‘Guanaré’ Forest Plantations on Degraded Grasslands Under Extensive Grazing Project
Afforestation, Reforestation and Revegetation (ARR)
Melo and Treinta y Tres, Urugua
Rainforest Alliance Evaluation:
Validated conformance with the Verified Carbon Standard Version 3: April 30, 2012 (RA-VAL-VCS- 015727).
Covering a total area of 52,611 acres (21,291 hectares), the project focuses on land where there’s been a long history of grazing by beef cattle, an activity that has caused soil erosion and degradation. The project aims to establish forest plantations that can produce high-value, long-lived timber products and sequester large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This work is being done on land that would not revert to a non-degraded state without human intervention and would likely continue to degrade in the absence of the project.
The main objectives are wood production, land restoration and carbon sequestration through afforestation. The forest plantation will be completed by year five, and forest will be replanted after a clear-cut harvest. Planted forests consist of eucalyptus and pine plantations managed with a rotation length of 22 years. Sites will be manually planted with 1,100 seedlings per hectare in rows spaced every 4 meters, and weed control will continue for several months after planting. Planted forests will cover 50 to 60 percent of the total land area owned by Guanaré, with the rest being used mainly for grazing.
The Guanaré project will also contribute to the sustainable development in the region through the creation of quality employment and the production of timber that could eventually lead to opportunities for new services and industrial development in the area.