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Traceability system improves forest governance in Panama


A new video shows the timber traceability system recently put in place in Darien, Panama, thanks to a project financed by ITTO and executed by WWF-Panama in collaboration with the Panama Ministry of Environment. The system, which tracks timber from the forest to the consumer, has already reduced forest illegality, with benefits for forests, …

LIGNA 2019: Shaping the future with research and education


The LIGNA show's organisers are very serious about their responsibility to help develop the next generation of wood industry professionals and disseminate the latest research findings. That is why LIGNA – which will next be held from 27 to 31 May 2019, in Hannover, Germany – has for many years featured a Scientific Research and …

Dubai WoodShow now open with 240 exhibitors and 530 brands

Dubai, Middle East, woodworking

Eng.Dawood Abdul Rahman Abdullah Al Hajiri, Dubai municipality’s general director, officially inaugurated the Dubai WoodShow at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Tuesday, March 12, in the presence of key international dignitaries and VIPs. The event will run until Thursday, 14th March. “Wood industry is an important sector all over the …

Timber exports to China escalate


Exports of Namibian timber to China have increased tenfold, from 22 truckloads in 2015 to 208 truckloads during the first two months of this year. In total, 3200 tonnes of Namibian timber were exported to China in 2018. This figure has doubled to 7500 tonnes during January and February alone this year. These figures, obtained from the Namibian …

Bienenstock Furniture Library names 2019 furniture design winners

furniture, design

Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library board of directors has announced the winners of two design competitions, awarding $5,000 scholarships to scholars to continue their studies in Interior Design and Furniture Design. In addition to $5,000 awards, recipients were given memberships in the International Society of Furniture Designers (ISFD) and …

Forest restoration a major agenda for Sarawak, says Chief Minister

Malaysia, forestry

Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg has said that forest restoration is one of the main agendas of the state government from this year onward to enrich the logged-over areas with high value timber species, especially on degraded areas within permanent forest estates. “This is to ensure that Sarawak’s forest …

Colbeck reassures forestry at ABARES conference

Australia, forestry

Australia’s Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Senator Richard Colbeck has assured the industry that the outlook for the forest, seafood and horticulture sectors is bright despite clear risks, with continued growth in Australia and overseas providing new markets and opportunities. That was the key message delivered to …