Environmental Program

The Environmental Program provides the interaction between nautical activities, the use of technology, the rescue of the maritime culture and the environment. Partnerships with universities, NGO´s, public authorities and private companies are welcome, since they promote interaction and the strengthening of several projects and activities.

Project Guanabara Bay

Project Guanabara Bay, a partnership between Project Grael, BG-Brazil, Prooceano and LAMMA/UFRJ, represents a technological breakthrough in the environmental monitoring of the bay. It allows the knowledge of the sea currents to be complemented with data on the physical and chemical properties of the water. The study of currents generates valuable information for the management of risk for the companies that work within Guanabara Bay (such as transportation, repair, construction, manufacture); for the companies and institutions that undertake floating waste collection and for the society that uses the bay for leisure. As a consequence, the process of collection of residues can be more intelligent and precise; the opportunity to forecast these places can help avoid wasting time and resources. Particularly with the forthcoming Olympics, such collation of data is essential for helping to inform the plan for the cleaning of the bay.
Additionally the project supported a workshop of digital photography for young people, not only recording the project activities but all aspects of life in and around Guanabara Bay.
The project, which began in March 2010, involves students and former students of Project Grael who are able to handle the boats needed for the project. However, they are not only the operators of the boat but are being trained in the collection of environmental data, its analysis and its dissemination to other students of the project.

Project Niterói Águas Limpas (Niterói Clean Water Project) - Phase 2

In this second phase, the project has acquired the characteristics of direct action while not losing the important element of environmental education. Our partner, Águas de Niterói, acquired a French vessel for floating garbage collection, which since May 2010 has been in operation by Project Grael. The objective is the study, collection and monitoring of the garbage floating in the inlets of Icaraí and Jurujuba, Niterói within Guanabara Bay. The project provides initiative for environmental activities and the development of campaigns with students and staff of Project Grael, together with society in general.
In 2011, Project Niterói Águas Limpas has participated of Military Games, cleaning the place where occurred the nautical races, close to Escola Naval, Rio de Janeiro.

Project Knowing Guanabara Bay

The extension lab LAMMA/UFRJ has developed this project as from a previous experience with Projeto Grael in a metheorology and oceanography course. Currently, this project has a specific focus on Guanabara Bay but with a wider context, involving other departments in a multidisciplinary course. The students learn about the occupation history, the biology, the quality of the water and air, geology, winds and other physical, social and environmental aspects of the bay. It´s opened to students from 16 to 24 years old and it´s the only free course of Projeto Grael, what means that it´s possible to participate even if not student of sailing, professional workshops and informatics.

Project Ecopesca

Extension Project from the Lab Ecopesca of Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF). It involves students between 13 to 15 years old attending Basics Dingue 2 class. These students learn not only the fishing history of Guanabara Bay but also, the environment where the fishes are. So that, concepts as water quality, salinity, temperature, geological building of the sediments, besides the biology and ecology of the, are also studied.

Complementary Projects

The library already offers over three thousand titles: sea voyages and adventure, the environment, technical material about sailing and the nautical industry and fiction suitable for children and young people. The books – all donated by various collaborators – are currently being catalogued and are available for loan to students and staff of the Project.
The aim of the library is to encourage and promote the habit of reading in students of Project Grael through relevant activities and to make the library available to the wider community for consulting and research. A professional librarian is employed.

Computer Science
Inaugurated in late 2007, the Computer Laboratory arose from the need to better prepare students for the digital information age by providing computer courses and access to the internet. Information Technology is becoming increasingly important in the research and studies of marine environment and the nautical workplace. The laboratory is equipped with 10 computers, full internet access and teachers to supervise the students. Lessons include: basic text editing; spreadsheets; e-mail use; integration of IT skills with Professional Skills Workshops; assistance with information about relevant personal documentation; creation of CVs and seeking employment.

Colaboration Network of Bottlenose Dolphin

Bottlenose Dolphin
Have you seen this dolphin?
One of the objectives included in the project Islands of Rio, under the responsibility of the Instituto Aqualie, is the monitoring of the population and dynamics of the bottlenose dolphin. This has been studied in the Cagarras Archipelago since 2004, through obtaining data on area occupied, size and composition of the group and social organization.
Although the bottlenose dolphin is a common species in the coastal waters of Rio de Janeiro, little is known about their patterns of occurrence, distribution and movements throughout the state.
Project Grael is part of a network of collaborators providing important data about sightings, such as location coordinates, behavior, number of individuals in the group, to the Institute Mar Adentro.
You can also participate by completing the schedule of sighting (in Portuguese).

Concluded Projects

Concepts of Meteorology and Oceanography

This course was undertaken in 2006 and 2007 in partnership with the Laboratory of Modelling of Marine Processes and Meteorology (LAMMA) of the University Fluminense Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). During this time students and volunteer teachers from LAMMA taught Project Grael students about topics such as meteorological phenomena, study of atmospheric events, interpretation of nautical charts, tides, currents and waves, all essential elements for the safety of the navigator.

Project Niterói Águas Limpas (Niterói Clean Water) - Phase 1

This project took place between March and August 2006 and was attended by 33 students of Project Grael, who monitored the dynamics of the garbage floating in the waters of Guanabara Bay at the beaches of Boa Viagem, Flexas and Icaraí in the municipality of Niterói. The students, aged between 15 and 24 years, had the opportunity to learn to operate instruments such as compasses, anemometers and wind socks.

The project produced a report for the water company of Niterói (Águas de Niterói) and the company of urban cleaning of Niterói (CLIN) - basic sanitation companies in the city of Niterói- as well as the Municipal Department of Water Resources and Environment. This achievement was made possible by the sponsorship of Águas de Niterói and CLIN; the support of Brazil I, the dean’s office of Fluminense Federal University (ProEx/UFF); the Institute of Geosciences (IGeo) /UFF; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Niterói (MAC); the Secretariat of Culture of Niterói (FAN); the Guanabara Bay Institute (IBG) and the Laboratory of Modelling of Marine Processes and Weather (LAMMA) /UFRJ.

Musical Workshops

This initiative took place between 2004 and 2006 and included children of the local community as well as students from Project Grael. Aged between 9 and 12 years, the participants learnt the basic notions of rhythm, score and song. The main aim was to help improve the performance of students, particularly those who had difficulty with concentration and in their relationships with others, by using music.

Earth View

Earth View was a project of social and environmental education carried out in 2007/2008 in partnership with the Institute of Geosciences of Fluminense Federal University (UFF). The course was intended for young people aged between 16 and 22 years of age and encouraged investigation of the physical, social and human geography of Guanabara Bay. All activities took place three times per week, one being a sailing lesson or swimming.

Basic content of the program:
. Understanding scales
.Interpretation of nautical and topographical charts
. Use of compass
. Environment
. Research and production of information
. Analysis and interpretation of the landscape.

Project Living Water

This was an environmental education program, which took place in 2008, concerning the perceptual monitoring of the quality of the waters of Guanabara Bay. For classification the perceptive parameters such as turbidity, presence of floating garbage, oil, etc. were used. Data such as time, temperature, wind and rainfall was also collected. The major objective was to encourage the students to observe how meteorological phenomena contribute to the quality of water in the Guanabara Bay. This was intended to stimulate a critical look at the local environment using these observations as a starting point for wider discussion about such topics as urban occupation and expansion, degradation of local ecosystems, etc.

Income Generation Program - Nautical Crafts

The program aimed to assist a local community in work and improvement of quality of life by undertaking to develop a sustainable collective through the formation of a Cooperative for Nautical Crafts.

The project began in 2006 in conjunction with the women of the community of fishermen of Jurujuba. There the culture and livelihood gained from the sea has suffered with the socio-environmental decline of Guanabara Bay and its surroundings. The first group formed by Income Generation produced products with a nautical theme made from recycled nautical materials.

The program, in addition to enhancing the knowledge of the community, helped promote local sustainability and maritime culture.

Arts Workshop

The Arts Workshop was developed by and in partnership with the Secretariat of Culture of Niterói/Foundation of Arts of Niterói (FAN) through the project Culture for All. Art workshops were implemented for students aged between 9 and 12 years who were enrolled in swimming or sailing lessons at Project Grael.


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