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Water Facts

  • 206,761 people in Recife are at risk of flooding, mudslides and landslides

  • The Capibaribe river basin is one of the best known in the state of Pernambuco, covering a drainage area of 5,557.41 km²

  • IPCC points out that Recife is one of the most vulnerable cities in the world for  rising sea levels and other climate crisis effects

  • The estuarine area of the Capibaribe river is about 19 km² completely inserted in the metropolitan region of Recife

  • The city of Recife has the fifth largest number of number of inhabitants in mountainous areas prone to landslides and natural disasters in Brazil

Water Challenges




Urban drainage


Protection of urban rivers




A must-read report on climate change in Recife:

Sources and Levels of Contamination of the Capibaribe River Estuarine System (Pernambuco/Brazil)

Authors: Eliete Zanardi-Lamardo, Anderson Sérgio de Carvalho Nóbrega, Roxanny Helen de Arruda SANTOS and Daniele Claudino Maciel


Recife Situation Report

The Situation Report provides a state-of-the-moment overview and analysis of Recife’s water conditions, challenges, and emerging issues.

Researcher Profile

Research Facilities

POLI – Escola Politécnica de Pernambuco

The POLITECH SCHOOL OF PERNAMBUCO was created on March 06, 1912, with the publication, in the Official Gazette, of its statute, from a dream cherished by devoted educators, teachers of the Gymnasio Pernambucano, high school unit. It is one of the ten oldest Engineering schools in Brazil and all its courses are well evaluated in the national education and research censuses.


The content of this Go Deep page was written by:

Igor Vieira

Program Coordinator at Waterlution Brasil, Environmental Engineer with Master Degree in Environmental Engineering (UFRPE), Post Graduated in Oceanography (UFPE).