Urban Thinkers Campus 2017 Recife, Brazil.
Urban Thinker Campus, under the aegis of the United Nations, an event was organized by INCITI: Permaculture and organic enzymes (enzymes): how to help take care of the waters of your city.
Location: Casarão das Artes, Recife, Brazil, November 30, 2017, 14:00 – 17:00.
Moderator: Mikhail Veklenko, Director of Urban Factory
Permaculture and Organic Enzymes: how to help take care of the waters of my city
Clemente Coelho Junior, Instituto Bioma Brasil
Isabelle Santos, head of the Permaculture of the Secretariat of Infrastructure and Housing of Recife
Renato Lins, Inciti volunteer
Renato Raposo, founder of BIGG – Benchmark of Governance and Management Initiatives
Denise Moura, graduated from the Faculty of Law – UNICAP. She works for the Federal Department of Justice – the TRF / 5 region. She works on the Master’s degree in human rights at the Federal University of Pernambuco. Coordinator for Social Projects of the International Foundation for the Art of Living
Translation: Bárbara Maranhão, architect, GR, PR, social projects, volunteer The Art of Living Foundation
1. Issues discussed and proposals pointed out
The central question of the debate was the technique of producing enzymes from household organic waste to be used in the treatment of sewage and water bodies. The presentation was made by Mikhail Veklenko, CEO of Urban Factory, a Russian urban planning consultancy.
Three other presentations were made by:
Isabelle Santos, Head of the Permaculture Division of the Infrastructure and Housing Secretariat of Recife, on the program of domestic and community mines, with practices for composting, reuse and disposal of domestic organic garbage;
Clemente Coelho, from the Bioma Brazil Institute, about the ecosystem services provided by the Mangrove Park, one of the largest mangrove remnants in urban Brazil, with a total area of 316 hectares, of which 225.82 hectares correspond to the vegetation cover;
Renato Lins, a student of the UFPE’s Master in Management and Regulation of Water Resources, on the guidelines of “Water Sensitive Urban Design” (WSUD), integrated water cycle management approach urban.
2. What does workshop experience present as practices for a New Urban Agenda action plan? Were they able to make recommendations to the federal government and strategic agents?
In line with the principles of the New Urban Agenda, accessible and innovative solutions for the sustainable management of water resources and solid waste were presented, with repercussions for the protection of ecosystems and the mitigation of disasters caused by torrential waters.
It was suggested a pilot project for the use of enzymes to treat the mirror of water of Espaço Ciencia, a museum linked to the Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation of the State of Pernambuco, and located in the Arcoverde Memorial Park, between the cities of Recife and Olinda. The involvement of CeasaPE, where about 300 tons of organic waste are produced per month, was also raised.
There were no recommendations for the federal government, but an additional meeting of the Secretariat on international relations was held with a view to arranging an agreement on cooperation between the cities of Recife and Rostov-on-Don.
3. How could monitoring the implementation of the action plan happen?
Firstly, it would be important to create a working group with workshop participants to detail a plan of action, with the involvement of the municipal secretariats of Environment and International and State Relations of Environment and Science and Technology.
4. Do you have suggestions on how to disseminate the information and results of the action plan and mobilization of the society for engagement?
The mobilization could be due to the involvement of students and teachers of elementary and secondary education, schools of the municipal and state public networks, as well as state and federal public universities, in a program to decontaminate the waters of the Science Space lake.
The dissemination of information could be done through the creation of specific materials and the production of content for dissemination in the communication channels already maintained by the municipal and state governments, as well as by press office.
The results could be the object of a competition for the production of academic papers, animplementation primer and a mini-document.