Sesc Arsenal, a cultural center in Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil — Mateus Hidalgo/CC BY-SA 2.5 br


Sustainable Management Plan for Cuiabá's Historic City Centre - Mato Grosso/Brazil


In Mato Grosso’s capital city, PAGE has supported the completion of a Sustainable Management Plan for land use and occupation of the Historic Centre of Cuiabá. Having deep historical and cultural significance, the Historic Centre plays a key role in feeding the tourism sector and economy. The Plan provides an instrument for the state government to conserve and safeguard the Centre and raise awareness on sustainability, natural resources, cultural heritage preservation, and local economic development, offering a roadmap to Mato Grosso on sustainable decision-making. 

The preparations of the Sustainable Plan for Land Use and Urban Mobility for the Historic Centre involved both prospective and strategic planning, including the review of existing local programmes, policies and initiatives and PAGE completed a cultural heritage and urban analysis in 2019. 

The subsequent proposals for the Land Use and Urban Mobility Plan were ultimately based on the promotion of the urban quality of the Historic Centre of Cuiabá, a space of fundamental importance and historical-cultural relevance for the State of Mato Grosso and Brazil on the whole.

In relation to prospective and strategic planning, the historic centre was evaluated by its economic, environmental, social, spatial and technological characteristics, proposing solutions for available unused space.

Regarding governance and partnerships, the work draws proposals and solutions for the legal framework within the region, including properties with land irregularities. Proposals and solutions were presented for the Environmental Sanitation area (drainage, microclimate, landscape); public water supply; urban cleaning and solid waste management; electricity distribution network; archaeology; public safety; microclimate; historical/cultural/tourist aspects; and urban landscape, as well as the social inclusion of people with disabilities.

The Plan also identifies issues for municipal legislation, both urban and fiscal, as well as the instruments of the city's statute that can be used in the Historic Centre, which includes sustainability with a focus on clean energy, the use of rainwater, and the creation of green jobs. Finally, the work brings recommendations for the Inclusion of the Management Plan in the Law of the Master Plan of the Municipality of Cuiabá, as a strategic guideline for the Historic Centre and, from this management instrument, to raise funds for the implementation of sustainable projects for the area.