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– reforestation and development

The Norteak Group is a collaborative initiative dedicated to long-term reforestation, restoration, and protection of forests on degraded grasslands in Nicaragua, specifically focusing on teak and native species plantations. Owned and managed by three companies specializing in sustainable forestry, wood extraction, and sales—Norteak Nicaragua S.A., Ekoteak S.A., and Maderas Sostenibles S.A.


Norteak aims to foster economic, social, and environmental conditions through sustainable forestry, aligning with community development. Their values center on social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and Respect-for-All, exemplifying adherence to labor laws, tolerance, and accountability. The project's mission is to ensure optimal living conditions for trees and people, nurturing growth in knowledge, the economy, and sustainable nature. By offering quality jobs and education, planting teak trees on degraded land, and managing protected areas to facilitate the wild growth of native forests, Norteak contributes to biodiversity restoration.


Covering 3,545.6 hectares, the Norteak Group manages 16 plantations, with 2,581.6 hectares reforested and 964 hectares designated as protected areas. 688.4 hectares are certified for carbon removal, where an estimated 6,357 tCO2e is expected to be annually removed, totaling 190,721 tCO2e over 30 years.


Three Key pillars


1.  Sustainable Land Use

We are all responsible for land as a common good, and by engaging in sustainable forestry practices Norteak aims to maximize the value it provides to the project and the surrounding community.


2.  Social responsibility

Norteak is a key figure within its community, having grown as a project alongside the community itself, in addition to seeking to foster economic development and security as the main employer in the region. 


3.  Environmental impact

Foster Biodiversity and native forests through designated protected areas, as well as harboring a natural reserve, all of which aim to promote the wellbeing of surrounding ecosystems.


Norteak Certifications

Norteak is a partly FSC-certified reforestation grouped project, soon to achieve the demanding VERRA- and CCB-certifications (see below) for their carbon crediting program and their strong contributions to climate, community and biodiversity. 


Forest Stewardship Council FSC™
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world's forests.

*FSC is valid for Norteak Nicaragua S.A only.


Verra is a non-profit organization that operates standards in environmental and social markets, including the world's leading carbon crediting program.

*Norteak is soon to be certified by Verra


CCB Standards
The CCB Standards represent assurance that a given project is delivering tangible climate, community, and biodiversity benefits.
*Norteak is soon to be certified by CCB Standards


Sustainable Development Goals

Norteak’s initiatives align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, specifically focusing on four key objectives. By actively pursuing these SDGs, they aspire to build a prosperous future that benefits generations to come.


SDG 4. Quality Education

Norteak is providing quality education through an internal training program for employees. Aiming to develop specialized workers and leaders in rural areas, minimizing the reliance on external expertise. Norteak also provides practice and internship for students from local universities.


SDG 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth

Norteak prioritizes job stability, especially for our long-serving employees, supported by investments in long-term forestry assets combined with added-value products from milling, furniture production and building components. We also actively promote community wood workshops to enhance local engagement and skills.


SDG 13. Climate Action

Norteak actively captures carbon by engaging in reforestation and restoring depleted land, while prioritizing the preservation of native forests. The overreaching goal is to enhance ecological health and promote biodiversity in the regions where Norteak operate.


SDG 15. Life on Land

Norteak ensures favorable living conditions for local fauna by designating 30% of farmland to protected areas. They conserve a 120-hectare wetland rainforest, re-establish 17 hectares of extinct tropical rainforest, and closely monitor wildlife, with a focus on endangered species.


More information about the reforestation project on

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- the high-impact reforestation project

  • Almost 400.000 teak trees on degraded land in Nicaragua.

  • Protecting native forest. 

  • Removed 98.000 tons of CO2.

  • Certified by FSC and Gold Standard for the Global Goals. 


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