Las Misiones manages forestry plantations that, as every productive activity produced by men, may have an environmental impact. However, there are ways to develop them to minimize or control that possible impacts. This is why, under the concepts of sustainable development and business responsibility, Las Misiones develops and implements an Environmental Management System (EMS) that enhances the continuous environmental performance achieving a balance between the economic-productive, environmental and social factors
Las Misiones S.A. takes on this responsibility and to ensure it, adheres to the principles and criteria of the FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council), using in its plantations the best forestry practices locally adapted and guided by the national legislation and international treaties to which the country adheres.
In this sense, during 2014 Las Misiones S.A. successfully certified its plantations under the FSC® seal, which is the most demanding of its kind internationally. Since then, independent audit companies carry out thorough annual compliance verifications of its principles, criteria and indicators in force and that comprise production aspects as well as social and environmental interactions of the productive processes, especially.
The responsible forestry management directed to the protection of the environment implies the commitment as well as the regular controls and regulation of factors such as:
The chemicals that the company uses are low impact, with green label and are allowed by the environmental organisms. They are only applied in planted areas and during the first three years of the plantation. No other chemical is applied during the remaining 16 or 20 years of the plantations.
The application of the said products imply training and certification of the workers and specification of the necessary safety equipment for the operation.
La Misiones has internal rules that regulate the handling of chemicals, always monitoring that no contamination is produced.
Las Misiones is interested in preventing and controlling the fire that may be produced, either naturally or by uncontrolled burnings from neighboring lands.
To fight it, Las Misiones has 1 land brigade composed by 5 persons duly equipped and trained to prevent and fight possible fires. Moreover, the Company has a network of 3 fire watching towers distributed in its property and has an agreement with a fire fighting aircraft with 2,000 liters of water capacity, based on the field and support agreements with other companies if necessary.
All these efforts and resources are available to help fighting fires in neighbor fields or in agreement with the local authorities.
Las Misiones is committed to the balanced management of the property leaving representative parts of the ecosystems that coexist in the field, guaranteed by technical studies of independent entities.
In order to ensure the ecological compatibility of its plantations with the environment, the company is audited with regular biodiversity monitorings of flora and fauna, soil and water, by external research entities like INTA and Habitat and Development Foundation. Moreover, there is a local institutional control from the authorities, like ICAA and Parks and Reserves of the Province.
Care of Water
The evidence resulting from the water monitorings carried out by Las Misiones indicate that there are no significant changes in the hydrological patterns in the areas where plantations are, nor in the humid areas, grasslands or nearby ponds.
Likewise, according to neighbors of nearby communities, there is no or has not been any report about lack of home water.
100% of the customers generate as final products wood for construction, panels or pallets, which life cycle is considerably larger than, for example, wood used for paper pulp, helping in this way, to a more stable and extended carbon fixation.
Soil removal is minimum and the working is limited to the plantation area
Wastes from operations or domestic ones are managed under strict environmental rules ensuring their correct handling, final disposition and recycling (if possible).