nos forêts et c’est dire toute l’importance qu’avaient nos prédécesseurs pour la protection de la forêt dont ils tiraient leurs propres besoins surtout dans les durs moments de crises comme les guerres.

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Early Performance Trial of four introduced bamboo species in South-West Ethiopia

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Bamboo is one of fascinating useful plant in the world. Bamboo is a  giant grass and perennial , woody-stemmed grass known for its rapid growth  and variety of uses.  It has woody  and usually hollow culms  with distinct nodes and internodes , rhizomes  and branches. Bamboo has spurred worldwide attention as a versatile plant with multifarious uses. Its uses ranged from subsistence to commercial food (young shoots), to building and furniture. It offers vital economic and ecological benefits to many people in the world. Bamboo is a group of most useful and fastest growing woody plant with growth rate ranging from 30 – 100 centimeter in growing seasons.

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