• Your partner

    for sustainable forest management and forest investments
    first
  • Your partner

    for sustainable forest management and forest investments
    first
  • Your partner

    for sustainable forest management and forest investments
    first

Our Company

WaKa - Forest Investment Services AG was founded in 2008 as a spin-off of an investment consulting firm. Its international team combines more than 100 years experience in 62 countries in sustainable forest management, forest business development, and customer advisory services. Prior to the founding of WaKa its senior team members have held executive positions in the forest investment industry and in international organizations. Additionally, the company benefits from a broad professional network in North and South America and Asia/Pacific. To deliver best-practice services we are members in professional associations, where we regularly participate in meetings and conferences

History

1997 Establishment of WaKa Finanz GmbH in Freienbach, Switzerland
2005 Founding of WaKa Partner AG
2007 Inscription of Dr. Reinhold Glauner in the Swiss Commercial Registry as Vice Director
2007 Official entry of WaKa Holding AG in the commercial registry
2008 Spin-off of WaKa - Forest Investment Services AG in Winterthur, Switzerland and registration in the Swiss Commercial Registry. The new WaKa opens its main office in Winterthur, Switzerland.
2010 WaKa opens an office in Florianópolis, Brazil
2012 Foundation of CPD-SWISS AG in Bad Zurzach, Switzerland as a 100% subsidiary of WaKa - Forest Investment Services AG and FORANS AG. CPD is focusing on the business area "green energy" by exploring the catalytic pressureless depolymerization process, also know as KDV-process
2013 WaKa - Forest Investment Services AG is moving to Bad Zurzach, Switzerland and focuses its main areas on forestry investments and forest consulting
2015 WaKa’s Managing Director is awarded the title as publicly appointed and sworn expert for forest valuation and forest investment appraisals
2017 Waka opens an office in Faro, Portugal

 

WaKa-Forest Investment Services AG

Cavanillesia platanifolia (Humb. & Bonpl.) Kunth
A tropical tree from Central America from the family of Bombacaceae. The tree is known as Cuipo and reaches a height of up to 60m with a diameter of up to 2.5m. This tree inspired WaKa - Forest Investment Services AG to design the company logo.

Country Experience Map

 Forest Cover
 Country Experience

Services

Our services comprise two business segments:

Forestry Investments

We support our customers in the acquisition or sale of forest land. We develop certified assessments of forest assets and forest enterprises. After the acquisition, we carry out regular checks and develop concepts for the sustainable management according to best-practice standards. On request, we support our customers in the implementation of sustainable forest management.
We carry out due diligence missions and prepare initial and / or additional expert opinions.

Forest Consulting

We support our international clients in the identification, planning and implementation of forestry and climate protection projects. For this purpose, we develop expert reports, forest legislation and strategic policy documents. We work worldwide, often in developing countries, advising forest owners, forest managers and projects on the management and certification of their forest assets. One of our priorities is the ecological and economic optimization of the management of natural forests and forest plantations according to best-practice standards.

Investment Forestry
Forest Consulting

Achievements

  • Our customers manage forestry assets amounting to ca. USD 750m in five countries.
  • We have conducted due diligence missions on more than 1,600,000 ha of forests on behalf of sellers and buyers in almost 20 countries. Below pie-chart shows the distribution of this area by continent (in hectares and %).
  • We advise forestry funds and family offices, which have acquired forestry assets amounting to EUR 150m.
  • We are working worldwide for large international development banks and international donors to support sustainable development.
  • Large forest consulting companies recruit us as subcontractors.
  • We are working for private companies in the forest plantation and natural forest management business.
  • We have conducted many forestry appraisals, prepared assessment reports and feasibility studies, and advised forestry companies on strategic and organizational development.
  • We have established and managed 50,000 ha forest plantations and 80,000 ha natural forests according to FSC standards.
  • We have prepared and formulated a number of forest management plans and guided several forestry enterprises towards forest management and chain-of-custody certification.
  • Our company has invested in forestry investment projects and organises loans for promising forestry enterprises.

Team

Dr. Hubertus Schmidtke

Dr. Hubertus Schmidtke

Chairman of the Management Board

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Dr. Reinhold Glauner

Dr. Reinhold Glauner

Managing Director, member of the Management Board

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Dr. Reinhold Glauner

Dr. Walter Kollert

Member of the Management Board, Director Portugal Office

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Team Switzerland

Dr. Bernd Schanzenbächer

Dr. Bernd Schanzenbächer

Business Development

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Freddy Potzinger

Freddy Potzinger

Forest Management

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Stéphane Sciacca

Stéphane Sciacca

Forest Planning

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Dr. Michael Kleine

Dr. Michael Kleine

Product Development

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Office Brazil

Przemyslaw J. Walotek

Przemyslaw Jan Walotek

Director Latin America

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Offica Malaysia

ST Muk

ST Muk

Director Asia-Pacific

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Publications

We list here only officially published reports and documents.

Contact us

Our office is located in the Solvay Industrial Park, in Bad Zurzach, Switzerland. We are only 30 minutes from Zurich Airport and 5 minutes from the German border.

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WaKa - Forest Investment Services AG
Solvay Industriepark
Zürcherstrasse 42
CH 5330 Bad Zurzach
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Tel +41 (41) 511 3239
Fax +41 (41) 511 3235

 

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