A fundamental part of the company’s forestry business is its commitment to good environmental management, which implies the respect for and conservation of biodiversity. The company places all its knowledge and experience at the disposal of society, and strives to detect the presence of threatened species of flora and fauna, and identifies, manages and monitors the High Conservation Value Areas (HCVA), areas that due to their flora, fauna and geographical characteristics are of critical importance for conservation.
CMPC is custodian to 114,160 hectares of forest and autochthonous vegetation and 147,905 hectares of water catchment areas, waterways, flora, fauna and HCVAs, representing 25% of its total forest patrimony.
In Chile, the company is custodian to 14 biological HCVAs. It has a total area of 10,220 hectares under conservation, where vulnerable flora and fauna are protected: such as the Pitao (Pitavia punctata) or Canelillo, the Ruil and the Hualo (Nothofagus glauca) or Maule Oak, all of which are tree species endemic to Chile, and fauna such as the Huillín (Lontra provocax) also known as the Sweet-water Otter.
In Brazil, the company protectsfive HCVAs which are the habitat of vulnerable birds and mammals. The most important is Barba Negra where there are 2.380 hectares of Atlantic Coastal Forest (Mata Atlântica) under conservation and which has been designated a Special Heritage Reserve of the State of Rio Grande do Sul.
In Argentina, the company protects 15 biological HCVAs that make up a total of 9,430 hectares, the most important being the heritage areas of Peninsula (3,320 hectares) and Timbauva (2,056 hectares) located north of the Province of Corrientes.
Sustainable management of CMPC plantations
The company’s forest assets amount to over 1 million hectares located in Chile, Brazil and Argentina. Of this total, 25% corresponds to protected and conserved forests.
The sustainable management of these forest plantations is certified to guarantee the protection of native forest and biodiversity and that wood for industrial use is obtained exclusively from plantations of controlled origin, free of controversies and perfectly traceable from its origin to its destination.
Through these certifications, the company ensures harmonious operations on economic, social and environmental levels. This means that all mills should maintain relationships with neighboring communities and pursue agreements with them in order to improve the integration of productive tasks with the company’s social support programs.
Our forest assets are constantly threatened by forest fire, which could also affect our neighboring communities. For this reason, we have fire prevention and combat brigades that include watch towers, emergency kits, an aircraft and helicopter fleet and support for neighboring communities.
In response to the fires affecting Chile at the beginning of 2017, we carried out several activities related to fire prevention and combat. Additionally, we engaged in reforestation, assisted reconstruction of affected towns and made available 20 aircraft, among them the Chinook, a mega-helicopter with a total expense of 27 million USD.