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Investment, planning and sustainable forest management, keys to avoid forestry fires

ProPopulus Team Almost 100,000 soccer fields. That is the area that has burned in Spain in the first seven months of 2019, according to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. From January to July 14th, 48,821.97 hectares had burned in the Mediterranean country, and the summer, with heat waves causing fires even…

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Agropoplar, an initiative promoted by the UG to boost poplar cultivation in the Mediterranean basin

ProPopulus Team Given the steep decline of poplar plantations, not just in Spain, but in Europe, the timber industry in the EU faces a drastic drop in the supply of this raw material affecting the entire sector. In Andalusia, for example, “the situation is critical”, explains Antolino Gallego, University of Granada Professor and coordinator of…

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Building the future with wood

Although wood is no stranger to the construction industry, over the last century it has remained confined to residential and low-rise buildings. For more than a 100 years steel and concrete have been the main structural frame material for tall buildings, but slowly but steadily this appears to be changing as wooden tall building sprout…

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The International Day of Forests 2019 will focus on the importance of forestry education

Under the theme “Learn to Love Forests” the International Day of Forests will be celebrated on March 21st. The theme emphasizes the importance of forestry education at all levels to achieve the goal of sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation. As we know, sustainably managed forests allow us to obtain wood-based products sourced from poplars…

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Forestry events in Paris and Brussels in the coming weeks

March will be a good month for forests: before the celebration of the International Day of Forests in Geneva on March 21sth, Paris will host the Colloquium on forest plantation: Recent advances in R&D on March 19th. This colloquium is open to researchers, practitioners, decision makers, associations and students. It aims to present and discuss the…

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The wood industry has an essential role in building a circular economy

The recent World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos was the scenario chosen by the impact organization Circle Economy to present The Circularity Gap Report 2019. The research emphasizes the enormous possibilities our society has to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by applying circular principles to key economic sectors and stresses the need to implement circular…

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Be prepared to become part of the change

A new year has begun and as the world changes, so does ProPopulus. These are exciting times for us! We have developed a new vision for the association, according to which we aim to become a source of knowledge, an influencer in the promotion of poplar as a European, highly sustainable and renewable source of raw…

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Merry Christmas and a happy New Year

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Europe needs a common regulation for populiculture

By Pedro Garnica, Chairman of ProPopulus   Sustainability is becoming a growing claim from society. Several studies show that in the future the demand for sustainable products based on renewable sources, such as timber, will increase. Poplar is one of the most efficient trees in terms of sustainability, but also an economically sound investment due…

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The 8th Hardwood Conference will take place in October

Organized by the University of Sopron, the BOKU University (Vienna) in conjunction with the COST FP1407 – ModWoodLife and FATE (Wood Science Association, Hungary), the 8th Hardwood Conference will take place in the city of Sopron, Hungary in the heart of Europe. This edition will have a special focus on “New aspects of hardwood utilization…

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