The concessionaire responsible for tourism services in the Fernando de Noronha National Marine Park, EcoNoronha, received the “System B” certificate. The seal is granted to companies that aim at socio-environmental development, in addition to the profit generated by sales.
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In September 2022, EcoNoronha completed ten years of operation on the island. She is responsible for the maintenance of support equipment and visitation of the environmental reserve.
The concessionaire has 54 employees, 50 of whom live in Noronha. One of the requirements of the contract for the bidding for the area was that the concessionaire had at least 70% of residents on staff.
“Our commitment, by contract, was to have 70% of residents and we have around 90% of islanders. The main reason for the positive result of our work is to have the resident in our activity”, declared the manager of EcoNoronha, Alice Grossman.
Alice was the company’s first employee on the island and one of those honored at the celebration of the concessionaire’s ten years and certification, which took place on Saturday (17).
The “System B” certification process requires an audit that proves the service’s positive impact on society.
“We have an operation that aims at sustainability, a woman in the leadership and the support of the local community. This validates the positive impacts. Currently, 254 companies in Brazil have this certificate, in the tourism sector there are fewer than ten companies. The work carried out in Noronha is a model”, explained the sustainability manager of Grupo Cataratas, Talita Uzeda.
President of Grupo Cataratas, Pablo Mórbis, and manager of EcoNoronha, Alice Grossman, show the certification — Photo: Ana Clara Marinho/TV Globo
The concessionaire charges for access tickets to the National Marine Park, which currently cost R$330 for foreigners and R$165 for Brazilians.
The company implemented and maintains the infrastructure and the Information and Control Points (Pics), installed on the beaches of Sueste, Sancho and Leão.
EcoNoronha is part of Grupo Cataratas, which is also responsible for tourist services at Iguaçu Falls, in Foz do Iguaçu (PR), and Cristo Redentor, in Rio de Janeiro, among others.
The National Marine Park is a federal reserve, created 34 years ago and corresponds to 70% of the archipelago.
The area is the responsibility of the Chico Mendes Biodiversity Institute (ICMBio). The representative of the agency emphasized the importance of the partnership with the concessionaire.
“It is a partnership, a unique team in favor of the same objective, which is to work with the conservation of the Marine National Park. We celebrate ten years of partnership, a marriage”, evaluated the head of ICMBio, Carla Guaitanele.
The concession contract is for 15 years of activity with the possibility of renewal for another 5 years.