Etsi autoosi sopiva järjestelmä täältä
Vuosi, jona Thule perustettiin
Story / Friend
Pedro Oliva – The Waterfalls project
Pedro and his team of scientists from several different universities and research institutes worked out
ways to engage with the villagers along the 1,100 km (684 miles) stretch of river that Pedro paddled.
Schools along the way held thematic days to raise awareness of the importance of the river, the
waterfalls and the water that continually flows past them. The school children spent excited days
waiting for Pedro to reach their village and come and see their work.
The study and its results are now being presented in a permanent exhibition at a museum in São Paulo
for more children to share the adventure and learn from it. Societal factors have a big influence on the
health of the river and ecosystem services. Over time, a gap has emerged between scientific knowledge
and societies' perceptions of ecosystem services. A major part of Pedro's kayak expedition was to
gather people together to exchange scientific knowledge and local perceptions, between the scientists
and the communities.
PEDRO SHARED HIS unique perspective of the Paraiba do Sul catchment, shaped through the time he
spent on the river. The scientists shared their preliminary evaluation of the local ecohydrological
processes based on the data collected. The communities shared their local knowledge and perceptions,
and were inspired to reflect upon how their activities impact the river and the communities
downstream. The strategy to engage with the societies along the river included social cartography,
collating local community histories related to water resources, presentations to high school students,
and kayaking workshops for kids to teach them basic skills and encourage a healthy lifestyle through
WATERFALLS – PROJECT SUMMERY
samples with multi parameter probes, totaling
temperature and humidity records.
news segments on national TV, reaching more than 8 million viewers.
schools along the river joined the project with environmental studies and thematic days.
BORN: 1978, São Paolo, Brazil
FAMILY: 2 children
LIVES TODAY: São Paolo, Brazil
ACHIEVEMENTS: Set the world record for highest kayak waterfall plunge in 2009 at Salto Belo, Mato
Grosso, from a height of 39 m (127 ft).
Pedro Oliva is the Bear Gryll of Brazil and lives a life full of adventures. But he also wants to use his knowledge from being an extreme athlete and jumping down a 40 meter high waterfall to studying the function of waterfalls in the eco system.
Näytä kaikki artikkelit