Agropalma has 107 thousand ha of lands, being 64 thousand ha of forest reserves and 39 thousand ha of oil palm plantations. All five extraction mills and two refineries are RSPO certified. Agropalma is one the of the leader pioneers of sustainable palm oil production and also a founding member of the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG).
Our commitment on the movement
We understand palm oil is an essential raw material used by European food and cosmetic industries, that want to have a supply chain that contributes to the preservation of forests and peatlands as well as respect the workers and communities’ rights. So, as a producer of sustainable palm oil, more than oil itself, we want to deliver the sustainability values to European market.
"Agropalma has 64 thousand of forests reserves located in the Endemism Center of Belem, the most threatened region of the whole Amazonia"Tulio Dias, Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility Manager
Agropalma has 64 thousand of forests reserves located in the Endemism Center of Belem (CEB), the most threatened region of the whole Amazonia. We do have Forest Reserves Protection Program, with a team of 35 forest guards that patrol these areas daily, preventing hunting, fishing, logging and other kinds of forest material extraction, in order to keep the ecosystem unchanged. Keeping these forest reserves in good shape is essential to the wider landscape, since Agropalma forests are amongst the last areas in the CEB that keep a relevant sample of the original environment and vegetation.
Aiming to check the effectiveness of the Forest Protection Program and to improve knowledge about its own protected forest areas, Agropalma has implemented the Biodiversity Survey and Monitoring Program. This Program was started in 2004 and has been carried out in partnership with the NGO Conservation International since 2007. So far, we already have identified 449 birds; 62 medium and large mammal; 57 reptile and 46 amphibian species, twelve of them endangered according IUCN list.
Few years ago, we were very pleased to capture a jaguar and her cub in a heat sensitive video camera. The short movie proves that our forest reserves are able, not only to keep adult jaguars well fed, but are a preserved habitat that allow them to reproduce. Despite being an iconic animal, having a health population of jaguars indicates our forests have good and preserved ecological processes.
Our UN Sustainable Development Goals
My organisation is most concerned with the following 5 UN SDGs:
- Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
- Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
- Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
- Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
- Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Our struggles and future plans
Our biggest struggle in the move to sustainable palm oil was to include Smallholders implementing the RSPO sustainability standards. We achieved this in 2014. Now the main challenge is to find customers that want sustainable palm oil.
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