The Ecotuba Institute is a non-profit association founded in 1996 on the Island of Comandatuba. Its mission is to conserve coastal environments of the Atlantic Forest through research, environmental education, promoting sustainable development and encouragement of traditional culture.
The Ecotuba Institute, besides having contributed with information to the creation of the Comandatuba Project, in partnership with the Transamerica Hotel, has been developing several social and ecological projects.
Get to know some of them:
This project aims at researching and preserving the mangrove ecosystem, particularly the land crab, threatened by over-fishing and mass mortality that has been affecting the entire Brazilian coast. Besides being one of the main responsible for recycling the leaves of the mangrove, the nursery of marine life, mangrove crab serves as food for many low-income communities.
Ecotuba Institute biologists have been conducting research on the mangrove crab populations and diagnoses of socio-economic status of crab collectors. In addition, ecotourism and environmental education activities on a mangrove walkway at the Transamerica Hotel - IC are held and, in summer, campaigns are disseminated to avoid capture and consumption of female crabs below the commercial size and in breeding period.
Conservation and research on sea turtles at Island Comandatuba is the goal of the Queloniatuba Project. In order to do that, at the spawning time, biologists of the Ecotuba Institute conduct patrols along the beach to protect the nests of these endangered species. The project came to be in 1995, when the Transamerica Ilha de Comandatuba Hotel used to donate chicken eggs weekly as retribution to residents who refused to eat turtle eggs and started helping the Ecotuba Institute take care of the nests. Nowadays, chicken eggs are no longer needed because the beach communities are sufficiently integrated and aware. Each resident who cares for a nest is considered a guardian of nature, receiving diplomas and incentive gifts. Every season (October to April), the Queloniatuba Project ensures that an average of 4,000 baby sea turtles go to sea.
Coconut- producing sites generate an accumulation of leaves and husks that are normally burned and may cause environmental damage. Since 1996, the Ecotuba Institute has been promoting the use of this debris by artisans that contribute to the conservation of the local environment and still produce unique pieces that are exhibited and sold in Space Ecotuba Natural Fibers, donated by the Transamerica Ilha de Comandatuba Hotel. One of the results of this work was the foundation of the Association of Grauçá Artisans, formed by craftsmen and now walks with its own legs.
With this project, the Ecotuba Institute fosters volunteer work among the employees of the Hotel Transamerica Ilha de Comandatuba, engaging them in cultural, social and environmental activities. With the support of the Hotel Transamerica Ilha de Comandatuba, lectures and environmental education activities have been implemented by a group of biologists and a group of capoeira fighters, the Yoruba Nation, operates in several local communities in the municipality of Una.
Integrating communities to the Transamerica Ilha de Comandatuba Hotel
The objective of this project is to allow greater interaction of the community with the structure of the Transamerica Ilha de Comandatuba Hotel, and vice versa. Occasionally cultural shows where locals show activities such as jangada departures, canoeing, coconut trees climbing, flue launching and demonstration of capoeira are organized. Likewise, excursions with members of the community are organized so they can know the structure of the Transamerica Ilha de Comandatuba Hotel such as golf course, airport and walking areas.