​​​​​​​Project Name: Lençóis Maranhenses National Park

Category: voluntary environmental initiative

Region: Northeastern Maranhão

Objectiv​e: 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.
Established in June 1981, the Park is managed and protected by Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade (ICMBio), an independent agency under the Ministry of Environment.

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.



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