Always involved in assessments regarding forestry investments. I worked the appraisal of a 80.000 hectares FSC certified forestry group in Northwest Argentina, and Southern Bolivia, in order to be acquired by a Spanish forestry investment group. It included a full due diligence of a multinational forestry company, who had its base in Delaware, US, with some interesting pending legal issues there. I dealt all negotiations with owner, and set all matters of the purchase agreement.
Company had its own sawmills and dryers handled by Bolivian and Argentinean employees, which meant an important issue to ensure change capacity to face the new management approaches. However, in addition to clearing legal issues, the most important challenge was to check project feasibility, considering long distances to loading ports from operational sites, and deficient infrastructures along the country.
I boosted some of the most interesting projects ever made in Patagonia, from river valley areas to arid soils. I led from forestry projects to organic nuts production, leading scientific research to introduce & produce tropical biofuels, and biomass under Patagonian conditions.
Certified organic nuts production in Patagonia
Organic nuts production
Testing with Jatropha clones, and building natural defenses to protect crops from wind.
Introducing vineyard, cherry trees, olive trees, and other interesting crops in Patagonia desert.
And building waterways (20km) to ensure crops in sometimes very hard circumstances…
Setting up the world biggest clone bank for a single hardwood species. 12 hectares in Spain, with imported selected material. It was 1997 and it helped around to improve significantly handling of the high value wood plantations, involving scientific research institutes, Ministry of Science of Spain, and stakeholders. This clone bank was the first worldwide to introduce dendrometric monitoring process in real time in a tree plantation.
Research allowed us to describe water stress of plants in real time, as you can see below, combining results with soil moisture content, and weather data, to manage irrigation system.
Since 1995 working on Agro & Forestry projects. Here below it’s me (left side) at Purdue University (Indiana. USA), looking for selected hardwood trees for high value plantations. It was mid nineties, and I was 24 years old.