Project Name: Lençóis Maranhenses National Park
Category: voluntary environmental initiative
Region: Northeastern Maranhão
Objective: support the deployment and maintenance of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, increasing the number of visitors
Return: consultancy and infrastructure improvements in the Park, including the acquisition of equipment, cars and boats
Start and End: 2008 - 2016
Located at Northeastern Maranhão
, Lençóis Maranhenses National Park
has a protected area of 155 000 hectares
including beaches, dunes, rivers, lakes and mangroves. Park area extends over the municipalities of Barreirinhas, Primeira Cruz, Humberto de Campos, and Santo Amaro.
In 2008, ENEVA entered a cooperation agreement with ICMBio, thereby committing to donate funds over a 10 year period towards maintenance of and improvements in this ecological reserve. Such investment will be applied in the implementation of infrastructure for the benefit of visitors, environmental education, tourist guide training, and surveillance.
Lençóis Maranhenses Park is the most important sand dunes field along the Brazilian coast, and one of the world’s major fields. This lush landscape was formed by tidal range and sea currents, with a help from wind carried very fine grain sand coming from the seacoast.
On the other hand, the crystal clear ponds in full desert region are generated by the accumulation of rain water falling between January and June.