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Universidade federal de Pernambuco / INCITI – Plan for the recuperation and urbanization on the Capibaribe River

By on September 9, 2016
Universidade federal de Pernambuco / INCITI

Contact name and title
Circe Monteiro


Title of activity
Plan for the recuperation and urbanization on the Capibaribe River

Description of activity
The plan is a collaboration between the University and the municipality of Recife, the capital City of Pernambuco State at the Northeast, Brazil. INCITI reunites research groups from several fields in order to create knowledge to lead to innovative solutions for the recuperation of 30 km margins of the Capibaribe River. From knowledge creation, the group sets up an intense program of activation in order to involve the users in the experience of solutions, and project conception.
This is a multidisciplinary work and requires the participation of different secretaries and the articulation of several stakeholders, the role of the University as a non political entity helps a geat deal to promote a botton up approach to planning.
The plan involves the natural recuperation of the river vegetation, the creation of an Eco-corridor connecting existing natural conservation areas and promoting refuge areas for the local fauna. It considers not only the main river but also the streams and canals of the whole basin, proposing innovative solutions to deal with disperse pollution due to the urbanization alongside the river. The proposed Park implements a system of active mobility connecting public transportations modes. It also creates new public spaces articulating all squares, parks and places of vitality near the river. It bridges also the divided margins of wealth neighborhoods in one side of the river and poor settlements in the other margin, reducing distances for urban equipments and services and reducing urban inequality.
The Capibaribe Park inspired and lead the long term planning for the city 500 anniversary in 2037.
Sustainable Development Goal 11 targets relating to activity
11.2 By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons
11.3 By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries
11.4 Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage
11.7 By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities
11.b By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, and develop and implement, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, holistic disaster risk management at all levels
11.c Support least developed countries, including through financial and technical assistance, in building sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local materials
Main themes of this activity
Social Inclusion
Planning and Design
Information and Monitoring
Capacity Development
Climate Change
Changes that took place as a result of this activity
An intense program of discussion of urban solutions using networks, meetings and social occupation of places. The organization of a urban campaign to transform the way inhabitants treat and experience the river.
The implementation of the first part of the Capibaribe Park and ongoing works of the second phase linking bicycles routes and promoting harbors for solar boats transportation system.
An environmental educational tool using the capibara, the animal that gives it name to river, to helps children to discover and care for the river life.
The main change is the inhabitants effective occupation of places alongside the river.
How the impact of the activity was measured
The project and the activations impact the inhabitants quality of life in many ways and change of habits are expected. In order to asses these effects a longitudinal study was devised, the Index of Happiness, considering environmental, economic, social, and psicological changes in people’s life and sense of wellbeing.
Links related to the activity
  • Www.inciti.org
  • Www.parquecapibaribe.org
Additional notes
The INCITI became a reference for innovative urban and social solutions attracting internships from American and European Universities. It also participates in a Latin American network of Urban Sustainable Development- Redesur and counts with the collaboration of researchers from world wide universities.