The planted eucalyptus forests that we cultivate play a fundamental role in our business, since they provide all the raw material used in the production of the panels and floors that we offer to the market. Like native areas, they need a balanced ecosystem to grow during their six-year growth cycle.
Therefore, we insist on adopting sustainable management practices that ensure the maintenance of conservation areas and the rational use of natural resources, such as water and soil, guaranteeing the long-term production of the raw material that supplies our factories.
We are proud to be the first company in South America to obtain FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) certification for Forest Management. Since 1995, we have the seal, which certifies that our activities related to the practice are environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable.
The qualification is the result of our concern to adopt, since the beginning of our activities in Brazil, good practices of forest management. Our work is based on four basic environmental concepts:
- Minimum Cultivation;
- Soil Fertilizing Program;
- Pest Control;
- Fire Control.
We also maintain procedures to assess and mitigate the social impacts related to the management of our planted forests in order to have an even better relationship with the communities in which we operate.
CONSERVATION OF BIODIVERSITY
We own 275 thousand hectares of forests under our responsibility, 23% of which are destined to environmental conservation and permanent preservation. Our farms are inhabited by more than 800 native species of animals, 25 of which are considered endangered by the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The presence of these animals in our territory reinforces how much our forest management contributes to the conservation and protection of local fauna and flora.
We have also established partnerships with universities and research institutes in order to stimulate scientific study on the subject in Brazil, and we work on the development and research of the genetic material of eucalyptus that we cultivate, in order to keep trees increasingly resistant to pests and diseases and adaptable to the different climatic and pluviometric conditions of Brazil.
As part of our efforts to conserve the environment, we also evaluate the areas under our responsibility and have their forest management certified to know, whether or not, if they have High Conservation Value elements. When identified, we work to maintain and expand these attributes, since they characterize areas of great importance for biodiversity and the surrounding communities.
MONITORING OF PLANTED FORESTS
We know the importance of monitoring, in the long term, the carbon, water and nutrient flows of our forests, in order to ensure their healthy development and the environmental balance of the regions where we are present. That is why, since 2008, we have supported the Torre de Fluxo, a cooperative program with a research unit installed in an area of 200 hectares of our farms.
Led by the Instituto de Pesquisas e Estudos Florestais (Institute for Research and Forest Studies), the French Center for Agricultural Research and the Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (Luiz de Queiroz Higher School of Agriculture), the initiative seeks periodically to collect data on planted forests in order to study the best practices for optimizing plant production and sustainability.
OUR FUTURE VISION
Mechanization in forest processes has been intensifying in Brazil, providing gains in productivity, greater efficiency and reduction in costs. The technology is an ally of the forestry sector and can contribute to increase production with less use of pesticides and water for irrigation. At the same time, the growth of planting areas should be accompanied by the strengthening of biodiversity conservation actions and native forest areas.
We believe that the adoption of good management practices should permeate both large and small producers, solidifying the sustainable development of one of the sectors most relevant to the national economy.
To learn more about our performance on the topic Responsible Forest Management, access the 2016 Annual Report.
Our commitments to the topic "Sustainable Forest Management" up to the year 2025 are:
- Use 5% fewer pesticides per effectively planted hectare, maintaining desirable production levels
- Cut water consumption from irrigation per hectare by 50%
- Influence 100% of neighboring landowners of conservation areas larger than 500 hectares and in a radius of 2 km to use connectivity
- For 100% of communities to be involved in harvest planning
- Double genetic bases
- Assure that 100% of our own areas are under certified management
- Increase mass per hectare by 10% (up to 2035)
- For 80% of developed areas to be certified (up to 2035)