Is the forest a good investment?

After three tough years, the forest is in demand again as a system. Investing is not easy. If you want high returns, you have to go abroad and have plenty of time with you.

Forestry 4.0: Finland's forests have long been monitored by drone flights.

HIn view of the shortage of supplies and rising prices, olz has recently become a political issue. Of course, it has also generated investor interest. But it’s not that easy to invest in forests. Latifundium Management is an international asset manager in the field of agriculture and forestry, which primarily enables semi-professional investors such as family offices, foundations or wealthy private individuals to invest in this area. As a service provider, you design systems and portfolios and take on all tasks, from the search for and maintenance of space to controlling and reporting. “Agriculture and forestry have to be learned,” says Latifundium founder Maximilian Graf von Maldeghem. “You can’t just become a farmer like that.”

To date, Latifundium has brokered around 55,000 hectares in Germany, Finland, Latin America, New Zealand and the United States, either in the form of plantations or existing forests. There is a fundamental difference between Europe and other locations. “In Central Europe no large-scale clear cuts are carried out because of the dense settlement,” says Maldeghem: “Here the approach is integrative: use, protection and recreation take place in the same area.” In New Zealand or Latin America, on the other hand, the approach is segregative: some areas would be intensive Used for forestry purposes, there is a very high proportion of protected forests, adds Christian Clasen, Latifundium’s asset manager, who holds a doctorate in forestry and previously worked in the Thuringian forest service: “We operate efficient forestry in accordance with the sustainability goals of the UN and ultimately want investors for win reforestation. “