A large area of Brazilian rainforest located within one of AkzoNobel's sites is being planted with around 12,000 seedlings of species native to the region as part of an ongoing project to safeguard the fragile ecosystem.
The seedlings will replace part of the existing non-native eucalyptus woodland within a six hectare plot at the Tangará Reserve, which sits inside the company's Mauá facility in São Paulo.
As well as helping to preserve the local environment, the planting of species native to the area's Mata Atlântica forest will also regulate the flow, and improve the quality of, a nearby waterway. It's the latest phase in a long-term project to restore 70 hectares of the reserve to native woodland.
"Around 35 hectares have been reforested since 2007 and it's a source of great pride to see how we're contributing to safeguarding the Brazilian rainforest," explained Elaine Poço, RD&I Director for AkzoNobel Decorative Paints in Latin America, who is also responsible for the company's sustainability projects in the region. "A 2015 study concluded that the forest is recovering itself, except for a steeper area, and that's the target of this new phase of the project."