Total size of High Conservation Value Areas (HCVA), in hectares
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All forests or natural areas contain, in addition to productive values, environmental and social values or functions, such as species of wildlife and flora and their habitats, protection of water resources, among others. When the values are considered extraordinary, the area can be defined as a High Conservation Value Area (HCVA), and is the target of specific management by Suzano, which seeks to maintain and/or improve its attributes.
The company uses as reference the criteria for attributes based on and adapted from the High Conservation Value Resource Network (HCVRN), reissued in 2018. These are areas in which important social and environmental attributes are recognized, such as the existence of endangered, rare, and endemic species; extent of well-preserved forest fragments and rare/threatened ecosystems; and provision of environmental services, among others (including socio-cultural characteristics).
wdt_ID Total size of High Conservation Value Areas (HCVA), by forest management unit (hectares) 2019 2020 1 São Paulo 4,879.58 4,879.71 2 Mato Grosso do Sul 6,968.00 6,968.00 3 Espírito Santo-Bahia 20,612.30 20,612.30 4 Maranhão 25,951.37 25,335.37 5 Total 58,411.25 57,795.38
The reduction in the total value of the indicator was due to the return of a leased area in Maranhão where there was a HCVA.
To learn more about Suzano’s HCVA management, see the indicator “Management of biodiversity in forestry operations”.