• Spruce Bark Beetle

    Will European Spruce Continue to Compete in Asian Markets?

    10th March 2020

    The spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus) is native to Europe and is normally present in manageable populations. The problem with Spruce in Mainland Europe is that a lot of it was originally planted offsite.  Now with lots of stressed trees around and mild winters unable to knock back populations it has become such a big problem.

  • Biofuel Briquettes – For Renewable Energy Generation

    9th March 2020

    There is ongoing debate about the management of natural forests and in specific fuel load reduction in natural forests in parts of the US and in Australia.  There is also the question of residue utilisation from plantation forests. Briquettes is a relatively simple renewable energy product that can be produced from forest waste material.

  • Global Carbon Market Updates

    8th March 2020

    New Zealand Emissions Trading System (ETS) Proposed changes to the ETS continue to dominate the market in New Zealand.  Discussion documents circulated by environment minister James Shaw just prior to Christmas 2019 that proposed, among other changes, a NZD20 to NZD50 price band, as well as increasing the governments fixed price option (FPO) from NZD25 […]

  • Forestry development in East Africa

    4th December 2019

    The recently published World Bank African Pulse report (October 2019) indicated that average economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to rise modestly from 2.5 percent in 2018 to 3.2 percent by 2021.