Brazilian Pulp and Paper Company Offers Sustainable Forestry Model

We recently noted that new satellite imagery released by the Brazilian government revealed an unprecedented increase in the rate of deforestation in the Amazon, a disturbing piece of news just when it seemed that the cattle ranchers and soy farmers were beginning to be held accountable.

If there's hope for the forests of the Brazilian Amazon, it lies in sustainable forestry management programs like the one OSRA Group runs in Para state in the northeastern Amazon region, as described in a story by Planet Ark.For five years ORSA, one of the largest integrated paper and corrugated cardboard box producers in Brazil, has managed the world's largest private tropical forest, where the company harvests only 30 cubic metres (12,713 board feet) of timber per hectare (2.47 acres) every 30 years, just below the natural regeneration rate. Trees are felled and transported to reduce them impact on the forest and are recorded in a computerized inventory.

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the international industry watchdog, certifies and inspects the project every six months. Roughly 80 percent of the 1.7-million-hectare (4.2-million-acre) property is standing forest and one-third is managed and FSC certified.

"If the government were to put the same effort into sustainable forest management that it put into developing agriculture in the 1970s and 1980s we could preserve much of the Amazon," said Judson Ferreira, a senior researcher with government farm research institute Embrapa, told Planet Ark. :: Via Planet Ark
See also our interview with Ned Daly of the U.S. Forest Stewardship Council.

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