Precious Woods’ impact and sustainability reporting

Precious Woods is measuring continuously the impact of the sustainable work and the outcome. It is mandatory tofollow this closely to show a measurable impact of our high contribution to the environment and the society.

 

Please see also our report "Precious Woods and the Sustainable Development Goals" published earlier.

 

Key environmental indicators

Item / Description GABON (CEB/TGI) AMAZON
Area in total 596'822 ha concession 506'697 ha property

Carbon stock in t1

180 million

152 million

Management plan area

- whereof HCV/protected/conserved

- Agricultural area for local communities

- Net harvestable area


596'822 ha

 

35'755 ha

8'883 ha

 

551'882 ha


227'284 ha

 

17'125 ha

 

 

152'627 ha


First FSC certification

2008

1997

First PEFC certification

2018

2017

Average area managed / year

22'000 ha

13'000 ha

Average harvesting volume in m3/ha/year

2015

11.1


2016

10.8


2017

10.8


2018

10.2


2015

10.4


2016

12.2


2017

14.6


2018

15.5


Harvesting cycle (years)

25

35

Monitoring of forest stand dynamics and forestry operation

Forest stand dynamic: We are currently hosting the large-scale project P3FAC on forest growth dynamics. A COMIFAG project conducted by Nature+ / CIRAD / Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech

Installation and monitoring of more 657 permanent plots in partnership with research institutions. In these plots, impact monitoring and monitoring of forest growth is carried out after logging.

Harvesting / post-harvesting quality control

Forest operations:

- Every logging team has his own compliance officer who checks every logged area on compliance with the standards

- The "Brigade contrôles des norms" (CEB compliance team) does randomly check most of all harvested zones to ensure that all standards have been respected

- Annual FSC- and PEFC audits


- After logging operations, data regarding built infrastructure and all possible impacts are collected, with map analysis and field measurement, as well as information on the efficiency and quality of the operation

- In average, 33 plots for the monitoring of forest growth (15 ha each) and 5 plots for the monitoring of harvesting impacts (200 ha each) are measured annuallly

- Annual FSC- and PEFC audits


Tree growth /ha/year in managed area

Not monitored

4.3 m3/ha/year (average of all species)

1.69 m3/ha/year (average of commercial species)

Information obtained by monitoring of permanent plots


Tree growth /ha/year in non-managed area

Not monitored

1.2 m3/ha/year (preliminary results of all species)

Further analyses and additional measurements of permanent plots are still in progress


Number of species harvested / year

15

45

Use of biomass

No, project for a future co-generation plant

100% in co-generation pant

Anti-poaching activities and control

 

 

 

 

 


The company maintains an anti-poaching monitoring unit of 3 to 4 person. The unit patrols on its own and in cooperation with the forest authorities, the police and the national park authorities (ANPN). A closer cooperation with the ANPN is under negotiation and will be implemented in 2019.

The company maintains gates on all access points to the management area and has an agreement with the local police to avoid poaching.

The company has an environmental monitoring project with local communities. They report on the action of intruders inside and outside the management area.

The company maintains an anti-poaching monitoring team of 4 person patrolling the whole management area by car every day.

There are also 160 local "monitors", residents of communities, who forward information on hunting and other environmental crimes.


Anti-poaching patrols 2018
Days of patrols 181 Car patrols km 22'204
Boat patrols km 325 Individuals checked* 750/50
Foot patrols km 927 Third party arms seized** 20

*Number of CEB employees checked / number of third-party individuals checked inside the concession area during joint operations with authorities

**Arms seized from third-party individuals checked inside the concession area during joint operations with authorities

 

Key social indicators 

Item / Description GABON (CEB/TGI) AMAZON
Number of employees

2016

727

2017

790

2018

894

2016

514

2017

517

2018

548


Number of houses built for staff at living areas (in total and average per year)

500 houses, 42 studios and 20 single rooms on five sites

Built per year: 38 houses

Renovated per year: around 50


All staff lives in the nearby city of Itacoatiara. Logging teams are housed in solid forest camps during their missions

Cultural activities


Cultural Centre and library operated by the companies' Cultural Committee;

Football tournaments organized by the companies' Sports Committee;

Annual Christmas show and kermess organized by the Cultural Committee and the companies'HR


The company supports cutural events of local communities. This mostly happens through the donation of wood for the construction of event centres, churches and recreation sites.


Courses in health and safety (trainings per year, topics, employees reached)

First aid training: 95 employees trained per year (realized by the Red Cross), objective to increase to 12 in 2019.

Firefighting Level 1 (first responders): 95 employees (realized by the Libreville fire department), objective to increase to 120 in 2019.

Firefighting Level 2 (plant fire brigade): 10 employees (realized by the Libreville fire department).

HIV and AIDS: two annual free screening for all employees, families and neighbouring villages (realized by the Red Cross), objective to increase to 4 screenings, 1 every three months


Every year courses are held for employees and residents, regarding safety, health and the environment.

Fire brigade teams are maintained among employees and community members.


Number of water points (living areas, plants, offices)

Potable water treatment system for all 3 sites

Water points are distributed over the whole company area, with 1 point each 25 employees. Cups are also provided for all employees to avoid contamination and proliferation of diseases.

Hospital / emergency team (doctors, nurses, key equipment)

3 infirmaries run by 1 doctor, 1 senior nurse and 7 nurses

Ambulances are maintained in both the forestry and sawmill areas, as well as a team trained for first aid, with health professionals at disposal to employees. Also, there is an occupational physician who serves employees and families of employees.

Children's school (number of classrooms, of children, of teachers)

Elementary school:

Classrooms on the 3 sites: 15, schools are built by our company but run by the state.

Teachers: around 15 to 20, no exact records from our side as they are affected and paid by the government.

Number of children: unknown as under responsibility of the state, probably around 600 to 800 on the 3 sites.

Secondary school:

In the nearby cities of Lastourville and Okondja.

Weekly buses paid by the company for children attending this schools (private and state schools).


No record as children go to school (both state and private) in the nearby city of Itacoatiara

Number of communities in surrounding areas

44 communities inside the concession area

The company supports 9 commuities with more than 500 families

Key legal indicators 

Item / Description GABON (CEB/TGI) AMAZON
Certification standard in forest management FSC and PEFC FSC and PEFC

Certification standard in production (CoC)

FSC and PEFC

FSC and PEFC

Traceability system in place


Microbois


DOF-Documento de Origem Florestal


Logs used in our production

100% FSC- and PEFC certified

100% FSC- and PEFC certified

Last re-certification as to FSC standards

September 2018

July 2017

Last yearly audit as to FSC standards

July 2019

September 2018

Last yearly audit as to PEFC standards

July 2019

September 2018

Certification body

Bureau Veritas

Imaflora

Government control

Ministère des Eaux et Forêts, Direction Générale de l'Environnement, Agence Gabonaise de Sécurité Alimentaire, Ministère de la Santé


Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos" Naturais Renovaveis (IBAMA)


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