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Fynbos restoration: The sooner you fell pines, the better for fynbos

Landowners who want to remove pine trees from their property with the hope of seeing fynbos grow again should do so before the trees are more than 30 years old. If you wait any longer, it's less likely that any fynbos seeds will be left in the soil...

15 Nov 2017

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Forest fires contributed to record global tree cover loss

A sharp increase in forest fires stoked record losses in global forest cover equivalent to the area of New Zealand in 2016, a Global Forest Watch report said on Monday, 23 October...

24 Oct 2017

More trees, better farming could slash carbon emissions: study
More trees, better farming could slash carbon emissions: study

Planting more trees, farming more sustainably and conserving wetlands could significantly slash the amount of carbon emissions that humanity spews into the atmosphere...

17 Oct 2017

SAFCOL Forestry Industrialisation Conference: Addressing the need to promote a wood culture society
SAFCOL Forestry Industrialisation Conference: Addressing the need to promote a wood culture society

South Africa lacks a wood culture society which highlights the value of our forests, its trees and the vast range of products we can make from the wood they produce...

Issued by Seven Colors Communications 26 Sep 2017

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#InnovationMonth: TheTreeApp making strides in SA tree identification

We chat to the founder and co-creator of TheTreeApp, one of the most powerful tree identification apps on the market, Val Thomas...

By Cari Coetzee 18 Sep 2017

Chocolate industry driving deforestation of Ivory Coast: report
Chocolate industry driving deforestation of Ivory Coast: report

The chocolate industry is indirectly driving massive and illegal deforestation in Ivory Coast, fuelling a catastrophic decline in wildlife...

15 Sep 2017

Porto do Caio, Angola's new deepwater port
Angola's investment in non-oil sectors starts to pay off

With forecasts of rising commodity prices, investors must now bear in mind that we are moving towards a sellers' market...

By Miguel Damião Gago 21 Aug 2017

Forest conservation approaches must recognise the rights of local people
Forest conservation approaches must recognise the rights of local people

Until the 1980s, biodiversity conservation in the tropics focused on the “fines and fences” approach: creating protected areas from which local people were forcibly excluded...

By Sarobidy Rakotonarivo and Neal Hockley 11 Aug 2017

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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
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

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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

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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
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

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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

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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
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
#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 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

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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

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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

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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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Cocoa industry agrees plan to tackle deforestation

Major chocolate makers, including Ferrero, Nestle, and Mars, agreed on a landmark initiative to tackle deforestation in top cocoa producers Ivory Coast and Ghana...

17 Mar 2017

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Planting restrictions cause timber shortage

The government's stringent restrictions on the issuing of forestry and planting permits have led to a timber shortage...

By Colleen Goko 13 Mar 2017

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Global future food security in jeopardy warns FAO report

Intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and climate change has put mankind's ability to feed itself in jeopardy a new report by FAO warns...

22 Feb 2017

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Failure to help small farmers adapt will compromise future food production

Failure to make our food systems more resilient to climate change will "seriously compromise" food production in many regions and could doom international efforts to end hunger and poverty...

14 Feb 2017

#BestofBiz 2016: Agriculture
#BestofBiz 2016: Agriculture

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2016 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views.

12 Dec 2016

Clanwilliam cedar could be extinct within the 21st century
Clanwilliam cedar could be extinct within the 21st century

A study by UCT researchers has confirmed a decline in the iconic conifer, the Clanwilliam cedar, which gives the name to the Cederberg Wilderness Area...

7 Dec 2016

Sappi is now the world’s largest producer of dissolving wood pulp‚ which is used to manufacture viscose staple fibre‚ which is in turn used in textiles and pharmaceutical products‚ among other applications.
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Sappi cracks it back into JSE top 40 index

Paper and pulp producer Sappi has made it back into the top 40 index, marking a roundly successful year in which it paid a dividend for the first time since 2008 after nearly doubling full-year net profit while cutting net debt...

By Andries Mahlangu 5 Dec 2016

FAO launches enhanced database for easy access to food and agriculture data
FAO launches enhanced database for easy access to food and agriculture data

FAO has launched a new and revamped FAOSTAT website - the most comprehensive statistical database on food, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, natural resources management and nutrition...

28 Nov 2016

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