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Carlos Duarte

Plantation Manager

Bahia - Brasil

Plantation overview: A long-term asset-backed investment with high anticipated returns via a commodity that has been traded for thousands of years.

Nature assures your growth, demand assures your return.

Demand for timber has always been strong and continues to grow. Around the world many have forecast the need to increase wood production in line with demand growth. Investing in timber has all the hallmarks of the holy grail of armchair investments, a managed investment with great profitability and high security. To find out more simply fill in the form and we will send you the prospectus.

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Investments in timber are particularly attractive to investors looking for a low overall risk. Since institutional timber investments were first made available in the United States at the beginning of the 1980s, the volume invested in this asset class has risen steadily.

The use of timber is as old as humanity and is as versatile as technological advances allow. Globally, forest areas have been shrinking for centuries, but at a dramatic rate in recent times. The main causes for this development are conversion to agricultural land, unsustainable timber management or major infrastructure projects such as dam building, urban development and road construction.

The expansion of timber requires land as well as time for tree growth. On the other hand, the world population is growing rapidly and is changing its land use requirements. This means that the per capital consumption of timber has often increased with the economic development of a country. At the same time, the demands on forest are changing, with the result that, for example, protection and recovery aspects are of increasing importance, which in turn leads to fewer forested areas being available solely for timber production. Overall, the demand/supply ratio of timber continues to trend towards a timber deficit.

One might suspect that with such strong drivers, proactive management could only make a minor contribution towards the success of a timber investment. In fact, the value and profit drivers of a timber investment are numerous. The focus tends to fall on timber growth and rising timber and land prices. Proactive management, however, is in fact of great significance, since this is the only method of ensuring optimum tree growth and that the harvested timber as well as the timber asset itself (at the time of exit) can be sold at the best prices.

Birchwood Stanhope is advised by both Terraquente Agropecuaria and Agrolife do Brasil. 

Carlos Duarte is an sought-after expert on issues pertaining to agribusiness, renewable energy and socio-economic development issues in Brazil. He is an experienced consultant with an encyclopaedic knowledge of conditions in the MATOPIBA region, not just in terms of the agribusiness sector, but of the general business and commercial environment within 5 states (Maranhao, Tocatins, Piaui and Bahia & Ceara).

Carlos was born in Mozambique in 1970. He studied sociology at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa 1992, immediately followed by 2 years highly specialized post graduate studies in Statistics and Information Management (ISEGI). His most relevant professional experience started with Habitus, a company he created along with two university colleagues. Qualitative and quantitative market studies were conducted for several companies, amongst them Portuguese TV stations RTP and SIC. 

Thereafter, Carlos began working for Marktest, the highest profile market studies company in Portugal and for ratings analyst AGB Portugal. Two years later he created another company, Primenet, to provide computing equipment and services to the corporate sector in Portugal, followed by another company, Markstat, which was created to, once again, provide market studies, this time in the context of the Spanish market in partnership with the well-known Brazilian company, Ipsos. Subsequently, he began working in the financial sector, both for Forex investment companies and in construction where he played a pivotal role in developing project planning and financial control, liaising between construction companies and their corporate clients.

He married in 2003 and in 2004, he immigrated to Brazil. Carlos lives in Ceara state where he runs a farmstead in Pentecoste, about 60 kilometres distant from Fortaleza, the state capital and Brazil’s 5 th largest city with more than 3 million inhabitants in a state of 8,4 million.

There he founded Terra Quente Agropecuaria, a company that researches agronomy issues in the region as well as running a working farm. He is an influential contributor within the local business community having been invited in 2010 to become Agribusiness Director of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in Brazil, Ceara. He is also the Vice President of the Angolan Chamber of Commerce in Brazil.

He is now being requested to develop projects, from inception to turn key stages, in places like Gabon, Congo, Guinea Bissau, Angola and Mozambique. Carlos has also toured extensively, addressing a large number of seminars and conferences on agronomy issues to entrepreneurs and consultants worldwide, in Europe, United States, Africa and throughout Brazil.

In 2010, and after a presentation in the Universidade Estadual do Ceara (UECE); Renewable energies, clean and sustainable development, with the special participation of Professar Nejat Veziroglu, he was invited to be a part of the Brazilian hydrogen and fuel cell experts group at the World Hydrogen Energy Conference (WHEC) held in Brazil in 2018. 

In 2011 he created CPLP Consultoria, along with Portuguese consultant Luis Antunes, to address projects in África, linking Portuguese entrepreneurship and Brazilian technology (agribusiness, renewable and construction) with the new markets in Africa.

Carlos has teamed up with Tim Connell to address international investing opportunities and projects in the agribusiness, timber and renewable energies sectors.

Birchwood Stanhope design tailor made investment solutions in the form of individual mandates or specific investment strategies and their implementation.

The perfect investment for those who appreciate the profitability of growing the end product and who want the security and stability provided by a high demand raw material which has been traded for thousands of years.

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At Birchwood Stanhope it’s important to us you have a fundamental understanding of what you are investing in. We’ll provide tables containing the costs and returns, based on an 18 to 20 years cycle capable of producing 200 cubic meters of sawn wood boards, per hectare (starting with 1.000 trees /ha).

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