DOI: 10.12924/johs2016.12010052 |Publication Date: 31 May 2016
On Unstable Ground: Issues Involved in Greening Space in the Rocinha Favela of Rio De Janeiro
Lea Rekow 1, 2
|1 Arts, Education & Law Group, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia|
|2 Green My Favela, 59 Franklin St, suite 303, New York, NY 20013, USA|
Abstract: This paper is based on fieldwork undertaken in conjunction with Green My Favela, a land use restoration project that works with informal and vulnerable income sector residents to reclaim chronically degraded public areas by creating gardens inside the urban favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The paper reveals how government intervention policies employed in the lead up to the 2016 Olympics are destabilizing the fragile social fabric of the city’s largest favela, Rocinha, through military occupation and urbanization activities that threaten an already low and unstable human security threshold.
Keywords: Environmental restoration; favelas; pacification; public security; Rio de Janeiro; urbanization