Judgement of the National Green Tribunal (Southern Zone, Chennai) in the matter of R.Kanagaraj Vs Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board & Others dated 17/08/2016 regarding pollution caused by Supreme Coated Board Mills Private Ltd., Virudhunagar District, Tamil Nadu.

The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has released the draft of India’s new National Forest Policy (NFP), proposing the levy of a green tax.

This report summarizes insights from SEI research under the Mistra-SWECIA programme, with a focus on the drivers of and barriers to adaptation in the Swedish forestry sector. For forests and forestry, climate change means both increased risks and new opportunities.

Global production of all major wood products is showing its largest growth since the global economic downturn of 2008-2009, according to new data published by FAO.

Hearing a PIL pending since 1995, the green bench of Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu, in a significant verdict decided to transfer the pending cases related to –forest-based industries, National Parks/Wildlife sanctuaries, exemptions from the payment of the Net present Value (NPV) etc., to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and various Central and state-level committees for final decisions.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of T. N. Godavarman Thirumulpad Vs Union of India & Ors dated 17/10/2015 regarding forest matters.

There has been extensive debate about whether the sustainable use of forests (forest management aimed at producing a sustainable yield of timber or other products) results in superior climate outcomes to conservation (maintenance or enhancement of conservation values without commercial harvesting). Most of the relevant research has relied on consequential life-cycle assessment (LCA), with the results tending to show that sustainable use has lower net greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions than conservation in the long term.

Safe operations of forest practices in mountainous regions require effective development planning to mitigate hazards posed by landslides. British Columbia, Canada, has for the past 2 decades implemented landslide risk management policies aimed at reducing the impacts of the forestry industry on landslides. Consequently, it is required that timber harvesting sites be evaluated for their potential or existing impacts on terrain stability. Statistical landslide susceptibility modelling can enhance this evaluation by geographically highlighting potential hazardous areas.

The new Global Paper Vision harmonises several regional vision statements for industry reform around the world into a more coordinated effort to match the globalised supply chain for paper products and raw materials.

The WBCSD Forest Solutions Group released a report providing a framework for understanding carbon neutrality. The Issue Brief: Biomass Carbon Neutrality distills and synthesizes the complexity of the debate and underlines the importance of carbon neutrality in public policy.

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