News on Deforestation


This interactive tool is the only one of its kind to visually represent ancient and endangered forests at a global scale. ForestMapper includes information on numerous ecological values divided into four categories: forests, species, carbon and landscapes. ForestMapper is the first iteration of a mapping tool that incorporates geospatial data from scientific experts to assist companies transitioning to more sustainable fibre supply chains and to help identify areas of potential sourcing risk.



The Forest Resilience Bond

The Forest Resilience Bond is a public-private partnership that enables private capital to finance much-needed forest restoration across the western U.S. Investors provide upfront capital with public and private beneficiaries then making contracted payments based on the water, fire, and other benefits created by the restoration activities. By scaling restoration treatments, the Forest Resilience Bond can decrease the risk of severe wildfire while protecting air quality, water supply, rural communities, and habitat. The Forest Resilience Bond utilizes investor capital and cost-sharing among beneficiaries to redefine how society addresses environmental challenges.




Over 5,000 trees to be planted for 2022 FIFA World Cup

According to Jose Retana, Sustainability Senior Manager at Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee, reaffirmed Qatar’s commitment to delivering a sustainable and inclusive 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament and football experience, as evident in the various 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium projects. For instance, the Al-Thumama stadium has acquired high level GSAS certifications in “Design & Build” & Construction Management stages. Generally, the 2022 FIFA World Cup will help further plant more than 5,000 trees, and create more than 850,000 m2 new green spaces and parks.



Sheedo – experts in original ecofriendly corporate gifts

Sheedo creates original business products and gifts that can be planted. Seed paper that grows into trees when planted – Made from residual cotton from the textile industry, Sheedo’s seed paper doesn’t require trees to be cut down nor does it involve toxic bleaching — it’s a 100% sustainable product and it ends up germinating into a plant at the end of its life.



Seed Phytonutrients

Seed Phytonutrients has created the first shower-friendly paper bottle, made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper with a post-consumer recycled liner.




OZ Paper industry to transform biowaste with research hub

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Hub for Processing Advance Lignocelluosics into Advance Materials, launched by Monash University, will enable pulp and paper companies to become biorefineries. Over five years, a total of $6.8 million will be invested to convert wood, plant-based matter and other biomass into materials such as cellulose-based hydrogels for personal medicine, nanocellulose films to replace plastic food packaging and nanogels to help farmers maintain crops in the ever-changing climate. This industry transformation will be achieved through three specific objectives. These include: deriving ‘green’ chemicals from Australian wood and lignocellulosic streams; engineering new nanocellulose applications; and developing ultralight paper and novel packaging, such as radiofrequency identification technology to integrate with transport/retail information systems.



Bamboo Stakeholders Appeal To Local Banks For Support As They Gear Up To Start Paper, Value-Added Production

The organisation overseeing the development of a bamboo industry in Jamaica has launched an appeal to financial institutions for support. Chairman of the Bamboo Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ), Robert Rainford, said several initiatives were currently under way that would see Jamaica producing paper and other valued-added products from bamboo in a year’s time. However, Rainford said the fledgling industry was in need of capital funding and appealed to local banks for support. He said the government was expected to increase its support to the sector. The BIAJ chairman said a group of local and overseas investors was in the process of building a processing facility that will produce paper and other value-added items from the bamboo plant.



Asda commits to new zero-deforestation soy policy

Supermarket giant Asda has this week made a fresh sustainability pledge to ensure that the soy it sources for agricultural raw materials and animal feed is “net-zero deforestation” verified by 2020. Through its membership to the Consumer Goods Forum and with support from parent company Walmart, Asda will work with suppliers to identify those in at-risk areas for deforestation caused by soy planting.



Koalas among species threatened by Australia deforestation

A new study says that the country’s east coast is likely to lose three million hectares of trees in the next 15 years. Australia’s east coast has become a global deforestation hotbed, according to a new study. The World Wide Fund says that part of the world is likely to lose three million hectares of trees in the next 15 years, eradicating the habitats of animals such as koalas.



Deforestation continues upward trend in the Brazilian Amazon

On Monday, Imazon, a Brazilian NGO, published its monthly report on deforestation in the Amazon from its satellite-based Sistema de Alerta de Desmatamento (SAD) forest monitoring platform. Imazon reported 444 square kilometers of clearing in September 2018, an increase of 84 percent over September 2017. More importantly given the variability of month-to-month deforestation figures, the twelve month total according to the system amounts to 4,859 square kilometers, the highest level since July 2008.