With a strong focus on building a sustainable future, our Agriculture Division is investing in agriculture and forestry projects in Canada and Timor-Leste. Sustainable agriculture and forest management share a common goal—to balance the economic and cultural needs of humans with protecting the environment.
Caltech is committed to a sustainable farming model. This means producing food, fibre, plant or animal products without harming natural resources and land and considering social responsibilities such as the working and living conditions of farmers and workers. It incorporates the needs of rural communities and the health and safety of the consumer both in the present and the future. Considerations around environmental health, social and economic equity are integrated into those around economic viability. Ideally, sustainable farming meets the needs of the present generation without damaging the ability for future generations to meet their needs.
Sustainable forest management (SFM) is the management of forests according to the principles of sustainable development. Sustainable forest management has to keep the balance between three main pillars: ecological, economic and socio-cultural. Successfully achieving sustainable forest management will provide integrated benefits to all, ranging from safeguarding local livelihoods to protecting biodiversity and ecosystems provided by forests, reducing rural poverty and mitigating some of the effects of climate change.