Provide world-class training in good governance relating to the use of natural and human resources
Improve natural and human resources management through high quality, responsive and participatory educational, training and capacity building programmes responding to the needs of different organisations working on natural resources management.
The ASTRAcademy programme is committed to quality, responsiveness, participation, and transparency in the development and implementation of its activities relating to natural and human resources management.
The concern for the forests of the world and the passionate drive to play a significant role in improving the management of forests and other natural resources, as well as the livelihood of all people that use natural resources is dhe main driving foce behind ASTRAcademy.
The people and supporing organizations behind ASTRA
Liviu Amariei, a previous head of the Accreditation Business Unit of FSC International in FSC's early years, was born in Romania, but has lived in several countries during his forestry career. These include Austria, Mexico and Italy, where he is currently living. Liviu has a masters degree in forest engineering from the Bodenkultur University of Vienna, and post graduate studies in international relations at the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. He is a qualified FSC Lead Auditor, both at accreditation and certification level, and an Auditor Trainer for FSC Forest Management and Chain of Custody, ISO 19011 and RSB. Liviu has worked in certification issues since 1999, with extensive experience relating to different standards, such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), Union for Ethical Biotrade (UEBT), Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) and others.
Liviu is an experienced Lead Auditor in the key areas of FSC and RSB auditing work: accreditation and certification, with 16 years of auditing experience, in addition to expertise in other areas related to certification such as institutional development, standard setting and certification market development. As consultant, training developer and trainer Liviu has been working with several FSC-accredited certification bodies (SGS, ICILA, Certiquality, Woodmark/Soil Association, LGA/TÜV Rheinland, TÜV Süd, TÜV Nord, SCS, DINCERTCO, and other certification bodies ), as well as many other institutions such as the Universities of Padova and Viterbo in Italy, international aid agencies like USAID, companies like Ahlstrom, Vicarello, Asia Pulp and Paper, NGOs like WWF, the FSC International Centre, WWF, IUCN, UEBT, Pi Environmental Consulting, Leading Standards, ProForest and many others.
Zelda worked over the last 25 years in various positions at different levels in both small and large company environments. Zelda is in charge of Admin at ASTRAcademy. She has high standard communication skills and is keen on participating actively in the development of the ASTRAcademy services offer.
External technical support
IT Support for webhosting from Gardenroute.com
, webdesign the maintenance of the ASTRA e-learning platform: Handmade Connections, George, South Africa; handmade.co.za
Collaborations on training and consultancy:
|ETIFOR is a Padova University spin-off specialized in CSR-centred consultancy, project development, research and training services in the forestry and environmental sectors.
ETIFOR delivers training services in forest certification (forest management, chain of custody, trademark use, controlled wood) in co-operation with qualified national and international partners and in partnership with FSC Italy. Training activities build on robust trainers’ professional experience and aim to help consultants, companies and auditors approaching forest certification challenges and successfully deal with them. www.etifor.com/en
CMO - Michal Brink, South Africa
Michal Brink was born in Zimbabwe, has an MBA and a PhD in forestry, and currently lives in South Africa. Michal was the previous Director of the SGS Qualifor Programme, a certification body accredited to the FSC to provide FSC certification. Michal has had experience in lecturing, consulting and has also worked for several forestry companies during his 25-year forestry career and has a wealth of FSC auditing experience all over the world. He has also 10 years of training experience in the FSC system, as partner/trainer in AB Training.
Nucleus - Sustentabilidade e Mudanças Climáticas, Brazil
Nucleus is an organization offering consultancy and training services in South America. It offers its services through a newtwork of professionals engaged in the management of natural resources.
An Italian national, Paolo holds a degree in Forestry (Universita' di Padova, Italy) and post-graduate in Ecological design (California Polytechnic, USA). He has worked with FAO/UNDP in the South Pacific region, then in Italy (Environmental Protection Agency) as technical officer in charge of environmental assessment and analysis, environmenlal management systems and eco-auditing.
Paolo has gained eight years of experience as FSC lead auditor, accreditation program manager and compliance manager (ASI Accreditation Services International). He has carried out audits in 30 countries. Additionally, as compliance manager, Paolo led the efforts aimed at resolving queries and complaints raised by stakeholders, by undertaking investigations relating to compliance with FSC standards