These actions represent another example of the importance of planted forests for biodiversity conservation. Currently, each hectare containing planted eucalypt forests in Brazil preserves about ten hectares of native forests.
Here are the main Environmental Projects developed by Aperam BioEnergia:
- Environmental and Scientific Research Planning and Development
- Monitoring Program for Insects which are Harmful to Reforestation
- Special Areas and Riparian Forest Recovery Program
Each year, areas in need of recovery are identified during microplanning, given that the recommendations for each situation are presented in the standard operational procedure for area management. Permanent preservation areas stand out, mainly river banks and headsprings, in which Aperam BioEnergia has been adjusting to and complying with the legislation in effect.
- Fauna and Flora Assessment
- Fauna and Flora Watercourse Protection
Fragmented forest areas and riparian forests are safe at Aperam BioEnergia, given that all reservations have been registered and are protected and monitored along their growth and ecological succession dynamics.
The fire prevention and control system focuses its priority on reservation areas. Collaboration agreements and partnership programs concerning fire prevention and control have been made with other private and public companies.
- Hydric Monitoring
This program’s objectives are assessing the sustainability of management practices adopted by Aperam BioEnergia in its hydric sources through physical, chemical and biological characterization, as well as identifying and hierarchizing current and potential impacts by forest management practices on superficial waters, comparing them to agricultural activities.
S Annual water samplings and analyses are performed and the observed results are compared to reference values required by law and by management practices adopted in the drainage area of the analyzed watercourse.
Based on these analyses, corrective, preventive or emergency measures are proposed in order to mitigate any potential non-compliance.
- Forest species improvements
- Soil mapping and management
- Forest fire prevention and control program