Environmental performance: CO2-Absorption and combating soil erosion

The forestry project was one of the first to be registered by the UN “Clean Development Mechanism” programme (CDM) for environmentally compatible developments. From 2012, Faber-Castell is expected to become the world’s first private corporation authorized to deal in CO2 certificates from managed forests.

It is planned to extend the area of woodland to 3000 hectares (30 sq.km) by 2014. The Faber-Castell forestry project is part of a large-scale restructuring programme in the municipalities along the Rio Magdalena that have been seriously affected by overgrazing and soil erosion.

A unique reforestation project, as confirmed by Jean-Guénolé Cornet, a forest and climate expert at the Office Nationale des Forêts (ONF), a French state-owned concern whose international subsidiary ONFI has been attempting since 2001 to halt the progressive deforestation in Colombia. “The municipalities along the Rio Magdalena were looking for a way out of the traditionally predominant cattle raising and its associated soil erosion, that regularly leads to flooding and crop failures”, he said. “In all probability, Faber-Castell will be the first private company in the world that will shortly receive a certificate from the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) for its CDM project.” The certification will entitle it to deal in emission certificates, as foreseen by the Kyoto protocol to reduce world-wide emissions of carbon dioxide. Those are currently estimated by experts to be 33.5 thousand million tons of CO2 annually, which if continued in the long term will lead to global warming of at least 6 degrees Celsius – with disastrous consequences for the Earth.