One of the lines of business of ECOMAPUA is the generation of environmental assets and carbon sequestration, which are tradable on the voluntary carbon market and also on the Kyoto Protocol market.
The environmental assets are to be generated when it is ensured quality compensation, which will be traded on the market, when ever there is value aggregation to existing social and environmental assets.
By synthesizing and integrating project development, risk management and considerations of public policies to create assets fungible and negotiable, ECOMAPUA contributes to sustainable growth and return of investment for its investors and shareholders.
ECOMAPUA Carbon Project aims the implementation of sustainable management practices for fixing carbon through reforestation of native species and biodiversity conservation. The project provides carbon sequestration, from the recovery of degraded areas along the rivers and Mapuá and Parauaú, with the participation of local communities in the implementation of a sustainable model for environmental services, including sustainable forest management and rehabilitation of degraded areas with native species, allowing the generation of quantified carbon credit as a source of revenue to complement the traditional populations.
The following activities are aimed at developing carbon sequestration, the preservation of biodiversity and sustainable management of natural resources to the extent that it creates environmental services in partnership with traditional communities, public authorities, private and third sectors.
Reforestation: This project component comprises of planting native tree species from the Amazon region, preferably oily seed trees, in degraded areas of ECOMAPUÁ's properties, which total 6791 acres. Approximately 400 thousand species of trees - Virola Andiroba species - have already been planted. In the next project phase, about 1,500 hectares will be reforested and carbon consistent with the total area planted and type of tree species chosen will be sequestrated.
Low Impact Management: Native forest management and reforestation is necessary in order to promote the conservation of biodiversity, maintenance of natural resources, forestry products generation and renewable energy. ECOMAPUÁ areas are in the process of forest certification by independent entity, partners and shareholders to guarantee full commitment to sustainable practices, including the low impact management practices.
Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD): The REDD was created to financially compensate the owners of natural forests that are willing to protect the forests, being paid for this activity during the period which it is performed. The REDD takes into consideration the scenario of reference, monitoring system, reforms and investments needed, and not just simple save trees. Considering this new mechanism, which combines global resources to activities related to conservation, ECOMAPUÁ has launched the first private project to raise funds in the global carbon market to contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of renewable natural resources from native forests in the Amazon.
ECOMAPUÁ has an approximate area of 91,000 hectares of preserved native forests in the Marajó island, Pará State, It is this area that ECOMAPUA REDD project is under development following the CCBA standards (The Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance) and, if possible, it maybe be also developed in the context of the CDM (Clean Development Mechanism).
Biomass and Renewable Energy: The management of reforestation of native tree species and the production of vegetable oils are activities that produce by-products, such biomass waste. Such waste can be used for production of renewable energy in the form of heat or electricity, or even transformed in biofuel.ECOMAPUÁ has been in discussion with Electricity distribution utilities and free power consumer interested in renewable energy for its own consumption or sale to third parties.
Vegetable Oil Production: The production of vegetable oils is the result of reforestation of about 400,000 oily native trees species. The vegetable oil from the Amazon native species are used in cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry or for energy purposes, for instance, in the biodiesel chain. The biomass residue from oil production has a considerable calorific value and is used to produce heat, power or biofuels. Depending on the kind of seed is still possible to produce ration for animals.
Environmental Assets: These are generated from reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) in accordance with the methodologies of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and the Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS). These assets are generated to ensure compensation is the quality of GHG emissions, which are traded on the market for carbon and environmental services. ECOMAPUA position in the market as a company committed to the environment and social development. By adding value to existing environmental assets, to synthesize and integrate of integrated development projects, with risk management and considerations of public policy to create such assets that are fungible and tradable, it shows the commitment with the new world order.