Forests, vast carbon sinks
CO2 can be removed from the atmosphere by forests, which store the gas. They are therefore known as “carbon sinks”. By restoring forests, key biodiversity areas, or by planting trees, Egis contributes to the development of carbon sinks and the fight against the greenhouse effect.
Over an area spanning 110 hectares, marked out by the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, Egis teams worked to restore part of the Mata Atlântica tropical rainforest, renowned as one of the richest ecological corridors in the world (the forest is listed in UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves for the multitude of endemic species it is home to).
The aims of this project:
- to reduce and prevent the fragmentation of this area,
- to rebuild ecological continuity and biodiversity,
- to monitor and evaluate the efficacy of plantations.
100% of the works (seeds, planting, and maintenance) has been carried out by the local communities.
As part of the control and monitoring of work on the Figuil – Magada RN 1 motorway and beyond Magada (72 Km), in northern Cameroon, Egis initiated a planting campaign. 3000 trees were planted which – as well as sequestering carbon – will serve as shade, stretches of landscape, windbreaks and help regulate the local climate. The project is located in a fragile area of Sahel, where water is scarce and temperatures are very high.
For the project on the viability of the future Um Alhoul economic zone, located south of Doha (Qatar), Egis was tasked with the design and supervision of works. Egis teams came up with key measures for protecting the site’s natural heritage, including a plan for mangrove protection
In France, we have implemented the ERC approach across all our infrastructure projects. This approach is designed first and foremost to avoid any new influence on biodiversity, to reduce the impacts as much as possible, and as a last resort to compensate for damaged areas when there is no alternative.