Forests are vital for the wellbeing of local communities as they provide subsistence goods,
cultural values, employment opportunities and they generate income. The importance of sustainable forestry goes beyond local rural livelihoods. Conservation of biodiversity, sustained provision of fresh water or sequestration of carbon are examples of environmental services where the benefits reach far outside the physical location of forests.
Our multisectoral company offers expertise applying both ecological and socio-economic elements in managing forests in harmony with other relevant sectors such as agriculture,
energy and water. Integrated forest management is an essential instrument in climate change mitigation and provides opportunities for communities to find new sources of income. Our expertise in developing transparent and fair value chains for forest products and services can generate new income and employment opportunities to all stakeholders. NIRAS promotes participatory and multipurpose management of forests, which incorporates conservation of biodiversity, protection of fragile ecosystems and watersheds and values of cultural significance.
NIRAS recognises the close links between forestry and other sectors such as agriculture, energy, water and tourism in rural development. We utilise our extensive experience in these fields to identify potential for integrated and sustainable management of all natural resources.
We offer our services in the following areas:
- Institutional development; policy, legislation, organisational reform
- Forest governance
- Sustainable forest management
- Forest-based enterprise development and the private sector
- Forestry and climate change