01 Feb

New Forest for Africa Conference in Accra, Ghana, 16th and 17th of March

Mr Hans Lemm of KVTC will be presenting at the New Forest for Africa Conference in Accra, Ghana on 16th and 17th of March.

Read more here http://newforestsforafrica.org/speakers/

Investors to play larger role in reforestation of Africa
Kofi Annan adds his support to reforestation and social impact initiative.

The replanting of forests can play a major role in achieving the climate objectives that were agreed in Paris. It is now time for investors to make a move and the ‘Forests for the Future, New Forests for Africa’ initiative has received the support of H.E. Mr. Kofi Annan. Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1997-2006, Mr. Annan will be the principal guest at the official launch of the Initiative on 16 and 17 March in the Ghanaian capital, Accra.

“While the priority must remain on preserving our natural forests, the revival of denuded areas through reforestation helps not only Ghana but also the global fight against climate change,” said Kofi Annan, who works through the Kofi Annan Foundation to achieve a fairer, more peaceful world.

Paul Hol, Director of the forestry company Form International added: “Each year, the Southern Hemisphere loses 15 million hectares of forest. Replanting is of vital importance. That must be done in a sustainable manner. And if you want to get support for it, it must also be economically attractive, for example by the sale of timber. In Ghana, we manage an area of 20,000 hectares with a solid return on investment. A good business model is crucial in order to be truly successful.”

From promise to action
In Paris, 10 African countries agreed to plant at least 100 million hectares of new forests, under the AFR100-plan. “But these agreements were not very binding,” according to Hol. “We want to take the next step and that is why we are bringing the 10 largest foresters of Africa, government officials and international investors together in Accra. The companies have the knowledge, the government can designate an area and the investors are required to cover the start-up costs,” says Hol. In this company, over the past ten years, more than 30 million dollars have been spent by experienced international investors, and in order to expand the number of replanted hectares even further, there is a commitment to have a total of 150 million invested by 2030. “Reforestation is much more than just planting new trees,” says Hol. “Especially the impact on the ecosystem is very important, such as improvement of the soil, micro climate, biodiversity and water management. In addition, employment is a very important aspect of this long-term investment.”

Importance of reforestation
Prof. dr. Tineke Lambooy LL.M. (Professor Corporate Law and Corporate Social Responsibility at Nyenrode Business University) supports, from Nyenrode university, the initiative by conducting research and by taking part in the organisation of the conference in Accra. She explains: “With a view to preserving biodiversity in Africa, increasing the area of forest plantations is of great importance, since this creates corridors for wild life. In addition, planting forests is of crucial importance to fight erosion, desertification and climate change.” That the importance of the reforestation goes far beyond planting trees, is also endorsed by Hendry Djombo, Minister of Economic Affairs in Congo: “If the Congo Basin is not well managed, the land will become degraded and turn into grassland, and then the desert will take over the whole of Africa,” he said in Paris.

Senior Investment Officer Gerhard Engel (Entrepreneurial Development Bank) says the following about investing in reforestation: “Investing in reforestation is a long-term matter. If we want to reforest and finance in a sustainable manner, we must start the work with passion and commitment. The impact of forestry is huge for the reduction of CO2-emissions and for realising local, especially rural, employment. Forestry will thus give people a future and more opportunities to plan and act.” Hol: “After 20 years of growth, part of the trees, the part with the largest value, is ready for felling. The freed space is replanted again immediately. The timber is brought into the market. The return on investment of approx. 10-15% a year will only then be released. We are, therefore, looking for long-term investors. The presence of the Dutch FMO and its Finnish counterpart FinnFund on 16 and 17 March in Accra is, therefore, encouraging.”

11 Feb

2013 Delhi Wood show a success.

KVTC would like to thank APP Timber and its customers for making the 2013 Delhi Wood show a success.

A number of orders from both new as existing customers were confirmed and KVTC is looking forward for a successful trading year 2013.

We hope to see many of our buyers and industry contacts again next year at India Wood from the 21st to 25th of February 2014 in Bangalore, India.
For more details please visit www.apptimber.com and/or www.indiawood.com


03 Mar

Successful Trade Show for KVTC and its partner APP Timber

KVTC in collaboration with its partner APP Timber from Malaysia exhibited its products at the recent India Wood trade show in Bangalore from 10th to 14th of February 2012. KVTC closed several contracts with both existing as new customers and is looking forward for a successful and strong year of trade in India and Asia.

India Wood was first held in 1999 and has offered a platform to producers and buyers in the wood industry to market their products. India Wood 2012 was held in Bangalore. India Wood 2013 is scheduled to be held in New Delhi from the 23rd to 26th of February 2013 and like in previous years KVTC intends to participate.

For more information on APP Timber go to www.apptimber.com and for Delhi Wood 2013 go to www.indiawood.com or www.delhi-wood.com





13 Sep

Darwin Initiative Newsletter July 2011

Birdlife International and Bird Conservation Nepal, with support from other institutions including the Cambridge Concervation Initative and Kings College London, are implementing a project to develop a rapid approach to measuring ecosystem service at the site-scale. Using simple, yes robust protocols and methods, this project will build capacity nationally to assess and value ecosystem services.


13 Sep

Once alien ‘crop’ is now fast changing lives in Kilombero

Its peculiar, extra large leaves with slender tall stems, gives teak an unusual foliage and make it stand out of the crowd. Once alien trees, they have now become common part of habitat in Ulanga and Kilombero districts in Morogoro region thanks to Kilombero Valley Teak Company (KVTC), which introduced the ‘crop’ in the region about 20 years ago.

Though they are now common features to the extent that even some locals have started to grow them, a journey to make teak popular in this parts of the country was not easy, as testified by KVTC current general manager, Mr Hans Lemm.

But this stage was reached after complicated process. Through continuous communication and interaction with the surrounding villages the company managed to change the initial scepticism into a situation where, by today, most people grow teak in their homesteads.

Article by Peter Nyanje, Published in The Citizen on 19th September 2011

16 Aug

Company Assist Village to Plant 6000 hectares trees

Village surrounding Kilombero Valley Teak Company (KVTC) has been assisted to develop 64 hectares of teak trees in a sustainable program for different villages in Ulanga and Kilombero. Talking to different project stakeholders KVTC Social Manager Kennedy Haule said this project is an asset for participating villages.

Also this seminar was attended with Ward Councilors, Village Executive Officers, Divisional officers and Forest Officers from area surrounding teak plantation. Haule said these farms will be source of income and contribute towards community development projects. Mentioned participating villages includes; Igumbiro, Idete, Nakafulu, Kidugalo, Iragua and Itete Minazini and that between 2007 to 2010 KVTC has spent 36 million as direct cost of establishment for village teak plot. Said that all income from the teak plot will help the village while KVTC supports all operations of managing of this farm.

That manager said besides of this village teak trees growing, KVTC has financially empowered local community to develop different community projects which aim to improve education, health and environment.

Also said KVTC is conducting annual village seminar to increase public awareness in developing teak project in Kilombero river Valley which involves different leaders from Ulanga and Kilombero districts.

Haule said despite of community engagements, the company has started processing small diameter logs into valuable products for markets.

KVTC is raising seedlings and local communities are allowed to buy seedlings/stumps and processed timber for furniture.

Earlier when opening the seminar Kilombero District Council Chairman Pius Affa explained there is a need to have good relation between local people, leaders and investors in order to bring community development.

Affa said without co operation they will be no success, and encourage the investors to increase the effort to invest in short term project in order the community to get earlier benefit and not to wait this crop which take 18 to 25 years to get the benefits.

07 Mar

KVTC success at trade show

decorexTC Wooden Floors were shown at the recent Decorex Trade Show in Johannesburg in cooperation with Rhoms Timber World from South Africa.

The trade show was a great success and KVTC believes that this is the first step towards the launch of KVTC’s product range in South Africa

18 Oct

TZ gets $8.8m wood facility

By BW Reporter, featured in East African Business Week:

Opportunities to Watch

Tanzania. DAR. Kilombero Valley Teak Company Ltd (KVTC) has established a modern sawmill and wood processing facility worth US $8.8 million to generate export revenue.

KVTC said that the processing plants were commissioned in August this year and will generate substantial and sustainable export revenue in excess of US $10 million per annum.

Speaking to East African Business Week in Dar es Salaam last week, the Forest Products Manager of KVTC, Mr Hans Lemm, said out of generating export revenue, the progress will also work to boost production capacity of woods in the country.

KVTC has managed to plant approximately 7,800 hectares of teak trees since 1993 and manages approximately 20,000 hectares of indigenous forestry land in the country. According to KVTC, as part of the normal management regime of the plantations at TVTC thinning is now being harvested fro more mature compartments.

“In order to process this teak, KVTC has decided to construct a modern sawmill and wood processing facility worth US $8.8 million from which teak flooring and other products will be exported from Tanzania,” said Mr Lemm.

Mr Lemm added that markets for KVTC’s products are mostly in the far east, Europe and Northern America. KVTC says, the investment is one of the most significant in the East African forestry sector.

The addition of the processing plants in 2009 is fulfilling its commitment at inception of processing the trees where they are grown, so that the local people may benefit from the entire process of KVTC activity,” explained Mr Lemm.

KVTC Community Development manager, Mr Kennedy Haule said that his firm has so far provided employment opportunities to around 700 people on its plantations.

“There is a direct employment of approximately 120 people who work and manage its plantations and 110 people that are employment at the wood processing facilities,” said Mr Haule.

According to the firm’s general manager, the processing complex in arguably the most modern factory of its kind in Africa and north of South Africa.

14 Oct

Forestry company now to export processed teak

By Orton Kiishweko, featured in Daily News 6th October 2009

The Government’s efforts to effect a value added goods market received a boost yesterday when a forestry company announced its foray into wood supply chain with expected annual export revenue of 130bn/-.

The company’s entry into the processing industry incidentally comes following recent UN data, showing that demand for paper products in Europe is expected to increase by 80 per cent by 2030.

Europe is one of the projected high end major markets for Kilombero Valley Teak Company (KVTC) products expected to start leaving the Dar es Salaam port in two months time, according toe the Forest Products Manager, Mr Hans Lemm.

Mr Lemm said the East African high end markets would eat up 10 per cent of the company’s products in the projected market size in the next six months after processing started in September this year.

On certainty of the products’ reception onto the European markets, the General Manager, Mr Riaan Van, noted during the announcement yesterday that KVTC had already been certified under the TLTV scheme which guarantees buyers that the products were legally sourced and are sourced from well-managed forests. This is a step taken by large scale wood producers all over the world in line with the European law passed earlier this year, calling for all wood companies to start providing information about the source of the products they trade in the EU.

The EU is one of the main projected markets for Tanzanian companies’ products.

The move by European markets was to ostensibly protect the forests but also clean the trade as Governments streamlined the commercialisation of forest produce.

Such large scale companies have been in the spotlight in their quest to get land for their activities, but KVTC cleared the air when they noted that all their procedures had been audited by both national and international bodies.

Their venture into processing has seen the company construct a modern sawmill and wood processing facility from which teak flooring and other products will be exported from the country.

The processing plan, which is the largest sawmill in Africa outside South Africa, was commissioned in August, this year and is expected to generate export revenue in excess of $10 (130bn/) each year.

It is a result f the company’s transformation programme from plantation development into commercial forestry and wood processing operation.

Mr Van said other important markets were the United States, Southeast Asia and the Indian domestic market, explaining that: “We expect significant sales due to the fact that we add value to our products.”

By 2015, the company will be buying products from small-scale producers, some of whom are neighbours in Kilombero, being supported with technical knowledge and teak tree seeds for their schemes.

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