Field methodology created in partnership with PTI will be replicated in other Brazilian states
A total of 226 properties of eight watersheds from the Paraná River Basin 3 (BP3), already adopted the Participatory Quality Index (PQI), an indicator that evaluates the Direct Planting System efficiency. And this number must grow even more.
The methodology developed by the power plant, Itaipu Technological Park (PTI) and the Brazilian Federation of Direct Planting in Straw, initially for the Itaipu Lake influence area, must be expanded for the 54 cities in the wester region of Paraná and also to other stated, such as Rio Grande do Sul, São Paulo and Goiás.
The job will be one of the actions both institutions have been working on to develop the region, one of PTI’s mission basic premise.
The Participatory Quality Index was created in 2009. Last year, five cooperatives from the region, with 42 thousand producers associated, signed an intentions protocol to use the method. The initiative proves what PTI’s superintendent director, Jorge Augusto Callado, has been defending.
Since he took up the position, he compromised on reinforce the region development actions and to get closer to the community. The task is connected to Itaipu, the Park’s maintainer.
In July only, for example, Itaipu Binacional signed 56 new agreements with the 54 cities in the western region of Paraná, that involve actions in many areas, such as infrastructure, education and soil conservation. The bi national counterpart is with R$134 million.
Following the same guideline from its maintainer, PTI is, since last year, increasing its acting on the territory. The region’s sustainable development is a part of he PTI’s mission.
Between the beginning from 2017 until now, more than 50 agreements – among projects, promotion and cooperation and sponsorship terms – were signed by PTI in the benefit of the region. The partnerships involve initiatives starting from education investments to technology development, basic sanitation and even to public management strengthening.
The support to municipalities in the Basic Sanitation Plans review is another work PTI and Itaipu have been developing in the wester region of Paraná. These plans are requirements so that the cities can get resources from the Federal Government for this ending.
Out of the 54 regions municipalities, 14 are being served by the PTI and Itaipu’s Environmental Sanitation project, benefiting around 400 thousand inhabitants.
In Jorge Callado’s opinion, these investments show PTI’s responsibility and concern in acting in a preventive way to ensure a life quality improvement and the health of the influence area population to be better.
PTI and Itaipu also develop and offer important education projects for all the region. In PTI, since 2011, specialization courses are held, such as masters and doctorates, which bring qualified professionals and knowledge to the territory. The Financial Education Program, developed by PTI and Itaipu, promotes lectures in several western Paraná municipalities. The project awares the community, businessmen, universities and other interested about the importance of keeping balance in monthly bills and to establish a health relationship with money.
At PTI, undergraduate and postgraduate courses are held.
Besides this job, Itaipu and PTI got together in a new assignment this year to promote learning acting in areas as environmental education, science and sustainability at the 54 cities of the western region. The project must endure a year and will involve teachers’ formation, pedagogical service and ‘knowledge transportation’ to the community, using an itinerant vehicle.
PTI’s superintendent director compared knowledge to the shell that protects snails. “We, human beings, don’t have shells to protect us, but we have knowledge, education and formation, that make us face adversities and evolve”.
Itaipu and PTI are also working to strengthen the public management of the prefectures of Western Paraná and on the support of projects directed to the territorial development. Regarding inspection, the institutions answered a demand from the Paraná’s Public Prosecution and are developing a model for Transparency Portals for municipalities. This portal will bring information in an easy and clear way, for free, to city halls and to councillors chambers and, initially, it will be implanted in 17 cities.