Ecological Restoration Project and Sustainable Urbanization in the Amazon is launched in the Redemption

30 of July of 2017 - Reusa project should stimulate sustainable income generation and revitalization of the Giant Igarapé, in the city's West Zone

Official inauguration of Reusa during Sustainable Turning Manaus 2017 | Photo: Michael Dantas

It was inaugurated on Sunday morning (30) the headquarters of the Ecological Restoration and Sustainable Urbanization Project in Amazon (Reus), built in rip-rap Giant Igarapé, the Redemption. The initiative should stimulate the generation of sustainable and environmental recovery income in the riverbed, through processing workshops and mobilization actions and engagement with neighborhood residents. The opening of the space was one of the activities of the Sustainable Turning Manaus 2017, held by the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) and others 36 institutions of the creative council.

At the ceremony were the general superintendent of the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), Virgilio Viana, the founder of Sustainable Turning São Paulo, André Palhano, the president of the Art Group Transformation, Gianna Campos, Community leader Rip-Art Project, Maria Cristina Pereira, the architect Sérgio Santos and the financial director of the Bb-Fogás Group and donor initiative, Denis Minev.

With three floors, the space features a space dedicated to the training of entrepreneurs in the region, as the collective community of artisans, or Rip Art. There is also an area for lectures, workshops health actions, plus a floor that will host the work and meetings of the group of local residents.

“The objective of Reusa is to stimulate sustainable income generation, ecological restoration, sustainable urban development, associations and health”, It highlights the general superintendent of FAS and creator of the project, Virgilio Viana.

The idea of ​​the project has been designed from the edition 2016 Sustainable Turnaround, the result of a demand from the residents. Maria Cristina, leading community association Rip-Art, He explains that the region has always been marginalized, and thanks to a mobilization of Impact Hub organizations, Global Shapers and FAS during the festival last year, It has been transformed.

"The rip-rap of redemption suffered much discrimination, people looked forth through different eyes. It was when we received the activity upset last year, who helped reform the space and help us to dream of the transformation of the place where we live ", says Maria.

Since then, FAS has been conducting workshops and community consultations, Where did the headquarters of demand as a need to encourage women artisans of the region and train residents for cleaning and ecological recovery of the stream. The reuse promote a stream revitalization action, Low cost, for ecological restoration and sustainable urbanization. It will also be installed sewer system to prevent the stream receives discarded materials incorrectly.

"We believe in the ability to mobilize people, and transforming power that community engagement has. The Reusa is a project that seeks to value people as direct agents of transformation of the environment ", Virgilio Viana explains.

sustainable spaces

One of the project's advantages is the low cost of construction, only $ 80 a thousand. The structural part has been assembled with oil drilling steel pipes recovered. The walls were built with pallets disposed offset used in the Industrial District. The floors were constructed with recycled wood boats out of operation, explains the architect and supporter of the initiative, Sergio Santos.

"The concept of the building is very cheap, which shows that this work can be replicated to other areas of the city and country. The work was completed in 45 days, with innovations that allow to have an extremely safe and comfortable sustainable construction for the Community ", explains Sergio.

The action had the support of individual donors, as the actress and activist Christiane Torloni, President of the Amazon Museum (Musa), Denis Minev e Luciana Minev. In addition to donations, the project has the support of Sustainable Turning Manaus, Casa Cinco, Impact Hub, Global Shapers, Rip Art, State University of Amazonas, Amazon Cad, Watercolor Home Design, Cerâmica Montemar, Northern Auto Parts, Group Transformation and Sérgio Santos Architecture.