Meeting the world’s timber demand to protect natural forests

Teak (Tectona grandis), a well sought-after tropical hardwood is endemic to confined areas of Myanmar, India, Indonesia and Laos and continues to be illegally logged at an alarming rate, as it is famous for its various applications, durability and water resistance. 

Carefully and strategically chosen, La Gloria has a climate conducive to the growth of high quality teak, and is situated within rural communities that have mainly been neglected by the government’s economic opportunity efforts. Located 40 km from the next paved road, the plantation is currently the largest and only “formal” employer for the surrounding villages and hence an essential pillar of the local economy. 

In total, La Gloria, located in Sabanas de San Angeles, Magdalena encompasses 7,200 ha, of which 1,068 ha are currently planted with teak and leased by 12Tree. This region displays a Tropical Savanna climate (according to Köppen climate classification) and was originally covered by topical dry forests. This region was deforested before the 1980’s to be used for cattle grazing, cultivation of cotton and other agricultural products. 

La Gloria’s teak plantations are currently verified of capturing 20 tons of carbon per hectare per year under the Colombian carbon credit scheme. Teak plantations on former pastures and agricultural lands will help to rehabilitate degraded landscapes, increase biodiversity, protect hydrological resources, inhibit soil erosion and sequester carbon. 

In order to guarantee a long-term impact, the land has been leased for 30 years.

 

FARM FACTS

REGION: Magdalena

SIZE: 7,200 Ha

MANPOWER: 100

FARM TYPE: Forestry

TREE SPECIES: Tectona grandis

RAINFALL: 1300 mm/year

ALTITUDE: 100 m

SOIL: Alfisols

APPROACH: Pristine primary forests continue to be lost, particularly in tropical areas with weak governmental structures. To meet the world’s demand for quality timber, well-managed plantations with high yields are the most suitable solution to satisfy the needs of increasing populations, consuming the smallest possible area and protecting natural forests.