Biodiversity

We practise and promote sustainable forestry to ensure that forestland stays forested for generations to come. 
A flourishing forest provides a great many things–clean air, drinkable water, recreational opportunities, animal habitat, beautiful scenery, cool shade and, yes, paper and wood products.
At Sappi, we act as stewards of forestlands together with our suppliers. Our policies and practices aim to ensure that forests are expertly tended, harvested, and most importantly regenerated for healthy regrowth.
Reintroducing South Africa’s most endangered tree into communities
Endemic to the forests of Southern Africa (Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe), the Pepper-bark tree (Warburgia salutaris) is considered Endangered at the global level according to the IUCN Red List.
Managing for biodiversity
Sappi owns and leases 390,000 hectares (ha) of land of which 255,000 ha is planted and all of which is FSC-certified. The remaining 135,000 ha is conserved by Sappi Forests.
Variety: the spice of life and the answer to more sustainable plantations
We’re shifting from planting pure species to more productive, better adapted, and more pest and disease-resistant hybrid varieties of both hardwood and softwood trees.