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The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro has written a fantastic letter of support to the Amazon Science Research and Corporate Environmental Village: “a long overdue model for the sustainable development of the Amazon”

After meetings in Rio de Janeiro in October 2012 as well as January and April 2013, Professor Rogerio Valle, Head of Research of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) has written a remarkable letter of support to the Amazon Charitable Trust’s project of an Amazon Science Research and Corporate Environmental Village.

Rogerio Valle pointed out that the Village would facilitate an even broader range of areas of study, such as water levels, air conditions, and generation of clean energy, amongst many others. He also said that UFRJ, one of Brazil’s leading research universities, would strongly back and support the project.

In a short but highly praising letter, he refers to the project as “innovative, unique and pioneering”. He concludes by affirming his participation in the Amazon Science Village, a “long overdue model for sustainable development of the Amazon”. The full content of the letter is available below:

I, Rogerio de Aragão Bastos do Valle, professor of Engineering at Coppe and SAGE - Laboratory of Advanced Systems of Management Production – in charge of establishing partnerships in the name of scientific research and development, confirm the interest of the above mentioned institution in participating with the initiative proposed by the community of Xixuaú to construct the first research centre in the Amazon.

 The project presented by the community of the Xixuaú and by representatives of the NGO Amazon Charitable Trust is a unique initiative. The possibility of combining a sustainable business for local communities with scientific research is a pioneering, innovative and long overdue model for the sustainable development of the Amazon.

We affirm our participation in the research centre as soon as it is fully operational. We are in contact with representatives from the Xixuaú community and of the Amazon Charitable Trust, and we hope that this project unfolds.

“We are extremely happy to receive this feedback from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, one of Brazil’s leading academic institutions. Their words and commitment are really inspirational and add great value to our project. We look forward to having them in the Xixuaú, as part of the Amazon Science Research and Corporate Environmental Village”, said Robert Pasley-Tyler, managing trustee of the Amazon Charitable Trust.