The Word Forestry Center organized a conference – Who will own the forests? – in Portland, Oregon in the United States of America from 20 to 22 September 2010. Over 400 delegates representing forest industry companies, timberland management organizations, financial institutions, service providers, governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as other entities with interest in forest investments.
Petri Lehtonen, Deputy Managing Director of Indufor Oy, outlined the Key Drivers and Challenges in Timberland Investments in Emerging Markets in the conference.
Based on Indufor experience the main forest investment drivers are growing demand for forestry products and services, emerging supply constraints, consumer preferences favoring green products, policy trends supporting green building and bioenergy as well as climate change mitigation. Investment opportunities in sustainable forests are globally available and numerous and mostly found from emerging markets with demanding challenges and rewarding opportunities.
The conference themes covered economic outlook of the global forest and forest industry sector, timberland investment drivers, timberland valuation, global timberland investing, emerging forestland values as well as lessons from frontiers. The event is one of main annual conferences focusing on timberland investments in the US and arouses broad interest by the key stakeholders.
A brief version of the presentation can be found here.