Del Monte is committed to contributing to the fight against climate change by partnering with Arbre-Évolution, the Carbone riverain (riparian carbon) program.

At Del Monte, we believe that everyone should have access to the benefits and great taste of fruit, all year round. Although we try as much as possible to minimize the impacts of our production and import activities, we must find solutions to limit our impact on the environment while continuing to offer you quality products.

A commitment to preserve biodiversity and our waterways in Canada

  • This process spans 40 years and is carried out in collaboration with the various watershed management organizations (rivers, watercourse) in Quebec.
  • The Carbone Riverain™ program has not only been the subject of scientific studies, but it also ensures surveillance, monitoring and verification of plantations.
  • A servitude contract implies the conservation of the widened riparian strips in perpetuity.

Arbre-Évolution's Carbone Riverain™ (riparian carbon) program consists of widening and revegetating riparian strips bordering agricultural land to sequester carbon from the atmosphere, enrich and preserve biodiversity, and clean up waterways.

The initiative in figures

Each year, our financial contribution of $50,000 to the project will allow:

  • Reforestation of an area of 6 km2 of riparian strips (1.2 km of 5 km wide riparian strip);
  • Sequestration of the equivalent of 945 tons of CO2 over a period of 40 years;
  • Financial support for local farming partners, specialized in large processing vegetable crops.

Concretely, what is the Carbone riverain program?

Carbone riverain™ aims to widen the riparian strips from 3 meters, imposed by law, to 8 meters, which represents an additional width of 5 meters taken from the cultivation space of agricultural land.

Why widen the riparian strips?

The wider the riparian strip…

the more it filters and purifies rain and irrigation water which flows into the river and the soil;

the more it limits erosion, solidifies and protects the shores;

the more it feeds pollinators such as bees;

the more it shelters animals and develops biodiversity;

the more it purifies the air by capturing surrounding carbon.

The Del Monte team in action

Arbre-Évolution

Arbre-Évolution is a solidarity cooperative specializing in reforestation, public awareness and carbon technology. Their multidisciplinary team has decades of experience in agroforestry development and has managed more than two hundred greening projects across Quebec.