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China steps up protection of forests, grassland

China, forestry

An official report has shown that China has channelled more energy into the protection of forests and grasslands last year – the National Forestry and Grassland Administration (NFGA) cracked down on violations such as illegal logging in 2018, launching a special campaign code-named “Hurricane No.1”, and imposing fines totalling …

Malaysia plants hope for palm oil's future in dwarf trees

palm oil, forestry

Test tubes holding plants line shelves in a Malaysian laboratory, the heart of a breeding programme for dwarf palm oil trees which scientists hope will cut costs and limit the environmental damage caused by the controversial industry. Palm oil has become a key ingredient in everyday goods from biofuels to chocolate, leading to a production boom …

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 …

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 …

Authorities warn devastating Victoria bushfires could get worse

Australia, forestry

Bushfires now in Victoria and previously in Tasmania have had a devastating affect not only on forestry, but also and more importantly livelihoods, livestock and lives with firefighters in Victoria currently building containment lines around fires burning east of Melbourne before “gusty and erratic” winds reach the area on …

Manitoba signs forestry development agreement with First Nations group

forestry, Canada

The province of Manitoba, Canada, has signed a two-year forestry management option license with four First Nations on the east side of Lake Winnipeg to investigate the possibility of Indigenous-led forest development The agreement involves Black River First Nation, Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, Hollow Water First Nation and Sagkeeng First …

Australia’s South West selected for pilot forestry hub

forestry, Australia

The South West was selected as one of four pilot Regional Forestry Hubs being rolled out across Australia with $12.5 million (SGD 12 million) of funding announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison last week. Forrest MP Nola Marino welcomed the announcement and said the South West’s Regional Forestry Hub had been welcomed by the industry as …