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Campo Grande and Work with ECOA

posted Jan 16, 2013, 10:42 AM by Ethan Shirley   [ updated Jan 16, 2013, 6:57 PM by Julie Bateman ]
Campo Grande                                                                                  Paraguay River, Southern Pantanal

We have begun a new long-term project in the Pantanal, which aims to spread sustainable technologies, which we have been developing and testing at PCER, throughout the region. The project will be realized through partnerships in Mato Grosso do Sul, the Brazilian state immediately to the south of us. Some of the communities we will be working with are reachable only by boat, and some are up to 10 hours or more by boat from the nearest road access. The goal of the project is to teach 'social technologies', which range from bio-sand water filters to trash incinerators, and which will aid in some aspect of public health and natural preservation. Our partners in Mato Grosso do Sul will include ECOA, a non-profit, and the local federal university. Traveling with ECOA president André Luiz Siqueira, we visited some of the more accessible communities and the university campus in Corumbá to to meet with the parties involved in Mato Grosso do Sul. Ultimately, the education of these technologies using local resources will hopefully be used as a model for the environmentally sustainable development of threatened communities throughout the rural third world. 

André and our all-terrain vehicle                                                            A trailer for vocational training in communities set up by ECOA