Forest management in Paraguay

Since 2002 UNIQUE manages natural forests and forest plantations in Paraguay according to the internationally recognized criteria of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®).

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Management of forest plantations

Since 2011, UNIQUE has been responsible for the technical implementation of the largest commercial reforestation project in Paraguay. By 2020, 13,500 ha of new forests will be planted, of which 7,600 have been established by the end of 2017. The production target mainly encompasses quality timber for local processing in the sawmill and plywood industry.

On about half of the production area, forest plantations are combined with cattle ranching. In these so-called silvopastoral systems, traditional extensive grazing systems coexist with the modern practices of plantation forestry on the same area.

Our reforestation project contributes to the social and environmental sustainable development of rural areas: a few hundred qualified jobs are created, three million tons of CO2 are stored and the biodiversity is preserved through the integration of conservation areas on production sites.

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Natural forest management

In the province of Caazapá, in the rainy subtropical region of Paraguay, we manage natural forests on an area of 5,650 ha since 2002. Thereof, 4,000 ha are managed under a polycyclic system. In a target-diameter oriented approach, single trees are harvested to produce highly valuable tropical woods which are marketed regionally.

The logs are mostly sold to the local sawmill industry, but also further refined through our own mobile sawmill. The remaining wood is processed into certified charcoal. 1,550 ha of the managed area are under full protection, only used for scientific studies and environmental monitoring. For many years now, we are witnessing that sustainable and close-to-nature forestry is also economically viable. Generated income is comparable to well managed extensive beef production systems in the region.

Brochure '15 years of FORCERPA'
[PDF; 3,1 MB]

The forests we manage in Paraguay belong to the agricultural company PAYCO and were the first in the country with the internationally recognized FSC® certificate for responsible forestry. Assuming the role of technical management, UNIQUE provides the following services:

  • Assessment of potential afforestation areas according to the site-species-market approach
  • Development and continuous update of management plans
  • Forest access planning and road construction
  • Establishment and maintenance of forest stands
  • Tree selection (future crop trees and/or thinning)
  • Fire prevention and forest protection
  • Definition of harvesting methods
  • Coordination of service providers
  • Market analysis and sales
  • Social and environmental monitoring
  • Operational monitoring and forest evaluation

2016 Sustainability Report PAYCO UNIQUE small page

Download Sustainability Report 2016
[PDF; 2,7 MB]

Our first commitments lies in the quality and cost efficiency of our management of natural forests and plantations. Through the training of our employees and service providers, as well as benchmarking of our costs and services, our operational processes are continuously optimized. We would like to invite you to visit our production facilities after prior arrangement.

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