REGUA have been invited to attend meetings of the Eastern Bay of Guanabara Watershed Committee (held in Niteroi city) which is gaining momentum and reputation. The Group discuss and plan the future requirements of water use for the general public, government and industry.
This is an important committee to have representation in, as the concept of payments for ecological services is gradually being discussed and could possibly soon be implemented. REGUA may be eligible for future payments as we protect the water of the Guapiaçu river and restore forests in the watershed.
Raquel Locke, REGUA’s Vice President and Lorena an independent mapping consultant working with REGUA, will attend these meetings. The Rio de Janeiro Government accepts and understands the strategic importance of the eastern Guanabara bay area for the provision of clean drinking water to eastern Rio de Janeiro and its metropolitan areas.
The Guapiaçu and Macacu rivers have their sources in Cachoeiras de Macacu Municipality. Together they provide water to over 3.5 million people in Metropolitan Rio de Janeiro and the inclusion of REGUA within this initiative enables us to encourage the replication of our model within this vital area.