The success of the Forest Reserves Protection and Biodiversity Monitoring Program is greatly related to the zero deforestation and forest preservation policy adopted by the Group in 2001.
In that year, the company carried out its last deforestation, properly licensed and authorized by the competent environmental agency. It has since decided to ban deforestation from its expansions and to establish new plantings only in areas already degraded by human activities.
Agropalma establishes all new oil palm plantings according the following criteria, which apply to own plantations and to plantations established by family farmers and integrated out growers in partnership with Agropalma:
OBS: Since November 2013, when POIG charter was launched and brought the concept of High Carbon Stocks (HCS) assessments, Agropalma did not have any expansion and the few developments done by its integrated outgrowers were placed in areas with non-native vegetation (mainly pastures), so there was no need for carrying out any HCV assessment.