Forest Management Planning is an overall term for planning activities related to forest management. Some of the key functions field include the following activities:

Forest zoning map


Forest Zoning

Under a SFM system, forest zoning methods are applied to sub-divide a Forest Management Unit into areas for protection, production and other functions (e.g. recreation, scientific research, community use, etc.). These need to be defined for all forest compartments within each forest area to be managed according the sustainability objective. Each forest compartment would then be managed according to the specific function. Consequently, forest zoning by functions helps the manager to plan, implement and monitor operational activities in a defined time frame and spatial order. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) serve as working tools to undertake the forest zoning task in a transparent, systematic and efficient manner.
ifmc assists with designing and implementing forest zoning activities, based on forest resource information provided by the client.


Forest Growth and Yield Prediction

Timber production is the principal economic objective of forest planners and managers. In order to sustain the flow of timber from the FMU at optimum level growth and yield modelling has emerged as the state-of-the-art tool of growth prediction. ifmc applies different growth models for management decision support. These models make use of actual inventory data from forest sample plots representing the area to be managed. The initial forest situation is then projected into the future, by taking into account the initial stocking situation, growth performance as well as the mortality and recruitment figures of the tree species together with site-related growth factors. As a result of the simulation process, an Annual Allowable Cut (AAC) is obtained. This figure represents the volume of timber that may be annually removed from the FMU without depleting overall timber stocks.

Growth SimulationGrowth SimulationGraphic of commercial increment 

ifmc has developed various growth and yield models for its customers, for both natural tropical forest and tropical forest plantations.


Forest Management Plans

A Forest Management Plan (FMP) compiles all data and information of a FMU in a framework planning document. The FMP forms the operational basis for medium-term planning period (5-10 years). It is supplemented by Annual Operation Plans that further break down activities to be implemented in each operational year, such as e.g. infrastructure development, harvesting of forest products, silvicultural tending, forest rehabilitation, community development works and forest protection measures. Some essential elements of a FMP include: policy statement, management objectives, present resource conditions, site classification, future resource management, growth and yield monitoring and regulation, environmental and social impact assessment and management, as well as implementation and monitoring prescriptions.
The FMP is supported by a full set of maps, resource statistics, guidelines and recording instructions, including a Forest Compartment Register for the FMU.
ifmc offers complete assistance or specific support in developing comprehensive Forest Management Plans.

Forest Management Plan