Combating deforestation and biodiversity
EN11, EN12, EN13

In order to expand its agricultural areas, AMAGGI favors the acquisition of properties already converted and consolidated, and invests in the recovery of these areas, undertaking analyzes not only of land but also of all environmental legal issues and obligations. Thus, it does not carry out conversions of native forests for the agricultural use, besides maintaining all its agricultural production outside the limits of protected areas. The integration between farming and livestock is a sustainable production strategy that AMAGGI began to adopt in 2013 in some properties where it integrates agricultural, livestock and forestry activities, made in the same area in intercropping, contemplating the environmental suitability, the valorization of man and the economic viability. All company properties are in compliance with the Forest Code and other laws.

AMAGGI also has 90,357.40 ha of preserved areas as legal reserve and permanent preservation area. Of this total, 18,980.59 ha are located inside state parks (destined to compensation or exemption from legal reserve) and 71,376.81 ha are preserved on their farms.

In 2016 AMAGGI continued the activities of the Degraded Areas Recovery Plans in their preservation areas, using mainly the techniques of no-tillage of the seedlings and contribution to natural regeneration, since some areas have a good response. All plans are surveyed by the Sustainability team at least twice a year, determining the technical instructions and activities to be performed; in subsequent visits the performance and effectiveness of the activities are verified. The team also prepares annual monitoring reports, which are presented to the competent institutions.

In 2016 the company started recovering 5.22 ha, close to AMAGGI Private Port Terminal in Porto Velho. This recovery is part of a total of 106.10 ha of the terminal. AMAGGI currently has 290.80 ha of APPD being recovered.

Free Deforestation Chain

AMAGGI has been working to have a supply chain free of deforestation, participating in initiatives such as the Soybean Moratorium, which completed ten years in 2016, and is also a partner of the government of Mato Grosso in the Strategy: Produce, Preserve and Include (learn more on the Partnerships and initiatives chapter). The company also invests in socio-environmental certification and in the development of rural producers as one of the ways to stimulate environmental regularization and combat deforestation. In addition, it is improving its traceability tools and chain management information with the implementation of the platform ORIGINAR – Responsible AMAGGI Origination platform, developed through Agro tools technology (learn more on the chapter Promotion of sustainable agriculture).

"The Moratorium was - and still is - a very important instrument to reduce deforestation in Amazon. One of its main merits was to have joined sectors that ten years ago did not talk, did not dialogue, and today have a joint agenda for sustainable development”, commented Juliana Lopes, AMAGGI director.

For the future AMAGGI plans to invest further in tools, practices and initiatives aimed at ending deforestation, and will work together with its stakeholders to achieve this result in the shortest possible time. As soon as Global Positioning for Sustainability is launched, it will be possible to follow the actions related to this subject through an online platform (learn more on the chapter Global Positioning of Sustainability and 2025 AMAGGI Plan).

Tanguro Project

Among the various fauna and flora studies carried out at AMAGGI's Tanguro Farm in Querência, a Mato Grosso municipality, it is the largest and longest controlled fire experiment in tropical forests in the world. It analyzes the consequences of landscape transformation and habitat fragmentation. The scientific project started in 2004, after a partnership between AMAGGI and Ipam, and brings together a group of national and international scientists and students, aiming to investigate the direct impacts of agriculture on biodiversity, forest health, aquatic environments and nutrients.

The work, which became famous for setting fire to the forest in order to understand its resilience to this element, also investigates what happens in temperature, air humidity, water flow and greenhouse gases, rainfall, in the forest capacity to deal with fire and biodiversity, with changes in the landscape.

The data analyzed so far allow us to conclude that transition forests affected by fire become susceptible to grass invasion. They hinder the natural regeneration of vegetation and serve as extra fuel for new fires. In addition, the mortality of trees and lianas increases 80% and 120%, respectively, in relation to the area that has never been burned.

Until now the project has generated 13 doctoral theses, 10 master's dissertations and 37 articles in scientific journals.