The economic potential of plantation forestry in the Vichada region is enormous. Our operations will provide a sustainable wood fiber resource that will significantly contribute to the economic development and GDP not only of the region, but the country as a whole.
At the moment, Colombia is missing a huge opportunity
Although Colombia is home to more than 10% of the global rain forest, it is a net importer of wood products. For example, the country’s tissue paper goods are produced with imported pulp wood mainly from Chile and Brazil; paper is produced with sugar cane bagasse with specialty papers imported; and more than 70% of fiber boards consumed are imported from Chile, Ecuador and China.
Most of the production of solid timber products that does take place domestically comes from illegal logging of rainforest hardwoods. Not only does this hurt the global effort to combat climate change, in many cases it also violates indigenous rights.
The creation of a viable and sustainable plantation forestry industry answers many of these challenges
It will help satisfy rising demand for wood products (both locally and internationally), create jobs, spur development, reduce pressure on intact forests and support climate action.
There is also a longer term opportunity for Forest First Colombia to move along the value chain by building local processing capacity to produce lumber, pulp and paper and fiberboard in Colombia, further expanding economic, employment, and social infrastructure development.