Altri forest management is handled by its subsidiary, Altri Florestal. Altri has approximately 87 thousand hectares of forest under intervention in Portugal. Wood self-sufficiency levels are about 20%.
Altri follows a forest strategy plan that aims to optimise forest assets, using sustainable management techniques that provide a steady increase in productivity over the long term.
The company's research and development department has developed species with higher productivity rates, which are used to replace less productive types of trees. Altri is committed to promoting biodiversity, particularly in areas of high ecological value. The original flora has been restored in several areas in which eucalyptus has failed to thrive. Altri's model of forest management also emphasizes regional and community development. Altri hires staff locally where possible.
All the forest managed by Altri is located in Portugal. It is composed mainly of eucalyptus trees (Eucalyptus globulus). This species represents around 80 per cent of the 87 thousand hectares under management.
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The forest is spread across the country. Its primary location is the Tagus river valley region. This location is strategically important because it is close to our three mills.
Forest Research and development
Research and development (R&D) is a critical area of pulp production. The main aim is to optimise Altri's pulp production in terms of quality, productivity and cost reduction.
Altri has more than 40 years' R&D forest experience, through its acquisition of Celbi Pulp Mill.
The main focus of Altri's R&D is the eucalyptus tree. Major development programmes include:
- Increasing productivity: enabling quicker growth;
- Decreasing consumption per tonne of pulp produced;
- Increasing quality: wood, fibre, pulp and paper
- The promotion of environmental sustainability
- Cost reduction.
- The main areas of study are management of settlements, nutrition and forest protection; production models through biometrics; genetic improvements; and forest maintenance..
- The purpose of the genetic improvement programme is to improve pulp quality and to lower the amount of wood required per tonne of pulp produced.
Altri places importance on biological diversity, sustainable resource use, and the fair distribution of the benefits. We believe that the promotion of biodiversity is a defense in itself: the maintenance, use, and replacement of resources are basic factors in safeguarding the company’s long-term interests.
Altri leaves a significant environmental footprint because the wood it produces is from forests planted and managed with the objective of harvesting. A typical managed forest has low levels of biodiversity.
The company has defined a set of procedures to minimise its impact on the environment:
Wood supply chain: Altri takes care in evaluating its external wood sources to reduce the risk of acquiring wood from controversial sources: wood from forests with a high ecological value, from forests exploited illegally or from regions that disregard the civil rights of their inhabitants.
Commitment to conservation and biodiversity: Altri has identified several areas of its own forests that have high value in terms of biodiversity and conservation. These will be earmarked for conservation and converted into native forests, so as to increase biodiversity levels. These projects are in line with the European objective to restore and raise biodiversity levels.