Tag: 1997-1998


Blair Freeman, Australia

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Blair Freeman served as the Australian forest industry representative at WFI in 1997/98. His final report on Global Warming: Forest-based options for Australia (1997) can be found here. Since then Blair has worked in forest sector consulting in Australia and across the broader Asia Pacific region. His main areas of focus are forest policy, strategic planning, forest resource management and sustainable development. In 2014, Blair joined the Indufor Group and he is now leading Indufor’s work on strategy and sustainability consulting in the Asia Pacific region, based in Melbourne.


Eduardo Quartim Barbosa, Brazil

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Eduardo is a Forest Engineer based in Brazil. His fellowship at WFI in 1997 – 1998 was focused on international wood markets, and he organized the Brazil Moulding and Millwork Conference at the World Forestry Center in 1997.   Eduardo has skills in environmental issues and climate change. He has worked on environmental conservation, and forest production with small and medium land owners. Most recently, he is involved with Environmental Licensing, Permaculture, Agroforestry and Low Carbon Economy.

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Jaakko Rantanen, Finland

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Mr. Rantanen is a consultant at Indufor Oy, based in Finland.  He has extensive experience in international wood products industry with a strong background in forestry. He has worked in demanding sales roles in wood products, plywood and softwood lumber industry throughout his career and has wide international knowledge of primary and secondary wood products in Europe and Asia, especially in Japanese markets when he was an export sales manager at UPM-Kymmene.  Most recently he has been involved in the wood procurement operations.  He is fluent in Finnish and English.  Jaakko Rantanen holds a master’s degree in forest economics (M.Sc. For.) from the University of Helsinki.


Guangyu Wang, China

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Guangyu is a Research Associate in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He is currently involved in several China-Canada related research projects on integrated watershed management, climate change mitigation and adaption, and the development of China’s national sustainable forest management system and forest certification. The research project “The Development of China’s Forestry Sector and its Implications for Canada” with Canadian International Council will provide several strategies for the Canadian forestry industry to promote wood products to China, and how to integrate with China in the international market. Jason was a Fellow in 1997-1998.