Our approach

The Probos approach

To every opportunity or obstacle in sustainable forest management we encounter, we apply the following approach:

  • identification of problems and knowledge gaps
  • collation and analysis of all possible data and information on the subject
  • based on this analysis, determining what’s needed to solve problems or knowledge gaps
  • development of project ideas, ranging from practical research, literature studies and market studies, to communication processes, best practice or demonstrations
  • undertaking research projects and trials
  • publication of the results
  • helping stakeholders to apply them

In short, we develop, disseminate and apply knowledge. We link knowledge to policy and practice in forest management and the timber value chain.


Probos believes that all policy and strategies should be based on reliable data. We have over 50 years’ experience in collating, analysing and disseminating data on forests and timber, and formulating recommendations from it. For example, our long-term periodical data collection has formed a solid basis for the successful Dutch programme for sustainably sourced timber.

Commercially sound forest management

We also believe that forests can only be managed sustainably if costs and benefits are balanced and equitable. I.e.: the forest that pays is the forest that stays. From our years of practical research in the international forest and timber sector, we have clear views on what does and doesn’t work in forest management. We are always looking for opportunities to reduce costs and increase income.

Competence and expertise in forest management

Over Probos’s 50 years’ existence, we have collected a wealth of knowledge and experience on forest management. Through research projects, consultancy, workshops, courses, conferences and publications we are dedicated to expanding and disseminating this competence and expertise further.

Optimally functioning forests

A forest represents many services and functions; ecological, environmental and socio-economic. We believe that these functions must be well-balanced to realize sustainable management. We encourage forest managers to base decisions on professional knowledge, a good understanding of the specific characteristics of their forest and a long-term vision. Given the many disciplines forest managers must master and apply, their task should not be underestimated. To quote the famous forestry professor Fred Bunnel; “Forest management isn’t rocket science, it is much more complex!