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Turkey’s Forest Coverage Increases

03/04/2020

The forest coverage of Turkey is increasing regularly every year with maintenance, rehabilitation, afforestation and various action plans.

According to information received from the General Director of Forestry (OGM) officials, the forest presence in Turkey has increased by 10 percent in the last 50 years. The forest asset, which was 20.2 million hectares in 1973, reached 22.7 million hectares in 2019, while this figure was around 21.3 million hectares in 2012 and 22.3 million hectares in 2015.

According to these inventory results, the forest lands have increased by 2.5 million hectares over the last 50 years. As the total annual increase in forests was 28 million cubic meters in 1973, it reached 47.2 million cubic meters last year.

Forests with broad-leaved species (oak, fagus, alder, chestnut and others) constitute 39 percent of the overall forested lands, while 61 percent are of coniferous species such as pine, abies, spruce and cedar.

For more info: https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkeys-forest-coverage-increases-153529

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Woodworking at home: Tips to help anyone who wants to restore or recycle wooden pieces at home

02/04/2020

Portugal and USA have organized initiatives for all those who have to stay at home but want to improve (or even learn) woodworking techniques.

 

The Marcenaria Artística Pereira, in Portugal, had to cancel face-to-face workshops due to the new coronavirus. However, they didn’t want to leave events aside, so they’re going to do it remotely and for free. The campaign carried out by this family company is entitled "Let's knock on wood" - just like the old popular saying - and it wants to help all DIY (Do It Yourself) lovers who want to take advantage of the extra time of this quarantine to venture into new areas.

From restoring furniture, to giving a new life to old or outdated pieces of decoration, anyone who wants to give wings to creativity can take advantage of online guidance and advice. Margarida Cunha, one of the owners, believes that, at this time (and more than never), people are obligated to look after the objects that they have into their houses and after all this initiative ends up meeting the company's philosophy of "open shop". You can find all the information here: https://www.marcenaria-artistica.pt/projetos-da-marcenaria

On the other hand, Woodcademy TV is a program provided by Amazon Prime, aimed for those who are already professionals in the industry. At this time that carpenters are exclusively in their workshops, each episode offers complete projects, with step-by-step instructions, so they can make the most of their time to create and innovate. 

Each video shows a plan with color images, drawings with real measurements and a cut list of the project, all for free. The goal is to disseminate new techniques among professionals in the field, so they can carry out the projects in question or transport the learnings to their own carpentry projects. Find more here: https://www.woodcademy.com/wctv

 

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China’s factory activity seen recovering in MARCH, but still in contraction after virus shock

01/04/2020

BEIJING (Reuters) - Activity in China's vast manufacturing sector likely remained in contraction in March, though it was set to stabilize slightly from the coronavirus-led collapse that virtually paralyzed the world's second-biggest economy.

Analysts have warned that any recovery would be shallow as the coronavirus has rapidly spread to many countries, leaving the global economy vulnerable to a deep recession.

China's official manufacturing Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI) is forecast to rise to 45 in March, from a record low of 35.7 a month earlier, according to the median forecast of 18 economists polled by Reuters.

Despite the partial improvement, the reading is still below the 50-point mark that separates monthly growth from contraction, with the pace of contraction equaling that during the depth of the global financial crisis.

A survey last week from U.S.-based consultancy China Beige Book showed that China's economy suffered through an "eye-popping" first quarter as a coronavirus epidemic hammered business activity even as firms were supposed to be going back to work.

For more info: https://kfgo.com/2020/03/30/chinas-factory-activity-seen-recovering-in-march-but-still-in-contraction-after-virus-shock/

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International Day of Forest: Planting 230.000 trees by the end of 2020 is a goal of Nigeria

31/03/2020

The theme of this year's celebration is 'Forests and Biodiversity' and Nigeria will take it to the letter. The committed is to increase the number of trees to fight and prevent floods - one of the great scourges year after year.

 

The government of Nigeria took advantage of the International Forest Day celebrations to announce the country's promise to rise the number of trees and to improve the air quality for the population, the environment and the climate, in order to encourage Agroforestry industry. The initiative intends to promote education for the love of forests, sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation.

Lagos State, in Nigeria, is one of the most affected places by floods, every year, and the Government of this Nigerian State, in partnership with the Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK) donated and planted trees as a contribution to global climate action efforts.

For Adetoun Popoola, general manager of LASPARK, biodiversity is threatened by deforestation, forest degradation and climate changes. The responsible believes that forest depletion, heavy industrial effluents and carbon monoxide are a danger to the environment and to humanity. Also, she defendes that if it the effects of climate change aren't reversed shortly, Nigeria may suffer many other problems, including more floods, earthquakes, erosion of different types and degrees and water stress, in addition to worsening existing ones.

Around the world, local organizations had dedicated the day to encouraging measures to prevent and reverse global deforestation and Nigeria wanted to take the promisse quite seriously to the goal of achieving a healthy and sustainable environment.

Additional data: https://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2020/03/22/lagos-marks-international-day-of-forests-with-tree-planting/

 

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How mass timber is changing options for builders both now and in the future

30/03/2020

America’s first modern skyscraper was built 135 years ago. At first, the construction was based on stone, iron and steel. But wood is back.

Now in the 21st century, wood is becoming top mind for many builders who are creating progressive workspaces made of sustainable materials and delivering more aesthetically pleasing designs to their clients.

Other benefits of wood include safer construction sites, cost saving that come from quicker construction schedules and lighter-weight structures that perform well in seismic zones.

“Developers are tyring to differentiate themselves and create more unique spaces than those that are commonly seen in the Class A office space”. The benefits of incorporating natural materials like wood into office design are starting to be realized by companies that want to create workspaces employees enjoy. According to the Urban Green Council, humans draw more pleasure from nature from any other stimulus.

Also, “studies are emerging on the health benefits of being surrounded by natural materials”. These phyciological benefits have positive financial implications for a company. Employers who provide and environment that supports health and wellness experience greater productivity in their workforce and are more likely to attract and retain top talent.

For more info: https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2020/03/25/how-mass-timber-is-changing-options-for-builders.html

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Furniture Fair Milan delayed to 2021

30/03/2020

The 60th edition of the Milan Furniture Fair will be held from 13 to 18 April 2021 and not in June 2020 as initially expected.

The Covid19 emergency in Milan and Lombardy requires all the efforts of structures, entrepreneurs and citizens who would not allow an event in grand style as expected.

For more info: https://www.salonemilano.it/

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Philippines: Deforestation of protected areas may cause natural disasters

27/03/2020

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) warns for the significant losses in the Philippine territory. The country loses 47,000 hectares of forest cover, because of illegal logging.

 

More people require more resource consumption. We are already more than seven billion habitants and the more that number increases, the need for water, food, land and energy grows as well. The fast development required of the planet tends to demand a speed of renewal of resources, which is not always within the limits of the Earth. Deforestation is a major contributor to climate change. 

In cities like Manila, where there is a large numbers of concentration of people, there's an increased risk of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, or hurricanes, resulting from climate change. That’s why there are several organizations and specialists working for improvements, changes in mentalities and measures that enable the country to have a more ecofriendly future.

According to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the lack of security in protected areas, alongside deforestation, also affects air quality. Who says this, it's Joel Palma, president and executive director of WWF Philippines, who argues that the danger of the countrys high rate of deforestation lies in decreasing the protection that Filipinos receive from natural disasters, as well as in the natural prevention of emerging diseases.

Studies by several non-governmental organizations point out that infectious diseases emerging in tropical countries, such as the Philippines are aggravated (or even caused) by changes in land and forest cover.

More facts: https://theaseanpost.com/article/revamping-geothermal-philippines

 

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We must build green to meet the housing shortage

26/03/2020

Building Beautiful Commision’s report said that they want to see zero-carbon homes being built “as standard” within 5 years.

The Director at the Confederation Of Timber Industries, argues as we have no time to waste and discusses how switching focus to building homes with timber can achieve this now.

The construction industry is faced with a paradox – charged with building more houses, whilst reducing the amount carbon produced. When looking at the emissions of the industry over the last decade, the trend is worrying – with total emissions from construction climbing rather than falling. Building more resilient, efficient, sustainable and attractive homes is key to addressing this conundrum.

For more info: https://www.politicshome.com/news/article/we-must-build-green-to-meet-the-housing-shortage

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Immerse Yourself in Nature. Virtual tours to spend quality time during quarantine

25/03/2020

The partnership between United States National Park Service and Google, aims to digitally show the most impressive natural areas in the country, such as the Alaskan glaciers and the Grand Canyon gorge.

 

The advice from The Nature Conservancy in USA is simple: immerse yourself in nature. Take a trip and experience the 360º panoramic views of Oklahoma's native landscapes is possible (even though virtually). There’s no shortage of alternatives to make the most of your time during this period of isolation. Even though we have to stay in quarantine, we don't necessarily have to be isolated at all levels. The internet offers numerous alternatives, using drones, cameras and augmented reality tools.

The United States National Park Service enables, for any internet user, to walk virtually through local parks and incredible forests and even offer immersive experiences in nature at home and in the classroom. The North American entity The Nature Conservancy has online visits to wildflower fields and clay formations in the state of Oklahoma.

There are countless creative alternatives offered to those who are confined to the walls of their homes. It's essential that, especially the youngest, don't stop to expand their limits and feed creativity with new information for their minds, which stimulate them. So, nothing better than traveling through hundreds of quiet places, without phones, social media or video games, which are usually the center of their lives. They are true virtual tours, where the focus is the exploration of nature.
Take a virtual field trip: https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/where-we-work/united-states/oklahoma/stories-in-oklahoma/ok360-virtual-field-trips/.

Detailed evidence: https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/03/9576127/free-virtual-tours-online

 

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Wood products declared essential industry by US government

24/03/2020

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Thursday identified the wood products as an “essential critical infrastructure workforce” in the nation’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Roseburg Forest products said in a news release Friday.”

The guidance lists “workers who support the manufacture and distribution of forest products, including, but not limited to timber, paper and other products”, along with healthcare providers, law enforcement and public safety and utility and transportation workers. These workers are parto f the “overall federal effort to ensure the security and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastucture” during the pandemic response.

For more info: https://kpic.com/news/local/wood-products-declared-essential-industry-by-us-government

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