News Article ESH Generali Real Estate MDC2 nature preservation Poland warehouse
by Property Forum | Report

MDC2 and Generali Real Estate have financed the purchase of a natural forest in Gruszowiec in Małopolskie Voivodeship on behalf of MDC2 Park Kraków South, a warehouse project in Skawina near Kraków. MDC2 has been a partner of the Las Na Zawsze Foundation since 2022, supporting it financially and engaging team members in cyclical forest plantings in Poland. The purpose of the initiative is to protect the mature forest for present and future generations.

The financed forest covers an area of 5.51 ha. It is located approximately 50 km south of Skawina near Kraków, where Generali Real Estate and MDC2 are developing a modern, environmentally sustainable warehouse park, MDC2 Park Kraków South. The purchased forest is a fully developed natural mixed forest, evolving in an organic environment created without human intervention. Deciduous and coniferous trees grow in this area. This is the first fully developed forest that is financed with MDC2 and one of the largest investments made by a single business partner in the Foundation. The aim of the project is to protect the forest from logging and preserve it in its natural state for future generations.

The Las Na Zawsze Foundation works to create areas intended to restore and maintain the natural forest ecosystems called "Forests Forever", i.e. without using plant protection products and without using them for economic purposes. These activities are based on the Assisted Natural Regeneration of Forests. In accordance with the Foundation's statute, “the forest plot that will be transferred to the Foundation and also the plot that will be purchased by the Foundation, will not be further sold or encumbered. Also, the forested areas will not be subject to felling or clearing, unless such an obligation results from applicable legal provisions”.

“Companies increasingly understand their wider responsibility including the future of our planet. We are glad that the MDC2 strategy includes activities aimed at promoting the conservation of nature. One of them is taking care of natural, biodiverse, matured forests. Our life does not exist without nature. Thanks to such initiatives, together we can leave the richness of nature to future generations", says Lidia Jabłonowska-Luba, CEO, Las Na Zawsze Foundation.

Forests have existed on our planet for 380 million years. Each of them lives and transforms in naturally repeating cycles. The area purchased in Gruszowiec is a thriving forest in which several generations of trees have already grown. It is a biodiverse forest dominated by beeches, firs, spruces, aspens, birches, pines and oaks.

“The implementation of practices related to environmental protection is paramount in the development and the operation of the MDC2 Park Kraków South logistics facility. We are proud to take a significant step forward in protecting biodiversity and preserving natural forests for generations to come", says Pierre-David Baylac, Head of Logistics at Generali Real Estate.

“The vast majority of forests in Poland are commercial forests used for wood production. Together with our partners, we are involved in such an important issue for the planet today: preserving as many natural forests as possible. We care about engaging deeply in nature protection by introducing to the Polish legal system so-called Areas of Socially Protected Nature", adds Lidia Jabłonowska-Luba.

Native deciduous forests in our country have been cut down for agricultural purposes or industry development, and most of forest areas have been transformed into pine, birch or spruce monocultures. National parks and nature reserves in which human interference is excluded constitute only 2% of the forests. No new national park has been established in Poland for over 20 years.

“We are building for the sustainable future of our tenants, investors, communities, the environment, and our industry. In line with this motto, we engage in activities related to natural conservation. There are few places dedicated to nature. We were looking for the largest possible forest areas of this type in the region and managed to locate such a forest in Gruszowiec. A large natural forest is a big challenge. We approach it with great enthusiasm because the larger the area, the greater the chance of leaving nature with what is most valuable – the preservation of developed ecosystems full of diverse life. With our help, this ecosystem will survive for many more years,” says Jeremy Cordery, COO and founder of MDC2.