The second project being developed by the UFTM, also in partnership with UNESCO-HidroEX and the Cousteau Foundation, is the implantation of the COUSTEAU SPACE FOR WATERS, in the area ceded by the Government of Minas Gerais beside the UEMG-HidroEX Complex in Frutal. This is a modern architectural structure – within the best international standards – which will house a wide range of research activities undertaken by Commander Cousteau throughout the rivers and seas of the world, including material originating from his expedition through the Amazon.
In partnership with the Foundation HidroEX and the UFTM, the Cousteau Society intends to open this space for visiting and establishing partnerships in environmental education in Brazil, supporting not only the restoration program of the Brazilian Cerrado, but also as recreational activities for young people and children in an effort to build a large ecological awareness in Latin America for the importance of preservation and development of water resources.
THE COUSTEAU FOUNDATION
The Cousteau Foundation was born in 1979 by the hands of Captain Jacques-Cousteau, the famous explorer of the underwater world, with the aim of observing and researching marine ecosystems worldwide. Cousteau was the first diver to show the world the richness of the underwater world. In 1982 Jacques Cousteau undertook an expedition which has become a genuine odyssey: for two years he sailed with his Calypso boat, through the waters of the Amazon River, revealing a wealth – of information and images – at that time unknown. Currently, it is chaired by the widow of the Commander, Madame Francine Cousteau, and through proximity with UNESCO HidroEX, the Cousteau Foundation formally reattaches its ties with Brazil.
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