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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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2017-03-08 21:01 |

Secure land tenure in rural landscapes is widely recognized as an essential foundation
for achieving a range of economic development goals. However, forest areas in low and
middle-income countries face particular challenges in strengthening the security of land
and resource tenure. Forest peoples are often among the poorest and most politically
marginalized communities in their national contexts, and their tenure systems are often
based on customary, collective...

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2017-03-08 17:43 | 8 March, 2017

On International Women’s Day 2017, indigenous Baka and Bagyeli women in the rainforest of southern Cameroon are facing up to threats to their lands, livelihoods and forests. Equipped with smartphone apps, women are learning how to monitor the issues that affect their lives the most. Cameroon’s forests are facing rapid change from industrial logging and mining that degrade the forest, and from protected areas that prevent...

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2017-03-08 17:21 | On the occasion of the International Day of Forests (21 March) and World Water Day (22 March), FTA is inviting you to participate in a virtual symposium on the linkages of forests, water and climate.

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2017-03-08 17:15 |

In view of the European Commission's publication of its Winter Energy package, the European paper industry has compiled a position paper outlining its stance on key aspects of the proposal including:

  • Electricity markets
  • Energy Union governance
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Renewable Energy

The full position paper can be consulted via the link below.

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2017-03-08 15:19 | Improving the efficiency and robustness of our endorsement process is a top priority as the revision of our key international standards enters its second year. After all, the PEFC process for the endorsement and mutual recognition of national forest certification system is THE process of our...

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2017-03-08 15:18 |

International Women’s Day is observed on March 8 every year to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. For more than 100 years, countries around the world have observed this day in various ways in recognition of...

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2017-03-08 14:02 | Scientists have worked out how the mysterious Amazon Rainforest began 8000 years ago. Turns out it was a simple gardening experiment that got way out of hand. Source: The Sun Secrets of the Amazon — including uncontracted tribes — remain more than 10,000 years after the first ancient tribes settled there. The Sun reported that there are several tribes that remain having never made contact with the world outside. And although it may appear wild and uncharted, a new study published in Science...

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2017-03-08 14:01 | Children are not often invited to speak to the United Nations General Assembly. But there stood Felix Finkbeiner, German wunderkind in his Harry Potter spectacles, gray hoodie, and mop-top haircut—with a somber question about climate change. Source: National Geographic “We children know adults know the challenges and they know the solutions,” he said. “We don’t know why there is so little action.” The children came up with three possible reasons to explain the lapse, he said. One is differing...

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2017-03-08 13:59 | John Deere & Co has forged a strategic alliance with drone-tech startup Kespry, the companies announced in Las Vegas at CONEXPO, an international trade show for the construction industry. Source: Tech Crunch The deal could prove a boon for sales of Kespry’s drones and data analytics software. It could help John Deere tap into a new, high-tech means of generating sales and profits in construction and forestry, an area in its overall business that slumped in 2016. Based in Menlo Park, Kespry...

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2017-03-08 13:58 | A recent study of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced a surprise result. Something unexpected may be going on in southwest New Zealand, a recently published study shows. Source: Stuff NZ The area – covering portions of Fiordland, Westland, Otago and Southland – might be absorbing much more atmospheric carbon dioxide than expected, up to 60% more, say two Niwa scientists, Dr Sara Mikaloff-Fletcher and Dr Kay Steinkamp. This amount of carbon uptake from relatively undisturbed forest land is...

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2017-03-08 13:58 | The derelict wasteland of the former Gunns sawmill in Scottsdale has been given a new lease of life by the local community. Source: The Examiner The once thriving mill employed 180 people in its heyday, but after the turn of the millennium, the apparent downturn of the forestry industry spelt the end for the site, or so it seemed. When Gunns went into receivership, the mill was gutted, with everything, down to the wiring, ripped out. It was a time when the town had the highest unemployment rate...

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2017-03-08 13:57 | Research students from Canada and France have arrived at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) to assist forestry researchers turn logging byproducts into renewable energy. Source: My Sunshine Coast Camille Barrier of Université Grenoble Alpes in France and Claude Durocher from Canada’s Laval University will spend five months at USC’s Forest Industries Research Centre, working on projects to develop better techniques in bioenergy production. Bioenergy is a renewable source of power...

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2017-03-08 13:57 | Federal Trade Minister Steven Ciobo admitted that Indonesian trade negotiators are targeting increased imports of timber products from Indonesia in the fast-progressing Australia-Indonesia Free Trade Agreement. Source: Timberbiz “Australia already imports from Indonesia about $500 million worth of timber and paper products, against our exports to Indonesia of some $48 million in 2015*,” Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) Mr Ross Hampton said. “Australia...

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2017-03-08 13:56 | The state government’s bid to unlock some of Tasmania’s protected forests may risk Forestry Tasmania’s FSC certification attempt, because of information included in the application. Source: The Examiner The government will this year introduce a bill to parliament aimed at opening up 365,000 hectares of forests to logging that were locked up as part of the peace deal. However, Forestry Tasmania would not harvest those contentious areas in an attempt to protect its FSC certification bid. The...

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2017-03-08 13:56 | A Northland conservation group has failed in a court challenge over the regulation of swamp kauri exports. Source: Radio NZ The High Court rejected arguments by the Northland Environmental Protection Society (NEPS) that the Ministry for Primary Industries failed to apply the Forests Act and allowed the highly-priced timber to be exported unlawfully. NEPS asked the court to declare that swamp kauri table tops and carved logs could not be exported because they were not finished objects as defined...

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2017-03-08 13:08 |

CIAT: Gender, group membership and trees on farms in Nicaragua BIOVERSITY INTERNATIONAL: Celebrating gender and biodiversity ICRAF/BIOVERSITY: Review of guides for gender-equitable value chain development CIAT Gender, group membership and trees on farms in Nicaragua This project has the objective to analyze how women’s and men’s participation in groups may influence their capacities to access and implement information on the use of trees […]

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2017-03-08 12:54 |

By Bimbika Sijapati-Basnett and Leona Liu Oil palm expansion threatens to displace local women from the lands where they cultivate their food crops, and this way help to feed their families. Furthermore, the women´s work contributions to oil palm production are largely unrecognized, and in the rare cases that they are, women are overrepresented in the ‘casual worker’ category, with […]

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2017-03-08 11:45 | For several years, the International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO), as one of IFSA's partners, has been offering an internship opportunity to students from IFSA Local Committees.

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2017-03-08 11:32 | Mar 8, 2017--Valmet will supply two containerboard production lines and related automation systems for Nine Dragons Industries Co., Ltd. in China. The new production lines (PM 39 in Quanzhou and PM 40 in Chongqing) are planned to produce high-quality testliner and fluting grades out of 100 percent recycled raw materials. The start-ups of the machines are scheduled for 2018.

The order was included in Valmet's fourth quarter of 2016 orders received. The value of the order will not...

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2017-03-08 11:31 |

New Zealand’s Eastland Port achieved record log tonnage throughput in January, reaching 178,197 tonnes reports Woodweek. It’s an increase of 45% compared to last January when it reached 96,579 tonnes. Port General Manager Andrew Gaddum says it was the busiest January for wood export since Eastland Port was created in 2003.

“January can traditionally be a low volume month because of the Christmas and holiday breaks when forest operations stop, but this January’s throughput nearly...

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