The relocation of native species through Equilibratum’s “Plan Verde” in urban spaces involving not only the Real State contract parties but the community itself, allowed Equilibratum create a business opportunity to provide not only an environmental service but create green spaces and improve the urban planning of Guayaquil.
Universidad de Navarra
Isabel Rodriguez Tejedo
Equilibratum came up with "Plan Verde", an innovative way to help reforest areas affected by heavy urbanisation and implementing native trees in local houses, involving the community to achieve a Sustainable City and Community.
The process involved analysing the adaptability the different species of trees could have in order to coordinate their mobility to new locations in Guayaquil were the Flora and Fauna would not be hurt by the Real State. This was the first time that a project of such a magnitude was done in Ecuador.
Equilibratum, follows is ideal on reaching not only a Sustainable City but also taking action on Climate Change. The company believes that this type of projects including its magnitud will help to the expansion of green Urban growth for the development of our society itself. The chosen place was home of a large amount of Flora and Fauna and it is the main reason why the idea came through the three organisms that took place: Equilibratum, Grupo la Joya (Real State company) and the Environmental Ministry.
In just a first phase, Equilibratum transplanted more than 1500 trees of different endemic species, trees species with a span greater than 10 meters. The system (which the company is not allowed to get into details) allowed them get more than 80% success. And that 20% was replaced with forest seedlings of these species. The innovation helped avoid these species to be in danger.
The first image show a resident who has been giving a black olive. The second image is part of Equilibratum's technical team.
The inspiration behind the innovation was " to allow future generations to enjoy those forest species that we currently enjoy, in addition to mitigating the environmental impact that an uncontrolled urban project without socio-environmental vision causes."
In order to achieve the plan, it was necessary to hire 20 more employees. La Joya representative Gustavo Patiño said in an interview with a local newspaper El Universo, that Plan Verde " Will let us improved the oxygen of our community and the standard living and the environment of our residents''.
The greatest impact was environmental. Plan Verde was specifically designed to remedy the impact that huge urban projects can mean to our environment. The planting of more than 1500 in a month and approximately 2000 in two months translated in a notorious decrease in the CO2 emissions of the community.The society main benefit was a sense of community. Before Plan Verde started, Equilibratum carried a survey to verify the acceptance of the ecological idea among residents and there was a significant willingness to participate. There are more than 6000 families in the area that will joy of greener areas and the opportunity to get a tree for free to their backyard.
Gino Pinargote Ramirez, Managing Director
Eleana Romero, Project Manager
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Guayaquil, Guayas, EC
Business Website: http://equilibratum.com/
Year Founded: 2007
Number of Employees: 51 to 200
EQUILIBRATUM is a business group focused on the protection of the environment through management, studies and administration of resources instrumented by highly qualified personnel ensuring the sustainability of activities over time. It is dedicated to contribute to the integral development of societies without this causing harmful impacts to future generations and the environment.