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 Festival Cancelled
24th June 2015
This weekend's Killarney Festival of Music & Food has been cancelled, it was announced today.
Volunteers Needed for education exhibition at Killarney Music & Food
23rd June 2015
Ever wondered what Trees have to do with Music?
Getting In Tune:Musicians for Legal & Sustainable Wood
23rd June 2015
Musicians Join Nonprofits to Call for Legal Wood in Instruments
5th September 2012
Gibson Guitars’ agreement to pay a $300,000 fine for its role in importing illegal timber from Madagascar is a major breakthrough in the fight to end the multi-billion dollar global trade in illicit wood, said Global Witness today.
28th August 2012
Many of the world’s tonewood species have been pushed to the brink of extinction by illegal logging. Musicians need to be responsible stewards of the world’s forests, both for their own sake and to ensure that future generations of musicians have access to these materials.
20th April 2012
Three Sound of Wood Concerts will take place during Galway Fringe Festival this July.
4th November 2011
UPDATE: September 6, 2011 1:45 p.m.: Andrea Johnson, director of forest programs for the Environmental Investigation Agency, wrote to NPR to express concern over two points in this story.
4th November 2011
The airwaves are hot in Nasville over the Gibson Guitar Raid
4th September 2011
The Gibson Guitar Corp is finding itself stuck between a rock and a hard place after federal agents raided their Tennessee plant last week for what the instrument makers say is just governmental bullying.
Irish FSC-certified flute launched...
10th August 2011
FSC-certiified flute produced
Picture shows L to R: Neil Bridgeland, Jasper Makala, Tom Roche and James Laizer, at the Sound and Fair Concert and Award Cermony in the University of Cambridge Concert Hall on Saturday 1st June 2011
10th June 2011
Just Forests attends concert to mark the launch of the world's first FSC-certified clarinet.
Picture of Mr. Chris Martin, CEO of C.F. Martin Guitars, Inc, Nazareth, Pennsylvania, presenting me (Tom Roche) founder of Just Forests with a D-Dreadnought SWGDT model acoustic/electric guitar at the company’s HQ in Nazareth on Thursday 12th May 2011. The presentation marks Martin’s donation to Just Forests work on linking our love of music to our dependence on ‘tonewoods’ for our beautiful musical instruments.
2011 is the United Nations-designated International Year of Forests (IYF-2011) and governments/corporations worldwide are being asked to highlight the significance of forests to our survival.
20th May 2011
Conservationist strikes wrong ‘chord’ with Customs at Dublin Airport -first FSC-certified guitar to enter Ireland is confiscated by Airport Customs.
16th April 2011
Just Forests partners Sound & Fair to host major concert to promote FSC certified 'tonewoods'.
ABCP workers weed trees under the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro
12th April 2011
The thirteenth Annual Report and Newsletter for the African Blackwood Conservation Project launched
U2-backs Music Education
19th January 2011
Music Generation, the U2 and Ireland Funds supported National Music Education Programme for young people, was officially unveiled yesterday. The programme, enabled by a €5 million donation from U2 with a further €2 million being raised by The Ireland Funds, gives children and young people across the...  
13th January 2011
The Sound & Fair campaign aims to realise a sustainable trade in African blackwood through a fully-certified chain of custody linking village communities in Tanzania to woodwind instrument musicians in the UK and ireland.
9th December 2010
Tonal Innovation Center (TONIC) hosted the 1st Annual International Musical Instruments Seminar 18 - 19 November 2010 - Exploring Sustainable Materials for Musical Instruments
Just Music International Aid Project Launched
24th November 2010
The Chieftains join musicians in support for Just Music project
20th November 2010
NOTIFICATION TO THE PARTIES No. 2010/036 Geneva, 19 November 2010 CONCERNING: Annotations for Aniba rosaeodora (Brazilian rosewood), Bulnesia sarmientoi (palo santo) and Euphorbia antisyphilitica (candelilla) Background
15th October 2010
15th October 2010
PRESS RELEASE CITES extends controls on high-value timber at the request of exporting countries New trade rules to apply for butterflies and the famous ‘coco de mer’ Geneva, 14 October 2010 – The Governments of Bolivia, the Russian Federation and Seychelles have requested the Secretariat of the...  
3rd October 2010
Just Forests takes a stand at the Music Show and builds great support at the Hot Press Music Showcase in RDS Dublin
Sound of Wood Concert Launched in Concern HQ
28th September 2010
‘The Chieftains’ Confirmed to play Tullamore
15th August 2010
Sound & Fair, the international campaign for a sustainable trade in African blackwood, has launched a partnership with Just Forests, an Irish non-governmental organisation, to help encourage Irish musical instrument makers and woodworkers to only use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified...  
16th June 2010
"Forty-seven of Madagascar's 48 species of rosewood (Dalbergia) are found nowhere else in the world," said Duke University graduate student Meredith Barrett, the lead author on the May 27 article. Madagascar's military-backed change in leadership last year and a lucrative rosewood market...  
19th November 2009
19th November 2009
Gibson Guitar Corp., long lauded by environmental groups as a pioneer in the use of sustainable wood products, is the first U.S. company to face prosecution under a new federal law banning trade in illegal wood. Read more: Gibson Guitar may be first to face fury of revised Lacey Act -...  
26th April 2007
The Amazon and DRC possess the two largest remaining tropical forest blocks in the world, and Global Witness believes the world cannot afford to put these global assets at risk by subjecting them to tried and tested theories that do not work. Despite many initiatives surrounding forest law...  
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