According to authorities, the eco-walls erected in Rio de Janeiro are name such because they were built in an effort to preserve the rainforest, or the rainforest eco-system.
They are called “eco-walls” because they are intended to prevent further erosion of the rainforest. It is meant to stop more houses being built in the forest. The problem is, the town around which the wall is being built is a poor favela, or shantytown, so the citizens are complaining that it is an act of segregation that doesn’t take into account their quality of life. These towns have been growing at a rate of 7% since 1999, and this growth is contributing to deforestation. Whether these walls, literal boundaries from further growth, are the answer is unclear.
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