Niterói City Administration

2017 Conference Partner

In order to accomplish its social function, a city needs efficient policies for the use and occupation of the soil, mobility and transport, environmental sanitation, housing, and land regularization. With the creation of green corridors, and by promoting the renaturalization of the ecosystem, the main goal of local environmental management is to conciliate urban dynamics and nature.

Niterói has the highest Human Development Index in the State of Rio de Janeiro and the seventh amongst all of 5,570 Brazilian cities. Niterói also reaches the sixth position in national sanitation (about to 96% of sewage treatment and potable water offering). Among the municipalities located in metropolitan areas, Niterói has one of the highest percentages of protected areas, totaling around 50% of its territory. Due to the Municipal administration's actions, Niterói will offer to the State of Rio de Janeiro the first "to be considered unpolluted" portion of the Guanabara Bay. The city has also implemented a pioneer fire fighting and prevention program.

Niterói is the second most visited city by tourists in the state, after the capital city of Rio de Janeiro. Combining environmental actions, natural and cultural heritage preservation, and investments in sustainable mobility – like the implementation of programs such as Niterói de Bicicleta (Niterói by Bike) and the construction of the TransOceânica expressway which will prioritize the use of mass modals and bikes over individual transportation – Niterói will transform into a more human and sustainable city for generations to come.

The citizens of Niterói desire effective economic and social development based on the principles of environmental sustainability and social justice, providing better life quality and a smarter use of the urban space. With this vision we are building the Niterói of the future: a better city to live and be happy.

Biomass and Water Management Research Center (NAB)

2017 Conference Partner

The Biomass and Water Management Research Center (NAB), at the Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), was established in March 2013 and is located in the city of Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Situated on the bay, NAB boasts an expansive 300° view across Guanabara Bay that encompasses such world-famous sites as Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corcovado, and the Rio de Janeiro cityscape.

NAB’s mission is to lead the way in sustainable development by facilitating research, development, and innovation in all that pertains to water management, biomass, renewable resources, sustainable energy, and climate change. NAB, a state-of-the-art scientific institution, provides a nurturing research environment and laboratory facilities for studies that involve chemistry, physical chemistry, computer sciences, geochemistry, environmental research, and applied mechatronics. In addition, NAB houses a digital library, supports UFF’s distance learning program, and provides diverse equipment for studies on water (freshwater, seawater, drinking water, waste water, e.g.), air, greenhouse gases, marine environment, biofuels, amongst others. NAB boasts a modern convention center, at which it has hosted symposiums and conferences, or used it as a venue to promote its international collaborations, and counts on a team of researchers and academic people, either Brazilian or foreign, to cope with its mission.

Fluminense Federal University (UFF)

2017 Conference Partner

The Fluminense Federal University is one of the four federally funded public universities in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and one of the Brazilian centers of excellence in teaching and research. The university was established by federal law on December 18, 1960. It is the union of five federal colleges and three state colleges. It has about 50,000 undergraduate students, and 12,000 graduate students (2011). It has six campuses in the city of Niterói, on the southeast side of Guanabara Bay, and 12 satellite campuses in towns of the state. There are 68 undergraduate and 208 graduate (Ph.D., Master and Specialization) programs available at UFF in Natural and Social Sciences. The word fluminense in Portuguese, from Latin flumen ("river"), is the native adjective for the state of Rio de Janeiro.

The Cairns Institute, Research in Tropical Societies, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia

2018 Conference Partner

Bringing together the expertise and intellectual resources of more than 20 disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, The Cairns Institute is a uniquely robust and vibrant hub of research, capacity building and public debate in the tropics, for the tropics. The Cairns Institute’s location in tropical North Queensland and close proximity to neighbouring countries in the Pacific and Southeast Asia places it at the epicentre of economic, environmental and cultural change. In this most dynamic of regions, the Institute is committed to understanding and informing the critical processes of transformation that will shape communities’ and environments’ future wellbeing.

International Institute for the Inclusive Museum (iiiM)

Network Partner

The International Institute for the Inclusive Museum (iiiM) is a not-for-profit that subsumes the Pacific Asia Observatory for Cultural Diversity in Human Development established in 2004 as part of the Action Plan of the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity (2001). It brings together clusters of research and capacity building institutions along with arts, museums, heritage and environmental agencies across the world. The criteria for participation includes demonstrated commitment to the ICOM Code of Ethics (2004); ICOM Cultural Diversity Charter (2010); and the Soft and Hard Law Instruments of UNESCO.

Networking all over the world and with active engagement through social media, the iiiM platform enhances constructive exchanges across research networks and promotes state of the art online research, learning, and teaching systems. A strategic partner with the prestigious Common Ground Publishing, iiiM is driven by UN Sustainable Development Goals as defined in Transforming Our World - the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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