How can NGP platform improve plantations?

Sadly, bad plantation management still exists. Too many new and existing plantations harm nature and disregard the rights and needs of local people. We’re working with plantation companies and government forestry agencies to change this through the New Generation Plantations (NGP) platform.
 As the area of intensively managed plantations is growing and uncertainties remain about plantations’ long-term impacts on nature, it’s vital that we develop and promote better plantation practices.

From shared vision towards progress

NGP participants share a vision of an ideal plantation that benefits people and nature, and are committed to putting this into practice.

New plantations should not replace natural forests or other important ecosystems, and should contribute positively to the welfare of local communities.

Ideally, they should be established on degraded areas like former cattle pasture and marginal agricultural land. WWF´s Living Forest Report includes a map with areas potentially suitable for restoring tree cover. 

Carefully designed and managed plantations, located in the right places, can benefit nature and people. For example, they can:
  • Improve water flow
  • Provide habitat for animals and plants
  • Store carbon
  • Produce wood that people need
  • Provide jobs and income.

Leading by example

NGP participants seeks to advance and influence plantation management across the forest sector by sharing information and leading by example.

They also learn from each other’s good examples to improve their own plantation practices, as well as using credible forest certification. Companies participating in NGP have near 100% of their plantations certified according to the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

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