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Advisory Council and Traditional Peoples in Pedra Branca State Park question removals planned by INEA
The Pedra Branca State Park was created in 1974 and covers 10% of Rio’s municipal territory, giving it the title of largest Conservation Unit (UC) in the municipality and making it one of the world’s largest urban forests. It is four times larger than Tijuca Forest, also in Rio. The Pedra Branca State Park (PEPB) is located in the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro, comprising the following areas of the city: Jacarepaguá, Taquara, Camorim, Vargem Pequena, Vargem Grande, Recreio dos Bandeirantes, Grumari, Padre Miguel, Bangu, Senador Camará, Jardim Sulacap, Realengo, Santíssimo, Campo Grande, Senador Vasconcelos, Guaratiba e Barra de Guaratiba, More >
On Monday morning, representatives from Rio’s electricity supplier, Light, arrived unannounced at the headquarters of socio-environmental NGO Verdejar with a judicial notice for immediate eviction to clear the land for a new substation. Members of the 15-year-old non-profit were taken completely by surprise and could only watch as Light, who arrived accompanied by military police, a moving truck and several workers with sledgehammers, demolished their headquarters.
Located at the foot of the Serra da Misericórdia, the largest patch of Atlantic Rainforest in Rio’s North Zone, Verdejar have worked to protect the area from illegal occupation in the past, managed to reforest significant More >
Dull concrete, broken equipment and sparse vegetation compose Vidigal‘s official “Ecological Park.” Like many residents, Felipe Paiva of Cidade Unida (“United City”) wasn’t impressed. His voice carried more than a hint of irony as he detailed its construction: “The Prefeitura (City Hall) tore down some buildings to clear out this square, left the trees around the edges, and called it an ecological park.” An unfinished swing set framed the scene in tired themes of half-hearted government investment that define too many favela communities. But Felipe continued on a brighter note: “Down there, residents built a proper ecological park for ourselves.”
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Complexo do Alemão, a complex of favelas in Rio’s North Zone, is perhaps best known for its history of violence related to drug trafficking and police occupation. However, project members of organisation Verdejar (Becoming Green) are working to draw attention to the area for a completely different reason.
Verdejar was founded in 1997 by Luiz Carlos Matos Marins, known as Luiz Poeta (“Luiz the Poet”), interviewed by RioOnWatch prior to his passing in late 2011. Poeta’s idea was to create trails and collect refuse in the Serra da Misericordia, home to the largest section of Atlantic Forest in Rio’s densely urban North Zone.
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Luiz Carlos Matos Marins, better known as Luiz Poeta (“Luiz the Poet”), founder of the project Verdejar, works in the neighborhood of Engenho da Rainha in the North Zone of Rio de Janeiro. Today, on this Blog Action Day 2012, the theme of which is FOOD, we chose to interview and publish this story in recognition of the work of the incomparable Luiz Poeta.
The history of his project, Verdejar, is replete with struggles, partnerships, events and hard work – all with the goal of reclaiming Serra da Misericórdia (the largest section of the Atlantic Rainforest in the North Zone of Rio), employing More >