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Researchers: Artificial intelligence can help fight deforestation

A new technique using artificial intelligence to predict where deforestation is most likely to occur could help the DRC preserve its shrinking rainforest and cut carbon emissions, researchers have said...

By Umberto Bacchi 3 Aug 2017

Africa's tropical forests could be next in line as global food demand grows

Trends in rapid deforestation across the Amazon and Southeast Asia could spread to Africa. In particular, some worry that continued demand for commodity crops will lead to large-scale agricultural expansion...

By Elsa Ordway 13 Jul 2017

New project to transform forest management in Mozambique

A new $6m project which will strengthen sustainable forest management and contribute to Mozambique achieving Sustainable Development Goal 15 on forests has been announced...

12 Jul 2017

Collaboration on reforestation operations in fire-ravaged Southern and Eastern Cape

FSA and SSA have emphasised the need for collaboration and careful coordination between the government and the industry during recovery operations in the fire-ravaged areas of the Southern and Eastern Cape...

5 Jul 2017

Drones could offer multi-faceted support in disaster relief

According to specialist drone firm Airborne Drones South Africa, we can expect to see drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), taking on an increasingly important role in firefighting and disaster management...

5 Jul 2017

FSA releases updated environmental management guidelines for commercial forestry plantations

Forestry South Africa has released the third version of its Environmental Management Guidelines for Commercial Forestry Plantations in South Africa to provide updated guidelines for the management of plantation forestry...

5 Jun 2017

Sustainable forestry: Striking the right balance for investors and the man on the street

For us to know that we are doing the right thing by investing in timber plantations, we needed to have an assurance that the initiative is sustainable and, most importantly, commercially viable - without long-term state support...

By Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais 2 Jun 2017

Alliance Media celebrates Africa Day

On Africa Day 2017, Alliance Media has decided to showcase how they embody the African spirit by making a pledge to plant 5,000 trees across African countries...

Issued by Alliance Media 25 May 2017

#AfricaMonth: The Africa market deserves respect - Wood-Mizer

A bit of patience and manners is some of what's required to be successful in the African context, says Jean-Jacques Pierre Oelofse, Wood-Mizer corporate director for emerging markets...

By Sindy Peters 4 May 2017

Trade and Industry gazettes Forest Sector Codes

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has gazetted the Amended Broad-Based Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Forest Sector Codes...

2 May 2017

Technology and big data are helping Cameroonians protect their forests

A project conducted by the African Conservation Foundation and the Environment and Rural Development Foundation shows that emerging technologies and big data can take conservation to a new level...

By Arend de Haas 24 Apr 2017

Forestry SA launches online guide to industry

The new portal offers itself as a beginner's guide to forestry in SA and covers the basics of forestry and forest products, and everything from water-use to recreation, pest control, ownership, and end-uses...

22 Mar 2017

Eyes in the sky and on the ground are helping forest conservation in Cameroon

The main driver of deforestation and forest degradation in Cameroon is agriculture. A new project facilitates information sharing between forest dependent communities and satellite images...

By Arend de Haas 17 Mar 2017

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International

Contaminated eggs show continuing problems with supply chain

Another food scandal: this time eggs used for making sandwiches and other processed products that contain traces of an insecticide called fipronil. Fipronil is banned in human food production because it can be harmful to human health if ingested in sufficiently large quantities.

By Lisa Jack 3 days ago

New study: Pesticides increase extinction risk for bumblebee populations

Bumblebee queens are a common sight on a spring day, their large furry bodies flying industriously from flower to flower. At this point they will have just awoken from a long hibernation - the much smaller worker bees die off each year, leaving the new queens to survive winter alone. Eating nectar and pollen from these flowers is therefore essential for the queens to build up their energy and fat stores. Once they are fully restored, which can happen within a few days, the queens will look for a nest-site, perhaps an abandoned mouse nest, where they will build up a honey pot and pollen stores prior to laying eggs and founding a new colony of bumblebees.

By Mark Brown 16 Aug 2017

Austria confirms find of tainted egg products

VIENNA, Austria - Austria on Monday became the latest European country to confirm that it has found the insecticide fipronil in egg products imported from Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Poland.

15 Aug 2017

#CSIMonth: An opportunity to use commercial enterprises to ensure global food security

President and CEO of AGT Foods, Murad Al-Katib was recently named EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 for his success in building a business empire focused on providing vegetable protein to the developing world, but also for helping to feed refugees. We chat to Al-Katib about his win, entrepreneurship and feeding the world.

By Cari Coetzee 18 Jul 2017

Spain hit by deadly bacteria threatening olive trees

A deadly bacteria that infected thousands of olive trees in Italy has been detected for the first time in mainland Spain, the world's top producer of olive oil, a regional government official said Thursday, 6 July.

7 Jul 2017

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