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Sistema Ambiental de Coleta de Resíduos
by Instituto EcoFaxina - Limpeza, Monitoramento e Educação Ambiental (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
- Implementation of the "Environmental Waste Collection System" (Sistema Ambiental de Coleta de Resduos)

Main objective: recover degraded areas of mangrove and reduce plastic in the sea. Apply solid waste collection and reforestation techniques in degraded mangrove areas, reduce the irregular disposal of solid waste and generate income through the commercialization of recyclable materials.

It consists of creating a work front based on the creation of a new profession within the cleaning and recycling sector, the "Environmental Waste Collection Agent", responsible for cleaning, recycling and environmental restoration work in the Santos estuary.

Training will take place through a two-week course. The first week involves theoretical classes on the ecosystem, its ecological and socioenvironmental importance for the region, and the methodology applied for the collection of residues in mangroves and estuarine channels. After the week of theoretical classes the candidate goes to a practical field training week. During this phase, workers should realize the importance of the Environmental Agents of Waste Collection for the recovery of the estuarine ecosystem, contributing in the process of elevating the workers' self-esteem, a preponderant factor for the success of the project.

Candidates will be registered in low-income communities, in partnership with Sociedade Pr Melhoramentos da Vila Gilda (Civil society organization), which will act as a facilitator, indicating unemployed youth with a local leadership profile, who will be trained to act as multipliers of environmental awareness within Community.

In the processing shed the waste is weighed and passed through a manual sorting, where all recyclable material is separated and processed in order to obtain a material ready for sale. The waste will be collected by the urban cleaning company, which will give final destination.

The resources for the construction of the processing shed and the purchase of equipment will be obtained through private social investment. Resources may also be obtained from state and federal public agencies to promote the National Policy on Solid Waste.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Nutrient sinks (e.g. constructed wetlands)
  • Other (please specify): Mangrove restoration
  • Coastal clean-ups:
  • Plastics product bans or restrictions :
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse:
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • Coastal carbon sinks/blue carbon
  • Carbon capture and sequestration
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • Marine protected area with partial protection
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable tourism
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
  • Activities to raise awareness of the comprehensive legal and policy framework for the sustainable development of oceans and seas, in particular UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments and promote their effective im
  • Ratification, accession and acceptance of UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments
  • Activities to develop the capacity of States towards broader participation in and effective implementation of UNCLOS and its implementing Agreements
  • Strengthening ocean governance, for example through the development of a national ocean policy or regional ocean policy
  • Development of necessary infrastructure and/or enforcement capabilities to comply with international law, as reflected in UNCLOS and as complemented by other ocean-related instruments
Generate income for 40 low-income residents. Activity report, photos and videos
Reduce by up to 60% the plastic inlet at sea. Activity report, photos and videos
Reduce by up to 80% the plastic inlet at sea. Activity report, photos and videos
Reforest 950,000 m² of mangrove forest. Activity report, photos and videos
Staff / Technical expertise
Basic information
Time-frame: June 2017 - January 2025
Prefeitura de Santos (Government), Prefeitura de So Vicente (Government), Prefeitura de Cubato (Government), Sociedade Pr Melhoramentos da Vila Gilda (Civil society organization), Universidade Santa Ceclia (Academic institution), Ambev (Private sector), Terracom Engenharia (Private Sector), UN Global Compact (United Nations entity)
Ocean Basins
  • South Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
William Schepis, Mr., william@institutoecofaxina.org.br, 55 13 33012391
Santos, So Paulo, Brasil
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