The Nature Imperative: How the circular economy tackles biodiversity loss
Published September 2021
Klabin, Brazil’s biggest paper producer and exporter, has developed a “mosaic forest management system” where pine and eucalyptus trees are planted in blocks and mixed with native preserved trees. In between, ecological corridors are preserved to allow animals to transit. This practice helps to preserve fauna, flora, and water resources from the Atlantic Forest biome. In these preserved native forests, Klabin has also implemented a programme that allows the company to grow and harvest non-timber products, such as medicinal plants.
Klabin has been monitoring the biodiversity in its managed areas and has registered an increase in the overall number of species. The Santa Catarina unit, for example, provides habitats for 136 species that are considered endangered, while 78 species new to the area have also been identified. Their forest management practices and efforts towards biodiversity have shown that it is possible to cultivate timber products in an area while at the same time enhancing biodiversity.
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