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Smart Forestry

Get more out of your forest assets through AFRY's Smart Forestry software solutions, consultancy and services.

As experts in forestry simulation and optimisation, we help you understand and analyse the complexity of forests by mapping, optimising, monitoring and continuously learning about the life cycle and functions in forest supply chains with the goal of improved forest management operations.

Smart Forestry uses the latest forestry technology, modern forestry techniques and novel innovations as well as digital tools that enable new approaches and methodologies in sustainable forest management and flexible forestry operations.

Smart Forestry software solutions and sustainable forest management strategies and practices help you reach the objectives set for your forest assets - in a sustainable way. Our solutions suit both individuals and organisations operating or investing within the forest sector:

  • forest investors, forest owners and forest managers, operation planners and managers and other forestry professionals

  • forest management organisations, forest industries, forest funds, regional and national governmental agencies, international organisations, schools and universities, wood procurement departments

Based on the objectives our clients need to achieve, we use the best available Smart Forestry practices to optimise their forest resource utilisation. This is based on various variables, such as economic performance, carbon sequestration or biodiversity. Our Smart Forestry solutions include, for example:

  • Forestry management software solutions for both tactical and strategic planning as well as fleet monitoring, powered by data analytics

  • Scalable forest asset inventory solutions delivered through data from various sources – from precise drone inventory to large-scale satellite mapping – processed with AI and combined with ground reference data

  • Forest asset modelling, simulation and optimisation

  • Increased forest supply chain visibility, monitoring and continuous optimisation in a mixed machinery environment, improving harvest scheduling as an example

  • Integrating different organisational objectives and values into adaptive forest management planning

  • Operational excellence KPIs and forecasts on visualised dashboards for supporting decision making

  • Forest carbon sequestration balance and forecast

  • Global pulp, paper and raw-material database portals

  • Forest management information systems that support communication between strategic stakeholders, including forest owners, and empower forest managers with robust tools to manage and process forest data

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Small pine sprout

Precision Forestry

Precision Forestry assists in inspecting and utilising detailed and accurate data collected throughout the extended forest value chain. This is done by scrutinising individual variables, such as the structure of forest assets, growth of tree species, forestry harvesters or other vehicles and putting them together to form real-time data about forests.

Our advanced Smart Forestry solutions for forest inventory, simulation and optimisation, and wood supply chain management harness the power of big data and predictive analytics for continuous improvement in the global precision forestry market.

Digital transformation starts by adopting the best practices set by smart forestry and digital technologies are already revolutionising both smart forestry and wood processing industries around the globe. The returns on investment for precision forestry technologies are high, comparable to the shift from animal-powered or manual harvesting to mechanised processing. Corresponding gains can be found from digital forest inventory, advanced forestry simulation and optimisation platforms and improved wood supply chain management.

What if you could get more with less?

From Past Management Models to Precision Forestry Arrow pointing right

Within the forestry industry, many operators still rely on frameworks built on manual and analogue processes. This leads to inaccurate data and models, simplified plans with generic forest management prescriptions and inefficiencies in the supply chains, which smart forestry practices will prevent.

Even the digital forerunners are facing challenges both in improving data quality and making use of data incoming from various sources along the supply chain. The need to balance diverse objectives for commercial performance and sustainability goals is also posing new types of challenges for the systems in place.

The Precision Forestry approach builds on accurate resource data and learning models, resulting in site-specific and adaptive forest management, and enabling optimisation with varying objectives at different levels.

Benefits for Forest Owners, Timber Buyers, Nature and Climate Arrow pointing right

With current inventory technologies, data can be obtained at tree-level with reasonable costs, which enables modelling at the same resolution. Enabled by Smart Forestry, tree-level simulation-based optimisation results in accurate forecasts at the timber assortment level. This presents various benefits for forest managers, such as:

  • Increased forest productivity and higher wood yields

  • Increased return on investment

  • Decreased uncertainty in forest asset transactions/valuations

And timber buyers:

  • Value-based timber pricing

  • Lower delivered costs for wood

  • Shorter raw material lead times

Nature and climate are also significant beneficiaries through:

  • Improved forest resource efficiency (producing more from less and relieving pressure on natural forest ecosystems)

  • Improved carbon balance of forestry (maximal forest carbon sequestration through yield maximisation and decreased greenhouse gas emissions through optimised forestry operations)

In order to optimise a wood supply chain, one needs to have real-time visibility of the harvesting and transport operations that the Smart Forestry-powered Precision Forestry offers.

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Natural Climate Solutions

Smart Forestry also focuses on the role of forests, the forest sector in general and sustainable management of forests in climate change mitigation as there is a rising demand for capturing the true value of forest ecosystems.

Our Natural Climate Solutions, which are part of broader Climate-Smart Forestry (CSF) practices, bring the carbon balance of forests into our clients' core decision-making procedures, paving clear paths on how to value and manage forests for the sustainable future of our planet.   

Accurate Quantification of Climate Impacts of Forests and Forestry Arrow pointing right

Natural Climate Solutions integrate forest climate impacts and climate-smart practices into the Smart Forestry solutions in order to help you to address forest climate challenges. We have more than 10 years of experience in knitting together Smart Forestry practices and modern IT innovations, such as advanced monitoring and surveillance technologies.

Forest ecosystems, effective forest management practices and the forestry sector in general play a critical role in regulating the climatic conditions on our planet and helping mitigate climate change that threatens tree species, forest wildlife and also human well-being through food security, for instance. In the context of climate change and global warming, forests sequestrate and store carbon in the woody biomass, reducing carbon concentration and greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere.

New forests efficiently sequester carbon from the atmosphere as carbon sinks and forest soil can store carbon in significant quantities through various stages of decomposition in the long run. The biomass of different tree species in a forest ecosystem can simultaneously provide other benefits, such as improving and protecting biodiversity values and other forest ecosystem services. While providing a sustainable source of renewable raw material for many products and commodities, these products also store carbon. Downstream carbon impacts are dependent on what products are manufactured, how these are produced, what the end-use is and what the alternative products and their alternative climate benefits are.

About Forests and Climate Change Scenarios Arrow pointing right

The resulting climate benefits of forests and forest management operations and practices are highly complex. Forests do not grow equally in space and time, so there are no universally applicable forest management solutions for different forest types and growth conditions. Different tree species combinations generate diverse stand dynamics even within a region.

Forest health and growth can be improved by sustainable forest management activities, but they can change drastically due to natural disturbances, such as extreme weather events that are more and more commonplace due to climate change. In the worst case, this can lead to forest degradation, which is why an adaptive forest management system becomes an important tool for forest owners.

The Real Climate Impact Arrow pointing right

There’s also a loop back to forests – while the products made of forest resources are being produced and used, their real climate impacts over time are connected to various considerations, such as the decision to regenerate harvested forest areas, the tree species, the sustainable forest management objectives and the capability of these new forests to sequester carbon.

Solving the forest management puzzle for all unique forest ecosystems and forestry cases can be a cumbersome task due to regional differences and diverse forest types. However, it is imperative if we want to capture the real value of forests and make truly impactful decisions and forestry operations. With AFRY's climate-smart solutions, you can start taking these steps today.

Smart Forestry Solutions for Forest Management and Forest Valuation as Part of Climate Efforts and Commitments

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Forest Valuation

Capturing the current value of forests is pivotal to all forest owners and forest investors. Our Forest Valuation Solutions combine state-of-the-art forest modelling tools, precise market data and automated procedures to provide cost-efficient and accurate forest valuations. They support you to make well-informed decisions when considering, for example, forest estate acquisitions and sales. 

Smart Forestry Services for Forest Valuation Arrow pointing right

Our Forest Valuation Services provide profound insights on the forest value components and can even include insights on the non-timber values, such as the value of the forest's carbon. The services harness AFRY's vast forest modelling experience of over 10 years in knitting together modern IT technologies and smart forestry practices.

At its best, forest valuation offers an in-depth understanding of the value composition of forests, help forest owners to enhance the value further, guide decision making, and provide insights regarding the non-timber values of the asset, taking forest management to the next level.

Because of forests' ability to function as carbon sinks and providers of ecosystem services, the valuation of forests has become more critical to forest management than ever. It is inevitable that climate change, forest carbon sequestration and biodiversity will play an increasingly large role in determining the true value of forests.

About Forests and Their Value Arrow pointing right

Ultimately, all forest owners and other forestry professionals that work in forest management are interested in their forest productivity, land use and value, among others. Smart Forestry practices help accurately estimate these factors and they can be maximised through effective forest management.

Forest owners may place different values on their forest or a forest they wish to own. Depending on the stakeholder, the key performance indicators (KPIs) for forest productivity and value are likely to consist of multiple values. These KPIs are typically economic or environmental, but other unique values can sometimes be of interest as well, based on what the end goal for forest management is. The indicators can range from, for example, regular tree growth, effective land use, stable forest health, well-organised forest structure, the amount of woody biomass and good carbon balance to growing diverse tree species within the forest ecosystem.

Smart Forestry Solutions for Forest Valuation and Impact Investments

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Bert-Ola Eriksson - Head of Sales

Bert-Ola Eriksson

Head of Sales

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Jack Lonsdale - Principal, AFRY Management Consulting

Jack Lonsdale

Principal, AFRY Management Consulting

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AFRY is committed to protecting your privacy and keeping your personal data secure. We process personal data in accordance with the applicable laws, regulations and our privacy policy.