Methodology

Our starting point is the rigorous analysis of land-use options, carbon stocks and biodiversity within a project area. Through a process of iteration and expert input, we determine the optimal allocation of land-use rights and design appropriate commercial activities to maximise investment returns, maintain carbon stocks and boost socio-economic development.

Step 1:

Assembling land-use rights

Our first step is to secure long-term use rights for an area large enough to accommodate a diverse range of activities. We survey the project area using satellite imagery before conducting an aerial study to confirm the existing land-use classification.

Step 2:

Mapping and analysis

Carbon stocks are mapped and calculated, and flora and fauna recorded. Commercialisation in areas with unique biodiversity is avoided and these areas set aside for conservation protection. Existing land use rights – including community rights, traversing rights and riparian rights – are documented.

Step 3:

Commercial planning and due diligence

At Grande Mayumba, commercial activities have been planned in conjunction with global experts in the areas of forestry, agriculture and ecotourism. Government policies relating to food security, infrastructure development, renewable energy and biodiversity have been integrated into the project design.

Step 4:

Implementation

We identify best-in-class operational partners to implement our development programmes, ensuring that capital is deployed effectively and operational efficiencies and market opportunities are maximised.