Eight cities in Minas will have simultaneous environmental action today

Operation remembers International Volunteer Day

Published in 04/12/2021 - 12:05 By Alana Gandra - Repórter da Agência Brasil - Rio de Janeiro

The company Furnas, a subsidiary of Eletrobras, promotes today (4), in eight municipalities in Minas Gerais, neighboring Lake Furnas, a simultaneous environmental action involving cleaning and reforestation efforts, with the planting of seedlings of native species from the Cerrado and Atlantic Forest.

The action recalls the International Volunteer Day, celebrated on December 5th, and will be in the lake area, which is of fundamental importance for Minas Gerais and for the country in terms of electricity generation.

Carried out in partnership with the Association of Municipalities of Lago de Furnas (Alago) and the EcoFaxina Institute, the initiative will bring together a thousand volunteers in the cities of Alfenas, Três Pontas, Boa Esperança, Cristais, Guapé, Capitólio, São José da Barra and São João Baptist of Gloria. Groups of scouts and cyclists, divers and students from municipal schools will participate in the task force, as well as representatives of the government.

According to Furnas' press office, the action is part of the Environmental Intervention for Water Recovery (Iara) project, whose goal is to clean and recover rivers and streams that cross the company's operating units throughout Brazil. .

The president of Furnas, Clovis Torres, informed that the company maintains a permanent presence with the residents in its catchment areas. “We promote the sustainable development of the communities in which Furnas is located, working in partnership with the government and local society to promote the recovery and clean up rivers and streams that cross the operating units,” he said.

The expectation is to collect 600 kilos of garbage during the initiative. The solid waste collected will be sent to collectors' cooperatives, which will separate what can be recycled and dispose of material that cannot be reused properly.


Minas Gerais is the second state to receive activities from the Iara project, after Rio de Janeiro. The idea is to expand the project to other states.

The program reinforces Furnas' commitment to supporting actions that implement the goals of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (UN), respecting the needs and characteristics of the locations where the company operates. Iara is linked to SDGs 10 (Reduction of Inequalities), 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and 15 (Terrestrial Life).

Alago's executive secretary, Fausto Costa, highlighted that the partnership between the association and Furnas is essential for the development of any actions that may bring economic, social and environmental benefits to the population of the municipalities around Lake Furnas.

He also said that the Iara project "is another joint action to preserve nature and, in particular, to make people aware of the importance of not discarding polluting objects in nature."

Text translated using artificial intelligence.

Edition: Kleber Sampaio

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