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Protecting the forests in Colombia

Our approach to biodiversity and ecosystem conservation and our alliance with WWF Colombia. 

More than half of Colombia is covered by forests. Smurfit Kappa Colombia is the custodian of 67,000 hectares of forest and plantations in the country. 22,000 hectares of this area are protected natural forests devoted to conservation and are home to over 1,200 species of flora and fauna. We know that 53 of these are endangered species, such as the Andean bear, also known as the spectacled bear.

Protecting and promoting natural habitats are an important part of our approach to biodiversity and ecosystem conservation. We do this by developing alliances with third-parties, neighbouring communities and organisations, to research and promote sustainable practices. Since 2003, our Colombian plantations have been managed and certified according to the FSC Sustainable Forest Management standard.

One of the organisations we collaborate with is the WWF Colombia; WWF is one of the leading global conservation organisations with 6 million members and operations in more than 120 countries across the world. Our continued work together includes many diverse projects, starting out with the Legal Timber Pact in 2009, to help reduce the illegal production of wood in Colombia. This involved the participation of the Ministry of Environment and local environmental authorities.

In 2020, Smurfit Kappa Colombia announced a new alliance with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Colombia, both organisations working together to restore, expand and protect forests and ecosystems.

The alliance is a further example of Smurfit Kappa’s commitment to protect the environment and communities to the highest sustainability standard.

This initiative will also support the restoration and conservation programmes that WWF Colombia carries out, working together to stop deforestation and forest degradation through the continued promotion of sustainable practices within the forestry industry, increased surveillance systems to crack down on illegal logging and working closely with Colombian national parks.

“Since 1961, WWF has worked to develop innovative solutions that protect people, communities and wildlife so we are delighted to have formed this partnership with Smurfit Kappa Colombia,” tells Sandra Valenzuela, COO of WWF Colombia. Nicolás Pombo, Forestry Division General Manager of Smurfit Kappa Colombia Forest Operation adds “We are proud to be recognised for our sustainable contribution to Colombian and global forests.”

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