Water Treatment has to Adress Local Needs
“Responsible water stewardship is a top priority for us everywhere we operate,” says Noel Morrin, Stora Enso’s EVP for Global Responsibility. “In Guangxi water is a local concern that we are taking very seriously. If these pilot projects prove successful, the systems can be scaled up by local authorities and copied in surrounding communities to benefit even more people. However, the success of these projects will be defined by the villagers.”
“Since the water-treatment systems address local needs and will be operated by the villagers themselves, it is very important that local residents are actively involved in the projects from day one,” says Riikka Timonen, director of corporate responsibility at Kemira. “Our expertise is needed to ensure that the constructed systems are of good quality and easy to operate – benefiting both local people and the environment.”
Water is an Essential Resource for Stora Enso Plantations
Water is a crucial resource for sustainable plantation forestry in Guangxi, where Stora Enso leases 85,613 hectares of land and manages extensive eucalyptus tree plantations. The pulp and paper industry is one of Kemira’s key customer segments, and the company has extensive know-how in water management. By joining forces, Stora Enso and Kemira are bringing together the best expertise in forestry and water management to improve the lives and surroundings of more than 2,600 villagers in Guangxi Province. The scheme also aims to find new solutions for responsible water management through stakeholder surveys, community work, and water-related capacity building.