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:
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 HCS assessment.
Complementing efforts to ensure zero deforestation, Agropalma Group has implemented a robust system for fires identification and fighting. Company has a trained fire-fighters team, equipment, tools, vehicles and heavy machinery used in firefighting. In addition to the on-site identification of fire outbreaks, Agropalma also uses the alert service provided by RSPO and WRI (Fire Watch).
Whenever a firebreak is identified, the Emergency Action Plan (PAE) is triggered and company mobilizes the necessary resources to put out the fire. Eventually, company also carries out awareness campaigns on the importance of fires prevention.
Our historical data reveals that few fires affect Agropalma. Most of them start in the surrounding neighborhoods and always occur in the second semester, in the hottest and driest months. The table below presents information on fire management for the year 2016.
|Alert Date||Amount of hotspots/ fires reported||Within Agropalma Lands or in surrounding neighborhoods?||Confirmed?||Action taken/ Result|
|14/Sep/2016||1||Neighborhood||Yes||Monitoring of the situation. Neighbor controlled the fire before it affects Agropalma.|
|17/Oct/2016||1||Neighborhood||Yes||Monitoring of the situation. Neighbor controlled the fire before it affects Agropalma.|
|09/Nov/2016||3||Neighborhood||Yes||Monitoring of the situation. Neighbor controlled the fire before it affects Agropalma.|
|05/Dec/2016||1||Agropalma||Yes||Company mobilized firefighters team, equipment, heavy machinery and other required resources and put out the fire.|