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The Environmental Institute
- Created 2012-03-07
The Environmental Institute (O Instituto Ambiental (OIA))
is a non-profit organization devoted exclusively to building and managing Integrated Biosystems that purify
water in urban areas and for small farms and agro-industries in South America. It was one of the first organizations created for such a purpose.
OIA applies integrated biosystems to recycle dangerously polluted wastewater into organic fertilizer, safe agricultural and
, habitat, and clean water. The process enhances flood control, soil renewal and reduction. OIA has constructed more than 70 water reclamation and community agricultural and development projects in
, serving more than 15,000 persons and processing waste from various agricultural operations.
OIA projects are among the first and most comprehensive applications of the Intelligent Products System, which evolved into the poo to electricity system. Early projects were instrumental in forming and implementing the systems, now used worldwide. These are some of the first practical uses of Intelligent Product and Cradle to Cradle principles in developing economies.
OIA projects resulted from successful green technology transfer from China, Germany and the U.S. to South America at a time when many sustainability technology transfers were failing. More than 25 technologies were transferred to Brazil to build the projects, with most of those technologies operating today and expanding rapidly.
Founded in Brazil in 1993, OIA was the collaborative brainchild of anti-poverty activist Waldemar Boff, renowned chemist Prof.
, community entrepreneur Valmir Fachini, biological engineer Katja Hansen, and environmental manager Douglas Mulhall. OIA developed out of collaboration between the Hamburger Umweltinstitut in Germany and the Brazilian social self-help organization SEOP. It benefitted from the conceptual work of
, GAIA Foundation President Jose Lutzemberger, and the engineering concepts of Prof G.L.Chan of Mauritius, whose Integrated Farming System is a major component.
A precursor to OIA's projects was constructed in Silva Jardim RJ Brazil as a demonstration for the 1992 Rio
and was featured on U.S.
National Public Radio
as one of the only functioning examples of a sustainable technology within driving distance of that pivotal conference.
The work of OIA is supported by various municipalities, foundations, and companies.
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