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The largest cork oak forest area in the world,Portugal
The environmental and socio-economic importance of the cork oak forest is so valuable that several organisations, among which the WWF, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the European Cork Federation (C. E. Liège), with Corticeira Amorim’s participation, have developed initiatives aimed at encouraging good practices and rewarding agro-forestry owners who contribute to improving essential services of the cork oak forest ecosystem.
These forests are a perfect example of the balance between preserving the environment and sustainable development. They are also the foundations of an economy of the future, which encourages the increase of the cork oak forest area in Portugal. Portugal, which boasts 716,000 hectares of cork oak forest, has been carrying out important reforesting at a rate of ten thousand hectares per year, that is, an annual growth of around 4%. Two new cork oaks are planted for each old cork oak. If all goes well, when they reach the age of the Whistler Tree in over two hundred years, they shall also have made a fundamental contribution to the vitality of the planet’s ecosystem. With their cork, they will also have helped maintain thousands of jobs, by keeping people on their land producing millions of cork stoppers.
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