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Biological rationalization in forestry

Manage forests actively or let nature do the work?

Nature has optimized the collaboration between organisms over the past billion years. Why not use this experience in forestry? For the optimization of a sustainable management it is necessary to understand the dynamics of forest ecosystems. On this basis forest managers have to decide whether natural dynamics support the management goals or active management measures are required.
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Why More is More: Accelerating Change in the Impact Investing Sector

It seems like the impact investing sector is growing by leaps and bounds these days. OpenForests is a good example of the kind of forward-looking organization that now uses impact models to support its efforts to bring positive change. And there are many more joining the sector every day. Maximpact.com, the online portal I founded, was designed to serve the needs of what this growing community of impact investors. It’s a platform where all the players, whether they are entrepreneurs, intermediaries or funds, can list impact deals of all kinds at no cost. Once they join, they can see deals offered by others and use the site to make and scale deals on a global basis. As a piece of sector infrastructure, the platform’s main purpose is to accelerate deal-flow. Our higher purpose, however, is to accelerate the rate at which we do good for our planet and it's inhabitants.
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Chasing Profit in the Forest Products Industries: The Twelve Missteps to Avoid

Sustainable forestry depends on a continuous stream of financing for thinning, for protection against fungal and insect infestation, the removal of weed species that interfere with the natural forest and for fire protection, among other hazards. This funding can come from a number of sources: government, which relies on taxation, private support based on eleemosynary motives or income generated from the forest itself, e.g. selling timber. The only reliable purchasers of timber, at least in the long run, are profitable private enterprises that convert timber into lumber, plywood, composite wood products and other materials required for building construction, furniture and cabinetry and the many other aspects of our economy. Clients of our forest industry marketing research firm from time to time set as a target to increase ‘profit’ some fixed percentage each year and ask LGA how we would recommend going about it.
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Making Biochar out of Slash: Agroforestry Report from Guatemala

Application in practice: A guide on how to make biochar out of slash with low-tech methods instead of simply burning the slash. The biochar can be used to enhance soil quality and improve water retention during the dry season. Abstract: At the mixed hardwoods and cacao farm of Izabal Agro-Forest in Caribbean Guatemala, instead of burning in the traditional "slash-and-burn" manner, we made an experimental attempt on one hectare to convert into charcoal 10 years of clear-cut, successional, lowland tropical forest re-growth that had been felled to make way for mahogany and cacao planting. The resulting charcoal was to be incorporated into soil surrounding the cacao seedlings.
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Impact Investing for Sustainable Forestry (IISF)

This definition of “Impact Investing for Sustainable Forestry” is a first approach to formulate a vision of a strong sustainable forestry and an ethically responsible practice of investing in forestry. The definition is not complete, neither right nor false. It is a starting point for a journey on the trails of sustainability in forestry. The way is dynamic and should be discussed critically. We welcome every contribution and an active participation to further develop this definition and vision towards reality.
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