Silvopastoral systems and natural forest management

Location

Paraguay

UNIQUE is responsible for the technical management of 13,600 hectares forestry project. The project was implemented in cooperation with PAYCO. Added value is created by combining natural forest restoration and management of existing forests with the management of planted forests and silvopastoral systems within a natural landscape mosaic. The optimization of positive environmental and social impacts of the forest operations is of particular importance and monitored on a regular basis. Results are documented in the annual sustainability reports. The reforested areas are certified according to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) regulations.

The enterprise PAYCO aims at carrying out sustainable agriculture, livestock and forest management in Paraguay. Aside from the expansion of food production, PAYCO has reforested 8,000 ha of land and plans to expand to a total of 20,000 hectares of land by 2026. UNIQUE developed the forest restoration activities in a joint venture with PAYCO and is responsible for the technical management. Based on “best practices”, innovative forestry production schemes have been established and today the consortium is the largest forest reforestation initiative in Paraguay. Added value is created by strictly implementing a site-species- market approach considering different tree species the most appropriate silvicultural management regime and the optimal value chain to generate value for the land owner and our clients. The optimization of positive environmental and social impacts of the forest operations is of particular importance and monitored on a regular basis. Shared value is an important dimension of the business plan. Land is mainly rented from local family farms and by sharing the responsibility and the profits with the land owner. Results are documented in the annual sustainability reports. The reforested areas are certified according to the internationally recognized Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) regulations.

Investment US$:

>$15,000,000 USD

Contact info:

Duncan Gromko, duncan.gromko@unique-landuse.de

Partners:

UNIQUE manages the natural forests in a joint venture with PAYCO S.A. and is contracted by PAYCO S.A. to establish and manage the planted forests and silvopastoral systems. DEG is a key investor in PAYCO.