Production of sustainable palm oil is an integral part of our business core values. Environment conservation and preservation is equally important for a sustainable business as the economic and social well being of its stakeholders. It aims to control pollution and protect biodiversity by focusing on balancing the various systems by becoming more earth friendly.
Environmental protection and preservation are terms usually confused as they are generally substituted for each other. Environment preservation focuses on protecting the untouched nature from the negative effects of over-development. On the other hand, environment conservation implies the sustainable use of natural, renewable and non-renewable resources. In this case, development is necessary for the creation of a better future while taking into consideration that these resources are managed effectively and efficiently. To find out more about the difference between environment conservation and preservation please click here .
At Natural Habitats, we know that it is essential to conduct conservation practices and preserve forest, where biodiversity lives. Therefore, we are committed to the development of conservation and learning programs to promote the security of all species in the area of our farming operations. All our development and planting takes place on degraded land or grassland, we make sure that no primary forest is been cut for our business purposes.
Of the land we acquired, 80% is been used for organic production and 5% is used for infrastructure as roads, houses, etc. So, 15% of the land is left to create a bio-diverse environment with all kinds of flora and fauna. This is both beautiful and useful, because it makes the planted area with crop or trees more sustainable, and resistant against diseases. Use of fossil fuelled equipment is avoided as much as possible. Mules and oxen can do the work even better than tractors! Rainwater is captured and used for irrigation and sanitary systems.
Protecting and encouraging biodiversity is a fundamental pillar in our operations. Our agronomists control the environmental impact we have in the province. In order to do so, we conduct several programs within our facilities and together with our communities:
Reduction of CO2 emission: We use degraded land for our palm oil plantation in order to ‘neutralize’ the CO2 emission effect. Other than that we are dedicated to organic production through minimum use of fuel.
Training Communities: We teach local people how to dispose and recycle their garbage; this contributes not only to the environment but also to the people’s health and hygiene by reducing diseases and contaminations. We believe that education-in-action is the best way to contribute to the society and the environment.
Resources management system: As an organic and sustainable farming company all our operations have been designed in a way to reduce all ways of pollution (water, air, soil). We convert our organic waste into organic compost for the farming purposes. Moreover cooperating companies and smallholders have to sign an agreement explicitly stating they will preserve primary forest.
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Conserving forest can improve the quality of human life. We at Natural Habitats with the help of our learned agronomists control our environmental impact and constantly work towards the betterment of the society, today and for the generations to come.