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March 02, 2016 - What does the future hold? Looking at the role of Plantations in Sustainable Development

What role can innovation and technology play in intensifying production? How can we ensure developments in plantations are sustainable and accessible to all? And how can we bring it down to the local level, so the family farmer and the local community also benefit?

These aren’t questions with easy answers. But the New Generation Plantations (NGP) platform is set up to confront difficult issues. On March 3-5 in Sao Paulo, these are among the issues that will be explored during the NGP 2016 Encounter, organised by WWF-Brazil, Fibria and Suzano.

Participants from NGOs, private and public sectores, from Brazil and worldwide, are seeking answers to questions surrounding sustainable intensification. These include both the physical challenges of developing and deploying innovations in forest commodity production, and the socio-economic challenge of ensuring that technology reaches those who need it the most – particularly small-scale farmers and communities in developing countries.

The NGP Encounter will include presentations, panel discussions and dynamic interactions, bringing a wide range of ideas and perspectives. The two-day event in Sao Paulo will be followed by a day’s field visit to the Atlantic rainforest, where forest companies are working to protect and restore native forest alongside their plantations.

Luis Neves Silva, the NGP manager from WWF International, says: 2015 left us two visionary agreements, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate agreement. NGP provides a space where forestry can collaborate with other sectors, governments, communities and civil society, to pursue the implementation of these goals. This Encounter moves us in that direction.

Marcelo Castelli, CEO of Fibria, adds: This NGP 2016 Encounter in Brazil is a great opportunity to discuss the role that forests can play in Sustainable Development. Forests, whether native or planted, represent one of the most effective systems for capturing and storing carbon, while providing other benefits, such as water and biodiversity conservation, social inclusion and economic development.

Walter Schalka, CEO of Suzano Pulp and Paper, states: “Brazil plays a strategic role in the planted forests sector and the holding of the NGP 2016 Encounter in São Paulo is a great opportunity to lead debates on the intensification of the sustainable use of forest production, the industry’s role in the Sustainable Development Goals drafted at the climate change conference COP 21 and the responsible consumption of timber products. We are very pleased with this opportunity to work together with WWF and other stakeholders, helping to transform the new generation plantations concept into effective actions in the field”.

The discussions will continue when NGP participants return to Brazil for the next study tour, in the state of Acre in June 2016. The State Government, an NGP participant, is conserving native forests while also developing plantations for timber and rubber production and improving local livelihoods.


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About New Generations Plantation

The NGP platform is a place for sharing knowledge about good plantation practices and learning from experience, through events such as study tours, workshops and conferences.

Over the coming decades, plantations are set to expand at a rapid rate to meet growing demand for paper, timber and energy. While plantations can be controversial, the NGP concept suggests that well-managed plantations in the right places can take pressure off natural forests, work in harmony with natural ecosystems, and improve the welfare of local communities. Find out more at www.newgenerationplantations.org

 

About WWF

WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisations, with almost six million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

WWF stands for the World Wide Fund for Nature. The organization prefers to be referred to just by the acronym.

 

About Fibria

The world leader in eucalyptus pulp production, Fibria strives to meet the growing global demand for forestry products in a sustainable manner. With production capacity of 5.3 million tons of pulp per year, it has industrial units in Aracruz (Espírito Santo), Jacareí (São Paulo) and Três Lagoas (Mato Grosso do Sul), as well as in Eunápolis (Bahia), where it operates Veracel in a joint operation with Stora Enso. Fibria has 969,000 hectares of forests, with 568,000 hectares of planted forests, 338,000 hectares of environmental preservation and conservation areas and 63,000 hectares destined for other uses. The pulp manufactured by Fibria is exported to more than 40 countries. In May 2015, Fibria announced the expansion of its Três Lagoas unit, which will receive a new line with annual pulp production capacity of 1.75 million tons and is slated for startup in the fourth quarter of 2017.

With stock listed on the Novo Mercado listing segment of the São Paulo Stock Exchange (BM&FBovespa) and Level 1 ADRs listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Fibria has 29.42% of its capital held by Votorantim Industrial S.A., 29.08% held by BNDESPAR and 41.50% represent by its free-float. 

 

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