A recent study shows that from 1975 to 2000, 67% of the native forest in the Maule and Bío Bío regions was destroyed due to the lumber industry. Excessive deforestation is continuing at a rapid pace and threatening soil conditions throughout the region, thus causing major economic, social and environmental harm to country.
ONG Forestales operates two social enterprises. A marketing service for fair trade certified firewood produced and sold by local small producers. NESsT supported the start up and incubation of these service. And, more recently, Bosque Nativo, a hostel that promotes awareness about the sustainability of the native forest.
- The total number of beneficiaries reached by social enterprise went from 350 in 2011 to 1050 in 2012.
- Annual growth rate of social enterprise income was 32.5% in 2012.
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