We are all responsible for preserving nature. Taking this into consideration, Ternium supports projects addressing the protection of biodiversity, our greatest asset. One of them is the Botos de Sepetiba Project, developed since 2019 in partnership with the Carlos Chagas Filho Institute of Biophysics, an organization under the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), and the NGO Boto Cinza Institute. The initiative assesses the health and behavior of marine life.
Today, chemical and populational ecology study applies scientific methods combined with field research and has more than 30 animals, among dolphins and whales.
The Boto Cinza Institute cares for marine life in Rio de Janeiro’s coastal region. With headquarters in Mangaratiba, they have been active since 2009, aiming to study dolphins and whales' behavior and quality of life in the Sepetiba Bay and its surroundings. Additionally, the institute relies on the collaboration and support from residents and companies in the region and is present at local school events.
Once the partnership with Ternium was established, the Botos de Sepetiba Project was launched in 2019. Today, chemical and populational ecology study applies scientific methods combined with field research and has more than 30 animals, among dolphins and whales. The planning intends to deliver the final results in the second half of 2022.
According to Leonardo Flach, Scientific Coordinator for the NGO, their mission is to monitor and guarantee good quality of life for marine animals: “Our purpose is to spread and establish the message that marine life must be preserved. We all play an essential role in taking care of it, and we’re responsible for the environmental conservation. We must guarantee good conditions for our future generations.”
“To find out more about the dolphins in the region is to contribute to the sustainable development of Sepetiba Bay. This study also stands out thanks to its innovative methodology, such as the installation of 15 radio transmitter systems to help researchers pinpoint the locations where these animals live”, said Cláudio Motta, Social Development Specialist at Ternium Brazil.
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