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Sao Paolo
Greater São Paulo, which includes adjacent municipalities, has a population close to 20 million, making it the second largest in the Americas, and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world

São Paulo generates over 400 local projects on sustainability

August 08, 2008

These projects, created by community health agents, are being developed in every region of the city, with originality and local commitment as part of PAVS (Projects on Green and Healthy Environments).

This is a project for training and mobilizing local agents on the theme of the environment, linking environmental preservation with the promotion of health and social development in the community. The Project is an integrated action of three municipal departments in the City of São Paulo and is supported by the Department of Health and the UNEP. Around US$ 4,500,000.00 will be invested in the project.
A total of 5,700 community health agents and social protection agents from all parts of the city are being trained simultaneously by a group of 82 teachers, especially selected and trained for this purpose. The project will also train 1,800 Pedagogical Coordinators of the Education Municipal Department. 

The objective is to strengthen the work of the local agents, enabling them to identify and better understand the environmental problems of their districts and the impacts on the day-to-day lives of the families, mobilizing the community to work towards a greener and healthier environment. There are six strategic themes: Trash, Water and Energy, Biodiversity, Healthy Interaction, Responsible Consumption, Culture of Peace and Non-violence

As a results of a multiplying effect, today over 400 projects related to environmental issues have been generated in São Paulo. They hardly require financial resources, and mostly rely on the integration of public and private institutions, associations and NGOs.

The first result is the opening of a dialogue on environmental issues in areas affected by poverty. The discussions include the need to save energy and water, or to handle waste safely. It has been noted that poor and rich alike, all share a proportional responsibility.

Source:  PAVS (Project on Green and Healthy Environments) Press Department