27 Jul Vila dos Pescadores, Cubatão, state of São Paulo, Brazil
The community of Vila dos Pescadores is an urban slum located in a mangrove area, in the city of Cubatão, Brazil. This community is located in the Santos Estuary, where many of the people living in the community use the mangroves for artisanal fishing, which is a large source of income for people living in the area. For many populations in the mangrove slums of Cubatão, artisanal scale fishing contributes to their food security. Being a very impoverished mangrove-based neighborhood, mangrove conservation is vital to the livelihoods of Vila dos Pescadores. Recent environmental disasters such as industrial and urban pollution has led community members to get involved with the Fisheries Institute and local NGOs. Locals are now more engaged as members host meetings and post pictures related to fisheries issues and mangrove conservation. Recently developed linkages between universities, municipal and state government agencies, NGOs and the community has led to a positive impact on the implementation of conservation initiatives in the community.
See below for the Portuguese language abstract for this community story, “Vila Dos Pescadores, Cubatão, Estado De São Paulo, Brasil: Melhorarando os meios de vida e promovendo o diálogo na Vila dos Pescadores, Cubatão, estado de São Paulo, Brasil.”
The documentary is part of Cintia Gillam’s Master’s of Arts in International Development Studies thesis at Saint Mary’s University, and is based on her field research trip between July and August 2014.