The Paraguayan Agricultural Corporation (PAYCO) operates 5,000 ha of natural forest and 8,000 ha of plantations in Paraguay. The company is dedicated to agricultural and forestry production and committed to social and environmental responsibility. They also aim to achieve excellence and transparency in its management through innovation and the quality of its products. PAYCO were one of the most important pilot users for the Forest Flux project because of they are the only purely commercial plantation operator that were part of the Forest Flux program. PAYCO is directly interested in the value added of Forest Flux products and the company provided feedback in two rounds of pilot testing through 2020 and 2021. Forest Flux provided PAYCO with Forest inventory, forest change and Organizational carbon balance products in 2020 and 2021.
“We can use Forest Flux products to check the standing volume of our plantations”
Markus Grulke, Managing Director Arbaro Advisors GmbH, 2021
PAYCO has Eucalyptus plantation for obtaining wood for biomass, as well as good quality wood in two of its farms, following the criteria of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC® C117138) and in a management plan approved by the National Forest Institute (INFONA).
PAYCO were impressed with the Forest Flux F products because they told a different and potentially more accurate story about the state of the plantation forests. The products were seen as a complement to existing information. Forest Inventory was particularly useful as external verification of PAYCO inventory. The Forest change products could potentially be used to check the state of growing plantations, and the Organizational Carbon Balance information could be used in the PAYCO annual report to show the environmental performance of the company over time.
The interaction also showed the potential for FF products in terms of carbon monitoring, because PAYCO became VCS certified during the pilot program, and Forest Flux products could even also have been used for the certification and monitoring process.