SALCRA is committed towards sustainable plantation practices. It includes maintaining High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF) in its estates to meet the criteria defined by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
Specifically, high conservation value forest contains one or more of the following attributes:
- Forest areas containing globally, regionally or nationally significant: concentrations of biodiversity values (e.g. endemism, endangered species, refugia).
- Forest areas that are in or contain rare, threatened or endangered ecosystems.
- Forest areas that provide basic services of nature in critical situations (e.g. watershed protection, erosion control).
The areas are maintained as high conservation value forest:
- Natural forest within the estates.
- River boundaries.
- Water catchments and effluent pond areas.
SALCRA contributes to the preservation of biodiversity in its operations through activities in conservation and enhancement. This includes:
- Practicing zero burning replanting technique.
- Ensuring maximum conservation of soil.
- Maintaining natural vegetatiob, permanent greenbelts and water catchments.
- Maintaining riparian reserves.