Natureza Viva Institute
One of the examples of support by Grupo Telles to the environment is embodied at Natureza Viva Institute (INV), a non-profitable organization, founded in March 2006 and acknowledged by the Federal Government as a Public Interest Non-Governmental Organization (OSCIP). Having as its object the education, preservation and conservation of the environment, the INV acts towards fostering the sustainable development by means of researches and development of projects.
“We want to ensure the engagement of the communities and to increase the collective awareness about the importance of the preservation of hydrous resources and recycling programs”, says Paulo Telles, president of the INV and Grupo Telles’ Planning director.
We have two examples of this ecological initiative, the REP of Lagoa da Encantada and ARIE – Curió.
Lagoa Encantada’s Ecological Reserve
The 40 hectares of pre-coastal ecosystem, located at the Pécem Embalagens unit in Pindoretama/CE, represents Lagoa da Encantada’s Private Ecological Reserve (REP). As important as the preservation of the flora and the 142 fauna species (101 birds, 24 reptiles, 11 mammals) is the manner how Grupo Telles approaches environmental education. A proof of that are the visits scheduled by groups of students (from public and private schools from the Metropolitan Region of Fortaleza), as well as from Ceará’s universities, which benefit from the REP, whose purpose is to raise the citizenship awareness in children, youngsters and adults.
The “lung” of Atlantic Forest in the middle of the Metropolitan Region of Fortaleza (RMF), starting by the climate and the native and green vegetation surrounded by small brooks and springs. This is the scenario found by those walking through one of the three tracks that cut the 57 hectares of the Area of Relevant Ecological Interest (ARIE) at Sítio Curió (Curió Forest), between the districts of Messejana and Curió. This is the first ARIE in Ceará. The area is comprised by a thick vegetation, comprised by the main native species and fruit species – such as the jatobá, timbaúba, cedar, visgueiro and catanduva –, what provides a very pleasant climate to the region.
Besides the flora, the woods houses a wide diversity of fauna – 92 species (seven mammals, 65 birds, 14 reptiles and six amphibians), helping promote the contact between the population and the nature. There is also an outdoors classroom, intended for courses, lectures, practical classes, carried out by means of agreements with local schools and universities. The place is open to public visitation from Tuesday through Sunday, from 06 am to 03:30 pm, free of charge.