Restoring Forests in Brazil
In 2010, Duke Energy International’s (DEI’s) Riparian Forest: Forestry Promotion Program received the Brazilian Environmental Benchmarking Award. This recognition, sponsored by Mais Projetos Corporativos, promotes sustainability and best practices in Brazilian environmental management. This is the fourth consecutive year we have received this award.
DEI deployed the Forestry Promotion Program in 51 municipalities along the Paranapanema River basin to help restore the riparian (riverbank) forest. We partnered with 750 rural area landowners whose properties are located along the river’s perimeter. Established in 1999, the program has distributed 1.7 million seedlings of native species to landowners and restored more than 1,100 hectares (equivalent to about 2,718 acres) of riparian forest. DEI also provides technical support to help plant and maintain those areas.
In addition, DEI plants seedlings directly through its own Reforestation Program. Since the program’s inception in 1999, we have planted 12 million seedlings to reforest 8,000 hectares of land.