Identifying niche, environmentally sustainable agroforestry crops and commodities that demonstrate growth, in both established and emerging markets, to create high-yielding assets in areas of high consumer demand.
Brazil is currently the ninth largest economy in the world (source:investopedia), the largest country in both South America and Latin America. In recent years, the country has been one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, primarily due to its export potential. The country’s trade is driven by extensive natural resources and diverse agricultural and manufacturing production. Also, rising domestic demand, increasingly skilled workforce and scientific and technological development continues to attract direct foreign investment. Its huge potential for growth over the short, medium and the long term, cannot be underestimated. GWD Forestry is focused on these main forestry disciplines: The production of timber; charcoal for the energy and steel markets; rapid rotation biomass for the production of wood pellets, and consumable produce such as green coconuts for the coconut water drinks market – a market that has almost doubled in the last ten years.
Tree farms play an important role in producing much of the world’s demand for timber products and by-products easing the strain of the world’s natural resources. To supply the global demand, timber is farmed in much the same way as many other crops resulting in greater timber yields which reduces the need to remove trees within native forests to satisfy global timber demand.
Our GWD Brazil projects are headed up by Mr Nuno Duarte Paris, and registered under GWD Floresta Ltda. Nuno is a fully qualified forestry engineer with a wealth of operational experience in his field. He successfully manages a team of over 20 full-time employees, along with managing numerous contractors during intensive operational periods, such as the planting season. The postgraduate students from UTAD who take part in the internship program are also under Nuno’s supervision, with the assistance of our Project Coordinator, Mr Ricardo Gonçalves, who is based at our Porto offices in Portugal. The tasks of the exchange students include in-situ field work, analysis and independent reporting on all our species. Once the students return to the university, the data is analyzed and collated in collaboration with UTAD Forestry Department Heads; GWD’s independent Annual Inventory Report contains details of all of their findings.
At GWD’s plantations in Brazil, we offer our clients the opportunity to make a site visit, with reasonable notice. It is the perfect opportunity to see the day-to-day operations of GWD’s Brazilian projects and to meet the GWD Brazil team. At times of intense operational activity (November through to February), visiting times may be restricted.