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We offer management consulting services to clients throughout the forest products value chain, from resource providers to end users. Our unique experience allows us to recognise relevant driving forces and assess their impact on client business. We help clients capture strategic opportunities and avoid pitfalls.

One main area of our expertise lies in strategy formulation and execution regarding raw materials, markets and products. For instance, we help our clients find new business prospects in raw materiel procurement or better predict the competitive environment.

Another main area of our skills is to combine our leading-edge industry expertise and management consulting know-how with the best practices in the fields of sustainable ecosystem management and biodiversity protection such as supporting our clients in forest management and chain of custody certification.

Recent study:
Billion hectares of land have potential for forest restoration

We complement the skill set of client organisations with our wide and deep industry specific perspective. Our working methods range from technical analysis to process facilitation and from sparring to scenario workshops. We work well on every level of client organisations. With our unique understanding of the whole forest industry cluster, we can interpret trends or nuances in client business landscapes.


You can find some historical background information about central Eurpoean forestry here

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2017-03-21 08:55 |

An interview with DG Peter Holmgren and Scientist Himlal Baral

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2017-03-21 08:09 |

Test your knowledge with our quiz for the International Day of Forests

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2017-03-21 07:00 | Did you know that the International Day of Forests is celebrated every year on March 21?

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2017-03-21 03:14 | In 2017, Ghana changed its role from an observer to a Participating member of ISO TC 296. This change in status was effected with INBAR’s support, and promises exciting developments for bamboo and rattan standards over the next few years. ISO TC 296 is a Technical Committee established under the International Standardization Organization (ISO). It works […]

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2017-03-21 00:00 |

A big thank you to everyone who took part in the #LoveForests video campaign for International Day of Forests! To mark this year’s ‘Forests and energy’ theme, we asked you to grab a smartphone, head out into your local forest, make a video telling us how forests energize you, and post it on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube. We had some fantastic entries from across the globe, and here are just a few highlights.


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2017-03-20 16:51 | The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is seeking eight PhD scholars to focus on evaluating the impacts of subnational REDD+ initiatives in Brazil, Peru and Indonesia.

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2017-03-20 16:00 | Forests and trees play a major role on water cycles and cooler temperatures, contributing to food security and climate change adaptation. In recent decades, the climate change discourse has looked at forests and trees mostly as carbon stocks and carbon sinks, but now scientists are calling for more attention on the relation between trees and water in climate change. A new publication and a symposium try to shed new light on the debate.

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2017-03-20 14:17 | There is a new PhD position announced in forest management, with focus on natural regeneration and management of birch. The applicant should have a master in forest science or related subjects and an interest both in applied forest management and … Continue reading →

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2017-03-20 13:45 | A chance to get involved! We are looking for a committed student with an interest in sustainability, who wants an internship with Focali this fall.

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2017-03-20 12:41 | HARTSVILLE, S.C., Mar 20, 2017 -- Sonoco (NYSE:SON) today announced it is implementing price increases for all round composite cans and shaped rigid paperboard containers in North America by a minimum of 5 percent. The increase is effective with shipments beginning April 15, 2017.

“This price adjustment is necessary to recover continuing cost inflation, particularly in uncoated recycled paperboard, a primary raw material,” said Jeff Tomaszewski, vice president and general...

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2017-03-20 12:41 | BRUSSELS, Belgium, Mar 20, 2017-- Sonoco-Alcore S.a.r.l. today announced it will raise prices for paper-based tubes and cores by up to 8.5 percent, depending on product category, effective from shipments beginning on 15th April 2017.

"The increase follows a continuous rise over the past six months in coreboard prices across Europe driven predominantly by higher OCC costs peaking now in a 60 Euro per ton or a 15 percent increase in coreboard," said Karsten Kemmerling,...

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2017-03-20 12:00 |

Visiting Sintayehu Belachew in the Ethiopian mountains of Wof WashaSintayehu with his apple trees Wof Washa Forest TREE AID travelled to Wof Washa recently; a 6,000-hectare natural forest. Nestled up in the Amhara highlands, it is home to thousands of families who rely on the trees around them. When we got out of the car

The post An apple a day keeps the doctor away appeared first on...

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2017-03-20 09:31 | A group of nearly 60 Indonesian and international NGOs sent a letter to APP director, Linda Wijaya, to express their concern regarding a new possible supplier, PT. Bangun Rimba Sejahtera (PT BRS). According to a recent NGO report, the company has a concession laying up to 85% on land used by local communities for their livelihoods. The report suggests […]

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2017-03-20 09:22 | Forest restoration often includes thinning to reduce tree density and improve ecosystem processes and function while also reducing the risk of wildfire or insect and disease outbreaks. However, one drawback of these restoration treatments is that slash is often burned in piles that may damage the soil and require further restoration activities. Pile burning is […]

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2017-03-20 09:00 |

Short-term disputes must not burn bridges for the bioenergy solutions we need

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2017-03-20 07:19 |

A planning mission to Cameroon's community forests by the CoNGOs project team found the Baka people brimming with business ideas, but needing a little help from their friends.

The road from Lomié to Djoum in Southeast Cameroon is red and rutted. It is known as the Dja circuit, and completing the circuitous route takes over eight hours in a 4x4. 

Along the road's dusty-red forest edges are Baka communities (formerly called Pygmies). Most live in red clay houses, although...

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2017-03-20 06:13 |

A Q&A with researcher Anne Larson on the changing conditions of rights and resources in discussion at the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference

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2017-03-20 01:40 |

Presentation by Maria Brockhaus, Professor of International Forest Policy at the University of Helsinki, Finland, at a workshop on ‘Sharing insights across REDD+ countries: Opportunities and obstacles for effective, efficient, and equitable REDD+ carbon and non-carbon results’, held from 21-23 February 2017 in Naypyidaw, Myanmar. Forests, Climate Change and REDD+: A brief introduction from Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

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2017-03-19 14:52 |

An anonymous but highly authoritative scientific observer has contributed the following guest editorial to ALERT. 

A critical peat-swamp forest in Borneo—which harbors around 3 percent of the island’s unique and endangered orangutan species—could be destroyed.  This is in clear...


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