Over the last few years Southbat has been working to bring the best quality Guayaibi wood bats to the market. However, that hasn’t been our only only goal. We also have been working with experts in Argentina and within the local government entities in the Argentinean forests to become and remain environmentally sustainable. This includes finding new ways to minimize our carbon footprint, while accounting for environmental considerations within our financial projections.
Below we outline some of our environmental initiatives.
The forests of Argentina.
“Forests make up more than half of the planet’s biodiversity, they play a fundamental role in climate regulation, the maintenance of water flow, soil conservation, and from them we get indispensable goods for survival like food, wood, and medicine..” explained Hernán Giardini, biodiversity coordinator of Greenpeace Argentina. Hernan's statement is really nothing new. We have known for years that the conservation of our natural resources is critical if we want to continue to coexist and thrive with our environment. However, the importance of our forests cannot be downplayed and it is a good reminder of how finite our resources are as evidenced by the following statistic:
According to the Foundation for Sustainable Development in 1914, there were 105 million hectares; since 2005 there is an estimated 33 million remaining hectares of forest.
Essentially the forests of Argentina have decreased by almost three times since the beginning of the 20th century. This fact is pushing us to figure out how we can more resourcefully allocate the forests of Formosa to meet our needs, while leaving the area in a BETTER state than when we first arrived.
We are working with the government and local Universities to ensure that we curb deforestation in Formosa, Argentina. Through our various meetings with sustainability experts and officials of Formosa we were able to craft this initial strategy to not only minimize our use of the forest, but to more importantly add to the area's eco-system.
We have borrowed from Ernst and Young’s Framework:
- Mapping out our goals and deciphering how we will arrive at that point
- Initiating the first steps to execute this strategy
- Continuing to monitor and asses our progress
We want to ensure that we leave behind a minimal footprint and a flourishing ecosystem. We believe that we must go past what is merely required, and build something for our future.