Forest Action PlanEurActiv | 28 Jul 2006
On 15 June 2006, the Commission adopted a five-year (2007-2013) action plan to enhance sustainable forestry management and improve the competitiveness of the European forestry industry.
Defra announces review to assure legal and sustainable timber procurementDEFRA - Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs | 08 Jun 2006
A review of five forest certification schemes will begin on 24 June to ensure that the schemes are providing adequate assurances that timber bought by the UK Government is legally and sustainably sourced, in line with UK Government policy on timber procurement. Interested parties are invited to submit comments and evidence to the Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET) before 24 June.
Murders halt rainforest research in French GuianaSCIDEV.NET | 02 Jun 2006
Two guards at a research station in a rainforest in French Guiana were murdered last month by illegal gold miners, reports Nature today (1 June). The killings led to the station's temporary closure and the evacuation of staff and equipment.
Rainforests 'still at great risk'BBC | 26 May 2006
Most of the world's managed rainforests are still in great jeopardy with only 5% being treated in a sustainable way, a new report has said.
Tropical Timber is Better Protected, Not Safe - ReportPlanet Ark | 26 May 2006
Developing nations have got far better at protecting rain forests over the past two decades but are a long way short of doing enough to save the crucial global resource, a new report said on Thursday.
Report urges rethink on value of forest resourcesSCIDEV.NET | 26 May 2006
Results from the largest ever survey of tropical forests, released today (25 May), will be seen by many as bad news for biodiversity. But they could give fresh impetus to a campaign to put forest protection firmly on the global climate change agenda.
Government welcomes report on affordable rural housingDEFRA - Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs | 18 May 2006
A new report which highlights the need for more homes to help families in rural areas has been welcomed by Housing Minister, Yvette Cooper and Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs David Miliband.
Future of cork oak forests hangs in the balanceWWF-UK | 17 May 2006
Three quarters of the Western Mediterranean's cork oak forests could be lost within 10 years, threatening an economic and environmental crisis, according to a new WWF report.
El Salvador tropical coffee forests threatenedReuters | 17 May 2006
Tropical forests that house El Salvador's famed coffee plantations and provide habitat for migrating birds are being depleted at an alarming rate, scientists warned on Tuesday.
Gardiner launches forestry reviewDEFRA - Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs | 15 May 2006
Low timber prices, the effects of climate change, and a shortage of skilled workers must not prevent England's trees, woods and forests from creating benefits for everyone, Forestry Minister Barry Gardiner said
Crane opens up forest canopyBBC | 28 Apr 2006
Scientists in Australia are exploring the rainforest canopy using a 50m-high (160ft) crane to zoom around the treetops.
Anti-logging activist wins awardBBC | 25 Apr 2006
A campaigner who risked his own safety to expose illegal logging operations in Liberia has been recognised with a prestigious environmental award.
Get active in our urban woodlands, says MinisterDEFRA - Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs | 25 Apr 2006
Too many people are missing out on the benefits of getting active in England's woodlands, thinking they are only found in rural areas, Forestry Minister Jim Knight said
Killer oak disease not native to US: researcherReuters | 24 Apr 2006
Imported plants may be to blame for a contagious disease that has killed hundreds of thousands of oak trees along the U.S. Pacific coast, a University of California, Berkeley researcher said on Friday.
Demand for Palm Oil Triggers Massive Expansion in BorneoFriends of the Earth- England, Wales and N.Ireland. | 13 Apr 2006
A new report released 13 April reveals how the Indonesian government could develop up to three million hectares of oil palm plantations on the island of Borneo, threatening wildlife and local livelihoods to cater for international demand for cheap palm oil