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WHAT DOES MARAQUIA EXIST FOR?

An understanding, that something may be done better, or a much needed change. Maraquia was created thanks to these two factors. In the world, where half of the land will be drowned in 30 years, and clean water and food are turning into a scarce resource, something has to be changed. And in this age of technology, the changes have to be technological.  A year ago, we - a team of designers, technologists, researchers and entrepreneurs, came up with the idea of creating a united platform for ecological projects all over the world. We strongly believe and are confident, that thousands of the companies, large and small ones, all over the world, will be restoring forests in their regions, improving the lives of their customers, and protecting the Planet for future generations. The process is as easy as 3 clicks, and we provide high quality and transparency.

A year after its start, this project became of interest for the Silicon Valley investors; a team of founders met Johh Doerr and VP Al Gore for the platform presentation. After that, the platform development started moving at a great speed. Co-founder and team member of Maraquia - Aleksander Kiselev - was included at Al Gore's Climate Reality project that took place in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

What is Maraquia today?

Maraquia is a constantly growing number of Foresters from Australia, New Zealand, Russia, the USA, and Guyana and a constantly growing number of partners from the USA, Russia, and Europe.

We set a goal for ourselves to plant 20 000 000 000 trees in 5 years. Together we will restore forests across the globe and make sustainability as easy and common practice as searching on Google.


IS MARAQUIA A FOUNDATION?

NO. Maraquia.com is a new concept. Our platform allows to attract funds from Businesses internationally for the purpose of forest restoration worldwide. We are not a foundation and we do not mean to compete with them. We are a for profit company helping businesses be more environmentally sustainable within their Corporate Social Responsibility efforts. And we love restoring forests ☺


HOW CAN FOUNDATIONS COOPERATE WITH MARAQUIA?

For foundations representing Parks and Forests on local territories and wishing to cooperate with us, it will be required to get local Forests' and Parks' to register their forest restoration projects on our platform. Maraquia will continue to act as a funds attracting operator and foundations will continue to act as funds receiving operator on behalf of the Forests and Parks it represents.


WHEN WAS MARAQUIA ESTABLISHED?

On February 12, 2013. We are a Silicon Valley startup aiming to make our planet a better place. We are an international team of talented engineers, sustainability managers and just believers that technology can create a state of abundance and unseen prosperity for the entire world.


DID ALL THESE BRANDS ON THE MAP PLANT FOREST THROUGH MARAQUIA PLATFORM?

Our Platform is a combination of search algorithms that collects information on all corporate forest planting to popularize forest restoration among a wide spectrum of companies and help Forests and Parks spend less time attracting funding and spend more on the actual reforestation.


HOW CAN BE A FUNDING RECEIVED?

Funding receivers - (we use the term "Foresters") can be State/National Parks or State/National Forests, private landowners, foundations, or other parties working with the site directly, and competent enough to provide professional tree planting services, including post-planting care. It is essential that a Forester can ensure that forest plantings financed by globally renowned companies will not be cut down for a long period of time. In other words, excluding circumstances of force majeure, Foresters have to make sure that plantings will turn into forests or parks.


WHICH COMPANY WILL SPONSOR FORESTERS?

We partner only with good-willed companies with proven reputation and tremendous commitment to the improvement of local communities and the world at large. Companies decide on which projects they would like to sponsor and where. Foresters make the final decision on whether to accept the funding from specific Company or decline it.


HOW EXACTLY DOES FINANCING SYSTEM WORK - METHODS, PRICE ESTABLISHING, APPROVING, LONG-TERM FINANCING?

Everything works via Maraquia.com platform. Once forester signs up and fills in all necessary fields for the Park/Forest/Organisation he/she has the right to represent; the entity becomes eligible for registering on the platform the sites requiring forest restoration and specifying necessary funding required to accomplish the restoration project. To receive funding, Forester must provide billing details of any organisation that is entitled to receive funding ontheir behalf. Maraquia company will be transferring all the funds through the Platform for each stage as needed. Since the Sponsor Companies are interested in not only planting the forest, but also keeping it alive, Foresters will be provided with necessary financing to carry out a 5 - year post-planting care.


NECESSARY DOCUMENTATION TO CONFIRM?

Everything operates automatically and easy. No worries. Forester reports about work completed by adding photos and posts to timeline. And also by uploading necessary documentation to their online profile.


DO INDIVIDUAL PLANTING SITES HAVE TO BE MAPPED AND SHAPE FILES TO BE PROVIDED, OR CAN A GENERAL LOCATION BE USED INSTEAD?

Individual planting sites have to be mapped. Sponsor Companies that we work with are expecting complete transparency with the projects they sponsor. They may choose visiting the sites themselves, invite their employees and partners, share information with others. It not only creates a level of closeness between the sponsor and the forester, but also increases the chances for forester to attract more reforestation funds from the same company in upcoming years.


WHO WILL BE SUPERVISING THE PROJECT?

Maraquia Company will be controlling and supervising the projects. Foresters organize the forest restoration projects.


WHERE DO THE SEEDLINGS COME FROM?

Foresters organize seedlings’ transferring and planting. Funding is provided by sponsor companies.


DO YOU HAVE AN EXAMPLE OF THE TYPE OF POST PLANTING CARE PLAN MENTIONED FOR THE SEEDLINGS FUNDED?

Post planting care plan is decided by foresters. Every State and site requires its own plan depending on the type of soil, trees, climate zone, etc. The purpose of post planting care is to make sure that the seedlings will turn into forest. The details may be filled in under the «Sites» tab on our platform once the organization is registered.


USAGE OF THE MATERIALS:

We authorize usage of the materials on the principles of Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 


HOW CAN I START USING MARAQUIA SERVICES?

Register and fill in all fields. Once we confirm information about you and the Сompany/Forest/Park you represent, your account tools will become active and you will be able to use the platform. It is essential that you register with corporate email address to confirm your affiliation to the organisation.


HOW LONG DOES CONFIRMATION PROCESS TAKE?

We receive lots of requests daily from both companies willing to support forest restoration worldwide and Foresters requiring corporate financing to restore forests on their lands. Despite this, our account managers team do really fantastic job to keep confirmation process no longer than 3 days after you complete all required fields in your profile. If you fail to complete all the fields, the confirmation process will be postponed until completion.


WHAT COMPANIES ARE ALLOWED TO FUND RESTORATION PROJECTS ON OUR PLATFORM?

Our platform quickly attracted interest by worlds' top-rated territories and professional Foresters such as National Parks and Forests already involved in forest restoration. These places are specially protected natural areas, reserves, savannahs serving as habitat for endangered species and unique biodiversity. Therefore we want to make sure that these lands are restored with financial help of only good - willed companies with proven reputation and tremendous commitment to the improvement of local communities and the world at large.


WHY MY COMPANY LOGO IS MAPPED?

First and foremost, we are building a cutting - edge technology service that collects from open sources on the web and organizes in one place global corporate tree planting information to make it publicly available and to encourage forest restoration worldwide. We are thrilled to provide people with information about what is the most green company in terms of tree planting in the world and in specific region.


WHEN WAS MARAQUIA ESTABLISHED?

Maraquia was established on February 12, 2013. We are an international team of talented engineers, sustainability managers and just believers in that technology can create a state of abundance and unseen prosperity for entire world.


USAGE OF THE MATERIALS:

We authorize usage of the materials on the principles of Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0


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Terms & Privacy

The Site is operated by Maraquia, Inc. ("Maraquia" or the "Company"). This page sets forth the Privacy Policy (the "Policy") for the website at www.maraquia.com, all other sites owned and operated by Maraquia that redirect to www.maraquia.com, and all subdomains (collectively, the “Site”), and the service owned and operated by the Company (together with the Site, the “Service”)

We take the responsibility of safeguarding your personal information very seriously. We use your personal information only for providing and improving our services. We treat your personal information as we would and do treat our own.

By using the Service in any manner, including, but not limited to, visiting or browsing the Site or contributing content, information, or other materials or services to the Site, you agree to be bound by this Agreement.

The Company reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify or replace this Policy by posting the updated version on the Site. It is your responsibility to check this Policy periodically for changes. Your continued use of the Service following the posting of any changes to this Policy constitutes your acceptance of those changes.

Summary of Service

Maraquia is a platform where certain type of users identified as "Foresters" can register under the "Site" term completely for free information regarding: locations and estimated time for tree planting, reasonable prices for tree planting and post planting care services; to fundraise necessary money from individuals as well as corporate Backers. Immediately after registering a Site, its information becomes publicly available to registered as well as unregistered users, and constitutes an act of Voluntary Disclosure.

Through the Website, email, websites, and other media, the Service makes accessible various content, including, but not limited to, videos, photographs, images, artwork, graphics, audio clips, comments, data, text, software, scripts, projects, other material and information, and associated trademarks and copyrightable works (collectively, “Content”). Foresters, Backers, and other visitors to and users of the Service (collectively, “Users”) may have the ability to contribute, add, create, upload, submit, distribute, facilitate the distribution of, collect, post, or otherwise make accessible ("Submit") Content. “User Submissions” means any Content Submitted by Users.

Voluntary Disclosure

Any personal information or content that you voluntarily disclose in public areas of the Site becomes publicly available and can be collected and used by other users. You should exercise caution before disclosing your personal information through these public venues.

Maraquia Forest Project Creators (Foresters) never receive users' credit card information.

Registration

You may view Content on the Site without registering, but as a condition of using certain aspects of the Service, you may be required to register with the Company and select a screen name ("User ID") and password. You shall provide accurate, complete, and updated registration information. Failure to do so shall constitute a breach of the Terms of Use, which may result in immediate termination of your account. You shall not use as a User ID, domain name, or project name any name or term that (i) is the name of another person, with the intent to impersonate that person; (ii) is subject to any rights of another person, without appropriate authorization; or (iii) is offensive, vulgar, or obscene. The Company reserves the right in its sole discretion to refuse registration of or cancel a User ID, domain name, and project name. You are solely responsible for activity that occurs on your account and shall be responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password for the Site. You shall never use another User account without the other User’s express permission. You will immediately notify the Company in writing of any unauthorized use of your account, or other known account-related security breach.

Sites: Fundraising

Maraquia is a platform where certain type of users identified as "Foresters" can register under the "Site" term completely for free: locations for tree planting, reasonable prices for tree planting and post planting care services; to fundraise necessary money from individuals as well as corporate Backers. By registering a Site on Maraquia, you as are offering the public the opportunity to enter into a contract with you. By backing a Site on Maraquia, you as the Backer accept that offer and the contract between Backer and Forester is formed. Maraquia is not a party to that agreement between the Backer and Forester. All dealings are solely between Users.

By backing or registering a Site on Maraquia, you agree to be bound by this entire Agreement, including the following terms:

  • Backers agree to provide their payment information at the time they pledge to Site. The amount Backers pledge is the amount they will be charged.
  • Backers consent to Maraquia and its payments partners authorizing or reserving a charge on their payment card or other payment method.
  • The Estimated Date of Planting is not a promise to fulfill by that date, but is merely an estimate of when the Forester hopes to fulfill by.
  • Foresters agree to make a good faith attempt to fulfill each planting by its Estimated Date of Planting.
  • Maraquia does not offer refunds. A Forester is not required to grant a Backer’s request for a refund unless the Forester is unable or unwilling to fulfill the planting.
  • Maraquia and its payments partners will remove their fees before transmitting proceeds. Fees may vary depending on region and other factors.
  • Maraquia reserves the right to cancel a pledge at any time and for any reason.
  • Maraquia reserves the right to reject, cancel, interrupt, remove, or suspend a Site at any time and for any reason. Maraquia is not liable for any damages as a result of any of those actions. Maraquia’s policy is not to comment on the reasons for any of those actions.
  • Maraquia is not liable for any damages or loss incurred related to rewards or any other use of the Service. Maraquia is under no obligation to become involved in disputes between any Users, or between Users and any third party arising in connection with the use of the Service. This includes, but is not limited to, delivery of goods and services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties, or representations associated with Sites on the website. Maraquia does not oversee the performance or punctuality of the Sites. The Company does not endorse any User Submissions. You release Maraquia, its officers, employees, agents, and successors in rights from claims, damages, and demands of every kind, known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, disclosed or undisclosed, arising out of or in any way related to such disputes and the Service.

Fees and Payments

Joining Maraquia is free. However, we do charge fees for certain services. When you use a service that has a fee you have an opportunity to review and accept the fees that you will be charged. You are responsible for paying all fees and taxes associated with your use of the Service.

Funds pledged by Backers are collected by Stripe Payments operated by Stripe, Inc. Maraquia is not responsible for the performance of Stripe Payments.

Collection of Information

We may collect and process the following information about you:

  • information (such as your name, email and postal address, telephone number, sex, and country of residence) that you provide by completing forms on the Site, including if you register as a user of the Service, subscribe to our newsletter, upload or submit any material through the Site, or request any information;
  • your log-in and password details in connection with the account sign-in process;
  • details of any requests or transactions made by you through the Service;
  • communications you send to us, for example to report a problem or to submit queries, concerns, or comments regarding the Service or its content;
  • information that you post to the Site in the form of comments or contributions to discussions; and
  • IP addresses.

Uses of Your Personal Information

    We will use the personal information you provide to:
  • identify you when you sign-in to your account;
  • enable us to provide you with the Services;
  • send you information we think you may find useful or which you have requested from us;
  • present projects to you when you use the Service which we believe will be of interest based on your geographic location and previous use of the Service;
  • administer your account with us;
  • enable us to contact you regarding any question you make through the Service;
  • analyze the use of the Service and the people visiting to improve our content and Services; and
  • use for other purposes that we may disclose to you when we request your information.

Maraquia Forest Project creators (Foresters) never receive backers' credit card information.

We provide the registered personal or legal entity name to backers using the site. In the future we may provide these names to backers or other users on the project page or other areas.

Email

We want to communicate with you only if you want to hear from us. We try to keep emails to a minimum and give you the ability to opt out when we can.

We will send you email relating to your personal transactions. We will keep these emails to a minimum.

You will also receive certain email notifications, for which you may opt-out. We may send you service-related announcements on rare occasions when it is necessary to do so.

Third-Party Services

We never post anything to your accounts with Facebook, Twitter, or any other third-party sites without your permission. Except for the purposes of providing the Services, we will not give your name or personal information to third parties.

Technology

Cookies are small pieces of information which are issued to your computer when you visit a website and which store and sometimes track information about your use of the Service. Maraquia uses cookies to help recognize you as a repeat visitor, to improve the quality of our Service, and to try and make your browsing experience meaningful. When you enter our Site, our web server sends a cookie to your computer which allows us to recognize your computer but not specifically who is using it. By associating the identification numbers in the cookies with other customer information when, for example, you log-in to the Service, then we know that the cookie information relates to you. Some of the cookies used by our Service are served by us, and some are served by third parties who are delivering services on our behalf.

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies but, if you prefer, you can change your browser to prevent that or to notify you each time a cookie is set. You can also learn more about cookies by visiting www.allaboutcookies.org which includes additional useful information on cookies and how to block cookies using different browsers. By blocking or deleting cookies used on our Service, you may not be able to take full advantage of our Service.

Wrap-up

Maraquia reserves the right to disclose your personally identifiable information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, or in the good-faith belief that it is necessary to comply with the law.

To modify or delete the personal information you have provided to us, please log in and update your profile. We may retain certain information as required by law or for necessary business purposes. People under 18 (or the legal age in your jurisdiction) are not permitted to use Maraquia on their own, and so this privacy policy makes no provision for their use of the site.

Questions

If you have questions or suggestions, please contact us at seed@maraquia.com

Updated: October 2013