Forest Investment

In the Division of Forest Investment we identify, evaluate, and implement investment strategies for sustainable forest management. Our strong track record in sustainable forest management is supported by our use of leading best-practices and the use of recognized scientific methodologies. In Paraguay, UNIQUE manages 12,000 ha of FSC® certified forests (natural forest and plantations). With our long-standing practical experience and economic expertise, our customers benefit from reputable forestry investments that generate attractive returns, create value and contribute to rural development.


Our services

Due diligence and investment advisory services

  • Technical and financial due diligence of forestry enterprises
  • Forest asset management, monitoring and reporting
  • Forest certification including environmental and social govern-ance
  • Technical advisory, investment advisory and technical assistance

Sector analytics

  • Sector studies and assessments of investment environments for the private sector
  • Value chain diagnostics
  • Supply-demand analysis
  • Global benchmarking and best operating practices

Development of small tree growers

  • Value chain and market integration of small tree growers
  • Design and management of incentive schemes for small growers
  • Out-grower development and practical capacity building.

Division team

  • Veronica Alonso

    Veronica Alonso

    MBA and MSc in Energy

    Veronica Alonso works on macro and microeconomic analyses of projects in Latin America, Asia and Africa. She develops surveys and analytical tools for forest sector reviews and value chain diagnostics. Furthermore, she is developing business models for enterprises and investment proposals.

    Tel. +49 761 208 534 40
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  • Andrea Braun

    Andrea Braun

    MSc Environmental Governance

    Consultant in the Forest Investment Division

    Andrea Braun manages the FSC® certification of our forest operations in Paraguay, and is responsible for the documentation and reporting activities for investors. In addition, she develops activities in the field of environmental and social responsibility and coordinates their implementation.

    Tel. +49 761 208 534 40
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  • Irene Calo

    Irene Calo

    MSc Forest Management

    Consultant in the Forest Investment Division

    Irene Calo primarily develops forest production models as well as forest inventory and monitoring systems. She is experienced with carbon modeling and verification projects in the field of climate finance, with a regional focus on Asia and Africa. Additionally, Irene Calo supports our forestry operations in Paraguay in the fields of production and E&S monitoring.

    Tel. +49 761 208 534 35
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  • Germar Csapek

    Germar Csapek

    PhD, MSc Forest Management

    Sales Manager of UNIQUE Wood

    Germar Csapek heads the product management and distribution of our forest enterprises in Paraguay, especially of parquet and timber. Furthermore, he is responsible for the FSC® certification of the sales division.

    Tel. +49 761 208 534 0
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  • Christian Held

    Christian Held

    PhD & MSc Forest Management, Assistant Tax Consultant

    Deputy Head of the Forest Investments Division

    Christian Held is an expert in conducting investment project due diligence, plantation asset valuation, market studies, as well as for the development of sectoral and cluster studies for the wood industry at the national and international level. Furthermore, he is addresses topics regarding countries of origin and legality evidence for wood product certification and FLEGT. His specialization includes wood energy and the development of value chains in developing countries.

    Tel. +49 761 208 354 22
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  • Paul Jacovelli

    Paul Jacovelli

    MSc Forestry/Land Management

    Head of the Forest Investments Division

    Paul Jacovelli has over 30 years of experience in forestry development, with an emphasis on plantation forestry in Africa. He has worked both in the public and private sector. Paul Jacovelli has a broad practical background as well as in depth knowledge in planning and management of forests for the sustainable production of bioenergy, sawn wood, and other value-added products. Between 2002 and 2012 Paul Jacovelli led the Sawlog Production Grant Scheme (SPGS) in Uganda.

    Tel. +49 761 208 534 16
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  • Leif Nutto

    Leif Nutto

    PhD & MSc Forest Management

    Senior Consultant in the Forest Investment Division

    Leif Nutto has long-term international project experiences on the subject of growth modelling and utilization of forest plantations and natural forests. His focus is on wood production, timber harvest and transport, logistics and investments in the forest sector. He has supervised numerous research projects and has worked as a consultant in Europe, South America and Africa.

    Tel. +49 761 208 534 34
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  • Nicolas Wittmann

    Nicolas Wittmann

    MSc Tropical Forestry and Management

    Consultant in the Forest Investments Division

    Nicolas is a forest investment analyst working on production and financial modelling and the use of indigenous tree species in commercial production systems. He has extensive experience in Latin America managing multi-stakeholder processes related to rural development and climate change. In Vietnam, he is currently developing business models to transform large scale Acacia plantations into mixed tree species plantations in state forest companies.

    Tel. +49 761 208 534 18
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Contact

Paul Jacovelli
Head of division
paul.jacovelli@unique-landuse.de
+49 761 208534-16

Christian Held
Deputy head of division
christian.held@unique-landuse.de
+49 761 208534-34

Forest management

Since 2002 UNIQUE manages natural forests and forest plantations in Paraguay according to the internationally recognized criteria of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®).

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