At TIJUCA we are aware that our activities can contribute to the deforestation of the Mata Atlântica and that it is our responsibility to act for its safeguard. That's why we work alongside local authorities and the many NGOs working to protect and restore this environment. Thanks to these combined efforts, all hope is not lost.

United we can save the forest

In order to protect the existing biodiversity, national parks have been created, including that of the TIJUCA forest, as well as biological corridors. Sebastião Salgado, Franco-Brazilian photographer, founded the Terra Institute, planting 2.5 million trees on 700 hectares, which allowed the return of many species.

Recently, the public authorities and the association SOS Mata Atlântica proposed to create an ecological corridor of 8,000 kilometers along the coast, in the heart of Mata Atlântica, in order to raise awareness about deforestation. Inspired by mythical routes such as the "Great Trail" in Canada, this future trail linking Brazil from north to south is called "Oiapoque-Chui", named after the towns located at its two extreme points.

Terroirs to preserve

The Brazilian government has also drawn up a list of species to be protected and has put in place specific regulations on the cutting of wood for the manufacture of aging barrels.

Today, even if the system could be improved, particularly in the Amazon, Brazil has a reliable traceability system to determine the origin of the wood. Our producers only use authorized and managed woods with a concern for sustainability. They are also engaged in replanting operations.

Reforestation of the Mata Atlântica is a critical concern for a wide variety of reasons. In particular, it helps in the conservation of water resources and the preservation of indigenous cultures. It also slows climate change as a massive source of biomass storage to offset human activity and thus contributes to the overall health of ecosystems.

Our producers at work

For these reasons, we have selected local producers who share our same convictions in favor of the protection of the environment.

We ensure that their woods used for aging cachaças come from sustainable stocks and sustainably managed forests. If we know that deforestation has been, in part, caused throughout history by the harvesting of wood, the situation of Brazilian forests is probably analogous to the forests of oaks and other species in Europe at the time of the industrialization, during which forests were at significant risk.

Small tree will become big

More specifically, of the four endemic woods used for aging cachaças used in the composition of TIJUCA rums and cachaça, two belong to the category of protected species: jequitibá and pau-brasil. Our producers replant these trees in order to compensate for the impact of the cuts made for the manufacture of the barrels.

Amburana and ipê are not classified as endangered species, but we ensure that the barrels come from stocks managed in accordance with environmental rules. It should be noted that the barrels of amburana or ipê last about forty years and that each tree takes about fifteen years to grow, which allows sustainable production.

In order to encourage our producers to continue their efforts, TIJUCA undertakes to donate part of its turnover for the benefit of those who fight to save the Mata Atlântica and thus help the municipality of Rio das Flores (RJ) to replant trees.

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