Our approach

The Probos approach

For every opportunity or bottleneck in sustainable forestry we encounter, we like to apply the following work process:

  • We identify the problems and knowledge gaps
  • We collect and analyse all possible data and information on the subject
  • Based on this analysis we determine what’s needed to solve the problems or knowledge gaps
  • We develop project ideas (varying from practical research, literature studies, market studies to communication processes, best practices or demonstrations)
  • We carry out projects
  • We publish the results
  • We help stakeholders to apply them

In short: we aim to develop, disseminate and apply knowledge. Linking knowledge to policy and to practice (forest management and the timber value chain).


At Probos we believe that all policy and measures should be based on reliable data. We have over 50 years of experience in collecting, providing and analysing data on forests and timber, and formulating recommendations from them. For example, our long-term periodical data collection has formed the sound basis of the successful Dutch programme for sustainably sourced timber.

Financially sound forest management

We believe that forests can only be managed sustainably if the costs and benefits are well-balanced. From our years of (practical) research in the (international) forest and timber sector we have a clear view on what does and what doesn’t work in forest management. We are always looking for opportunities to reduce costs and increase income.

Competence and expertise in forest management

In the over 50 years of Probos, we have collected a wealth of knowledge and experience on forest management. Through research projects, consultancy, workshops, courses, conferences and publications we are keen to expand and disseminate this competence and expertise.

Optimally functioning forests

A forest represents many services and functions: ecological, environmental and socio-economic. We believe that these functions have to be well balanced to realize sustainable management. We encourage forest managers to make their decisions based on thorough professional knowledge and a good understanding of the specific characteristics  of their forest, and a long-term vision. Given the many disciplines forest managers have to deal with, 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!”