In 2008 we initiated activities in the Javier Chamorro Mora Forestry Project and by the end of 2009 we planted the first 800 hectares. The goal of this project is to plant 7,500 hectares of deforested land with both native and exotic tree species over the next 15 years.
In 2009 we participated in the National Reforestation Campaign coordinated by the National Forestry Institute (INAFOR), donating 100,000 seedlings of high genetic quality.This same year, in coordination with the Norwegian company Norteak, we created the Norteak Maderas Company, which will specialize in establishing plantations, production, research and marketing of the forestry products of Hemco and Norteak.
Norteak is part of the Association of Forestry Producers of Norway. Its technical unit, Norskog, made up of 250 forest owners, has 1.2 million hectares of forests and harvests 1 million m3 of lumber annually in different countries around the world.
Our forestry activity also includes implementation of a Joint Forestry Development and Training Project, with the participation of the Bonanza mayor’s office, the National Technological Institute (INATEC), the Forestry Cooperative of Bonanza (COOSBA, RL) and the German Social-Technical Cooperation Service (DED).
The project’s objective is to maximize lumber’s value chain by adding manufacturing value in Bonanza. COOSBA, RL has been provided with carpentry equipment and training.
Within our forestry activity we are creating the first private forest reserve in the RAAN. This reserve, called Was Tuna, which means where the water was born in Mayangna, has an extension of more than 130 hectares. It was created by Hemco to conserve the forest resource, vital for capturing humidity and maintaining the depth of the Rio Concha Urrutia, which supplies drinking water to Bonanza.
Was Tuna has both tall trees and a diversity of species characteristic of the rainforest such as tree ferns, creepers, palms and herbaceous plants. Among its fauna are deer, Nicaraguan agouti, peacocks, parrots, sloths, chachalaca birds, armadillos and congo monkeys. It also has a majestic 10-meter waterfall.
With these activities, we in Hemco are helping to strengthen Bonanza’s forest mass, which will guarantee that it continues to be a green municipality of vital importance because it is located within the buffer zone of the Bosawa’s reserve. This new forest mass is the first experience of its type in projects of leafy species in the RAAN.
In July 2009 MARENA formally recognized our contribution to the National Protected Areas System through the sustainable natural resource conservation and management of this reserve. This recognition was granted for our active participation in protecting and recovering the region’s natural resources and represents an important stimulus, as it reflects the exercise of a responsible business policy.