Vitória, Brazil (2014) | World Water Day Canoe Trip
Oiltanking Vitória Employees Helped Organize an Environmental Campaign
To mark World Water Day, on March 23, 2014, Oiltanking Terminais in Vitória, Brazil, sponsored the 25th environmental canoeing trip on the Jucu River. The initiative focused on protecting the river that supplies the entire Vitória metropolitan area with water, including Vila Velha, where the Oiltanking terminal is situated. Siltation, untreated sewage and riverbank erosion leading to deforestation threaten the Jucu, which not only provides a habitat for many animal and plant species, but is also of great importance to the neighboring communities because of its use in power generation and water supply. For instance, 60% of the population of the metropolitan area of Vitória – over a million people – obtain their water supply from the river.
This key traditional event was sponsored by the municipalities, the regional government and the private sector, including Oiltanking Terminais, whose employees are passionately committed to the preservation of the Jucu. Oiltanking was not only involved in the initiative as a financial sponsor, but this year also sent four colleagues to help with the logistics of the 20km route through the city of Viana to the mouth of Jucu in Vila Velha.