Earlier this week, in sync with World Environment Day, the annual cleaning of the Rio Iguazú Menor, where the walkways of the Iguassu National Park are located, took place in Foz do Iguaçu.
As a result of the cleaning work, 158.8 kilograms of coins were removed from the river, which were thrown by tourists to make wishes. In addition, other metal objects such as jewelry, including cell phones and cameras, were found.
These coins represent a great danger for the preservation of wildlife, due to water contamination and animals mistaking these objects for prey.
Although many of the coins were unusable due to corrosion, those that were in good condition yielded a value of approximately R$3,000 (approximately US$600), which will be used for environmental actions in the park.
This work, which is being carried out on both sides of the park, was a joint effort between the concessionaire of the Urbia Cataratas Park and the Chico Mendes Institute for the Conservation of Biodiversity (ICMBio).