The Foundation For Amazon Sustainability (FAS), which supports Amazon riverine and indigenous communities, and Sabesp, one of Brazil’s largest water and sanitation companies, entered into a partnership to mobilize and engage citizens in Amazon conservation and sustainable development. Both institutions intend to create a movement to promote and keep the forest safe by preventing deforestation from increasing and improving the quality of life of riverside and indigenous communities. The campaign was launched on June 8.
With this purpose, Sabesp will encourage customers to make voluntary donations through their water and sewage bill. The partnership also aims to achieve the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, namely the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), 13 (Climate Action) and 15 (Life on Land).
“If we don’t take initiatives, like the one that FAS and Sabesp are taking now, we will regret it – we, our children and our grandchildren. Our future depends on initiatives like this. So we are happy to be here. You can count on the state of São Paulo, on the citizens of São Paulo and on everyone who lives here to take good care of the forest and also take care of those who take care of the forest. These are lessons for life, lessons for nature and lessons of love. That’s what we’re doing here: we are learning a lesson in protecting life, natural life and human life, the lives of all of us,” says Governor João Doria.
“This partnership is historical because it elevates the environmental benefits of the Amazon rainforest for the rest of Brazil. Sabesp recognizes the importance of the Amazon in the water circulation system in South America”, says Virgílio Viana, general superintendent for the Foundation For Amazon Sustainability (FAS).
“This partnership is historical because values the environmental benefits of the Amazon rainforest for the rest of Brazil. Sabesp recognizes the importance of the Amazon in the water circulation system in South America”, says Virgílio Viana, general superintendent for the Foundation For Amazon Sustainability (FAS).
Sabesp’s CEO, Benedito Braga, stresses that the Amazon’s importance goes beyond its geographic reach. “It is relevant for Brazil and the entire planet. With this historical agreement, we are giving Sabesp and the citizens of São Paulo the opportunity to contribute to its preservation and to improve the quality of life of the people who take care of the forest.”
Virgílio Viana emphasizes that the agreement with one of Brazil’s largest water and sanitation companies “is an opportunity to fund activities that will improve the quality of life of the guardians of the forest. By taking care of the people, we are also reducing deforestation and forest degradation.”
The mechanisms that will allow donations, transfers of funds raised and the accountability system of the institutions involved are to be established. Sabesp’s customers can voluntarily donate from Wednesday (June 9): approximately 9 million consumers will be potential donors.
How to donate
In order to participate, Sabesp’s customers will subscribe and choose the amount they wish to donate on Sabesp Fácil, through the Sabesp Mobile APP (Android and iOS) or through Agência Virtual (https://urldefense.com/v3/__http://www.sabesp.com.br__;!!HhhKMSGjjQV-!oXrmQgp8D9pZ70zjOrtpLj75L0hksZ9ZvrIQzonn-c7HmIUf2p6ViPhqDdg5RUWzVS2S$).
The amount donated will be added to your next bill under the description “Donation”. The Company will collect and monthly transfer the proceeds to FAS projects, which will be used for forest e water preservation. Every month, Sabesp will publish accountability reports on its website.
Foundation for Amazon Sustainability
Founded on February 8th 2008, the Foundation for Amazon Sustainability (FAS) is a non-profit civil society organization operating in the Amazon. With no political party affiliations, it provides social assistance to vulnerable populations. It is an institution that promotes regional development through research, development and innovation activities.
Sabesp is a semi-public company that was founded in 1973 and is currently responsible for supplying water and collecting and treating sewage in the 375 municipalities of São Paulo state. It is considered one of the world’s largest sanitation companies in terms of coverage. It supplies 28.6 million people with water and provides sewage collection services to 24.9 million people. Sabesp is responsible for around 30% of investments in basic sanitation in Brazil. Between 2021 and 2025, it plans to invest approximately R$ 21 billion (US$ 105 bilion). Sabesp’s mission is to improve water and sanitation services, contributing to quality of life and environmental improvement.