IMPACT REFORESTATION AT SCALE

The use of perpetual trees to reforest cattle land to sequester carbon and produce bio-protein and oil with a quadruple impact on climate change

Reforestation

50 million trees will be planted over the next 8 years to…

Reforestation for the Reduction in CO2

…naturally sequester 1.2 million tons of CO2 each year

Reforestation for bio protein production

…produce 480,000 tons of bio-protein each year

Reforestation to replace fossil crude oil

…and replace more than 300,000 tons of fossil crude each year

Investancia runs high-impact reforestation programs

Investancia reforests degraded cattle land in silvopastoral systems, which improves pastures and allows cattle ranchers to continue their grazing activities simultaneously. The reforestation programs reconnect green corridors whilst generating large-scale carbon sequestration, also known as nature-based carbon removals, which are certified under the Verified Carbon Standard and CCBS.

As a by-product, the Pongamia trees produce non-edible beans from their pods, which can be refined into cattle feed.  As a valuable leftover from the protein crushing of the pods, Investancia produces non-edible oils with low carbon intensity that can be used for the production of renewable biofuels.

Our elite tree propagation and research center already represents the world’s largest dedicated Pongamia tree production site. We have built an elite tree propagation and research center which is being scaled from an annual production capacity of 1 million trees up to 5 million trees.

Reforestation Oil & Protein

“We need a device that can turn sunlight into fuel during our lifetime. It happens that nature has been providing us that photosynthesis tool forever - it is called a tree”.

Bill Gates

Perpetual trees to produce bio-protein and replace fossil fuel

Deforestation for agriculture and the transport sector are the largest contributors to GHG emissions and thus climate change.

The use of perpetual trees to reforest cattle land to sequester high levels of carbon and to produce bio-protein and oil has a quadruple impact on climate change, biodiversity and local communities.

Of all the non-food-land crops that produce oil and protein, we found the Pongamia tree to be best performing for reforestation purposes in South America. Together with our genetic partners, we are continuously developing and planting our locally adapted elite varieties of Pongamia trees.

Reforestation with Pongamia in silvopastoral systems ensures a categorization as low indirect land-use change (ILUC).

Pongamia bean and pod
Reforestation to replace fossil fuel and produce bio-protein
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Protein
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Oil

Our Solution

Carbon sequestration, protein and oil production through reforestation

Reforestation

Carbon sequestration

High levels of carbon sequestration from Pongamia trees in the (sub) tropical environments

Freely Grazing Cattle

Freely grazing cattle

Silvopastoral systems combine trees and livestock on the same land, ensuring a low-ILUC

Reforestation for bio protein production

Bio-proteins

Pongamia meal is high in protein for both animal feed and future human consumption

Reforestation to replace fossil crude oil

Reforestation Oil

Low Carbon fuel from reforestation feedstock is the “cleanest” fuel possible

In Summary

Reforestation and restoration of green corridors secures an immediate and quadruple effect on climate, community and biodiversity

Reforestation oil- and protein are the fastest and cheapest ways to decarbonize transport and agriculture

Reforestation oil- and protein have the lowest Carbon Intensity (CI) levels and no indirect land-use change (ILUC)

Who We Are

Pongamia Tree Planting

The 50 million tree goal

We have laid down a strong foundation to scale our programs to reforest over 120,000 hectares of degraded cattle land in the Chaco, with more than 50 million Pongamia trees.

Elite propagation and research center

Our elite tree propagation and research center already represents the world’s largest dedicated elite Pongamia tree production site. We have built an elite tree propagation and research center, with a current capacity of over 1 million trees a year. The site of 700 ha. has over 1 km on the Río Paraguay, one of South America’s most navigated rivers directly bordering Brazil. The site has its own harbour, landing strip and can also be easily visited by road via Brazil.

Pongamia propagation & Research Centre
low cost low carbon fuel

Dutch roots and Paraguayan soul

Our holding company is based in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The port of Rotterdam is Europe’s largest producer of Renewable Diesel and is the major biofuel hub for the European market. Pongamia protein and oil from crushing at our site at the Rio Paraguay can reach all major ports in the world by only using low cost, low carbon vessel transport.

Quadriz Logo

Quadriz – Our sister company develops, certifies and markets high-integrity carbon offsets from REDD+ forest conservation to world-wide corporations. Quadriz also markets the ARR carbon credits from Investancia’s reforestation programs.

R&D & Tree Propagation Management

Investancia is a leader within agro-research and a pioneer within Pongamia research, development and tree propagation management.

Our local management team heads our Santa Rosanna operations with a workforce of 40+ local employees. 

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Meet The Team

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and to count with an experienced local team of unrivalled R&D and Propagation professionals including also some of the brightest regional agroforestry talents.

marcel

Marcel van
Heesewijk

CEO & Founder
francisco

Francisco
Agustin Vergara

Genetics & Research Manager
rilsis

Rilsis
Saavedra

Agro Propagation Engineer
federico

Fredy
Montoya

Field Operations Manager
Wim Boer

Wim
Boer

CFO, Investancia Holding B.V.
humberto

Humberto
Pagliosa

Tree Production Manager
christian

Christian
Nielsen

Head of Sales & Marketing
gabriella

Gabriela
Viñales

Paraguay Country Manager