Creating sustainable timber forests from degraded grasslands
For nearly 500 years, Paraguay has extended its grasslands and prairies for cattle farming, the main export of the country being high-quality beef. Where the land historically was deforested and turned into these expansive grasslands, the soil over the years has been severely degraded by the trampling hooves of cows. As deforestation continues to sweep through the Amazon rainforest, it has become vital to reforest such areas to relieve pressure on South America’s natural resources and curb harmful carbon emissions from the Earth’s atmosphere.
to strengthen gender equality
ensured for local workers
of the land’s natural resources
will be removed on average annually
with 25% of the established forest maintained and protected in line with Paraguayan law.
Based in eastern Paraguay, the project has already reforested 2,716 hectares of land, with a further 1,112 hectares to be established in the coming years. The project plants fast-growing trees to be sustainably managed and forested for timber, charcoal, and wood chips in order to satisfy the country’s consumption needs.
This project is sustainable development at its finest. Not only does it benefit the climate, by sequestering critical carbon and relieving the pressure on the Amazon Rainforest’s resources in a clean and sustainable way, it also greatly helps local, underserved communities in Paraguay. It creates fair employment, wages, and training for workers, opportunities for women, and improved infrastructure such as roads, all while meeting the country’s demand for wood.