Rio’s Municipal Environment Secretariat ordered the immediate halt of work on a real estate development by the Opportunity Group in a listed area with trees in Tijuca, a neighborhood in the northern part of Rio de Janeiro’s capital. The decision was taken last Wednesday (15), after the negative repercussions among residents of the neighborhood and civil and environmental organizations.
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The Public Ministry of the State (MP-RJ) had already recommended the interruption of the works in the stretch that belonged to Colégio Batista Shepard so that new technical evaluations can be carried out on the licenses granted for the project at the site.
The MP-RJ Ombudsman’s Office also received complaints about the alleged removal of 355 trees and the soundings in the ground for real estate construction. According to the MP, given the lack of a conclusive report on the need to adapt or modify aspects of the granted licenses, and the imminent risk of irreversible environmental damage, the stoppage was determined.
At a meeting last Tuesday (14), information was collected and clarifications provided. Since the 31st of August, when the removal of trees began, the place has become the stage for several protests by local residents, against the project and its possible impacts.
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This Thursday (16), the Special Committee on Sustainable Development Objectives (ODS), chaired by the mandate of Councilor Reimont (PT), held a Public Hearing with city residents and public authorities to debate the issue.
“The city hall authorized the cutting of 340 trees in the mouth of the forest. When we organized to stop this absurdity, more than 300 trees had already been cut down. Toucans, tamarins, thrush, woodpeckers, bem-te-vis, all bewildered by the surroundings of deforestation,” said Reimont, criticizing the authorization given by the city before the decision to stop.
In a statement on social networks, the representative of the reforestation company Biovert, which works with the Opportunity Group, argued that the project provides for environmental compensation measures, such as the replanting of 18 species from the Atlantic Forest in the land area and the protection of 62 species , in addition to the replanting of 2,805 trees”.
Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro
Edition: Eduardo Miranda