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March 2018

Editor’s pickThe science behind saunas

science, sauna, Finland

Enjoying a hot bath in a wood-clad sauna is perhaps a very Finnish past time. This lakeside sauna is no different from others, but has a story behind it. One 1951 winter, a sauna was pulled in with a Citroën 15CV over the frozen lake. Decades later, it fell into disrepair and was dismantled. A new one was rebuilt on the same site, a …

Brazil’s forest products sector posts 18% growth in January

Brazil, ITTO

Brazil’s forestry sector exports totalled US$901 million, an 18 per cent increase year-on-year in January 2018, buoyed by increased demand for pulp, wood-based panels and paper. Forest products account for almost 15 per cent of the value of the country’s agribusiness exports and five per cent of total exports. China was the main …

Timber exports have not improved since FLEGT licensing approvals: Indonesia

FLEGT, Indonesia

Indonesia’s watershed approval on FLEGT licenses have not expanded marketing opportunities in the EU, contrary to what was originally believed, according to the Association of Indonesian Forest Concessionaires (APHI). Ida Bagus Putera Parthama, Director General of Sustainable Production Forest Management from the Ministry of Environment and …

EU plywood imports down 7% in 2017

ITTO, EU, imports, plywood

Total EU plywood imports in 2017 were down seven per cent to 2.159 million metric tonnes (MT), sparked by contraction in the ‘other hardwood’ plywood category, with imports down over 20 per cent from 1.346 million MT to 1.076 million MT. Analysts say part of this was likely due to a revision of customs product codes in 2017, which saw …

Ghana industries welcome dramatic cut in utilities bill


Described as the best news of the year, Ghana’s industries have lauded the government’s decision to reduce electricity tariffs by 30 per cent from mid-March this year. A statement from the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) Executive Secretary, Mami Dufie Ofori, said homes will enjoy a 17.5 per cent reduction, while those …

Editor’s pickUSTR tests Peru’s progress in combatting illegal logging

Peru, USTR, America, forest

Cover image: Peru's forests The United States Trade Representative has asked Peru to verify three timber shipments exported to the U.S. in 2017 complied with all Peruvian laws and regulations. The request was made on behalf of the Interagency Committee on Trade in Timber Products from Peru (Timber Committee). “Strong monitoring and …

Editor’s pickResearchers develop new DNA database to reduce deforestation in Amazon

amazon, brazil

Scientists at the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA) and the Center for Natural Biodiversity in the Netherlands are coming up with a DNA database of trees found in the Amazon region. “The DNA-mark” project is also launched in partnership with other institutions. It will consolidate information on Amazonian species and …

Strong international demand for peeler quality okoume from Gabon

Gabon, okoume

Prices of Gabon hardwood logs and sawnwood have largely been unchanged from last month with demand assessed as ‘moderate’. Demand comes largely from China, for belli, tali and other heavy species. Producers report very strong demand for good quality okoume peeler logs and slightly better demand for okoume sawnwood. Okoume log prices …

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