Forests are becoming more critical than ever for the global ecosystem and human well-being. To underpin this modern-day reality, numerous books and articles have made compelling reading, spelling out the various benefits of verdant woodland and forestry. These green areas are unique; we could not survive without them. Occasionally referred to as the lungs of the planet because they absorb carbon dioxide, approximately 30 per cent of the surface of the earth is forested – equivalent to some four billion hectares.
Equally significantly, woods and forests are a haven for animal and plant species, some of which are quite rare. In contrast, however, these wooded areas also represent a valuable source of raw materials. As a result, in several locations – probably too many – it has not yet been possible to stop or adequately limit the progressive destruction and degradation of large swathes of tree-lined land.
At the same time, in reports from tropical regions, we bear witness to deep poverty, a factor that leads to regional exploitation of land. While Western society rejects deforestation, at least in theory, it is nonetheless somewhat entangled with these unsustainable policies – and, by implication, the stripping of natural resources. Furthermore, weak governance and financial attraction bring about the large-scale conversion of natural forest for agricultural purposes such as keeping cattle or feeding the worldwide demand for soybean and palm oil, among other products.
Here at ITTCON, we help to provide groundbreaking answers to these questions. In our team, we have the expertise to address complex challenges economically, ecologically and analytically to deliver successful solutions.
Our consultants in the ITTCON team specialise in advising companies within the forestry sector, timber processing and wood trade. We also work with national and international state institutions and commissions, aiming to add value and ensure demand-oriented, continuous cross-border supplies of timber and finished products.
Crucially, our consulting approach is optimal for the business requirements of timber producers and manufacturing groups. We advise public organisations and private clients, as well as downstream industries such as sawmills, wood pulp and paper producers, traders and logistics specialists. Please see our consulting portfolio and testimonials for further detail of some of the client companies with whom we have worked.