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    • Introduction
    • A3P
    • Center for Social and Environmental Responsibility
    • Introduction

      Since 2004, the Environmental Education Service (SEA – acronym in Portuguese) has a partnership with the Environmental Agenda on Public Administration (A3P) of the Ministry of the Environment. The A3P is an action aimed at implementing an environmentally friendly management of the administrative and management activities of the State, adopting environmental criteria reducing the environmental impact and contributing to change the current patterns of production and consumption of the society towards the social and environmental responsibility.

      The Botanical Garden also promotes the training of human, social, cultural, scientific, and environmental resources. The Center for Social and Environmental Responsibility has the mission of promoting and implementing actions related to social, scientific, and environmental issues as well as the training of human resources and social and cultural inclusion. There is a permanent commitment towards ethical actions contributing for the environmental, social, and economic development in the whole world.

      The institution has a long tradition in the field. In the decade of 1860, when the school called “Agricultural Asylum of the Normal Farm” was opened, there were the first experiences on teaching agricultural techniques for orphans between 9 and 24 years old from the Holy House of Mercy. When in the Garden, they trained and perfected the modern agricultural techniques of the time, and had the necessary training to manage the nearby farms. Thus, the Botanical Garden started training professional gardeners among the socially excluded.

      • Environmental Agenda on the Public Administration (A3P)

        On August 30, 2009, the Term of Agreement to the A3P celebrated between the Ministry of Environment and the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden was formalized at the Botanical Garden. This act strengthened, tightened, and improved the ties and efforts between the ministry and the Botanical Garden towards the development of the A3P program at the institution. The implementation of the Environmental Agenda relies necessarily on the commitment of the public managers and workers, who must undertake the challenge of creating an environmentally sustainable institutional culture. The expected benefits are waste reduction and minimization of the environmental impacts, the economy of natural resources and of the public goods, the change of habits of civil servants and the improvement of life quality with the adoption of attitudes and environmentally correct procedures.


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      • Center for Social and Environmental Responsibility

        The Center for Social and Environmental Responsibility promotes actions of the Botanical Garden related to the training of human, social, cultural, scientific, and environmental resources. It is a permanent commitment on the adoption of ethical actions and stances, contributing for the environmental, social, and economic development of the society as a whole.

        In 2014, the Center for Social and Environmental Responsibility reaches its 25th year on the run, with a history on social inclusion and the training of humans resources that started in 1989, with the project called “Extra Muros: Meninos de Rua/Jardinagem (Outside the walls: homeless boys/gardening). This project was aimed at youngsters of both genders, between 14 and 21 years old, and was created due to the growing demand for a specialized workforce on the maintenance of green areas and the insertion of the surrounding communities in the Garden’s activities.

        In 1995, the Program Educação e Trabalho (Education and Work) was created, whose goal was to face four great challenges: developing an educational and innovative proposition that would be capable of promoting competencies, personal qualities and ethical values, incentivizing productivity by means of new methodologies, initiative, learning with autonomy, promoting to youngsters the capacity to manage their personal and professional development, and the upbringing of citizens.

        On July 13, 2003, the sector called Social Laboratory (Labor) was created, following the path of the social actions of the Botanical Garden. Committed with the results, and observing the results of the teamwork, Labor developed actions that, along with the formal education, allowed the betterment of abilities, skills and virtues of the learners, such as: autonomy, initiative, creativity, security in negotiations, self-valuing, responsibility, solidarity and other important aspects on socialization. Furthermore, it was also offered to the target audience, the opportunity to get closer and in contact with technological and academic resources, available for the modern concept of social responsibility.

        Since 2006, the sector extends its project to another age group of teenagers between 12 and 16 years old, and, in partnership with the State Court of Rio de Janeiro aims to insert them back in society. The workshops are different from those mentioned before, including: Workshops on the Environment and Citizenship, Floral Arrangements, Interpersonal Relationships, School Reinforcement, Art Education, Sports Education, Reading Incentive and others. After this phase, those youngsters are automatically included in the professional training courses.

        Due to the institutional restructuring occurred in November 13, 2009, the Social Laboratory had its name changed to Center for Social and Environmental Responsibility, broadening the range of its actions and commitments regarding transdisciplinary training of human, social, cultural, scientific, and environmental resources. This is a new permanent commitment to adopt social and environmental educational actions and stances based on ethics.



        • Pró-Florescer: The goal of the project is to welcome and train professionally teenagers/youngsters between 16 and 18 years old. By means of the Gardening, Environmental Monitoring and Administrative Assistant courses its goal is to contribute on the rescue of the social links and citizenship of the population at social risk and social and economic vulnerability;
        • Inclusive Education/Sensory Garden: A highlight of the project is the sum of personal values developed in a space that enables the sensorimotor stimuli by means of the interaction with a diversity of plant species and the perception of the balance when walking through a path of different textures and materials. The activities aim at integrating the visitor to the sensory environment by means of specific ludic activities.
        • Youth Leadership: A set of actions based in educational principles, aiming at taking directly to teenagers teachings towards the change of habits and attitudes in the technical, economic, social and environmental aspects, levering their protagonism as social agents.
        • Project on the Recovery of the Riparian Forest of the Macacos River: The goal is to train youngsters living in the communities of Horto and Grotão to recover degraded areas along the Macacos River, turning them into actors who will multiply the practices towards the conservation of the environment and the improvement of life quality.
        • Professional Training Courses: in partnership with the Brazilian Navy, it was created a hub on human resources training to promote the professional training of military, civilian workers and the population surrounding the Guandu do Sapê Complex, in Campo Grande/RJ, in fields such as gardening, nursery gardening, afforestation and forest restoring agents.