Votorantim executives visited the municipal governments of the towns of Juquiá, Miracatu and Tapiraí in São Paulo state, where the Votorantim Reserve Waters Bequest is located, between January 27 and 31. The aim of the visit was to inform the local authorities about the next stages of the initiative aimed at integrating the social and economic development of the region with the environmental preservation of the Atlantic rainforest.
During the visit, David Canassa, general sustainability manager, Rodrigo Hallack, government relations manager, Frineia Rezende, sustainability coordinator, and Ademar Assis, the CAPEX projects consultant of the Instituto Votorantim, showed how the social and economic studies are being carried out to outline the profile of the community.
“We have to get to know the local population and its activities so we can create development promotion projects that are integrated with environmental protection and bring economic and social benefits to the population in the region,” said Canassa.
Votorantim has invested in protecting this region since the 1940s when it began to acquire the area to build the hydroelectric plants and protect the water sources. Since then, the strategy has taken on new dimensions and now includes important aspects such as landscaping, fauna and flora, along with the creation of a management plan to be finalized in 2015.
Votorantim signed a protocol in 2012 with the São Paulo state government on the area which covers 31,000 hectares. Under the agreement, the area remained privately owned with its resources under permanent protection.