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Brazil has suffered from extensive, and often illegal, logging, transforming vast areas of rainforest into pasture and farmland. This transformation has led to a loss of habitat for indigenous wildlife and flora, and reduced the rainforest’s ability to act as a ‘carbon sink’ – that is, to soak up excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and mitigate the effects of global warming. Our licensed, sustainably managed plantations are part of the answer to this problem.

Teak Plantations

Teak trees are an ideal candidate for sustainable tree plantations. It grows without the need for extensive irrigation, and its natural oils ward off most pests. The natural habitat for teak is South East Asia, but Brazilian farmers have been encouraged to take advantage of good teak-growing conditions for a host of reasons: to promote tree coverage and carbon capture; to stimulate the local economy; to produce exports that bring in foreign currency; and most importantly, to focus on non-native species of timber.


For every tree Green IS harvests, we plant ten more. We are governed by the internationally recognized Forestry Stewardship Council, and our replanting programme ensures that young trees have the chance to grow and ‘lock in’ atmospheric carbon.

  • Learn how licensed Projects help in the fight against illegal logging

    Managed Projects – Native hardwoods

    The Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, known as IBAMA, is a federal agency under the Ministry of Environment. It is responsible for the development of various activities related to the preservation and conservation of natural resources. It also controls and supervises the use of natural resources such as water, flora, fauna and soil.

    IBAMA have introduced a programme of forestry ‘Managed Projects’. The objective of the Managed Projects initiative is to allow the harvesting of Native hardwoods with the minimum negative impact on both the forest and the local population. The licencee is subject to strict controls and quotas, and can only harvest IBAMA specified trees; in return, the licencee will responsibly manage the area under their control, including meeting sustainability and re-planting obligations.

    A Managed Projects licence is granted to companies meeting strict criteria, including recognised experience and proven competence in the timber industry.

    All companies must be enrolled for CNPJ (National Register of Legal Entity), to ensure proper declaration of revenue and tax. In this way, the Brazilian economy will benefit from the sustainable exploitation of natural resources, while minimising opportunities for illegal logging in the areas subject to licensing.

    In return, the licencee has access to a wide range of Native species that would otherwise be unobtainable.

    Green IS has been selected for the Managed Projects programme and will be responsible for protecting a number of locations, commencing in 2018.

  • Learn how Green IS plantations lock atmospheric carbon

    Carbon Capture

    Carbon capture is brought about just by the act of growing a tree, and teak has a high capacity for carbon absorption.

    Planting a tree is one of the simplest and most effective ways of adding to the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

    It is the process of photosynthesis that uses chlorophyll to take water, carbon dioxide, and energy from sunlight to make glucose. In the course of removing the carbon atom from the carbon-dioxide molecule the remaining oxygen atoms are released as a ‘waste product’. This is how the vast majority of atmospheric oxygen was produced.

    There any many variables in the carbon capture calculation, as growing conditions change every year, and this affects both the height and girth of the tree. A typical 21-year-old teak tree will have stored approximately .5 tonne of carbon, representing the removal of approximately 1.65 tonnes of carbon dixoxide.

    During the growing process, the tree will also remove nearly 4 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the air.

    Carbon locking

    The act of harvesting of a tree does not release carbon back in to the environment. Carbon is locked in to the wood until it is burnt or decomposes, but harvested wood is used in many indoor and outdoor furniture products, decking and in construction; it is particularly used in marine environments because of its water resistant qualities. In this way the use of the wood that is harvested from mature trees locks in the carbon for an extended period.