Data released from the German Federal Statistical Office showed that inflation in Germany rose to its highest level in 13 years.

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The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) Business Barometer Report for the first quarter of 2021 says the pandemic continued to have dire consequences around the globe and Ghana has had its fair share of problems related to the pandemic.

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Following record breaking timber imports into the UK in April 2021, demand remains, according to statistics from the Timber Trade Federation (TTF).

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The European Commission unveiled its new forest strategy recently - including a commitment to plant at least three billion additional trees in the EU over the next decade to boost natural greenhouse gas removals, reported by euobserver.com.

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According to Government of Iceland, it has reported that Iceland aims to achieve carbon neutrality before 2040 and to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 under the Paris Agreement. A Climate Action Plan, updated in 2020, contains 48 actions and is Iceland‘s main policy instrument to reach its goals of cutting emissions and reach carbon neutrality.

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According to mard.gov.vn, Deputy Director of the Vietnam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Bui Chinh Nghia, said that exports of forestry products in the first half of 2021 was estimated at 8.71 billion USD, up 61.6 percent over the same period in 2020. Vietnam’s main forestry importers include the United States, Japan, China, EU and Korea. With this growth momentum, Mr. Bui Chinh Nghia said that the export turnover of forestry products in 2021 will reach a value of over 15.5 billion USD, an increase of about 17 percent compared to 2020.

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A global shortage of wood and soaring prices are threatening Japan’s lumber industry and has business operators fearing serious damage to the domestic market, reported by THE JAPAN TIMES.

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According to China Customs in the first quarter of 2021 log imports from Germany surged 90 percent to 3.28 million cubic metres and sawnwood imports from Germany grew 37 percent to 950 000 cubic metres.

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Turkey has started implementing limitations on exports of some raw materials of furniture, including flakeboard, oriented strand board, fiberboard and some types of wood, reported from Hurriyet Daily News.

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The 2020 year-end statistics on certification in Canada show little change from 2019. The minor changes can be attributed to transfers of forest management areas from one forest management organization to another. The transfer may cause a ‘pause’ in the listing of the certification. Blame fires, mountain pine beetle and COVID-19, which have caused the closure of several sawmills, according to Canadian Forest Industries.

The total area certified to the requirements of the three certification programs used in Canada at the end of 2020 was 183.7 million hectares (ha). But there are about 20 million ha of forest that has been certified to Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) or the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) as well as to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). This ‘double counting’ must be removed to get a true figure for the total area of forest certified in Canada. The total certified area with ‘double counting’ removed is 164.3 million ha.

The maximum area of forest likely to be certified in Canada is estimated to be 175 million ha. There will be some certification among the 450,000 private woodlots covering about 20 million ha but certification of small properties is complex and expensive – most woodlot owners do not harvest every year and are unlikely to get involved. The vast majority of larger blocks of forest, whether Crown Land Forests or large privately-owned forests, have been certified to one of the three certification programs used in Canada (CSA, FSC or SFI).

Internationally, forest certification continues to be a competition between the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and FSC. Under PEFC, 324,587,605 ha have been certified to 40 national Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) standards that have been reviewed and endorsed by the PEFC. Both SFI and CSA are endorsed by PEFC. Under FSC, 223,707,812 ha have been certified.

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