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ICRAF assesses the socioeconomic impact of agroforestry in Kenya
ICRAF assesses the socioeconomic impact of agroforestry in Kenya

The World Agroforestry Centre has found that an agroforestry-development programme run by Vi Agroforestry, a Swedish NGO in Kenya, has improved farmers' incomes from agroforestry products, increased access to fuelwood, and raised milk yields for dairy farmers...

13 Jan 2020

FAO highlights solutions to deforestation
FAO highlights solutions to deforestation

FAO is working with countries to coordinate land use approaches across sectors, ensuring integrated management of forests and agriculture so that both food security and forestry objectives are met...

18 Dec 2019

How to design a forest fit to heal the planet
How to design a forest fit to heal the planet

Without care, reforestation projects can damage ecosystems and be useless as carbon stores. Here's how to go about it the right way.

By Heather Plumpton 11 Dec 2019

Travel treasure troves in the trees
Travel treasure troves in the trees

Dr Ronald Heath, research director at Forestry South Africa shares how commercial forests and the land which they share with indigenous woodlands and grasslands, are a playground for many this festive season and lists five things to add to your bucket list ahead of this festive season and going into the new year...

By Dr Ronald Heath 4 Dec 2019

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Invasive alien plants and their impact on water use

Experts warn that in addition to the energy crisis, South Africans face another looming disaster in the form of severe water scarcity. The Department of Water and Sanitation warned that unless urgent actions are taken, South Africa will experience a water shortage of approximately 3,000 billion litres by 2030...

By Louise Stafford 28 Oct 2019

International Print Day: 8 reasons why print thrives
International Print Day: 8 reasons why print thrives

With research the world over pointing to a resurgence of paper and print, from planners to paperbacks, we are enticed away from the touchscreen to the tactile...

By Samantha Choles 23 Oct 2019

Know your business inside out with a Biz Office
Know your business inside out with a Biz Office

New expectations of transparency and authenticity in business means things like organisational purpose, brand stories, how your company does things, what it believes in and what it stands for, can all play a part in how your company sees itself and how it is seen by others...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 2 Oct 2019

Third Environmental Guidelines for Commercial Forestry Plantations revision released
Third Environmental Guidelines for Commercial Forestry Plantations revision released

Forestry South Africa's (FSA) 2019 edition and third revision of the Environmental Guidelines for Commercial Forestry Plantations in South Africa has been released...

30 Sep 2019

Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019
Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019

Bizcommunity is excited to announce the relaunch of our Biz Product and Rate Card, featuring all-new product infographics, descriptors and more...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 27 Sep 2019

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New VR technology to make SA forestry chainsaw training safer

Developed by Forestry South Africa, the Fibre Processing and Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority and industry partners, the solution trains chainsaw operators in a safe, simulated environment before they test their skills in this high-risk activity in timber plantations...

11 Sep 2019

Forestry South Africa launches new infographic for Arbor Month
Forestry South Africa launches new infographic for Arbor Month

New infographic shows how forestry plays a role in sustaining the planet, its people and their prosperity...

By Dr Ronald Heath 4 Sep 2019

Total working to close the gender gap in SA's agriculture, forestry, fishery and mining industries
Total working to close the gender gap in SA's agriculture, forestry, fishery and mining industries

In South Africa, the agriculture, forestry, fishery and mining industries are categorised as the primary economic sectors. These are essentially industries that rely on South Africa's natural resources to function...

Issued by Total 30 Aug 2019

Entrepreneurs called to tackle land restoration in Africa
Entrepreneurs called to tackle land restoration in Africa

The DOEN Foundation and Seedstars have joined forces to launch the DOEN Land Restoration Prize...

16 Aug 2019

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To tackle climate change we need to rethink our food system

The way we produce, consume and discard food is no longer sustainable...

By Kathleen Rogers and Dr Shenggen Fan 13 Aug 2019

When tree planting actually damages ecosystems
When tree planting actually damages ecosystems

Ecological literacy is needed to guide global tree-planting initiatives to avoid damaging some ecosystems...

By Kate Parr and Caroline Lehmann 29 Jul 2019

3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office
3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office

Since 2001, Bizcommunity anticipated the role of company culture as intellectual capital. Biz Press Offices are a "glass box" game changer, offering a window into 18 industry communities...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Jul 2019

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CoCT develops methods to combat invasive tree beetle infestation

The City of Cape Town has developed best practice methods for the removal and disposal of trees infested with the invasive PSHB. Horticulturists, landscapers, arborists or contractors assisting residents with the removal of dying, or dead trees are urged to follow this protocol...

11 Jun 2019

Cut the greenwash. Get the facts straight about paper and recycling
Cut the greenwash. Get the facts straight about paper and recycling

"If everyone said no to a receipt just for one month, we would save 45 trees." This is a classic example of greenwashing: making unsubstantiated or misleading claims about the environmental benefits of a product, service, technology or company practice...

By Samantha Choles 10 Jun 2019

SA student excels in global award for wood-based project
SA student excels in global award for wood-based project

The research projects, presented in Vancouver, Canada to industry executives at the ICFPA-hosted international CEO Roundtable, were judged against the theme of disruptive technologies that can revolutionise the future of forest-based products and services...

20 May 2019

Report beetle threats to save CT trees
Report beetle threats to save CT trees

Cape Town residents are being called upon to help stop the spread of the tree beetle fungus by reporting all sightings of infected trees. Awareness of the symptoms and spread of the infestation could save thousands of trees...

15 May 2019

The scandal of calling plantations 'forest restoration' is putting climate targets at risk
The scandal of calling plantations 'forest restoration' is putting climate targets at risk

Spurred by the necessities of drastically cutting emissions and removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to meet climate targets, many countries, including Brazil, India and China, have committed large areas to forest restoration...

By Simon Lewis and Charlotte Wheeler 8 Apr 2019

CIFOR, AFR100 partner to ensure sustainable landscape restoration in Africa
CIFOR, AFR100 partner to ensure sustainable landscape restoration in Africa

The partnership aims to ensure effective alignment of CIFOR's restoration activities within the AFR100 framework...

28 Mar 2019

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Forest products matter - every day in every way

According to Frederick Herzberg's motivation-hygiene theory, some things are consumed passively or subconsciously with little thought given to how they are made or what life would be without them...

By Jane Molony 27 Mar 2019

Deforestation management needed to sustain global soybean industry
Deforestation management needed to sustain global soybean industry

International investors representing $6.3tn in assets under management have backed a call for agribusinesses to disclose and eliminate the risk of deforestation within the soybean supply chain...

14 Mar 2019

Call for nominations for the 2019 #YAFF awards
Call for nominations for the 2019 #YAFF awards

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries invites stakeholders in the sector to nominate young top producers in agriculture, forestry or fisheries for the 2019 Youth in Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Awards...

4 Mar 2019

Excavator sales to recover from 2018 industry slump
Excavator sales to recover from 2018 industry slump

The excavator market is estimated to improve its volume by 3.2% year-on-year in 2019 over 2018...

9 Jan 2019

Digital transformation works! Just ask the trees...
Digital transformation works! Just ask the trees...

Digital technology is obviously changing the world, but do we short-change the breadth of its impact?

20 Dec 2018

Why massive effort needs to be put into growing trees on farms
Why massive effort needs to be put into growing trees on farms

It's now over 50 years since the world was first warned that resources were being used at an unsustainable rate. It has now been estimated that almost one quarter to one-third of the world's land is degraded to some extent.

By Philip Dobie 3 Dec 2018

Viable forest solutions are needed to build greener, healthier cities says FAO
Viable forest solutions are needed to build greener, healthier cities says FAO

"More sustainable models of urban growth are urgently needed," said Hiroto Mitsugi, Food and Agriculture Organisation assistant director-general, Forestry Department at the opening of the first World Forum on Urban Forests...

28 Nov 2018

PEFC endorses sustainable forest management initiative for SA's rural farmers
PEFC endorses sustainable forest management initiative for SA's rural farmers

As the demand for sustainably produced and certified forest products increases, both abroad and locally, certification is becoming a trade barrier to small-scale forestry units and emerging timber growers...

22 Nov 2018

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