Sustainable Land Management
We understand that the impact such projects can have on water availability can be a concern. Fortunately, that is not an issue in our case. With more than 2,300 mm of rainfall a year, together with practices that respect natural drainage lines and wetlands, our plantation areas will not have a significant impact on water availability.
We do not use irrigation for our commercial forestry plantations. We only use a small quantity of water in our nursery in the fertigation system. As the nursery expands, an alternative water source will be used and the catchment water will be monitored through a monitoring weir. The remaining water usage is for human consumption by our team.
We are developing an IFC compliant Water Management Plan.
We recognize the potential long-term effects of anthropogenic transformation of the Llanos Savanna, as well as the potential impacts of climate change. We have a forest management plan to address the following:
>Pesticide Management Plan (PMP) and Nutrient Management Program (NMP) to limit persistent chemicals (pesticides, nitrates, phosphate etc.) entering water resources and river basins. No unregistered products are used and all usage is recorded; and
>Grassland management program to manage burning and grazing that will increase species diversity in the conservation areas.
We also have formal operating plans and procedures in place to limit erosion and runoff. All water courses, including wetlands and riparian zones are formally excluded and protected using buffer zones. Due to the flat topography of the area, sediment from runoff has no major impact and can be easily managed. At present, the buffer areas around riparian areas are maintained along roads and fire belts to assist with reducing the velocity of run-off and promote infiltration into the soil.