New biodiversity indicators in Uruguay
UPM has determined three biodiversity indicators for the company-owned land as part of our global biodiversity programme, which was established in 1998.The new biodiversity indicators are
1. Developing the nature conservation area network.
2. Maintaining and enhancing endemic and threatened species populations in formal conservation areas.
3. Controlling and decreasing invasion of exotic woody species populations in conservation areas.
Our plantations in Uruguay are situated on grasslands that were formerly used for cattle grazing. We do not convert natural forests into plantations.
To achieve our long-term biodiversity targets, we plan to increase protected area under defined conservation categories and continue with our long-term monitoring programme.
All valuable biodiversity hotspots such as wetlands, natural forests and unique areas for protecting specific birds and other species are protected.
Aiming for a positive impact on biodiversity
Biological surveys have been conducted in areas owned by UPM since the early 1990s to identify and classify species and native ecosystems to be protected. Currently, the network of formal conservation areas covers around 13,000 hectares.
To achieve our long-term biodiversity targets, we plan to increase protected area under defined conservation categories and continue with our long-term monitoring programme. This conservation work is being carried out in cooperation with local environmental organisations such as Vida Silvestre and Aves Uruguay.