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Tag: forestry

Gabon leader sacks vice president, forestry minister

24-05-2019
Africa, timber, forestry

Gabon’s president Ali Bongo Ondimba has announced the dismissal of his vice president and the minister of forestry, in a move that comes amid a scandal over the smuggling of timber. The president did not give a reason for the sackings of Vice President Pierre Claver Maganga Moussavou and Forestry and Environment Minister Guy Bertrand …

Foresters knowledgeable in HCVs to be in demand

22-05-2019
Malaysia, High Conservation Values, forestry

Knowledgeable foresters on High Conservation Values (HCVs) identification, management and monitoring practices will be in high demand as Sarawak moves towards having all of its Forest Management Units (FMUs) certified by 2022. As such, Forest Department Sarawak (FDS), Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC), Sarawak Timber Association (STA) and …

Tougher penalties for forest crime in Myanmar

21-05-2019
Myanmar, forestry

In a bid to protect the country’s fast-dwindling forests last September the Myanmar parliament enacted a tougher forest law that threatens violators with up to 15 years in prison. Under the law forest officials can also be punished for accepting bribes or for being involved in the extraction, transfer or possession of illegally harvested …

Chinese logging takes heavy toll on farmers in Guinea-Bissau

16-05-2019
logging, timber, forestry

Before the ban, Chinese loggers drove straight through Gamamadu village to harvest its most important resource: the rosewood forest. “So many Chinese came here. We were praying for a means to stop it,” said Braima Djassi, a small, white-haired farmer in the village in central Guinea-Bissau, a tiny country in West Africa. Logging …

Robots thrive in the forest on jobs too boring for humans

16-05-2019
robotics, forestry, timber, technology, BillerudKorsnas, artificial intelligence

From watching pulp cook for hours on end and tracking parasite bugs on satellite photos to handling lengthy legal documents, Swedish forest companies are creating new jobs they would never ask a human to do. Packaging maker BillerudKorsnas has been an early adopter of artificial intelligence (AI) by using the technology to analyse thousands of …

Namibia: N$24 million Lost in Timber Exports

15-05-2019
Namibia, timber, forestry, export, China, Vietnam

A new report has exposed the Namibian government's failure to curb the controversial timber trade, with revelations that 10,000 blocks of wood from northern Namibia have been exported to China and Vietnam since November 2018. Agriculture and environment ministries officials compiled the report after investigating timber harvesting in the Kavango …