Reforestation and agroforestry
To address the global issue of supplying forest products, nearly 5 million hectares of forests are replanted each year. We support the formulation and implementation of projects of forest plantations and agroforestry plantations.
Issues: Forest plantations are sometimes criticised and some don’t even to consider them as forests. However, as long as they comply with a number of safeguards, forest plantations can produce wood in a renewable manner and with much higher productivity than primary forests, while contributing to the maintenance of ecological processes, the reduction of pressure on primary forests and local development (timber and non-timber resources, direct jobs). Because of their multiple functions (energy, food, economic, ecological), trees play a strategic role in rural landscapes, in close synergy with the agricultural and pastoral activities. In the least developed countries of the southern hemisphere, barriers to the establishment of new plantation projects can be numerous: technical-economic, institutional, organizational, land tenure issues, etc. In this context, it is necessary to adopt a multidisciplinary approach to formulate and to implement sustainable forestry and agroforestry plantation projects.
Services: Analysis of the environment and the choice of species (exotic or natives oriented towards the production of timber, fuelwood, non-timber forest products or food), land tenure studies, socio-economic assessment, setting up of nurseries, plantation work and maintenance, monitoring of plantations, protection against fire and pests, supervision of harvesting operations, market studies of timber and non-timber products, etc. We support the project managers – NGOs, producers’ organisations, private companies, governments and local authorities - at every stage of the life cycle of an afforestation/reforestation project, from design to implementation to evaluation. We also produce business plans to study the profitability of projects and to support the search for funding. Finally, we support research and development to improve the understanding of plantations ecosystems.