Creating mixed forestry systems out of exotic plantations

Boca del Monte is a brownfield forestry project aiming at improving the quality of existing teak and acacia plantations through best silvicultural practices and added-value marketing of high quality certified timber. Boca del Monte is fomenting research and innovative forest management practices through experimental plots with native species combined with old grown teak.

Maximizing the environmental and social impact is an important objective in this project, which has 60 hectares of conservation areas, including gallery forests along watercourses. The Acacia mangium plantations are restoring the very degraded soils to produce timber, while a positive social impact is achieved by creating rural employment, community activities, reforestation in communal areas, and support of education for children and adults in the neighboring communities.

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FARM FACTS

REGION: Western Panama

SIZE: 398 Ha

MANPOWER: 14

FARM TYPE: Forestry

TREE SPECIES: Tectona grandis, Acacia mangium

RAINFALL: 2700 mm/year

ALTITUDE: 30 - 110 masl

SOIL: Ultisols

APPROACH: Sustainable forestry certified with FSC, GoldStandard

KEY FARMING PRACTICES:

  • Soil restoration,

  • Managing native species (natural regeneration) as next forest generation

PROJECT MANAGER:

Sabine Wischnat, sabine.wischnat@12tree.de

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