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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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2018-04-12 11:02 | Canada – In British Columbia, the provincial government is committing Cdn $7.8 million to promote the use of BC wood overseas, advance wood building systems and products, and expand global markets. BC Government announced the funding at a national forestry convention in Prince George, alongside Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.

“Expanding our international...

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2018-04-12 10:34 | Late last week Associated Kiln Driers Softwoods (AKD) officially took ownership of the Yarram Sawmill after finalising the purchase with Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts earlier this month. Regular operations of the mill will resume from Monday 25th March, with all 60 existing employees offered ongoing employment. The Yarram Sawmill processes approximately 150,000 cubic meters of saw-log into a range of timber products from its...

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2018-04-12 07:00 |

Researchers at Rensselaer have developed a patented method to use cheap and abundant paper biomass to make lithium-sulfur batteries

A major byproduct in the papermaking industry is lignosulfonate, a sulfonated carbon waste material, which is typically combusted on site, releasing CO2 into the atmosphere after sulfur has been captured for reuse.

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2018-04-12 02:32 |

The island of New Guinea — which sustains the third-largest tract of intact rainforest on the planet — is becoming the latest global deforestation nightmare.

Long-protected from exploitation by its remoteness, steep terrain, and fiercely independent native peoples, the island is now rapidly losing forest to logging projects and palm oil development.

In 2015, deforestation across the island...

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2018-04-12 00:10 | About 15% of noise-exposed workers in the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (AFFH) sector experience hearing loss, according to a new NIOSH hearing loss study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine. Source: Insurance Journal While the 15% figure is below that found in other sectors, the prevalence of hearing loss is higher — as high as 36% — in particular industries including forestry within the AFFH sector. Also, the prevalence of hearing loss in the AFFH sector has...

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2018-04-12 00:09 | A timber processing facility is being planned to be established in Lae, an idea currently discussed between the PNG Forest Authority (PNGFA) and the Australian Government, through the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. Source: Looping.com PNGFA Acting Managing Director, Karo Karo Mau, told Loop PNG that the proposed idea is still being discussed. The facility is currently developed in the absence of a downstream processing policy. The acting MD says while the downstream...

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2018-04-12 00:08 | Hardwood specialist Danzer presented its authentic wood products such as technical veneers and 3D-Veneer at Global Shop, the retail design, planning, and merchandising expo and conference that took place in Chicago. Source: Wood&Panel USA One of the company’s focuses at the fair: showing to planners and designers how to ensure consistent aesthetics on high-end retail fittings worldwide. “Wood is a key component in retail fit-outs and has a positive influence on the shopping experience....

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2018-04-12 00:07 | 4% – woodchip exports for the year-ended February 2018, were up 9.4% on the prior year, totalling 6.768 million bone dry metric tonnes 1,951 m3 – Australia’s exports of roughsawn hardwood products in February were valued at AUD2.717 million. Exports from Queensland continue to dominate $686,700 – the average price of Australian residential dwellings (all types, not just houses) 1% – Australia’s wages growth improved to 2.1% per annum, according to the RBA, marginally ahead of 1.9% inflation...

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2018-04-12 00:04 | New judges and new categories ensure the prestigious 2018 NZ Wood-Resene Timber Design Awards are even more exciting, says NZ Wood’s Promotion Manager Debbie Fergie. Source: Timberbiz Monday, April 30 is the last day to enter. “Entries are already coming in, but if we don’t have yours it can’t be considered, and nor can it provide a showcase for your expertise,” Ms Fergie said. This is New Zealand’s only timber design award which allows engineers, architects, architectural designers and...

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2018-04-11 23:58 | The Australian Forest Products Association is calling all young researchers in forest-based sciences to put their hands up and apply for the Blue Sky Young Researchers Innovation Award. Source: Timberbiz These are prestigious awards and the winners will be announced in Canada in 2019. “The Blue Sky Young Researchers Innovation Award takes place biennially and grants up to three awards to the most attractive submissions during the CEO Roundtable promoted by the International Council of Forests...

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2018-04-11 23:55 | Australia’s woodchip exports totalled 580,785 bone dry metric tonnes (bdmt) in February 2018, with hardwood chips at 494,345 (bdmt). Softwood chips continued their recent strength, totalling 86,440 bdmt. Source: IndustryEdge, Timberbiz Latest data analysed for the Australian industry by market and trade consulting experts IndustryEdge shows average hardwood export prices were $178.23/bdmt, delivered on board the vessel in Australia (Free on board), while the price of softwood chips was $174.75/...

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2018-04-11 18:30 |

Oregon State University scientists have concluded an exhaustive series of tests on western juniper lumber and opened the door to commercial wood markets for an invasive tree that has spread widely across Central and Eastern Oregon and other parts of the Great Basin.(more)

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2018-04-11 17:19 | NOTE: This text is reblogged from a blog coauthored by Vincent Gitz (FTA) and IUFRO Vice-President John Parrotta about Session 16 on “The Role of Science and Research” at the Halting Deforestation conference:  http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/the-power-of-science-to-halt-deforestation/ ********************************************** Science and research can offer significant contributions to halting deforestation and increasing the area of healthy forests around the world […]

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2018-04-11 16:51 |

Government officers from the two mountainous countries visited highly successful agroforestry sites in Northwest Vietnam that are restoring degraded sloping land and improving farmers’ incomes.

The post Bhutan and...

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2018-04-11 10:01 | Kampala, Uganda, 11 April 2018—A new TRAFFIC report identifies Uganda as one of the common transit points for the trafficking of wildlife and wildlife products in the Central and East Africa region. Criminal organizations in Uganda are mainly associated with the smuggling of ivory, but in recent years have also been heavily linked to pangolin trafficking.

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2018-04-11 04:50 |

INBAR and the Food and Agriculture Organization are very pleased to organise a ground-breaking discussion about the use of bamboo for erosion control and land restoration. In response to the ambitious Bonn Challenge, in 2014 INBAR’s Member states committed to restore at least 5 million hectares of degraded land using bamboo. However, despite the fact […]

The post Bamboo for land: the FAO at BARC appeared first on...

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2018-04-11 02:20 |

The Navajo Forestry Department started the process 11 months ago to develop the Navajo Forestlands Integrated Resource Management Plan.

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2018-04-11 01:15 | This book introduces the rich heritage of these city forests as cultural landscapes, and shows that cities and forests can be mutually beneficial.

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2018-04-11 00:00 |

A new study shows more than 100,000 orangutans have disappeared in 16 years

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2018-04-10 18:15 |

"Our goal here was to connect the measurements on the ground with the measurements from space in a way that leverages the strengths of both approaches," said Robert Kennedy of Oregon State University.(more)

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