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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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2018-08-10 06:33 |

Silvopasture, a strategic and managed agroecosystem, integrates livestock, forage, and trees or shrubs to improve individual components (Orefice and Carroll 2017; USDA National Agroforestry Center [NAC] 2012). Chizmar (2018) calculated potential returns to silvopastoral systems with Angus cattle and loblolly pine (Pinus taeda). Data were drawn from a field trial in the Coastal Plain of North Carolina (Figure 1) under various assumptions about the relationships between system...

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2018-08-10 06:31 |

The Appalachian Mountains are a global hotspot for biodiversity, including many plant species with a long history of medicinal, culinary, and decorative usage and economic value. Unfortunately, native wild populations of these plants are experiencing heavy overharvesting pressures and widespread habitat destruction, leading to serious declines.  Recently, the International Union for Conservation of Nature listed Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis, Figure 1) as “Vulnerable to...

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2018-08-10 06:28 |

The USDA Forest Service has published a new report: Agroforestry: Enhancing Resiliency in U.S. Agricultural Landscapes Under Changing Conditions based upon a national scientific assessment of agroforestry (Figure 1). With contributions from more than 50 experts from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, this report presents the first-ever synthesis on agroforestry as a mechanism for improving the resiliency of agricultural lands under...

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2018-08-10 06:26 |

Climate change is already impacting farm and forest lands throughout the northeastern United States. Temperatures are increasing and more rain is falling all at once with dry periods in between. With these changes comes greater variation and uncertainty in crop and livestock production. Without modifying management, agricultural profits may decline (Melillo et al. 2014).  Farmers and land managers are finding ways to adapt to the ongoing changes. Sharing experiences cultivates new ideas...

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2018-08-09 19:43 |

Despite our understanding that perennial agriculture has been practiced globally for millennia, understanding of North American indigenous agroforestry systems remains poor.  It is a widely-held belief among the public that indigenous North Americans limited their agricultural production to annual crops, while opportunistically foraging for the fruits of perennials in the matrix of wilderness surrounding their settlements.  However, clues from early European contacts with...

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2018-08-09 19:43 |

Despite our understanding that perennial agriculture has been practiced globally for millennia, understanding of North American indigenous agroforestry systems remains poor.  It is a widely-held belief among the public that indigenous North Americans limited their agricultural production to annual crops, while opportunistically foraging for the fruits of perennials in the matrix of wilderness surrounding their settlements.  However, clues from early European contacts with...

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2018-08-09 17:43 | The new accounting system calculates the effect of forests on GHG mitigation by using factual evidence rather than forecasts of projected future policy impacts, as previous systems have done. The EU is expected to use this new system to measure the contribution of the LULUCF sector in its climate strategy.

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2018-08-09 17:02 | Representatives from Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan reaffirmed their commitments to the Bonn Challenge during a ministerial roundtable on forest landscape restoration. Participants adopted the Astana Resolution, in which they agree to identify degraded lands within their countries, work to restore them and assess the potential for further forest landscape restoration.

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2018-08-09 15:34 | Historic levels of particles in the atmosphere released from pre-industrial era fires, and their cooling effect on the planet, may have been significantly underestimated according to a new study.

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2018-08-09 01:49 | As Myanmar has announced plans to restructure the government-run entity Myanmar Timber Enterprise, or MTE, under private sector management, reports of illegal logging are surging, according to Mongabay, a US-based website that publishes news on the environment. Source: Asia Times Until now, MTE has been managing forestry resources and overseeing the export of timber and timber products while huge amounts of money have been paid to Myanmar officials on the border with China to turn a blind eye...

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2018-08-09 01:49 | Thailand and the European Union (EU) have held their second round of negotiations on a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT). Source: Timberbiz The agreement, and the process through which it is developed, aims to help improve forest governance, address illegal logging and promote trade in verified legal timber products to the EU and other markets. The latest negotiations took place in July 2018, amid Thailand’s rollout of substantial...

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2018-08-09 01:48 | Forest biomass is currently one of the most important sources of renewable energy and accounts for almost half of the EU´s total renewable energy consumption; this is in addition to the very important use of round wood from forests. Source: Rehap Besides raw materials, forests also provide a wide range of vital non-wood services that should be protected during wood extraction. In order to make forestry sustainable, it is essential to use commercial vehicles that will affect the forest ecosystem...

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2018-08-09 01:47 | Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) has launched its inaugural podcast series, WoodChat. Source: Timberbiz Each episode in the six-part pilot series will include an in-depth conversation with experts on a different industry-related news story, discovery or innovation. Topics include biophilia, climate impact, genomics, drones and much more. During the first episode of the series the hosts spoke with Associate Professor Jacki Schirmer of the University of Canberra about biophilia – the...

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2018-08-09 01:45 | New home sales rose 2.0% in June 2018, the first rise this year according to HIA’s Principal Economist, Tim Reardon. Source: Timberbiz, HIA The HIA New Home Sales report – a monthly survey of the largest volume home builders in the five largest states – provides an early indication of trends in the residential building industry. “Despite the monthly bounce in June, new home sales during the entire 2017/18 financial year were 5.3% lower than in the previous financial year,” Mr Reardon said. “The...

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2018-08-09 01:43 | A report on alternative plantation forest species is now available on the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association website detailing the characteristics of a wide variety of tree species that are suited to steep erosion prone land and which have root structures that may better resist landsliding after harvest. Source: Timberbiz The report was written by Dean Satchell, of Sustainable Forest Solutions, and contributes to present industry considerations of how to lessen the vulnerability of trees now...

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2018-08-09 01:42 | Every month, IndustryEdge publishes Wood Market Edge, Australia’s only forestry and wood products market and trade analysis, and supplies its customers with hundreds of unique data products, advisory and consulting services. 618,999 bdmt – IndustryEdge’s projection of woodchip exports in July 2018, based on vessel tracking. Average margin for error is less than 5% AUD291.66/m3 – the average price of Hardwood Log exports in May 2018, reported on a free-on-board basis 86,418 m3 – up 35.9% on the...

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2018-08-09 01:41 | A major new study that records forest sounds has found evidence for up to 10 times the rate of koala occupancy in NSW’s north-east forests than previously estimated. Source: Timberbiz The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) project, which focused on the iconic marsupial’s response to timber harvesting, involved more than 14,500 hours of audio recorded over three years to measure the bellows of male koalas. DPI Principal Research Scientist Dr Brad Law said the new technique saw Song Meter...

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2018-08-09 01:40 | To the Editor I read with interest your story (Pine residue up for grabs in WA) of the day in Daily Timber News 7 (August 2018). I would not hold my breath waiting for FPC to make a decision and award contracts to respondents, despite the assertion that announcements are imminent. Their tender RFP2/2018 for the Sale of Pine Rounds, closed on 19 April 2018 – having been called over three months late after existing buyers’ contracts ran out. The results of the tender have not been communicated to...

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2018-08-09 01:39 | A multi million dollar court action seeking damages from building products giant Carter Holt Harvey has been filed at the Auckland High Court. Sources: Newshub, Stuff NZ It is seeking at least NZ$40 million in damages on behalf of owners of properties constructed with Shadowclad. Shadowclad is already subject to court proceedings. The Ministry of Education alleges the product has been defective and created 800 leaky school buildings. The estimated repair bill has been reported as being between...

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2018-08-08 21:12 | Are we locked in a worldwide pattern of persistent and catastrophic wildfires?

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