Watch my docent lecture about the wood building-forest restoring system.

Watch our session at the GLF-Africa conference in June 2021 and the associated White Paper.

"The Wood Solution"

The Wood Solution takes the integrated forest–industry–market approach, developed in Sweden, and applies it to tropical forests. We believe it will enable us transform the entire tropical forestry industry from degrading and unsustainable to productive and even improving forest conditions. The Wood Solution takes this concept to the next level by creating a market (wood buildings in rapidly growing cities) to drive the creation of a whole new tropical timber industry! We need a solution that really rises to the scale of the challenges and really takes us on a new path.

In close partnership with Eco-Innovation Foundation, I am leading research to further develop the science behind it, critically evaluate and and quantify the outcomes, and estimate its potential impact. Specifically we are working to:

  1. Develop restorative forest management plans integrated with industry and markets (starting with degraded miombo woodlands)
  2. Model forest growth and yield with 100 years of restorative forest management
  3. Quantify the potential to restore degraded forests, sequester carbon, and produce timber yields across the Global South
  4. Assess the business case for sawmills and forestry concessions
  5. Develop high-value wood products from diverse natural tropical forests
  6. Generate viable roadmaps for stepwise scaling up of both restoration and industrial operations
  7. Determine what conditions are necessary to enable implementation of the Good Wood value chain model (e.g., policies, markets, industries, capacity)

Climate-effective reduced impact logging (RIL-C)

With colleagues at The Nature Conservancy and universities around the world, we found that RIL-C has the potential to reduce emissions by almost half from selectively logged natural tropical forests.

See our Special Issue

Ethiopian Forest Sector Development Program

SLU leads a team to help build capacity within the forestry sector. I am involved in the Training of Trainers for the 'Silviculture and natural forest management' module.


Financed by by Sida and UNDP.

SG0258: Sustainable Forest Management & Land Use in the Tropics

We are offering a new course at SLU in

Umeå. We alternate between field trips to Mozambique (2020) and Sabah in Malaysian Borneo (2021).

See course website.