We strive to set the benchmarks in responsible environmental management and biodiversity.
We are proud to develop socially-responsible projects and observe international environmental standards (ISO 14,001). Some of our environmental initiatives are listed below, and our detailed sustainability report can be downloaded at the below link.
We are impressed with what Quintis are doing; you have established a sustainable and environmentally sensitive business which is trying to minimize the impact of its operation on the environment in northern Australia where the trees are grown.The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Excerpt from a letter of support received in 2015
Preserving an endangered species
In FY2015 Quintis received a letter of support from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
“All efforts to cultivate Indian sandalwood to meet the demand for timber, oil, etc are strongly encouraged by IUCN as these help to reduce the need for harvesting from wild populations. We are impressed with what Quintis are doing; you have established a sustainable and environmentally sensitive business which is trying to minimize the impact of its operation on the environment in northern Australia where the trees are grown. Purchase of sandalwood products from certified cultivated sources is encouraged by IUCN.”
We support the protection of the region’s natural ecosystems and unique environment that provides an important habitat for local bird and wildlife.
By collaborating closely with the Kimberley Wildlife Rescue Services, we ensure that we limit our environmental impact on native fauna. We are very proud that our plantations are home to more than 100 species of birds and wildlife.
Despite the abundance of water in the Kununurra region, we installed a water recycling system on the Packsaddle plantation - a move to conserve this precious resource. In 2006 we won a Regional and Remote Water Award for this water-saving initiative which saves over 3 billion litres of water each year.
Water is also vital to steam-distillation, the process we use to create Sandalwood Album oil. In 2010/11 we installed a water recycling system that has saved 42 million litres of drinking water, and achieved an 80% reduction in water scheme use since it was established. This ground-breaking system has been awarded a number of accolades including the prestigious Champion Award from the Western Australian Water Corporation.
Today 61% of our plantations are drip irrigated – an important water saving measure that also benefits plantation health. This is complemented by an extensive research project to reduce water use in the plantations, while maintaining tree health, using specialised equipment such as soil probes, sap flow meters and stem psychrometers. To learn more about our efforts to preserve water, read our Sustainability Report.
Lowering the Water Table
The sandalwood plantation regime utilises deep-rooted trees that assists in lowering the water table. This helps to combat the problem of salinity, where excessive salt in the land and water exists as a result of human activity such as crop farming.