The exceptional ecosystems and wildlife at our Brazil sites
Our Brazil plants, Jaguaruna and Jarinu, are located in unique areas with various wildlife and nature. We strive to find the right balance between preserving ecosystems and our mining activities.
The ‘restingas’ and its fauna and flora
Our Jaguaruna site provides material solutions for the foundry, ceramics, and glass industry supplying industrial sand from its three silica sand mines. From 2003 to 2020, the site restored the quarry’s exhausted area, creating an exceptional area called a ‘restinga’. Restingas are distinct types of coastal tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests. These uique ecosystems form a transition between dunes, low herbaceous coastal vegetation and the forest. Local wildlife varies from amphibians to reptiles, rare birds and even a crab-eating fox. The presence of various species and vegetation indicates whether or not the local restinga is in a good and healthy state.
Sibelco Brazil also supported the research of the Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense (UNESC), a local university, which provided scientific information to the Environment Institute of Santa Catarina’s State (IMA) and declared the 110.000 m² restored area as RPPN – Private Natural Heritage Reserve (RPPN), granting the protection of this area forever. Sibelco Brazil is also a member of the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), an organisation that promotes and certifies habitat conservation and management of corporate lands.
Different perspectives of the Restinga Forest protected in Jaboticabeira area, showing the restoration provided by the site and the diversity of vegetation in 2020.
Jarinu and its special visitors
Our Jarinu plant is located at about 85km from São Paulo and mainly provides material solutions for the coatings and oral care industry. The site, where operations started in 2016, is beautifully integrated in the surrounding forests, farms and country houses and gets frequently visited by local wildlife. One of our colleagues working at this plant, Sergio Souza, has always been impressed with local flora and fauna and made a hobby out of capturing the animals and surroundings in photographs. ‘By taking pictures and telling stories of these special animal visits to colleagues and friends, I hope to create awareness about protecting these animals’, says Sergio. Here are some of the beautiful pictures Sergio and his colleagues have collected over the years:
Supporting biodiversity is part of our broader 2025 sustainability approach.