About us

IUFRO's Special Programme for Development of Capacities is managed by a small group of people working at the IUFRO Headquarters in Vienna, Austria.


Michael Kleine, Coordinator of IUFRO-SPDC, is a forestry graduate of the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria. He obtained his Doctoral Degree and Habilitation in Silviculture from the same University. Since 1985 he has participated in natural forest research and management through residential assignments in Austria, Pakistan and Malaysia. His work focused on forest growth and yield, ecosystem modelling and systems analysis, forest management planning, and silviculture under forest conditions ranging from central Europe, through seasonal Asia, into perhumid South East Asia. He has also worked as free-lance forestry consultant on various short-term assignments in auditing of sustainable forest management of natural forests and timber plantations (forest and land-use planning, growth and yield modelling, silviculture, forest certification and carbon accounting), training and education, project evaluations for national and international agencies in Asia and Central America as well as forest organization and forest policy for the German Development Agency GIZ, the FAO and the European Commission, among others. Michael Kleine has been Coordinator of IUFRO-SPDC since 2001 and since 2010 holds the position of Deputy Executive Director of IUFRO.


Support staff:
Margareta Khorchidi
and Eva-Maria Schimpf
Administrative and support activities involve project management, accounting, travel arrangements, communication and publications including translation in English, French and Spanish.