Today is the inauguration of the new Sra Emm BioEnergy power plant in Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia. Arbonaut partnered with the IED Group to study the environmentally, socially and economically sustainable wood procurement chains for supporting the power plant. Developing the long-term supply chains will not only prevent deforestation, but also provide employment for local people.

More information from the Project Fact Sheet.

Finnpartnership recently published an article about Arbonaut as a part of their Success Stories -series. In the article our CEO Tuomo Kauranne and Head of Unit Jarno Hämäläinen tell about our REDD+ and Sustainable Forestry activities; how it all began and what does it take to succeed in foreign markets. The article can be found from here (only in Finnish).

ArboTimber, Arbonaut’s newest tool for efficient forestry operations, was released today. ArboTimber is a forest information search engine, which can be used for finding timber according to user-specific criteria. In addition, the search engine provides information on harvestability and estimations of harvesting expenses for demanded stands.

Currently, ArboTimber is available only in Finland. The programme has some 7 million hectares and 3,7 million forest stands already accessible, and more will follow later this year.

ArboTimber

Together with Innovative Bioproducts -growth program by Business Finland, we had the opportunity to take part in a video that discloses Arbonaut’s core know-how and values. The video, starred by our CEO Tuomo Kauranne, can be seen from here.

Arbonaut was featured in the Finnish financial newspaper Kauppalehti. The online article can be found from here, and more about our Fire Risk Management tools from here (both in Finnish).

Arbonaut took part in the Forest Data Business Models -project, lead by Finnish Forest Centre, where our focus was on assessing forest fire risk utilizing LiDAR data. The results of the project can be seen from the video, released at the end of the initiative, in which our Forest Fire Specialist Alejandro Barrios tells more about the work we do for forest fire management here at Arbonaut.

The video can be found from here, and more information about the project from Finnish Forest Centre’s website (in Finnish only).

Arbonaut’s experts were present in the UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn, Germany, as the National REDD+ Strategy for Uganda was formally launched during the conference. Congratulations also for Ghana and Nigeria for launching their respective REDD+ Strategies during the event!

In the picture: our expert, Mr. Basanta Gautam (second from left), attending the Strategy Launch in COP23.

Our NCF- project in Nepal got in to the national newspaper this week. The Nagarik National Daily wrote, how Arbonaut has conducted Vulnerability Assessment for Nepalgunj Sub Metropolitan City using GIS. The study aims to support the long-term strategic planning of flood control in the city.

More about the NCF- project from the link.