Monday 21 January 2019

CSR in Action

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“Silviculture”: A sub-project of the Laboratory of Business Activities (LAB)

This initiative aims at supporting forest management and sustainability by applying silviculture – the practice of controlling the establishment, growth, composition, health, and quality of forests to meet diverse needs – in young stands. Added benefits include reduced unemployment in rural areas and the prevention of illegal logging, which is currently the biggest challenge for the sustainable management of forests in Kosovo.

The main activities of the initiative include increased awareness of the benefits of using wood biomass for energy production. As part of this activity, in 2015, around 84 m³ of firewood were donated to 20 local households for heating and cooking, and 120 m³ of wood chips were donated to the primary school in Gorance for heating. In 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the LAB, the Sharr cement plant, BOPAL (the Independent Local Board, formerly ILAB), and the Municipality of Hani i Elezit for the purchase of a wood chipping machine, which will be used to process the wood acquired from the silviculture.

With the financial support given by the Sharr cement plant, the LAB founded a forestry program for the thinning and cleaning of 20 hectares of public young forests in need of silviculture. The thinning program contributes to an increase in the overall value of a forest, and increases awareness of using wood biomass for energy production. Important benefits of this project include the sustainable management and use of wood biomass, use of the local renewable wood biomass sources for energy production, and the reduction of CO₂ emissions in the atmosphere which are causing climate change.

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