Disseminating the goals of sustainable development (ODS), through photography, was the intention of the first photographic exhibition on the ODSs during the sustainable Turn 2016, which counted the visitation of more 120 people.


The exhibition "The 17 goals of sustainable development and the Amazon: a call for global change", gathered images captured by great photographers, such as Bruno Kelly, Liana John and Rodrigo Tomzhinsky.


The exhibition counted with 17 images synthesizing the 17 "Sustainable Development Goals" (ODS), a development agenda presented by the UN (United Nations Organization) to define new paths that bring improvements in people's lives and the planet, and the relationship Of these goals with the Amazon. All photographs were made in the Amazon region and has a relationship with the UN's global goals.

SDG 01 - No poverty

Photographer: Rodrigo Tomzhinsky

Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve (RDS)


The first Objective of Sustainable Development (ODS) aims to end poverty in all its forms, everywhere. One of the main goals is to reduce by at least half the proportion of men, women and children, of all ages, living in poverty, in all its dimensions, according to national definitions.


Registration of houseboat on the Solimões River.

SDG 02 - Zero Hunger

Photographer: Bruno Kelly

Rio Negro Sustainable Development Reserve (RDS)


One of the great challenges of the global agenda until 2030 is to end hunger and ensure access for all people, particularly the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including children, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food throughout the year.


In this image, the photographer Bruno Kelly portrays the daily life of the families of the lower Negro River, who has in the cassava flour one of the main productive vocations aimed at subsistence and commercialization.

SDG 03 - Good health and well-being

Photographer: Bruno Kelly

Madeira Sustainable Development Reserve (RDS)


The third Objective of Sustainable Development aims to ensure a healthy life and promote well-being for all, at all ages. As a child, global efforts must shift towards reducing the overall maternal mortality rate to less than 70 deaths per 100,000 live births, and ending the preventable deaths of newborns and children under five.


Early Childhood needs to be treated as one of the priorities in the Amazonian government agenda. The photographer Bruno Kelly portrays in this image a family from the Madeira River receiving assistance from the First Infancy Project Ribeirinha, the first comprehensive care project for children from zero to six years in the Amazon, which served as inspiration for the formulation of public policy at the state level.

SDG 04 - Quality education

Photographer: Bruno Kelly

Madeira Sustainable Development Reserve (RDS)


Ensuring inclusive, equitable and quality education, and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all is the fourth Sustainable Development Goal (ODS).


Promoting access to quality education at different levels is one of the great challenges in the Amazon. In addition to facing logistical challenges and providing decent conditions to inland teachers, it is necessary to incorporate traditional knowledge into the regular teaching of riverside schools in the region. In this image, photographer Bruno Kelly portrays the overcoming of students and teachers from distant communities to study.

SDG 05 - Gender Equality

Photographer: Bruno Kelly

Rio Negro Sustainable Development Reserve (RDS)


The objective of Sustainable Development 5 is to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. To achieve this goal, nations must provide women with equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to property and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance, and natural resources.


The image portrays the artisan Neide Garrido, a resident of the Tumbira community, who participates in a handicraft group in the Rio Negro Sustainable Development Reserve (RDS).

SDG 06 - Clean water and sanitation

Photographer: Murilo Arashiro

Canumã Sustainable Development Reserve (RDS)


The global agenda until 2030 aims to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. To this end, a substantial increase in the efficiency of water use in all sectors should be pursued and sustainable freshwater withdrawals should be sought to substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water shortages.


The image above was a record of photographer Murilo Arashiro, who portrays the challenge for access to drinking water in ROD Canumã, related to the sixth Sustainable Development Goal.

SDG 7 - Affordable and clean energy

Photographer: Caio Palazzo

Rio Negro Sustainable Development Reserve (RDS)


The seventh Sustainable Development Goal (ODS) seeks to ensure reliable, sustainable, modern and affordable access to energy for all, substantially increasing the share of renewable energy in the global energy matrix and improving energy efficiency.


In this image the photographer of Caio Palazzo portrays the resident of the Tumbira community, Renato Garrido, in a course of maintenance of low voltage electrical network, fed through panels of solar energy. The pilot project was implemented in two communities of the lower Rio Negro, providing clean, safe and low environmental impact to isolated regions of the Amazon.

SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

Photographer: Marcelo Castro

Uacari Sustainable Development Reserve (RDS)


The Sustainable Development Goal 8 seeks to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.


Incorporating local biodiversity into sustainable production is a major challenge for development in the Amazon. This photo depicts the drying of Andiroba in RDS Uacari, registered by the biologist and master in protected areas, Marcelo Castro.

SDG 09: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure

Photographer: Tatiane Froner

Uacari Sustainable Development Reserve (RDS)


Building resilient infrastructures, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation is the ninth Sustainable Development Goal.


In the photo above, Tatiane Froner presents the innovation laboratory carried out with entrepreneurs from the Mid Rio Juruá, an alternative to seek good practices for production aligned with sustainable development in the Amazon.

SDG 10: Reduced inequalities

Photographer: Rodrigo Tomzhinsky

Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve (RDS)


The tenth objective of sustainable development aims to reduce inequality within and between countries by seeking to empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, regardless of age, gender, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion, status economic or otherwise.


The photo above was taken in RDS Mamirauá, by the photographer Rodrigo Tomzhinsky, recording the balance between simplicity and harmony in the daily life of the Amazonian communities.

SDG 11. Sustainable cities and communities

Photographer: Bruno Kelly

Rio Negro Sustainable Development Reserve (RDS)


The eleventh ODS aims to make cities and human settlements inclusive, secure, resilient and sustainable. By 2030, the global agenda must seek inclusive and sustainable urbanization and the capacities for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlements planning and management in all countries.


Aerial image captured by the photographer Bruno Kelly of the Community of the Tumbira, in RDS Rio Negro, that houses the Nucleus of Conservation and Sustainability.

and (NCS) Agnello Bittencourt Uchôa, where education and health services are provided to residents of the 19 communities of the lower Rio Negro.

SDG 12. Responsible consumption and production

Photographer: Felipe Irnaldo

Uacari Sustainable Development Reserve (RDS)


Ensuring sustainable production and consumption patterns is the twelfth Sustainable Development Goal.


Image registered during the activity of pirarucu in the RDS of Uacari. In addition to generating income for riverine families, fish management promotes the conservation of the species, as it stimulates the conservation of fish stocks.

SDG 13. Climate action

Photographer: Edgar Duarte

Rio Negro Sustainable Development Reserve (RDS)


ODS 13 aims to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. Among several other measures are improving education, raising awareness and human and institutional capacity for mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning of climate change.


This photo was recorded in 2010, during the largest drought recorded in the history of Rio Negro. The communities needed to walk about 7 km away to Rio's first navigable waterway, which is usually accessible throughout the year.

SDG 14. Life below water

Photographer: Gabriela Sampaio

Environmental Protection Area (APA) of Rio Negro


The conservation and sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development is the focus of ODS 14. This ODS aims to prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, especially from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution.


End of a day at the APA Rio Negro, in a photo recorded by Gabriela Sampaio.

SDG 15. Life on land

Photographer: Liana John

Uacari Sustainable Development Reserve (RDS)


ODS 15 aims to protect, recover and promote the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, to manage forests sustainably, to combat desertification, to halt and reverse land degradation, and to halt the loss of global biodiversity.


The photo above portrays Joaquim Cunha, a seringueiro from the São Raimundo community, in the Extractive Reserve (Resex) Medium Juruá. Joaquim is the father of the extractivist Manoel Cunha, one of the main extractive leaders of Amazonia, former president of the National Council of Traditional Populations (CNS).

SDG 16 - Peace and justice

Photographer: Bruno Kelly

Environmental Protection Area (APA) of Rio Negro


ODS 16 aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.


Athletes of the Arquearia Indígena project in Amazonas, which seeks to promote, through sport, the recovery of the self-esteem of the indigenous populations of the Amazon. Athletes of the Kambeba and Karapana ethnic groups, who have already won gold, silver and bronze medals in competitions in Costa Rica, Turkey and the United States, are participating in the project.

SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Photographer: Renato Soares

Environmental Protection Area (APA) of Rio Negro


ODS 17 seeks to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.


Photo recorded by photographer Renato Soares in the Environmental Protection Area (APA) of Rio Negro, in the Kambeba village of Três Unidos.

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