LOCATION: SAO PAULO
This is one of Brazil's most polluted rivers
but recent wildlife sightings offer new hope
NAME: JOSE BUENO, URBAN PLANNER AND ARCHITECT
"When I see fish in Pinheiros River, I see life. So we are not defending something invisible, something abstract. We are protecting what is alive."
Sao Paulo's govt has launched a project to clean the river
It's one of the country's biggest environmental projects
PRICE TAG: $735 million
is being invested
NAME: JOAO DORIA, SAO PAULO GOVERNOR:
"We have already removed 30,000 tonnes of surface garbage from the river. Today we have 20 boats working daily to clean the Pinheiros River."
It's hoped new bike paths and cafes along the river
will help locals feel more invested in keeping it clean