Given the complexity of the existing challenges and opportunities, Suzano built its Sustainability Strategy in a collaborative manner, considering the numerous visions of its stakeholders. We are committed to expanding our role in the value chain and in society through our long-term goals, that guide our path over the next ten years, a period that the United Nations (UN) calls the Decade of Action.
Water in the forest
Increase water availability in 100% of critical watersheds
Access to water is key to sustainable development and fundamental to the survival of people, the planet, and businesses. Suzano’s eucalyptus forests, native forests, and mills are all directly dependent on water, and the effort to protect this resource is the responsibility of all. Suzano was the first company in the industry to propose quantitative goals to optimize the use of water in the forest at landscape scale.
Forest management activities in Suzano’s forests areas, totaling 88,400 hectares, to enable an increase in water availability in the 44 watersheds classified as critical in the areas in which we operate.1
Implement forest management activities² in 100% of the forest areas within the watersheds mapped as critical by 2030.
Results in 2020:
Forty-four watersheds were classified as critical and manageable, taking into account the balance between supply and demand for water, as well as the vulnerability of local communities. We achieved this result, which is essential for the execution of the goal, after developing an analysis model that made it possible to evaluate and classify the watersheds in 100% of Suzano’s areas.
In addition, we expanded the studies to define the volume of water available in critical watersheds. Despite the technical advances in water monitoring through remote sensing, more research is needed to improve the accuracy and indicators for water availability.
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Our plans for 2021:
Our goal is to implement management actions in 5% (4,500 ha) of the forest areas included in the 44 watersheds deemed critical. We will also proceed with the research and water monitoring required for the progress of the goal.
¹ Watersheds deemed as critical are subject to water unavailability due to natural characteristics (such as climate and soil type) and type of land use (such as pasture, agricultural crops, etc.). Suzano is focusing on watersheds significantly occupied by the company (equal to or greater than 30%), so that the practices adopted by forest management can be effective and generate the best results to reverse the criticality of these basins and the consequent unavailability of water.
² Examples of forest management activities in the context of the goal: i) Extend the diversity of forest ages, ii) Reduce forest density, iii) Reduce the number of forests in the watershed, iv) Extend the growth cycle of the forest, vi) Extend the period for planting a new forest after the previous harvest.
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