Regional Workshop on Rio 2016: The Olympic Games and Sustainable Water Management

August 4 – 5, 2014 / Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


The City of Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympics Games. The main events will take place at the Olympic Park which is situated next to Jacarepaguá Lagoon, part of the Lagoon Complex of Baixada de Jacarepaguá, which comprises three other lagoons: the Tijuca Lagoon, the Camorim lagoon and Marapendi Pond. Sailing events will happen at Guanabara Bay while the rowing competition will occur at Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon.

All these water bodies are in an accelerated process of eutrophication. This process is due to the large discharge of organic matter and nutrients from favelas, the high concentrations of toxic compounds from industrial sources, silting caused by deposition of sediments and waste from the contributing water bodies.

The increasing urban occupation of these regions from the late 70’s and the precarious sanitation services generated numerous environmental problems since the implementation of a wastewater collection & treatment system lost importance at the time of urban planning in the region.

In recent years, the interventions of the State tended to reflect the interest of the large real estate developers even though, for both, there is the undermining of the quality of water resources in the City.


The Workshop intends to provide an overview of the actual status of water quality in the City of Rio de Janeiro and to take advantage of the expertise from the invited speakers in order to identify research needs to improve sustainability requirements in water management.


The Workshop will consist of presentations and discussions on: i) sailing conditions at Guanabara Bay, ii) the actual status of water quality in the city of Rio de Janeiro, iii) the role of the Atlantic Forest on the Water Cycle, iv) the link of heavy precipitions and natural disasters, v) the role of urban planning and vi) sustainability in the supply chain in the Olympic Games.

All participants will have the opportunity to discuss and present their experiences with the aim of identifying, together with the group, the most appropriate solutions and related research actions for improved water management in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Target Audience:

The participants expected would be students, lecturers and scientists from academics institutions, state institutions and non-profit organizations dealing with sustainable water resources management topics.

Number of participants:

The number of granted participants will be limited to 15.  DAAD-EXCEED will cover the following costs: flight and accommodation.


Application is closed.



Written by: Haarstrick | March 25, 2014 - 10:03 | Categories: Public