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Conserving More: Habitats Protected or Restored Part 2

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Monsanto strives to be a leader in respecting the land and conserving our planet’s natural resources for many years. Our efforts to maintain sustainable, bio-diverse ecosystems at various company sites continue to improve around the globe. 

Corporate Lands for Learning (CLL)  

This program fosters a clear understanding of the interdependence of ecology, economics, and social structures in both urban and rural areas. CLL certification provides corporate sites with third-party recognition for their educational efforts. 

As of 2011, Monsanto has six sites awarded with a (CLL ) certificate. Below is an example of the impressive work in habitat preservation work done by two of those locations: 

• Camaçari Plant in Camaçari, Brazil The Camaçari Plant is located in the Atlantic Forest region, which runs from northern Argentina, through Paraguay and eastern Uruguay, up the Atlantic Coast of South America to northeastern Brazil. The Atlantic Forest is widely considered one of the most threatened biosystems on the planet and one of the highest priorities for conservation due to intense pressures of habitat loss and degradation combined with extraordinary native biodiversity. Less than 10 percent of the forest still exists today. 

T he Camaçari Plant team designed a project called Projeto Florescer, to restore a parcel of forest that will connect two larger Atlantic Forest fragments. The mascot species of this effort is the Camaçari tree—once common in the region, but extremely rare nowadays due to extensive exploitation—the namesake of the site’s city. 

In order to link Projeto Florescer to a broader regional restoration initiative, the team formalized a partnership with Instituto Corredor Ecológico Costa dos Coqueiros (Coconut Coast Ecological Corridor Institute), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting reforestation north of Bahia state. Through this partnership, Projeto Florescer will ultimately be a continuous protected corridor restored by a number of landowners in the area. 

• Fábrica São José dos Campos in São José dos Campos,Brazil  

This site is also located in the Atlantic Forest region. Employees at the plant work to restore fragments of the rainforest both on-site and elsewhere in the city of São José dos Campos. 

On the site, employees worked with local native plant experts to recreate an Atlantic Forest fragment in an area that was completely devoid of native vegetation. The reforestation effort included planting 12,500 native trees and monitoring the development of the native plant community. Species inventories indicate that a variety of native birds and other wildlife use the restored habitat. 

Teaching others how to make a difference helps maintain Monsanto’s long-term commitment to wildlife management and habitat preservation. In our efforts to inspire people and communities through example, Monsanto employees engage in a wide array of volunteer efforts within their local communities, and establish strategic partnerships for wildlife habitat preservation and restoration. One example includes Monsanto’s involvement in work to increase the moose population in the Rocky Mountains. 

This article was excerpted from Monsanto’s 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report. The full report is available on Monsanto.com.

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