Regular readers know I’m a big fan of the WWF and the WWF's Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN). The reason why is here in the opening announcement for their new newsletter:

“The WWF Forest Sector Transformation newsletter is the leading information source on WWF’s work to promote a green forest economy.”

I love a group that works with industry to protect the forests—that recognizes a healthy forest economy leads to healthy forests.  If you’re interested in their quarterly update, you can subscribe here.

Their first issue offers information on bamboo plantations, general plantations, and a look at the eleven places in the world that are likely to account for over 80 percent of forest loss globally by 2030. Check out the map:

Africa and South America are no surprise, but did you expect to see Australia so red?

The report notes that “Globally, the biggest cause of deforestation is expanding agriculture—including commercial livestock, palm oil and soy production, but also encroachment by small-scale farmers. Unsustainable logging and fuelwood collection can contribute to forest degradation, or “death by a thousand cuts,” while mining, hydroelectricity and other infrastructure projects bring new roads that open forests to settlers and agriculture.”

Read it and catch up on the rest of the news on their work on helping promote green forest economies around the world.

Elizabeth Baldwin has over 20 years of international wood sourcing experience. Very widely traveled, her résumé's "Special Skills" section includes "the ability to eat anything from raw horse to deep-fried scorpion." She serves as Metropolitan Hardwood Flooring's (metrofloors.com) ECO (Environmental Compliance Officer) and deals daily with the "green alphabet soup" of today's industry: FSC, CARB, LEED, and much more. She blogs for Hardwood Floors on all things green (and, as she says, " 'grey' and 'blue' and almost every color except 'black and white.' Nothing in this world is black and white, particularly not 'green issues.'")