Marine pollution in Rio: Global issues, local impacts


Botafogo Cove, Rio de Janeiro.  Credit: Ricardo Gomes

Rio de Janeiro is a highly urbanized coastal city, where the marine environment is ecologically and economically important for fishery activities, vessel transportation, and recreation. In addition, the coastal and marine waters of Rio are highly impacted by industrial and urban sewage dumps and pollution released by vessels and industrial plants. Considering the increase in the frequency of pollutants released and urban expansion, monitoring and evaluating spatial and temporal contaminants occurrence and kinetics in this coastal marine environment provide crucial information for ecosystem management and conservation, which will aid decision-making for avoiding damage to the public health and the environment.

The main goals of this workshop are to engage scientists, stakeholders, and society in environmental monitoring and cleaning actions and encourage the development and application of methods to evaluate and clean marine ecosystems. These goals will be achieved during the proposed workshop by presenting short expositions about the steps necessary to understand and manage coastal marine environments, especially those from the State of Rio de Janeiro.

Specific objectives include: connecting scientists who research the different components of the marine ecosystem in Rio de Janeiro; promoting efforts for monitoring pollution on the marine environment of Rio de Janeiro; and showcasing and exemplifying how scientific information produced locally can be used to monitor and clean the marine environment, and how these efforts aid the avoidance of environmental degradation and diminish the impacts of pollution on the marine ecosystems of Rio de Janeiro. Further, this Activity aims to catalyze the development of citizen science methods and programs connecting scientists with policymakers and local social initiatives.

One of the most iconic and economically important marine environments in Rio de Janeiro is Guanabara Bay. This estuary is one of the most studied marine ecosystems globally, being impacted by several anthropic pressures. Although these pressures have been changing the environment over time, it still shows signs of resilience and sustains a strong local community with several ecosystem services. This event will bring together scientists and stakeholders to look carefully at what we have achieved up to now and how we can move forward to evaluate pollution issues at Guanabara Bay, Sepetiba Bay, and marine ecosystems in adjacent coastal areas of Rio de Janeiro.

This workshop is a Satellite Activity of the Laboratory "A Clean Ocean" of the Ocean Decade

With this purpose, participants will be encouraged to discuss the main pollution pressures on marine environments in Rio, their synergisms, as well as the advantages of new technologies and methods, citizen science, participative management, and public policies against marine pollution, to evaluate and mitigate environmental pollution, aiming for a clean ocean.

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Date: November 18, 2021

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