Supporting Forest Ecosystems
We are committed to ensuring healthy forest ecosystems, championing responsible forest management practices, and investing in the long-term sustainability of natural capital.
As part of our Vision 2030 goals to build a better future for people and the planet, we are committed to leading forest stewardship efforts globally. This includes a target to conserve and restore 1 million acres (400,00 hectares) of ecologically significant forestland. Learn more about our Vision 2030 goals.
We can achieve this through collaboration. We work with suppliers, contractors, private landowners and other key stakeholders to advance sustainable forest management, combat illegal logging and deforestation, and support healthy working forests.
Our investments in forest restoration and sustainable forest management help increase forest carbon stocks and mitigate climate change.
International Paper is one of the first five companies in the United States to partner with WWF on the launch of Forests Forward. This global program engages with companies and other stakeholders around the globe to deliver effective nature-based strategies for forests that help achieve their business and sustainability goals.
Launched in 2013, the Forestland Stewards Partnership
between International Paper and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) protects and enhances ecologically important forestlands and coastal savannas in ten southern states.
We joined American Forest Foundation (AFF) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in supporting the Family Forest Carbon Program to enhance carbon sequestration in family owned forestland across the U.S. Families own the largest portion of all forests in the country, and this program represents a new approach to climate change mitigation that taps into the carbon storage potential of family-owned forestland while creating a new market and source of income for the families that dedicate time and effort to their forest management.
We are collaborating with The Nature Conservancy on Natural Climate Solutions, the conservation, restoration and improved forest management techniques that increase carbon storage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in managed forest landscapes. Our collaboration is supporting their Reduced-Impact Logging for Carbon (RIL-C) initiative in Gabon and Indonesia, where they are developing a set of scientific practices that balance the economic needs of forest-based communities with environmental goals. RIL-C can reduce up to 50% of CO2 emissions in a commercial forest operation.
Learn more about our commitment to sustaining forests at Our Renewable Future, and see how we are advancing on our forest stewardship goals in our Global Citizenship Report.