improvement is the quantity of employees that are available
to attend the visitors. The Ibama had only 30 people to
attend the preservation of the environment and the attention
of the tourist. The result, naturally, was inefficiency.
According to what Jorge Luiz Pegoraro said, boss of the
Ibama in the park, “We worked in an area that was
not our speciality, the tourism. That complicated all our
duties and did not allow us to concentrate in preservation.”
Nowadays, there are more than 150 employees who are only
in charge of tourism. The investment of Cataratas S.A, however,
it does not end. The enterprise since the first times, inverted
more than 9 million dollars.
“The Ibama not even had a bathroom in the park. The
tourist left the area disappointed because of not having
the appropriate infrastructure. We did some changes that
would have taken 100 years to the government to finish them”,
says Wadis Benvenutti, director of the concessionary company.
Among the initiative of Cataratas S.A we can mention the
construction of a new panoramic elevator and a food area
with an international quality restaurant with a privilege
view to the waterfalls.
All these gave to the park the capacity of receiving up
to 12 thousand daily visitors, meanwhile the average of
visits is of 2.500 people. From the other side, the Ibama
took proof of the concession to concentrate efforts in the
conservation of the fragile local ecosystem.
Free to act exclusively in their areas, the technician
worked in order to study the impact caused in the National
Park by the visits to the Waterfalls. They are also preparing
a wide project of environmental education.