This report by the African Natural Resources Centre examines the progress made by African countries to enforce forest law and governance, under the Forest Law Enforcement and Governance programme.

Wood residues form Finland’s main source of bioenergy. About half of the country’s wood production is used for heat and power, either through district heating systems or through combined heat and power (CHP) plants. The most modern of these plants use fluidised bed technology to combust or gasify a wide range of forest residues.

Order of the High Court of Kerala at Ernakulam in the matter of K. Kuttan Nair Vs State of Kerala & Others dated 15/02/2018 regarding a wood based industrial unit seeking exemption from Kerala Forest (Regulation of Sawmills and Other Wood-based Industrial Units) Rules, 2012.

Appeal is dismissed as the Court says that the reading of the Rule would show that any industrial unit which processes wood as its raw material and includes sawmills, furniture units, veneer units and such other units, are wood-based industrial units.

The Central African Republic (CAR) has a total land area of 623,000 km2 of which close to 23 million hectares, i.e. 37%, is composed of forested lands. In the southwestern part of the country all forest operations are industrial. At present there are 11 logging companies, with an average annual production of close to 400,000 m3.

Global production of major wood products surged in 2016 for the seventh consecutive year with a growth rate of three to six percent, according to new data published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. The fastest increase in major wood products (industrial roundwood, sawnwood, wood-based panels, wood pellets) occurred in Asia-Pacific, Northern America and Europe driven by positive economic growth, new manufacturing capacities in Eastern Europe, particularly for particleboard and Oriented Strand Board (OSB), as well as growing demand for bioenergy.

COLM STENSON drives around County Leitrim, pointing out new tree plantations. In this corner of Ireland, close to the border with Northern Ireland, conifers seem to be springing up all around.

The government today prohibited the imports of red sanders, an endangered species of wood.

Wood is an important natural resource.

Bauchi — A local government area in Bauchi State has introduced measures to curb the menace of tree felling.

The use of wood for electricity generation and heat in modern (non-traditional) technologies has grown rapidly in recent years. For its supporters, it represents a relatively cheap and flexible way of supplying renewable energy, with benefits to the global climate and to forest industries.

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