World Cultural and Environmental Heritage BRASILIA, BRAZIL

PROJECT OVERVIEW: Brasilia is considered part of the “Cultural and Environmental Heritage of Humanity”. This qualification can be expanded to a place of excellence in sustainability. Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, was the first nucleus built in the twentieth century to receive a World Heritage title from UNESCO. The is due to the Cerrado biome, a type of savanna with high biodiversity that is threatened to disappear. It is therefore considered a hotspot of world biodiversity. Part of this biome belongs to a management unit called the Cerrado Biosphere Reserve (CBR), which constitutes the UNESCO Program (Man and Biosphere). Thus, it can be said that the Cerrado is world environmental heritage. Since 2016, the World Biosphere Reserves have been recognized as living laboratories for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. In this context, the New Urban Agenda becomes fundamental for the CBR. Therefore, there is a great opportunity to integrate the preservation of Brasilia and Cerrado heritage, increase their synergy and accelerate the insertion of this territory into the context of sustainability. The project proposes that the Cerrado Biosphere Reserve is involved in implementing the 2030 Agenda and the New Urban Agenda (NUA) in Brasilia. The pilot area is the “SuperQuadra” (Superblock). It is a residential space with multifamily housing. SuperQuadra Sul 113 (SQS 113) was selected due to its strong social mobilization and advanced recycling of solid waste with zero waste targets.

CATEGORY: Education SETTING: Urban STATUS: On-going

BY: Geocivitas Center, Center for Advanced Multidisciplinary Studies, University of Brasilia

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Initially, the way to get people involved is to clarify the advantages of participating in the project. Another way is the creation of the "Brasilia, Sustainable World Heritage" seal, which will encourage community engagement in sustainable practices, with verifiable evidence, of improved implementation of the SDGs and the NUA. The project will involve liquidators, residents, students and teachers, and some merchants of the chosen Superquadra. Heritage and environmental education is also being conducted so that the participants understand why Brasilia is a center of “Cultural and Environmental Heritage of Humanity”. The idea is, in addition to implementing and accelerating the SDGs in the Superquadra, to make the project scalable and applicable to the other Superquadras in Brasilia.

PARTNERS: The largest partnership of the project is with the Cerrado Ecological Research Association - PROCER. This institution, an environmental organization, coordinates the program "Brasilia, Cultural and Environmental Heritage of Humanity" with the civil society. Another partnership is being developed with the “City Hall” of SQS 113. The group, made up of women, is responsible for the project team's first contact with the liquidators and residents of the Superquadra buildings. These residents need to understand the purpose of the project and participate in interviews. The “City Hall” also provides space in the Superquadra for the lectures to take place.




Geocivitas Center, Center for Advanced Multidisciplinary Studies, University of Brasilia: Mônica Veríssimo dos Santos, José Wilson Corrêa Rosa, Tobias Kühner, Paulo Augusto de Albuquerque, Fernanda Bocorny Messias. Cerrado Ecological Research Association - PROCER: Silvana Chaves.