While it is commonly known that the Amazon rainforest is a vital carbon store, or “hijacker”, that slows down global warming, it is less well known that it can also become a carbon-emitting source. This is because dead trees release methane, which are gases more harmful than carbon, back into the atmosphere when they decompose.
The photos above demonstrate the trunks with their cores corroded by the action of microorganisms that prevent the trees from carrying out photosynthesis. During this microbial digestion process, the tree emits methane gas, a greenhouse gas 84 times more potent than CO2.
Therefore, the management of dead trees is another action to protect and promote environmental balance, so that we can manage dead trees and plant 5 to 6 trees in their place in order to increase the carbon stock and organize nature’s ecosystem, reducing methane emissions from the Amazon rainforest.
In addition, by managing a decaying tree, we can take advantage of wood that has a high economic value. Wood products store carbon (50% of the dry mass is carbon) and when used in construction as a substitute for energy-intensive products such as concrete and steel, significantly reduce CO2 emissions (the sector accounts for 30% of emissions annual global GHGs).
Thus, we created a model that shows that it is possible to generate a highly profitable income in a truly sustainable way, both for the environment and for the local communities, maintaining the integrity of the forest, through carbon credits and commercialization of the wood harvested through of the sustainable management plan.