SilviPar AS is a company established in Itapua province in southern Paraguay, to develop a system of sustainable plantation forestry, based on the unique climatic and biological conditions of the region.
After 10 years of experimental and semi-operational trials it is now expanding the plantation area to operational size. The aim of the SilviPar is to create a sufficient base of wood raw material to attract investment in forest-based industry and, in doing so, bring development and prosperity to the region.
The investors in SilviPar are family businesses, international institutional investors, pension funds and global asset managers, adhering to high sustainability standards in their investment strategies.
27,500 hectares owned
1,740 hectares leased
10,000 hectares planted (March '23)
55,000 hectares target (total) planted area
>700,000 hectares suitable land for planting in the region
18 direct employees - a world class team
500 total full time employees (including contractors)
> 2,500 indirect jobs created in the region
60 ha./day afforestation rate (equivalent to 120 football fields)
25% of land a natural reserve zone, dedicated to biodiversity restoration
400,000 tons of CO2 equivalent sequestred so far
>14,000,000 tons total CO2 sequestration target
Paraguay is a free market economy dominated by the agricultural sector. In 2010 it had the 3rd fastest growing economy in the world at 14.5%.
Between 2004 and 2017, Paraguay has had a sustainable economic growth with an average rate of 4.5% annually and its middle class has almost doubled since 2003.
The economy experienced a downturn during the covid pandemic but was less affected than the rest of the region.
The country is back on track in 2021 with GDP growth of 4.2%. Paraguay is the 4th largest soy exporter in the world.
SilviPar’s operations are located in the south-east corner of Paraguay, in the provinces of Itapua, Caazapa and Missiones.
The dominating natural vegetation types in this area are humid savanna, Atlantic Forest and wetlands, of various types. The land use is traditionally low intensity cattle ranching.
There is also agriculture in the region, on the higher located ridges soy, wheat and corn have been grown but it is only recently that these crops have expanded into the lower lying so called terrace area. In the terrace areas, rice has been the main crop, as it requires an abundant access to water.
The region in sparsely populated with a few larger communities. The largest city in the region is Encarnación, located some 50 kilometers, from SilviPar’s office in Coronel Bogado.
Where we operate
Meet the Team
The Silvipar team has deep expertize in developing large-scale forestry projects globally, and in implementing international best practices for social and environmental businesses.
Our experience spans many decades and geographies such as Paraguay, Brazil, Mozambique, Chile, Laos, Sweden, Russia and Canada. More than 9,000,000 hectares of forests have been developed and managed by our members.
“As global demand increases, it is important that the growth is met with biodegradable and sustainable products.
Our goal is to be the preferred supplier of wood for the solid wood and pulp industry..”
Martin Forsén, Chairman of SilviPar