Catapu is the timber concession and location of the sawmill used in the production of furniture by Dalmann; it is also the location of an eco-lodge and one of Mozambique’s most productive birding sites. Catapu is in the Miombo Woodlands of Central Mozambique and is a rich and diverse natural resource.
The concession, awarded to Dalmann on a 25-year renewable lease on the 14th of June 2001 (Alvará Nº. 007/sof/2001), comprises 24,821hectares.
In order to ensure the sustainable utilization of the natural resources, Dalmann initiated a comprehensive forest management and reforestation program. This initiative combines all aspects of forest management, including promoting natural regeneration, reforesting at a ratio of four trees replanted for every one extracted, fire defences, involvement of the local communities as stake holders and the policy of adding value to all forest resources through furniture production. The turn-key concept of “forest to furniture” plays a pivotal role in the company’s integrated management plan.
Research on the Catapu has resulted in the compilation of an extensive database of the most practical, commercially viable yet sustainable forest management techniques. As part of this commitment, in 2006, Dalmann applied for and obtained FSC (Forest Stewards Council www.fsc.org) certification. Dalmann is the first company in Mozambique to do so, and is one of only two certificate holders in Mozambique.
For more about sustainable forestry on Catapu, contact Graeme White at Dalmann for a copy of their complete “Reforestation and Forest Management Report”, firstname.lastname@example.org.