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Nicaforest Plantations S.A

Nicaforest Plantations S.a is based in the city of Santo Tomas in the Chontales region of Nicaragua. The company oversees all operations related to the teak plantations established in the Nicaforest Reforestation Program.

Across Forest AS

Across Forest AS is the holding company with 86% ownership of the Nicaforest Reforestation Program. ​The company is a Norwegian legal entity with the aim of investing in high impact reforestation projects. It is owned by private and institutional Norwegian investors.

Meet the Nicaforest team

Founders /Management

CEO and founder of Across Forest AS. Vice President of Nicaforest Plantations S.a, Master of Business Administration from Henley Management College, United Kingdom. ​ Øyvind Berg is an experienced project manager from various business development projects in Central America, FYR Serbia, Russia, and Latvia, as well as projects and managerial positions in a wide range of industries and companies in Scandinavia. He has worked for many years with the wood processing industry (particle boards, furniture, and other value-added products). Furthermore, he has worked as a business development consultant in various wood processing companies and in the food processing industry, melt working industry, transportation industry, tourism, and rental industry.

Øyvind Berg

CEO AND
CO-OWNER

email: ob@across.no 
phone: +47 91335558

Founder and President of Nicaforest Plantations S.a, also is the Landscape & Climate Specialist in Solidaridad Network Mesoamerica. His background comprises the deployment of sustainable agriculture programs, sustainable land management, landscape restoration, payment for ecosystem services, and mobilization of different sources of funding. He has worked with the United Nations Development Program, Swiss Development Cooperation, CATIE in Costa Rica, Christian Aid, and UNOPS among other international organizations. He holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY). Hobbies: beekeeping, organic coffee production, and cycling.

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Dr. Carlos J. Perez

PRESIDENT AND
CO-OWNER

email: cjperez60@gmail.com
phone: +505 85903642

Graduated in agriculture and natural resource management from EARTH University in Costa Rica and holds an MBA from Formato Educativo Business School/Cadiz University, Spain. He has managed the operational activities of the project since the start in 2010. He has experience from several agroforestry projects in Nicaragua and has developed land selection models for forestry plantations, especially based on teak and cocoa, using modern technology and applying scientific criteria. Furthermore, he has considerable experience assessing farms and implementing the principles of FSC and Gold Standard in the management of the company.

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Jimmy H. Robles

OPERATIONAL MANAGER AND CO-OWNER ING.

email: jhr@nicaforest.com
phone: +505 88652596

Chairman of Across Forest AS. International investor and business advisor. ​Steinar has 14 years of experience in the Scandinavian financing industry.

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Steinar Nordengen

CHAIRMAN OF ACROSS FOREST AND CO-OWNER

Graduated in Business Administration from Universidad Católica Boliviana – San Pablo in Bolivia. Alejandro has been working actively for the last 14 years in accounting and finance since he moved to Norway in 2006, and before that in his home country which has given more than 20 years of experience in finance and management control for companies in fisheries, production, and the construction sector, as well as voluntary organizations and public enterprises for social development.

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Alejandro Mendez Monroy

FINANCIAL MANAGER / CFO

Operational team

Graduated in 2020 in Environmental Sciences from the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN-Managua). She completed a Post-internship in the Nicaforest Community Social Development Program between August 2022 and February 2023 as a Promoter of the Actions of the Environmental Education Program in the Reforestation Project in the Municipalities of Chontales and RACCS. She currently works as an Environmental Consultant for the Environmental Permit Processes and is also in charge of the Environmental Education and Training Program of The Nicaforest Reforestation Program Carbon Project initiative in rural communities, in the municipalities of Chontales and the South Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region (RACCS).

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Hazell Johana Salgado

ENVIRONMENTAL
ENGINEER

Graduated in 2021 in Forest Sciences from the National Agrarian University (UNA) in Managua, Nicaragua. Experience in monitoring forest plantations, silvicultural activities and preparation of plans for thinning and harvesting. Intern and post-intern between 2018 and 2020

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José A. Cuarezma

FOREST TECHNICIAN, HARVEST ASSISTANT AND COLLECTION MANAGER

Graduated in 2010 in Forest Sciences from the National Agrarian University (UNA), Managua, Nicaragua. He currently works as a Monitoring and Inventory Technician, carrying out inventories of round wood, supervision of forest crews and inventory control.

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Danny Hernández Ruíz

FORESTRY
ENGINEER

Graduated as an Agronomist from the El Recreo Technical School, El Rama. He has been working at Nicaforest since 2011. He has been Responsible for Forest Plantations, silvicultural management, and foreman of the forest crews. He has more than 10 years of experience managing teak plantation forestry activities.

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Pablo Rivas

AGRONOMIST

University of Managua (UdeM). Personnel Coordinator, Inventory Control and Payroll. Management of logistics processes for forest harvesting. Overseeing compliance with the FSC principles and specifically the occupational safety regulations in the farms.

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Walter B. Castellón

CONTROLLER

He has worked in the Nicaforest group since 2015. Experience as Forest Crew Chief, management of field personnel, silvicultural management activities of forest plantations. He is currently in charge of inventories and administration of Finca Santa Elena. He executes the silvicultural plans of the forest plantations and supervises the field staff. He must also guarantee compliance with occupational safety regulations on the Farms and compliance with the FSC principles. He supports forest monitoring activities, measurements of Permanent Forest Monitoring Plots.

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Fabel M. Sovalbarro

HEAD OF SANTA ELENA FOREST PLANTATION

He is in charge of silvicultural management tasks (cleaning, pruning, weeding, thinning, rounds) of the farm. Supports forest monitoring activities such as measurements of Permanent Forest Monitoring Plots. It must also ensure compliance with occupational safety regulations on the Farms and compliance with the principles of the FSC.

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Felipe Mendoza

FORESTRY ASSISTANT FINCA ROSARIO DE FÁTIMA

Degree in Accounting and Finance.Accounting and Procurement Assistant. She graduated in Accounting and Finance from the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN) Managua, Nicaragua. She was a post-intern at Nicaforest's Administration and Accounting unit in 2021. She currently works as an Accounting and Acquisition Processes Assistant and she is in charge of payroll payment processes, purchase management, relationship with suppliers of inputs and services.

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Arlen Yessenia García

ACCOUNTING
ASSISTANT

He is in charge of silvicultural management tasks (cleaning, pruning, weeding, thinning, rounds) of the farm. He is also in charge of taking care of the infrastructure of the Farm. He takes inventory controls of inputs and tools. Supports forest monitoring activities, measurements of Permanent Forest Monitoring Plots. It must also ensure compliance with occupational safety regulations on the Farms and compliance with the principles of the FSC.

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Israel E. O. Morales

FORESTRY ASSISTANT FINCA SANTA MARÍA

Contact

PLANTATION

Nicaforest Plantations

S. A.

Santo Tomas,

Chontales, 

Nicaragua

phone

+505 8995-2125
 

email 

cjperez60@gmail.com 

jhr@nicaforest.com

HOLDING COMPANY

Across Forest AS/ 

Across Nature AS

Storgata 85,

9008 Tromsø,

Norway 

phone

+47 913 35 558
 

email 

post@across.no

website

acrossnature.com

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