We are committed to preventing habitat destruction as a result of our activities
Why Biodiversity Matters
Losing land of high ecological value destroys habitats, has knock-on effects for climate change, adversely affects water retention and can disrupt local communities.
Such land is vital to the health of our global ecosystem, and it is our company policy to preserve it to ensure the conservation of biodiversity.
What We Do
Protecting the biodiversity of natural habitats surrounding our facilities is a priority, both in the expansion and daily operation of our global asset network. We strive to do so by:
- Defining and following biodiversity protection and conservation plans at all the citrus farms we manage directly in Brazil
- Implementing our Soy Sustainability Policy, which opposes the conversion of native vegetation and encourages expansion onto existing pasture land
- Influencing our palm oil supply chain to comply with our No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) policy
Environmental and Social Impact Studies in Northern Brazil
Environmental impact assessments and licensing are central to LDC's project to develop export routes in northern Brazil, along the Tapajós, Amazon and Pará rivers.
Our own studies lasted two years, covering impacts on local communities, soil, air, water, flora and fauna, followed by a government approval process involving analyses by their experts over another year.
Biodiversity Protection and Conservation Plans at our Brazilian Citrus Farms
Each farm’s bespoke plan contains detailed measures to control invasive species, reduce road traffic, conserve soil, educate employees, monitor emissions and create ecological ‘corridors’. These have great benefits for local wildlife, creating feeding and breeding areas for animals.
Of our 38 citrus farms, 29 now have plans in place, with approximately 9,100 hectares marked for conservation. We are in the process of developing plans for the remaining farms.