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For the original by Cláudia Freitas in Portuguese for Jornal do Brasil click here.Residents of both communities are against the construction and want continuity of Growth Acceleration Program (PAC) works
Star of an international soap opera and a new tourist point in Rio de Janeiro, the cable car joining the favelas of Complexo do Alemão, in the North Zone of the city, was designated as the ‘flagship’ for improvements promised by the state government to the pacified community, as part of Growth Acceleration Program (PAC) and received some R$210 million in investment by both federal and state government. Two years after its inauguration on More >
In a city full of beautiful distractions—nature, people, music—it is often easy to forget what is going on beneath your feet. However, for officially more than a quarter of the population in Rio de Janeiro, but likely much more, what is happening, or more appropriately, not happening, is difficult to ignore. According to the Ministry of Cities, 30% of the population in Rio de Janeiro is not connected to a formal sanitation system, and even in areas with formal connections, only about half of sewage waste is treated before entering into waterways and eventually the ocean.
These figures are a best case scenario, More >
Vale Encantado, a tranquil favela located in the heart of the Tijuca Forest, has developed a creative solution to ensure the historic community’s future development in light of limited public investments: residents are working to create a model of sustainability for favelas across Rio and beyond.
Vale Encantado has been a model in sustainability for many years, and their efforts are always expanding. The community grows much of their own food, and has installed solar panels in one home with the hopes of expanding the project throughout the community. The Vale Encantado Cooperative, headed by Otávio Barros, runs an eco-tourism business, More >
For the original in Portuguese on Canal iBase click here.
A heated debate took place at the Engineering Club last Friday July 19 over the Rio state government’s attempt to install a cable car in Rocinha. Amongst over 120 attendees were many Rocinha residents, who were protesting against the cable car, arguing that the priority for the community is basic sanitation. In terms of mobility, the architect Luiz Carlos Toledo stated that a funicular tram, planned in Rocinha’s first urbanization plan in 2007 is not only much cheaper, but also would not drain local business, as a cable car would.
Toledo tore apart the More >
For the community of Varginha in Complexo de Manguinhos, a complex of favelas in Rio’s North Zone, the imminent visit of Pope Francis this week is a great honor. Pope Francis is in Rio for World Youth Day, his first international trip since his enthronement. Luiz Soares, 40, who has lived in Varginha since 1995, talks of how “a person who is famous and respected worldwide will walk on the same ground as we live,” comparing it to the great honor of Mother Teresa’s visit to the community in 1972.