Sustainable Cities

Cities are also a focus of CASA’s support.  Be it to support the development of organic community gardens that build awareness in the population involved about the importance of nutritious food and the reuse of organic matter, or to support neighborhoods that are having their rights violated by the construction of mega projects.  Learn about some groups that received support from CASA to improve life in their cities.

Community Garden in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul

The “Comunicarte Terra” organization expanded activities in the Jardim Gordo Community Garden, in Vila Renascença, in the northern part of Porto Alegre. In addition to involving the community in workshops and educational trips, the project raised awareness about the need to separate waste for selective garbage collection. It also increased awareness about the redesign of urban spaces to enable young people to have access to economically productive activities that enhance their life choices, keep them away from drugs, improve the use of natural resources (water, wind, sun), and increase food production in the city.


Rio de Janeiro has been the setting for a series of mega-events, beginning with the 2012 Rio+20 UN Conference, then the 2014 FIFA World Cup, culminating at the 2016 Olympics. The local economy, driven by the oil industry, gains new momentum with the infrastructure built for the mega-events, and also because of the attraction of new metalworking complexes, and logistical projects to ship natural resources, such as ports and roads. The advance of this development model in the Rio de Janeiro state exacts a steep social and environmental price.

In fact, families living in communities close to those economic projects have systematically suffered physical and institutional violence, as well as witnessed environmental degradation caused by those projects. Hence, they have also become victims of environmental injustice.

The “Rio+Tóxico” project enabled its participating organizations to take advantage of the focus on Rio de Janeiro during the Rio+20 Conference to give visibility to those affected by the degradation brought about by the large economic development projects installed in Metropolitan Rio de Janeiro. These organizations included the following: Association of Seamen (AHOMAR), Pedra de Guaratiba Aquaculturists and Fishers Association (AAPP), Association of People Affected by the Atlantic Metalworking Company (APA-CSA), Forum of People Affected by the Oil and Petrochemical Industry in the Baía da Guanabara Surrounding Areas (FAPP-BG), PACS, FASE, Global Justice, Jubilee South Brazil, Jubilee South Americas, Brazilian Environmental Justice Network, Friends of the Earth Brazil, Oilwatch, World Rainforest Movement, Brazilian Network on Multilateral Financial Institutions, Network of People Affected by Vale, “Fazendo Media” Collective, Rio40Caos, and More Democracy Institute.

The CASA Socioenvironmental Fund and other funders supported these populations in collective solidarity efforts.


Building the World Cup City in Pernambuco

Many neighbors of the Itaipava Arena Pernambuco, the soccer stadium built in São Lourenço da Mata, a city near the capital Recife, felt ill after learning they would be forced out of their homes in an area where they lived and worked close by, and where their children attended local schools. Their forced displacement – for which they received but paltry compensation – made way for the construction of 2014 FIFA World Cup infrastructure.

The depression felt by those people was the common point in the testimonies gathered by Andrea Luna in her video “Gol Contra” (Own Goal), shot with CASA Fund support. According to Andrea Luna, her video has been successfully used in meetings, such as public hearings and networking gatherings, to address violations of the right to the city in Pernambuco state.