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Cork Oak Forest
From all the cork oak forests, approximately 340 000 tonnes of cork are harvested each year.
How important are cork oak forests?
Cork oak forests contribute to the preservation of biodiversity and the survival of many indigenous animal species, some of which in danger of extinction. Equally important is its role in capturing CO2, the regulation of the hydrological cycle and restraining environmental and social desertification.Cork oak forests fo…
Cork oak forests are natural CO2 retainers
It is estimated that per each ton of cork produced, the cork oak forest can sequester up to 73 tons of CO₂, a sizeable contribution for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the main cause of climate change.
Preservation of the cork oak forest
It makes the cork viable in a unique manner, and as a result, the preservation of the cork oak forest, a unique example of green economy, which is based on a balance between economic, social and environmental issues. The constant concern to adopt and reinforce sustainable development practices makes Corticeira Amorim o…
Facts and Curiosities
Explore all the facts and cusiosities about cork and the importance of the oak tree and its forests.
How do cork oaks grow?
The cork oak may be sown, planted or propagate spontaneously, which is often the case in cork oak forests, thanks to the acorns that fall on the ground.
The wise hands that plant the trees of the cork oak forest are the same ones that skilfully strip the bark every year. Removing the bark from each cork oak.
Everything begins in Nature
Cork is a natural, 100% biodegradable, recyclable, renewable raw material obtained from the cork oak tree (Quercus Suber L.). This oak species whose bark (cork) regenerates itself is mainly found in Southern Mediterranean countries and North Africa, and has an average lifetime of 200 years. Portugal is the leading cork…