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Environmental awareness at the largest agricultural event in the North

Hydro's participation at the 53rd Agropec in Paragominas, Pará, includes stand,, environmental education actions with students from local schools and seminar on ongoing research projects

Students take part in educational actions at Hydro's stand (Photo by Yuri Lifschiitz)
Students take part in educational actions at Hydro's stand (Photo by Yuri Lifschiitz)

The 53rd Paragominas Agricultural Exhibition (Agropec), held at the Amílcar Tocantins Exhibition Park in Paragominas, Pará, stands out for the exhibition of machinery, cattle and horses, shows, auctions and professional rodeos, but also has room for the encouragement of environmental awareness promoted by Hydro, through Mineração Paragominas.The fair, which is organized by the Rural Producers Union (SPRP) and is considered the largest agricultural event in the northern region, has been sponsored by Hydro for 15 years. The event takes place from August 10th to 18th.

At the Mineração Paragominas stand, environmental recovery techniques are explained by the Environment team. On August 12, 13 and 14, Mineração Paragominas promotes environmental education actions aimed at students from public and private schools, elementary school classes (8th and 9th grade) and high school (1st, 2nd and 3rd grade).
At the stand, students participate in a traveling mockup exhibition that shows the extension of the Mineração Paragominas pipeline to the Alunorte refinery in Barcarena. With information about the scenarios of mining processes and environmental recovery, they know a little more about the importance of professionals working in the mineral sector.

Dams - In every day of participation in Agropec, the highlight is also the information on the operational management and safety of the company's tailings dams. Upon entering the stand, the visitor reproduces the experience of walking on the tailings, just as it does on the plant, and checks a block display of the tailings.

In parallel, also throughout the programming, Human Resources professionals approach the opportunities to join the company through the Trainee, Internship and Young Apprentice programs.

In 2018, the Union accounted the circulation of 230 thousand people on all days of Agropec and the turnover of R$ 3 million in business. For this year, it is expected that about 200 companies will attend the fair.

Mining and biodiversity are highlights in seminar

Hydro's participation in Agropec also includes the holding of the “II Mining and Biodiversity Seminar: Ensuring Sustainability”, which will be held on August 12 in the Exhibition Park auditorium.

At the event, research projects carried out by the teams of the Brazil - Norway Biodiversity Research Consortium (BRC) and developed within the Paragominas Mining, such as studies on terrestrial and aquatic fauna, pollination and the results achieved in the rehabilitation of mined areas, among others. This seminar will be attended by researchers from the Federal Rural University of Amazonia (Ufra), the Federal University of Pará (UFPA) and the Paraense Emílio Goeldi Museum (MPEG, Hydro's partner institutions in the Consortium.

In the BRC initiative, the University of Oslo (UiO) and Hydro professionals are also involved, in order to know how the various biological and physical organisms behave in the process of environmental restoration, including the return of ecological services.

More than 150 professionals participate in the programs of this initiative. “Mining operations must be in full synergy with the promotion of biodiversity and the adoption of technologies to improve the monitoring of flora and fauna, as well as reforestation techniques. BRC's academic partnerships and scientific studies are the basis for the sustainable recovery of mined areas. In addition, they contribute to the development of science in the area of sustainability and give more transparency to our actions ”, explains Evilmar Fonseca, plant manager of Mineração Paragominas

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