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To stop the Mediterranean region turning into a desert, the EU-funded MENFRI project is establishing forest management strategies and solutions that address environmental concerns across the Mediterranean and create jobs. These include forest management training, support for women's associations in North Africa to commercialise forest-based products, certification of sustainably sourced goods in the Mediterranean and promotion of rural tourism.
Published: 4 June 2015
Forests are not just a source of timber; mushrooms, berries, nuts and other gifts of nature play an important role in the bio-economy of forest regions and science is making a significant contribution to the exploitation of these rich resources.
Published: 17 February 2015
Something is growing at the heart of Europe's forests: a community of innovators has gathered to boost and improve the use of wood and its derivatives. The forest-based industries are ideally positioned to help build a sustainable future and a knowledge-based economy. A large-scale programme partly funded by the EU is backing this effort.
Published: 17 June 2014
Tropical forests are the natural champions of climate change mitigation. Even though they cover only 7-10% of the Earths total land surface they hold one of the worlds biggest terrestrial carbon stores and are home to over half of the planets species.
Published: 4 June 2014
The Kyoto Protocol was one of the first major international treaties that focused on human caused climate change. Signed in 1997 by 192 countries, it came into effect in 2005 with a set of legal requirements for industrialised nations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. One aspect of the Protocol is the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which enables developed nations to reach their emissions targets by sponsoring emissions-reducing projects in the CDM countries - namely China, India, Brazil and most of Africa.
Published: 12 May 2014
One third of Europe's land area - more than 2 million km2 - is covered by forests, which support the timber industry. However, growing fluctuations in temperature and rainfall due to climate change may have a severe economic impact on timber production.
Published: 29 January 2014
If the world is to live within its environmental limits, the need to make the most sustainable use of its raw materials will become ever more vital. Increasingly, this will require us to focus on making maximum use of all the components of those raw materials, right down to the waste products. In today's world, everything has to be used.
Published: 15 May 2013
Healthy, sustainable forests are vital to Europes economic and environmental well-being, and it is regions that must play a leading role in developing new management strategies, a new EU-funded project reveals.
Published: 29 January 2013
The timber industry currently wastes huge amounts of precious wood by-products
like chips, shavings and sawdust that could otherwise be put to use. European
researchers, with the support of EU funding, are finding new ways to ensure every
little bit counts.
Published: 3 July 2012
Forests are a key resource for the planet. They play an important role in preserving
biodiversity, they are a source of natural, renewable materials, and by absorbing
carbon dioxide they play a crucial role in combating the greenhouse effect.
Published: 22 June 2012