Economy

Forestry Sector Market Survey: Use of Forest Information Technologies & Marketing of Forestry Services and Products

We thank the survey participants for making this market study possible by providing valuable market insights and individual perspectives and experiences. The survey is published under a creative common license. This enables everyone to reuse and republish the report and the raw data.

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Building Bridges Between Impact Investors and Sustainable Forestry

The challenge

The annual worldwide deforestation is about 13 million hectares, predominantly in the tropics. We believe that reforestation is one opportunity to counter deforestation. At the same time it can help to satisfy the increasing demand for timber, which is estimated to grow by 50 percent by 2050.
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Workshop: forest investment business plan

Overview Online practice session with Q&A | start: 16.09.2013 | location: Impact Forestry Forum Introductory article on the workshop: What should a successful business plan look like? Download: forest investment plan Manual for using the forum Forum policy We recommend to start the workshop with reading the introductory article, which provides...

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What should a successful business plan look like?

Theory and experiences of writing a forest investment business plan for sustainable forestry projects

Talking about forest investment business plans is a wide field. In this introduction, we focus on general components of the business plan, like goals, presentation formats, content and information quality. Prepared with these background information we present and discuss a real business plan in the practice session. This more specific discussion takes place at the Impact Forestry Forum. Find the business plan for download at the end of this article.
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Facilitating private forestry investments: a practical approach to risk assessment

Severity and propability during for risk assessment This is the announcement of an article by Stefan Haas, Alexander Watson and Fabian Schmidt, which has been published by © 2012 ETFRN and Tropenbos International, Wageningen, the Netherlands in the Issue No. 54, December 2012: "Good Business Making Private Investments Work for Tropical Forests",

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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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