What is the meaning of Curupira?

The word Curupira comes from Tupy, a language spoken by an ancient ethical group in Brazil also called Tupy. Curupira is a mythological supernatural being who guards the forests.

What is a degraded area?

For Curupira a degraded are is an area in a tropical country that once had forest but has not had forest for the past five years. The origin of the degraded area is in most of the cases the cutting of the trees aiming at using the wood or making large areas free for agriculture. However, certain degraded areas are the result of natural erosion.

What are Greenhouse Gases?

Greenhouse gases are gases that absorb and emit radiation within the thermal infrared range. The most abundant Greenhouse Gases are: Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Methane (CH4) Nitrous oxide (N2O) Ozone (O3) Among the Greenhouse Gases CO2 is the one that mostly contributes to the Greenhouse effect.

What is a Carbon Footprint?

The total set of Greenhouse Gas emissions caused by an organization, event, product or person.

What are CO2 emissions?

CO2 is the chemical abbreviation for Carbon Dioxide, one of the most popular Greenhouse gases. Human activities are responsible for CO2 emissions every time the combustion of fuels know as carbonaceous fuels such as wood, coal, oil and natural gas takes place. In other words, every time we use mineral or wood coal to generate heat or electricity; every time a car or truck consumes gasoline or diesel; etc. CO2 emissions take place.

What are the impacts of CO2 emissions / Carbon Footprint?

CO2 emissions are directly related to a process called greenhouse effect which elevates the average surface temperature causing the global warming. The consequences of Global Warming go from the extinction of species and melting of glaciers, to the raise in epidemics and diseases such as skin cancer.

What is the meaning of CO2 offsetting?

A carbon offset or CO2 offset is a reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide or greenhouse gases made in order to compensate for or to offset an emission made elsewhere. Wikipedia Article

How can a single tree contribute to CO2 offsetting?

A tree can reduce CO2 emissions / Carbon Footprint in two different ways. Firstly, a newly planted tree will absorb a lot of CO2 along its growth. A tree absorb on average 25 Kg of CO2/year. This absorption rate however reduces over time and when trees reach their maturity the CO2 absorption is very low. Even at this stage trees play an important role on the reduction of CO2 emissions. If an adult tree is burnt or its wood is used for producing coal or any form of heat, all the CO2 that it absorbed along its life goes back to the atmosphere. So, ensuring that an adult tree remains alive is a good way of avoiding CO2 emissions and reducing carbon footprint. For this reason, Curupira provide users the chance both to plant a new tree as to adopt an existing adult tree.

What is a native tree?

A native tree is a type of tree that grows naturally in a particular area and without direct or indirect human actions.

What is the benefit in planting native trees?

Planting native trees allows for recovering the degraded area how it originally was. As an example a foreign tree could not provide fruits that would feed native animals. Furthermore every time a foreign tree is brought to a new region there is a risk that this tree either doesn’t grow properly given weather conditions or damages other trees.

What is Georeference?

Georeference is a geographic reference based on GIS - geographic information system. Wikipedia Article

What are Golden Leaves?

The Golden Leaves are a credit method provided by Curupira. When your friends* buy trees, you earn credits on Curupira. For every tree that your friend* buys you will get 0.5% of their purchase in credits. You will also get 0.5% from the purchase of your friend’s friends; up to 20 levels of relationship. You can use Golden Leaves to buy more trees for yourself and others. * for the Golden Leaves context a friend is a person that joined Curupira because of your invitation and choose you as the inviting person when registering.

How can I be sure that the tree that I have bought is growing healthy? How can I know that a tree is still there?

Curupira accounts for a comprehensive monitoring process. This aims at collecting and making information on the planted trees available for users. The monitoring process starts when a tree is acquired. From this point on users can monitor the order status. As soon as the order is processed the adult tree on the newly planted tree receives a RFID tag and is included inserted in a database which contains information about the tree, its georeference and about the user who acquired the tree. With this information it is possible to know exactly where the tree is located. On regular basis employees of Curupira go visit the tree in order to take measures, observe its growth and take pictures of the tree. All this information can be either pushed out to users or can be inquired on-line by the users at any time. Apart of tree specific information the system information on the property an on the surroundings are regularly made available to users.

What happens if my tree dies?

Curupira is committed to replace any dead tree.

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