Saturday, February 4, 2023

Matanza-Riachuelo: a project that invites the community to reappropriate the river. New Walk to generate environmental and cultural awareness

Between Friday and Saturday, the first pilot test of the Nicolás Avellaneda Transporter Bridge was carried out, which connects the shores of La Boca (in CABA) and Isla Maciel (in Avellaneda). The novelty is that both points are located environmental promotion stations that will serve as places that provide historical, economic, environmental and tourist information to those who want to know more about Riachuelo. A geographical area that was established as a boundary for a good part of the time and through this initiative, can begin to integrate through activities for cultural purposes, which raise awareness of sustainability and contribute to local development.

“Today a natural and cultural heritage is visible, and there is a very strong community and social life. We want to strengthen an organized community as it contributes to cleanliness. We are in a new phase in which we add dimensions like green jobs and sustainable development. The state presents today a circuit that will also serve to strengthen tourism in the region“, Understand maria jose parraDirector of Community Strengthening and Development Promotion, Accumer.

The bridge, inaugurated in 1914, ceased to function in the 1960s, and was scrapped and wanted to be sold for scrap in the 1990s. Its recovery process began in 2013 and it reopened this weekend. ,In the past, Isla Maciel and La Boca were part of a single whole and the bridge was the protagonist of social life. It carried port workers, teachers, neighbors and even vehicles such as carts and animals. there was no division between one edge and the other”, he highlighted. Recreational venues, fitness centers, sports and art spaces were set up around the bridge, creating a landscape with rhythms that give the place another liveliness.

Visitors this Saturday collected their free tickets at the stations and joined groups of 25 people to carry out the half-an-hour-long activity. Once on the ferry, you can reach Panoramic points to take photos and audio guides that add meaning to what you see, On the other hand, neighbors Isla Maciel guides organize walking circuits to take those wishing to visit the historically invisible or stigmatized neighborhood, depending on the occasion. ,it was recorded here Mary, a film starring Susana and Monzón; It was the first house on the island over there, it’s a historic house. The neighborhood’s got a lot of life, a lot of classes, a lot of football, you gotta know it”, releases an enthusiastic neighbor Carroll, who actively participated in the tour.

This way, visitors can access the symbolic murals, learn about the history of the place, the San Telmo Club neighborhood, and even stop to eat choripan. On this day, the heat was not a deterrent for people and groups in the area coming from other points and suburbs of CABA to agree to test the operation of the bridge. a project (baptized “El Puente y Sous dos Orilas”) that contributes to Describe the relevance of the natural and cultural resources of the region in a different way, Once you’ve walked, you can walk back and reach new panoramic points, or wait for the return ferry departure.

Most serious environmental conflict

The Matanza-Riachuelo basin is undergoing a cleanup process, which has been led by Ekumar since 2006. A contamination that for decades has threatened the health of the ecosystem and, above all, the population living in the surrounding areas. “The comprehensive environmental clean-up plan was drawn up in 2010, and from that moment on continuous action began, but the problem is historical, The agro-export model, industrialization, immigration, de-industrialization, the disappearance of the state and its renewed intervention in these times: everything leaves its mark on Matanza-Riachuelo. without a doubt, This is the most important environmental conflict in Argentina.”, warns the officer. Through a Supreme Court judgment in 2008, the right to a healthy environment for the residents of the place was emphasized and this operated as a turning point, to the extent that it became clear that things needed to be done in a different way. should be done properly. ,

The challenge lies ahead: With an estimated length of 64 kilometers and an area of ​​more than 2 thousand square kilometers, it is one of the most populated regions of the country, as about five million people live there. It includes 9 communes of CABA and 14 municipalities of Buenos Aires. Since the middle of the last century, the river has been a major environmental conflict, which currently has no solution. Untreated industrial waste from adjacent factories (mainly refrigerators, tanneries), sewage contamination, household garbage and dozens of open-air dumps complicate a scene that, unfortunately, is already known to generations.

With urban growth, consumption increases and waste goes hand in hand. According to Accumer data, currently 10,000 tonnes of waste is generated daily which ends up in the basin. As a result, the water contains levels of mercury, lead and zinc that exceed tolerable limits. Allergies, respiratory problems and all kinds of conditions cause harm to neighbors and neighbors. However, at present, sanitation work–little by little–has led to the emergence of a new landscape.

,Small birds and herons are seen again today; Flora and fauna are exhibited at the rate of development of human activities. A lot of people play sports on these paths: there are circuits for running, there are circuits for biking. There are also influential actors: La Boca is a landmark of symbolist artistsIt is called mercury. Benito Quinquela Martin is also engaged to painter Alejandra Fenocchio and singer Trueno.

public bridge

A notable fact about the initiative is that it was promoted by Various Government Vacancies At a national, Buenos Aires and Buenos Aires level. Participants in its development are Acumer (the Cuenca Matanza Riachuelo Authority), the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of the nation, the National Highways, the Municipality of Avellaneda, the Government of the City of Buenos Aires and the Commune 4.

In a clear way, they want to value the cultural, historical and natural heritage of the basin. Activities that seek to involve communities in the production and democratization of access to knowledge. The base is on the table: No one protects what they do not know. Along these lines, in order to provide information, it must first be collected from reliable sources and communicated in a friendly manner to the intended audience. From here, teams of guides were trained to act as hosts; These are workers from the Ministry of Tourism of the country, from the National Highway, from Ekumar and from the jurisdiction.

Using a bridge is not the same as appropriating it; Rather, it constitutes an action that is achieved when the community begins to construct meaning, senses and feelings about it. ,The river is part of the people and the people are part of the river”, summarizes Mercury. The idea is that people use social, recreational, cultural and tourism. In this effort, proposals have already circulated to make it navigable, an activity that has been judicially suspended since 2011. However, at the moment pollution also divides the waters at this point.

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