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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 …

Mandatory height restrictions restrict timber building

23-05-2019
timber, Australia, architecture

A new report has found that mandatory height controls in the Victorian planning system have unintentionally penalised timber building systems, favouring the use of expensive, energy-intensive concrete and steel alternatives. The report is titled Timber Construction and Building Height Planning Controls – The unintended consequences of the …

Myanmar: 143K Tons of Trafficked Timber Seized Over 3 Years

22-05-2019
Myanmar, timber

More than 143,000 tons of trafficked hardwood have been seized since the current administration took office three years ago, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation’s Forest Department. “Thanks to tip-offs from members of the public, we were able to make those seizures,” the …

Production costs rising in Sarawak

17-05-2019
Malaysia, timber, tax

Beginning this year timber companies in Sarawak had started paying a higher Rehabilitation and Development tax. The tax was increased from RM0.60 (SGD 0.20) to RM5 (SGD 1.64) per cubic metre in January this year. In addition to the revised tax, companies were required to pay a higher premium for hill species. Hamden Mohammad, State Forest …

Timber legality system for small enterprises in Indonesia

17-05-2019
Indonesia, timber

Rufi'i, Director of Processing and Marketing of Forest Products at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK), has reported that the government’s new timber legality certification programme for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) will provide the same legal umbrella for MSMEs as currently provided by SVLK certification for large …

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 …