Stora Enso and Kemira jointly launched a 2-year “Water Stewardship – Shared Value Creation” project in Guangxi, Southern China in the end of 2013. The project aimed at responsible use of water resources in the local communities.
The project brought together Stora Enso’s knowledge of tree plantation management, Kemira’s expertise in water quality management as well as Guangxi communities’ practical knowledge and experience in local water issues.
The project improved the protection and management of water resources, and enhanced awareness of matters relating to water. An extensive study of water use, supply and quality in the villages around Stora Enso’s plantations was conducted in 2014. Close to 1,100 people, representing villagers, authorities and local NGOs, participated in the interviews. Based on the study, Stora Enso and Kemira teams concluded that water-related issues are important in rural Guangxi and that concerns relating to eucalyptus plantations still remain. Local concerns included the amount and quality of drinking water, sewage treatment, and water used for irrigation purposes.
Stora Enso, Kemira, local villagers, and local partners such as Greenovation Hub and Guangxi Marine Environmental Monitoring Central Station worked together in three pilot projects to find innovative solutions to the water concerns raised in the study. Read more about Nahupo, Baimei, and Shengping by clicking the village name. The project was finished in December 2015. Read more about the results here.
Baseline survey report
The results of the baseline survey report provide interesting information, paving the way for pilot projects.