Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono inked into law on Thursday a two-year moratorium on new permits to clear primary forests, part of a $1 billion deal with Norway that could spur projects to cut emissions and slow expansion of plantations.

The moratorium ordered a freeze on new permits to log or convert primary forests and peatlands -- worrying palm oil, timber and mining firms in S

Forested nations used to fear tough rules on logging would hurt their valuable timber industries, but for Liberia they could be a way of reviving its sector -- by giving it privileged access to European markets.

From 2012, any country that wants to export wood to the European Union will have to be able to prove it was not logged illegally, a regulation that has spurred a spate of deals with tim

Conservation group WWF Monday urged companies to drop plans to clear Indonesian forest areas where infra-red cameras have captured footage of rare Sumatran tigers and their cubs.

The video recorded in March and April shows two mothers with four cubs and another six of the critically endangered big cats in the Bukit Tigapuluh wildlife reserve in eastern Sumatra.

"That was the highest number o

The High Court on Friday directed the State government to file objections in connection with the indiscriminate felling of trees in the City.

Felling of trees on Suranjan Das Road a few weeks ago.

Minister for Forest and Environment Mian Altaf today asked the forest functionaries to launch mass afforestration drive on the degraded forest and open land areas, as has become this important in the backdrop of increasing demand for the timber for construction purposes.

The Minister was reviewing the functioning of Social Forest Department at a high level meeting here today.

Mian Altaf said

This study examines whether the forest conservation measures implemented as part of the National Forest Policy are the limiting factors in the supply of timber in India. Says that domestic production of timber can be increased substantially if the opportunities & policy options are effectively utilised by the forest based industry in India.

The climate around the most important renewable resource-wood-is becoming increasingly rough. On the one hand, many countries are pushing the use of wood as an energy source in order to protect the climate. On the other hand, the traditional users of wood as a raw material, the timber, pulp and paper industries, complain about prices being forced up by the current run on firewood.

Industrial tree plantations for wood, palm oil and rubber are generating an increasing number of confl icts between companies and local populations. Relying on a wide-ranging literature review, this article analyses the alleged impacts of such plantations, the protesters involved, and the modalities of the confl icts.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Environment Wajid Ali Khan has said the recent torrential rains and flash floods had washed away 136,453 cubic feet of timber, causing a loss of Rs23 million.