Protecting biodiversity

The 10,000 hectares of forest in the Brazilian forestry project not only supply wood, they also help to protect ecosystems and biodiversity. Within the plantations, about 2,700 hectares are left wild to provide habitats for a large number of animal and plant species, many of which are threatened with extinction. In May 2008, Faber-Castel joined the Business and Biodiversity initiative – to find further ways of protecting biodiversity. The member companies undertook to evaluate their impact on biodiversity and adapt their environmental management systems accordingly. In Brazil, this has been a reality since 2001 with the introduction of Faber-Castell’s environment programmes “Arboris” and “Animalis“:

The Animalis project

The “Animalis” project is a partnership with respected universities that involves documenting, protecting and diversifying the range of species living in the Brazilian forests. To perform the annual survey, researchers record observations, footprints and droppings. Video footage also reveals that the 2,700 hectares left wild are home to about 232 bird species and 58 types of mammal, and that biodiversity has increased continuously since records began in 1992. 13 of the 504 recorded species are threatened with extinction – a discovery that makes the project one of national importance.

The Arboris project

As part of the Arboris project, 40 000 indigenous trees have already been planted in the areas of forest set aside as a reserve. This project has a number of goals:

  • to maintain and encourage the natural flora in the forests
  • to increase the diversity of useful plant species, so as to provide a habitat for local fauna
  • to create an equilibrium of insect populations for natural pest control
  • to exert a positive influence on the soil and water quality in order to prevent erosion